From Chair­man’s Desk /

Airports India - - CONTENTS -

Dear Read­ers,

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

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