IATA questions India’s SBAS mandate

Airline industry body IATA has called into question the infrastructure provisions of India’s draft civil aviation plan.

Indian aviation faces huge demands on its aviation system to manage an IATA forecast 367 million travellers by 2034.

A draft National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) released by The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) is a positive move, the airline industry body said although it criticises a proposed mandate to order airlines to use a particular type of technology—known as the satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS).

“That would bring no operational benefits beyond the existing avionics. The SBAS stipulation would therefore just add cost,” IATA said. “And though India has made remarkable progress in many areas of air navigation, there are other aspects that would benefit from additional impetus, such as the implementation of approach procedures at instrument runways.”

India’s airlines have resisted attempts by the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to adopt the recently completed Gagan (GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation) system, citing the high cost of associated equipment and the time needed for retrofits, training and certification.

One of the world’s four satellite-based augmentation systems, Gagan is a joint project of the Airport Authority of India (AAI), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Raytheon. Its advanced air navigation technology provides coverage for the entire Indian Flight Information Region (FIR) via broadcast signals from two Indian built satellites.

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2 Responses to IATA questions India’s SBAS mandate

  1. Arun KR Rao says:

    Why is it that airlines (& airports) always fight any initiative to improve the safety of civil aviation thru’ the development of new safety specifications, procedures and the need to tighten the belts to implement them? Is cost the main consideration? One must remember that the safety of the fare paying air travellers is in the hands of the few who take such decisions! In India, how many flights are disrupted and delayed particularly at Delhi during the months of January and February because the domestic airlines do not want to invest in training their pilots to operate in Cat II or III conditions? Who suffers at the end? The fare paying passengers!!!

  2. Atul Jain says:

    Airlines in India would be in a better position if they invest in GAGAN equipment. For once the govt Has done something positive but now the airlines are resisting. It’s a modern step to reap the benefits of this technology.