From Chairman’s Desk /
It has been a remarkable year for AAI that through a network of 125 airports, other joint ventures and privately managed airports, our country has been able to handle over 250 million passengers in 2016, an increase of 20 percent over 2015. The organization has been instrumental in bringing state -of -the -art technology and safety systems at Airports and Air navigation.
On the work front, the Flight Inspection unit of AAI is a critical resource of the CNS department. It is responsible for conducting flight checks and calibration of Communication-navigation-surveillance facilities installed by AAI throughout the country as well as at some Indian Air Force and Indian Navy bases. The calibrations are required to be done on a regular basis, so that the equipment may be certified for use. Considering the vast geographical reach of the country and the range of installed CNS equipment to be tested, the FIU is an important service to ensure flight safety. The need for expanded FIU operations is critical given the increase in the number of airports, and the expansion of existing facilities, e.g., extended or new runways. Airborne inspection of navigational aids is a two-part operation, requiring the skills of highly trained flight crews.
The ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’ grand finale took place with all keenness and fervor at the Civil Aviation Training College (CATC), Bamrauli, Allahabad on 1st and 2nd April. CATC was one among 26 locations for ‘Smart India Hackathon 2017’, where 54 teams from across India participated for the 36 hour event, with students formulating inimitable ideas for improving governance and coming up with innovative solutions for India’s daunting problems. The event has been going on since November 2017, and nearly 3 lakh students from across the country were brought in to the scheme of things making them aware of the problems and issues in different government departments.
In this edition, we have focussed on Pune, which is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra after Mumbai, and the ninth most popular city in the country. The oldest reference about Pune, is found inscribed on a Rashtrakuta Dynasty copper plate dating back to AD 937, which refers the town as ‘Punya-vishaya’ meaning ‘Sacred News’. Pune, the administrative headquarters of Pune district, was once the nerve centre of the mighty Maratha Empire established by Chatharpathi Shivaji Maharaj. Pune is the seventh largest in India in terms of handling domestic passenger traffic. The Pune airport is a civil enclave operated by Airports Authority of India at the eastern side of Lohegon Air force Station of Indian Air force (IAF). Pune airport, handling both domestic and international flights, operates 144 movements per day. It is well connected to all the major Indian metro cities viz. Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Goa, Nagpur, Raipur, Indore and Chandigarh. The growth story of the Pune International Airport continues unabated as this year, the airport has registered an impressive 25 per cent passenger growth, compared to the previous year.
This year, AAI has crossed many milestones and we know each day had its own spice and flavour which made it a year it was 2016-17. Our country is on the threshold of a greatly promising tomorrow and AAI will have a vital role to play. To celebrate all the hard work and achievements of the year passed by, AAI celebrates its annual day on1st April every year in order to further enthuse its personnel in their journey for excellence.
I wish all our readers a great time at all our airports. Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI