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Controllers’ Guild (India) has been conducting seminars for the benefit of
aviation sector. A two-day seminar was organized on 20th and 21st October
2010 on the topic “ATM-AIRPORTS-AIRLINES: INDIA INITIATIVES FOR
INFRASTRUCTURE” as part of our activities for the International Day of
the Air Traffic Controller. This issue was taken up to stimulate the
development in the country’s aerospace manufacturing sector as India is on a
growth curve especially in the aviation sector. The two-day Seminar was
organized in five Technical Sessions.
The delegates and
speakers included international aviation business houses, eminent business
groups from India, planners, bureaucrats, Airline CEOs, top executives from
the Airports Authority of India, Airport operators and ATM specialists of
presented a platform for deliberations that focused on “Developing India
as Aviation business hub”. As the largest growth in aviation is expected
in Asia and particularly in India, it was the endeavor of the Air Traffic
Controller’s Guild (India) towards developing the supply chain where the
demand is. The Seminar was planned to offer the aviation business community
a wealth of ideas and knowledge to explore starting a new venture or finding
a suitable partner for a joint activity.
The Seminar had
two full days of result-oriented workshops of high-profile international
guest speakers and panels. The Seminar provided a unique opportunity to meet
a wide spectrum of Aviation business minds enriched with international
Seminar Day 1
2010. WORLD AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER’S DAY
started off with a warm welcome to Mr. Yashwant Bhave, Chairman AERA,
Mr. Ajay Prasad, Sr. Advisor, Aviation watch and ex-secretary
Ministry of Civil Aviation and Mr. Alexis Brathwaite, President and
CEO, IFATCA who were greeted and presented floral bouquets by Mr. D. S.
Raghavan, President of the Air Traffic Controller’s Guild (India) and
Mr. D. K. Behera, General Secretary of the Air Traffic Controller’s Guild
As is customary,
the session then invoked the blessings of the Almighty by Lord Ganesha and
Goddess Saraswati vandana sung by Ms. Ritu Sharma and Mr. Gulshan Suman to
signify the growth and prosperity of the quest for knowledge.
address was given by Mr. D. S. Raghavan, President of the Air Traffic
Controller’s Guild (India) who welcomed the guests, the eminent
personalities in the field of aviation, the guests from Sri Lanka and Nepal,
all the sponsors and to all present to the two day seminar.
This was followed
by the lighting of the ceremonial lamp symbolizing the importance of
lighting – to seek the blessings of the almighty and sharing of knowledge.
session commenced with the speech of Mr. Ajay Prasad, ex Secretary (Civil
Aviation) and presently an independent consultant in areas of Defence,
Homeland Security, Aviation, etc., is a senior advisor with Aviation Watch
and a member of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of
Management, Bangalore, among other organizations. He headed the Indian
delegation at various international meetings and, through bilateral
negotiations, implemented the ‘Open Sky’ policy for many more domestic and
welcomed all the distinguished guests on the dais and greeted the ATCOs on
the World ATC Day and paid tribute to the great service the ATC fraternity
is doing in India and all over the globe performing behind the scenes and
unknown to most people who are using their services. He spoke at length on
the growth of aviation scenario in India, how the airlines and airports have
geared up to take India forward into the age of modernization by way of low
cost carriers and world class airports at Delhi and Mumbai.
The next speaker
Mr. Alexis Brathwaite, President and CEO, International Federation of Air
Traffic Controllers’ Associations acknowledged that the objectives of air
traffic management are generally the same all over the world; and accepted
that these can be mastered only by international co-operation, mutual
understanding and an exchange of ideas and experience. The air traffic
controllers of all nations are united in a worldwide professional
federation, which is based on the principle of cooperation in all
He gave a brief
on how on 20 October 1961 air traffic controllers founded the International
Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations to promote safety,
efficiency and regularity in International Air Navigation; to assist and to
advise in the development of safe and orderly systems of traffic control;
and to promote and uphold a high standard of knowledge and professional
efficiency among air traffic controllers. To mark the 20th anniversary, the
federation designated 20 October 1981 as “the day of the controller” to
promote the air traffic control profession. Since then, the member
associations have celebrated 20 October each year as the International Day
of the Air Traffic Controller.
theme: ATM Airports - Airlines: India Initiatives for Infrastructure
and the associated topics under consideration immediately resonated to him.
He lauded the fact that the air traffic controllers of India have aptly
demonstrated the guiding principles under which the Federation functions –
that of enlightened self-interest. In his words, “There is a clear
recognition that we best serve ourselves when we serve the industry. What is
truly remarkable is that this is the natural mind-set of the controllers’
associations that make up our federation. Our principal role as frontline
operators is to ensure a seamless, efficient, sustainable and resilient air
traffic management system that contributes significantly to the world’s
economy. By convening this seminar, the Air Traffic Controllers’ Guild
(India) has proved that it understands the role of the air traffic
controller in the evolution of air traffic management and that it is a
willing and worthy partner to all the stakeholders in this region.”
Bhave, Chairman, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) Shri
Bhave a retired IAS Officer (1972 batch, Maharashtra Cadre), a Master in
Science with Electronics as a specialization and Master in Public
Administration from the Harvard University, has taken over as the first
Chairperson of Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) with effect
from 1st August, 2009.
ceremony followed, where the prominent dignitaries in their fields on dais
were felicitated along with the office bearers of other prominent Guilds and
Associations with mementos. This was followed with a vote of thanks by Mr.
Sandeep Mukerjee, Member Central Executive Council, ATC Guild (I),
and subsequently a tea break.
The Chief Guest,
the Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation, Sh. Praful Patel arrived
shortly afterwards and Mr D K Behera, General Secretary, welcomed
Honourable Minister and mentioned that this annual event of the Guild has
been a successful one because of the patronage of Minister. He praised
Hon’ble Minister in ensuring the creation of Member (Air Navigation
Services) post and making efforts for providing more autonomy to Air
Navigation Services. He added that phenomenal growth of traffic since
2004/05 did create some problems for the Air Navigation Service providers
around world and AAI is no exception. Air traffic controllers in India have
done a commendable job during this period to ensure safety in the Indian
sky. Airports Authority of India has taken up a lot of projects like radar
networking, Air Traffic Flow Management, radar procurement, new ATS
procedures, datalink communication, automation of ATM systems etc. The most
remarkable achievement is the recruitment and training of ATCOs since 2005.
ATCOs got a breathing time for stability due to reduction of traffic growth
in 2008/09 because of the economic recession. Since ATCOs training and skill
development process takes time, more measures are needed for ensuring safety
since the increase in traffic again may put the system under test. Mr Behera
assured that with the continued support of AAI, Ministry and DGCA ATCOs in
India are capable of further improving the quality of service.
Minister then addressed the august gathering by an overwhelming and thought
provoking speech which gave an awe inspiring insight of the achievements
made by the civil aviation industry and the scenario in India, how we fared
as compared to the global standards and the shape of the things to come. The
honourable Minister said the civil aviation sector in India was dynamic and
evolving and that there were concrete plans to progressively open more
airports in the country. As the Indian skies were getting busier, there was
need to put in place a whole lot of systems/infrastructure and there were
many challenges. While commending the Air Traffic Controllers for “managing
the skies safely, despite technological deficiencies,” he said that
upgradation and modernisation of CNS (Communication, Navigation and
Surveillance) systems has been given priority.
GAGAN programme, he said that the trial phase has commenced and it should be
fully operational by 2013 and GAGAN would make a big difference in CNS. With
regard to the shortage of controllers, he said while the regular induction
programme was on, there was need to take on contract basis retired
controllers. Reports in the media of “near miss” and attributing it to ATC,
he said were not true. “Nine out of 10, the ‘near miss’ or any other
incident would not have happened. It is media hype, borne out of ignorance.”
However, he said that in the aviation industry everyone – airlines,
airports, ATC, pilot - was equally responsible for on-time performance.
This was followed
by the release of the Souvenir for 2010 – 2011 session inaugurated at the
auspicious hands of the honourable minister.
sessions in the morning were devoted to the discussions and presentations on
Airplanes & Components manufacturing and Ground Support systems
manufacturing – scope in India.
The session was
chaired by Mr. Ajay Prasad, former Secretary (Civil Aviation), and senior
advisor with Aviation Watch and had a host of eminent speakers like
including Mr. Ajay Kumar from FAA, Special invitee, Air Marshal (Retd.) V.
K. Bhatia, Mr. Rajendra Velagapudi of NASSCOM, Mr. M. V. Heest from Planet-PCI,
Mr. Ashwani Kumar Gaind from ThyssenKrupp, not to mention Mr. Alexis
Brathwaite President and CEO, IFATCA.
The first speaker
was Mr. Ajay Kumar, of the United States, FAA, Civil Aviation Specialist in
the South Asian region and he deliberated on the topic “The Case of
Regional Transport Aircraft (RTA)” and its role in Aircraft
manufacturing in India. He spoke upon how manufacture of Regional aircraft
is a Game-Changer, how Dual-use plane: both for Civil & Military use could
be utilized which recognizes reality of Tier II & Tier III airports with
runway lengths of 900 m or less, where Versatility is the key, and could
serves destinations within 300 - 600 km radius and more fuel savings meaning
- less burning of fuel and green initiative which translates to reduced
impact on environment.
The next speaker
was special invitee Air Marshal (Retd.) V. K. Bhatia. He was
conferred gallantry awards (Vir Chakra) in both 1965 and 1971 wars against
Pakistan flying the Mystere and Su-7, respectively. Air Marshal V. K. Bhatia
also has the rare distinction of being the Air Officer Commanding in Chief
of three major operational commands of the Indian Air Force. He is currently
working as the Sr. Editor of SP’s Aviation.
He spoke at
length on the aviation scenario in India, its impact on the common man, the
military aviation of India vis-à-vis its neighbours Pakistan and China and
what needs to be done about it. He spoke about how the emerging
geo-political and security scenario requires our nation to possess
comprehensive military capability and how, given the present Indian
situation a strong and comprehensive aerospace capability is inescapable. He
also spoke about the prestigious Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA)
program of India and our indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (Tejas).
speaker Mr. Rajendra Velagapudi, Sr. Vice President & Global Delivery
Head – Aerospace, Infotech Enterprises Ltd, spoke on Manufacturing
Engineering Services or Aircraft component manufacturing: On Take-off path.
His presentation focused on the various manufacturing engineering services
being provided by Indian players. The presentation highlighted how
manufacturing engineering services are coupling with component manufacturing
and poising India to become a key player in the global aviation
technical session the first speaker was Mr. Maarten van Heest of IDS – (Ingegneria
dei Sistemi) S.p.A., who spoke on "How the IDS/PPIL software is helpful
to boost the Indian Initiative for Infrastructure Development"
Mr. Maarten van
Heest, working as an Area Manager, EMIA - Air Navigation Division, gave a
exhaustive report on how the Aero-navigation Division provides and supports
their world-class, fully customised, aeronautical information software
solutions for both civil and military customers in the aeronautical fields
of communications, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management.
The next speaker
was Mr. Ashwani Kumar Gaind, General Manager - North Zone from ThyssenKrupp
Elevator (I) Pvt. Ltd. who gave an introduction of the company (ThyssenKrupp
Group and ThyssenKrupp Elevator (I) Pvt. Ltd. with brief speech on product
portfolios like Escalators, Moving walkways and Passenger Boarding Bridges
and their usage at Indian Airports, with particular emphasis on the Delhi
International Airport Ltd
the technical sessions The chairperson then closed the session and presented
the speakers with mementoes. The lunch followed soon after.
sessions in the afternoon were devoted to the discussions and presentations
on Airspace restructuring & ATM support and Aerospace manufacturing –
scope in India.
The session was
chaired by Air Marshal (Retd), B. K. Pandey senior editor, SP’s
Airbuz and a host of distinguished speakers like Ms. Olga Abad from INDRA,
Mr. David Rollo from IATA and Mr. Raj Shekhar Agrawal from ASSOCHAM.
The speakers were
greeted by floral bouquets and the session started with Ms. Olga Abad,
Program Manager, Indra Air Traffic Management and Airports speaking on Indra
- ATM and Airports Solutions.
Mrs. OLGA ABAD
has more than 12 years experience in the design, development, implementation
and commissioning of different Surveillance and ATM systems. Currently, she
is involved in all activities of Indra for Airports Authority of India and
since last year, she manages two important contracts with AAI for the Supply
Installation Commissioning and Testing of some mode S radars and Air Traffic
System for 38 airports all over India.
Ms. Abad spoke on
the role of Indra and its global presence, what Indra had to offer in the
ATM/CNS, Indra’s role in unification of area control centres, the Spanish
SACTA Integrated ATC System for Spanish Airspace and the next generation
interoperable Flight Data Processing System at Maastricht UAC.
The next speaker
was Mr. David Rollo, Asst. Director, Safety, Operations & Infrastructure,
ASPAC. He has 34 years experience in Air Traffic Control and Management
and has extensive experience in all aspects of Air Navigation provision,
structures and processes. He is highly experienced in creating and nurturing
high performing teams to deliver outstanding results in ATM services.
He stressed on
A Collaborative Approach to the future:
Growth of Indian
economy is significantly imparting explosive growth in Aviation. How to
respond to this challenge in a "Network collaborative manner"? What are the
various areas and ways of addressing this pace of growth in Aviation that
the Airline industry expects? The opportunities and ,challenges and its
teamwork and industry ownership of plans and process is the key to
successful outcomes. Training, communication, technology adoption, change
management and data analysis are the foundations on which the Network must
rely to drive improvement.”
critical and must involve all parts of industry to ensure the system can
manage demand safely and efficiently. Mr. Rollo spoke upon the Indian Future
Indian Air Navigation System (FIANS), the need for “Collaborative
Developmental Approach”, how Airlines, Airport, ATM, other industry cannot
continue to progress with their own plans that are not coordinated, and what
should be the complementary actions required to achieve the collective Goal
The next speaker
of the session was Mr. Raj Shekhar Agrawal, Entrepreneur and
Chairman, M Venture Projects Pte Ltd. who spoke on Aerospace Manufacturing –
scope in India.
He began by
defining in some detail what constitutes Aerospace manufacturing and how due
to the extreme conditions aerospace equipment operates in, parts must be
designed and manufactured to precise specification.
He stressed upon
the significance of India emerging as an important market for aerospace
manufacturing with a discussion of the major players engaged in this sector
at present and how apart from government support, India's advantages are its
relatively lower costs, the availability of talent, the capability that its
information technology firms offer, and its location between the major
markets in east Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Subcontracting,
maintenance, repair and overhaul market could be a major prospect for Indian
companies and private sector firms such as Larsen & Toubro, Mahindra &
Mahindra and the Tata Group, which have already begun to acquire the
capabilities in the market.
He went to give
startling facts in the Indian Aerospace manufacturing by quoting how, "India
has the potential to service not just Indian aircraft, but also those from
neighbouring regions". India’s comparative advantage – CADD and skilled
manpower including entrepreneurial and managerial skills combined with
ability to attract investment are India’s comparative advantage in building
a large aerospace manufacturing industry.
the second technical session and the chairperson presented mementoes to all
the speakers of the session, whereupon the house broke off for a coffee
Government Views, Policies and Support
The session was
chaired by Mr. A. K. Chopra, former Joint DGCA and a host of notable
speakers like Captain A. Ranganathan, expert in aviation safety & training
and Core group member ALAR, Capt. Lakshmipathy, DGM (Ops), Indian Airlines,
Mr. Amitabh Khosla, IATA's country director for India and Mr. Kapil Kaul,
The first speaker
Capt. A. Ranganathan, spoke on Infrastructure Woes and Fatigue - How
is ATC Involved? He told the gathering how the working environment,
psychological frame of mind during the period, fatigue factor and similar
incomprehensible situations contribute to such failures. The main sources of
stress for ATCs are: Number of aircraft under control, Peak traffic hours,
extraneous traffic, Unforeseeable events whereas factors that affect ATCOs
are Stress, Fatigue, Manpower shortage, Lack of equipment etc.
Lakshmipathy talked about safety procedures in landing and take-off. He
described in great detail how procedures are available for such emergencies
as Unlawful Interference, Radio Communication Failure and Aircraft
Emergencies, but none for other in-flight contingencies as an aircraft which
would like to land back after an Emergency or to Divert to another
destination, Inability to continue, Landing gear not retracting, RCF with
inability to continue flight, or an aircraft with RCF which wants to deviate
from its track.
Khosla from IATA, the International Air Transport Association and also
on behalf of the Civil Aviation Committee of FICCI. He gave an overview of
IATA’s 2010 industry outlook on how IATA conducts a quarterly business
confidence survey of airline Chief Financial Officers and provides a
forward-looking view of key financial and demand indicators.
He reported that
the recovery has entered a slower phase and airlines find themselves in a
precarious financial position due also to bank lending restrictions which
are in place. In the October 2010 survey released just prior to the seminar,
there was significant improvement across many indicators of business
confidence; but there was also evidence of slowing down of the sharp growth.
There was no doubt that the growth initiatives undertaken by the government
have served Indian aviation well.
On the aviation
scenario in general in India, he spoke regarding the Global Safety
Information Exchange, Civil Aviation Safety Advisory Council, the role of
DGCA, Infrastructure, how Airport Modernization program has been a great
success and what needs to be done in ATM infrastructure improvements and the
role of AAI.
On the economic
aspects he spoke on the Economic Regulation in the form of the Establishment
of AERA and how operating Costs are still a big challenge and how there is a
need to enforce ICAO policies and liberalization.
The Next was Mr.
Kapil Kaul – CEO, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), he spoke
on Preparing for Long Term Growth of Indian Aviation. He started with
a brief history of CAPA in the global context and its short span of 7 years
in India, and its initiatives.
He gave a brief
on the recent growth in the aviation sector in the recent years and how
Airports Council International projects that India will be the third largest
aviation market in the world within 12-15 years. At the same time Airbus has
projected that the Domestic Indian market will be the fastest growing market
in the world over the next 20 years. However CAPA projects that total
passenger numbers at Indian airports will grow from 123 million last year to
420-450 million by 2020. So, in the next 10 years the industry may have to
handle an incremental 270-300 million passengers, 3-4x what was achieved in
the last decade. In absolute terms the challenge ahead will dwarf recent
commented that this is a transformational growth profile and ad hoc
responses will no longer suffice. Long term planning in line with a clear
vision is imperative. The situation will be chaotic if growth is not managed
well. New policy framework is required to create long term competitiveness;
In the absence of structure, progress has been ad hoc;
Seminar Day 2
2010. WORLD AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER’S DAY
Session : ATM
& Avionics systems development - Scope in India
The First session
in the morning was chaired by Mr V. Somasundaram, Member (ANS), Airports
Authority of India.
All the speakers
of the session, Mr Akhilesh Rathore, Mr Paul-Franck Bijou, Mr. Orlando
Monagas Ramos, Ms Mimi Dobbs, Mr Manjunath K Nelli were greeted and welcomed
by floral bouquets and the session commenced with Mr. V. Somasundaram giving
a brief introduction about the new job profile of the Member (Air Navigation
Services) and then went on to describe the new challenges in the Indian
Aviation scenario and how to go about them.
The first speaker
Mr. Akhilesh Rathore, Project Engineer, Raytheon gave a brief on
India’s very own GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) System being
provided to ISRO/AAI by Raytheon. He detailed how GAGAN is available over
the entire Indian Flight Information Region (FIR) and enhances the GPS
broadcast to improve accuracy and add integrity, provides an accurate
position to the pilot via the flight management system, facilitates Direct
routing between airports as opposed to ground based routing as well as more
efficient runway utilization and supports decision heights as low as 250’.
On the Efficiency aspect it enables optimum routes independent of
ground navigation aids which translates to fuel efficiency, low incremental
cost to expand regional system into new areas, reduces navigation system
operating costs and to top it all GAGAN is ICAO compliant and compatible
with SBAS systems. On the Economic Growth aspect, it makes all
weather air services available to more communities as GAGAN signal is also
compatible with non-aviation receivers.
The next speaker
Mr. Paul-Franck Bijou, CEO of Quovadis - the new PBN Company; an
AIRBUS subsidiary, spoke on the topic - Towards the Future ATM. He spoke on
the contribution of Airbus Industrie in the global aviation scenario and how
it has changed the earlier scenario dominated by a few American
manufacturers. Also how, why and what Airbus Industrie is planning to do
viz-a-viz ATM like developing new aircraft capabilities to accommodate ATM
changes and helping customers to find the best-performing ATM solutions. He
also mentioned the similarities of the European and Indian skies and their
Limits for further growth such as Limited Airspace capacity, Limited
Air/Ground integration, Fragmented airspace and lack of coordinated plans
and how the Quovadis PBN program can minimize flight delays, route
inefficiencies and ATM cost inefficiencies.
presentation was by Mr. Orlando Monagas Ramos, Indra Sistemas S.A.,
Spain and he spoke on Very Advanced ATM Systems - Highlighted innovative
features to face future’s Air Traffic Control. He first gave the company
introduction for Indra Sistemas S.A. and what their mission is: “To enhance
the safety of the flights by providing the controllers with information of
air movements from Surveillance Sensors such as Radars, ADS B, ADS C,
Multilateration Systems and Weather Data, Planning information such as
Flight Plans, Route Availability and Flow Management and communicate control
via Voice and Data Link”. He also said The Indra Aircon ATM system is one of
the most advanced, safe and reliable ATM data processing and display systems
available today, boosting ANSPs’ capability to safely and efficiently manage
the future air.
presentation of the first session of the day was by Ms Mimi Dobbs,
Program Director, Asia-Pacific Region, Centre for Advanced Aviation System
Development (CAASD). The Mitre Corporation and she spoke on the
Considerations for Facility Consolidation.
control (ATC) facility consolidation has many compelling and complicating
factors. Appropriately planned, facility consolidation will provide
significant benefits in the areas of operational efficiency, fuel savings,
and employee safety, security, and satisfaction. In addition, it will lower
operating costs for the service provider and reduce environmental impacts.
Facility consolidation offers service providers the capacity to develop and
implement changes in ATC procedures, airspace design, and routing structures
as well as increase controller productivity while decreasing workload and
She spoke on
various topics ranging from what was consolidation, Co location v/s
Consolidation, Consolidating Methodologies, Areas to consider and Complexity
of Airspace redesign.
She then gave the
recommendations and how to achieve them: by continuing to reinvent our
operational concept to ensure it is fully optimized and safe, by ensuring
plans should remain fluid and well coordinated with the systems
stakeholders, by Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) and how it saves
investment and revenue and ensures a higher degree of implementation
success. She then concluded by saying “No one person or entity has all the
answers. We collectively, together have much to learn from each other”.
presentation of the session was by Mr Manjunath K Nelli, Joint GM,
Airports Authority of India. He represented ATC Guild (India).
Mr. Nelli, joined
Airports Authority of India in 1989, He has served a served a major part of
his tenure in Mumbai and Raipur. He’s a Bachelor in Engineering, PGDST
(Software technology) and has completed his Masters in Information
Management from Mumbai University. Presently he’s the in charge of Mumbai
ATS Automation systems since 2005 and is actively involved in drawing up and
technical evaluation of Operational requirements for Chennai & Kolkata
Automation. His paper is available in the form of the article in the
souvenir and readers can go through it.
chairman at the end of the questions round presented all the speakers with
The next session
was a special session that was not limited to just technical analysis and
useful presentations. The Guild felicitated Dr. G Madhavan Nair,
former Chairman, ISRO, Indian Space Research Organization and Chairperson of
the High Powered Committee formed to look after the “National Civil Aircraft
Development Project”. He energised the audience by his vast experience and
The session was
chaired by Dr. Nasim Zaidi, Director General of Civil Aviation,
Santhanam, former Senior Scientist, DRDO was Special Guest on the
announced at the end of the session.
“Airport components & systems manufacturing - Scope in India”
The Session was
chaired by Air Marshal (Retd) B K Pandey and had a very interesting
line up of speakers such as Mr Peter William Noyce, Chief Operating Officer,
Delhi International Airport Ltd., Mr Priyanshu Singh, Director, Marketing &
Strategic Planning, Honeywell Aerospace, Mr Bharat Lingam, Mahindra Satyam,
India, Mr Cyrille Jodas, Vice President, International Simulation and
Training, ADACEL and Mr Rick Sharpe, Advisor Aviation Business - SERCO
All the speakers
were greeted and welcomed by floral bouquets.
The first speaker
was Mr. Peter William Noyce, Chief Operating Officer, Delhi
International Airport Ltd. and he first introduced Delhi International
Airport Pvt. Ltd. (DIAL) which is a Joint Venture Consortium led by GMR with
a 54% stake. Airports Authority of India (26%), Fraport (10%), Malaysia
Airport (10%), the OMDA (Operation, Maintenance & Development Agreement) was
signed with AAI on 4th April 2006 and the Airport handed over to JVC on 3rd
May 2006. DIAL is responsible for operations, maintenance, development,
design, construction, up gradation, modernization, finance and management of
the airport whereas important control functions like ATC, Security, Customs,
Immigration, Quarantine and Meteorological services are with the respective
Mr Noyce then
went on to deliberate on the challenges that DIAL had to face during
modernization of IGI Airport such as Capacity enhancement with minimum
interruption to the existing operations, Maximise capacity to handle
long-term traffic growth, Working in a public domain that attracts lot of
Media attention, Making IGI Airport Encroachment Free, Non existence of
As-built drawings (for utilities like Electrical/Telephone/IT) and
Relocation of offices of airlines and other statutory agencies and DIAL’s
contribution to the above challenges to alleviate them.
He then went to
detail the roadmap of capacity enhancement to Phase – I of its Master Plan
and how from a passenger capacity of 12 Million with 32 aircraft movements
per hour not so long ago in 2006 – 2007 to 60 Million passengers with 60
aircraft movements per hour in 2010 – 2011 has been a big leap for all.
DIAL‘s future plans comprise of a New Cargo link from Taxiway-P and 4 new
Cargo Parking stands, Expansion of T3 Domestic bussing gates, 11 new Parking
Stands at Terminal-3 and a new ATC Tower.
The next speaker
was Mr Priyanshu Singh, Director, Marketing & Strategic Planning for
Honeywell Aerospace in India; and covers both Defence and Commercial
Aviation. He spoke on On-board flight safety equipment.
Prior to Honeywell, Mr. Priyanshu spent five years with McKinsey & Company
at their London and New Delhi offices. His consulting experience spans
multiple industry sectors with companies across India, Africa and Europe.
Mr. Priyanshu holds a Bachelor of Science degree from India's National
Defence Academy and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.
Mr Singh spoke on
SmartLanding & SmartRunway both proprietary systems from Honeywell, Enhanced
Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) for Helicopters and GBAS (Ground
Based Augmentation System).
SmartRunway and SmartLanding provide improved situational awareness to help
lower the probability of runway incursions and excursions by providing
timely aural advisories to the flight crew during taxi, takeoff, final
approach, landing and rollout.
The two major
causes of commercial-aviation fatalities - controlled flight into terrain (CFIT)
and approach-and-landing accidents (ALAs) - accounted for 80 percent of
fatalities in commercial transport aircraft accidents in the 1980s. But over
the last two decades, flight safety has improved thanks to the introduction
of Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS) technology. EGPWS uses
aircraft inputs such as position, attitude, air speed and glide slope, which
along with internal terrain, obstacles, and airport databases predict a
potential conflict between the aircraft's flight path and terrain or an
obstacle. Specifically configured for the dynamic factors of rotary-wing
performance, Honeywell's EGPWS for Helicopters help prevent avoidable
collisions with the ground, water, and obstacles--even when flying in
changing weather with poor visibility, rough terrain, or at low altitudes.
SmartPath™ Precision Landing System is the next generation of precision
navigation and control. SmartPath provides a cost-effective Ground Based
Augmentation System (GBAS) solution to increase airport capacity, decrease
air traffic noise, and reduce weather-related delays. By providing aircraft
with very precise navigation data, SmartPath represents the latest
technology in a CAT I certified GBAS solution for precision approach and
landings, enabling aircraft to fly either complex or straight-in approaches.
Easy to install, at major cost savings compared to ILS, SmartPath has
received FAA System Design Approval.
The next speaker
was Mr. Bharat Lingam, who works with Mahindra Satyam and spoke on:
Leveraging IT for Airport business excellence. Mr. Lingam advises
clients in the Travel, Logistics & Infrastructure verticals on achieving
business excellence by leveraging technology & solution eco systems. He
holds a B. Tech. degree from IIT Chennai and over 12 years of diverse
experience in the IT industry.
Mr. Bharat Lingam
detailed upon such topics as - What are the some of the pressing challenges
airports today face and what are the opportunities opening up in the future?
How can IT and recent innovations in this area be leveraged for achieving
business excellence and winning – both today & tomorrow?
speaker was Mr. Cyrille Jodas, Vice President, Adacel Inc., Canada,
International Simulation and Training and he spoke upon Advanced ATC
simulation tools to address shortage of air traffic controllers.
Mr. Cyrille Jodas
joined Adacel in 2002 and is currently the Vice President for International
Simulation and Training. Cyrille has broad experience in project management,
software development, avionics and sales. Mr. Cyrille has held numerous
positions with Adacel, including Project Manager for its flagship MaxSim(r)
simulator products. Mr. Cyrille holds a BE degree in Electronic Systems and
Computer Sciences from IRESTE, University of Nantes, France.
As there is and
for the foreseeable future will be a worldwide shortage of air traffic
controllers, Mr. Jodas explained how simulation can have an important impact
by eliminating lost training days and providing more hands-on experience to
graduate, more highly-qualified controller candidates with increased
frequency and with a greater degree of training standardization.
The last speaker
of the technical sessions was Mr. Rick Sharpe, Advisor Aviation
Business, Serco Middle East, and his topic was ‘Unprecedented Aviation
Growth – the ATM Challenge – India Vision’
Mr. Rick’s career
in aviation spans more than 33 years beginning with air traffic control in
1977 with Transport Canada and subsequently with NavCanada before joining
Serco in the Middle East.
Mr. Rick started
off by giving an overwhelming introduction to SERCO, both globally and in
the Middle East, and then went on to the changes SERCO has made in the
aviation scene in the Middle East. He then went on to the ATM challenges in
India and how best to go about them. The main challenges of managing Air
traffic in India are Airspace Restructuring, Flexible Use Airspace, ADSB
(Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast), PBN (Performance Based
Navigation) and Air Traffic Control Staffing.
The PBN concept
specifies aircraft RNAV system performance requirements in terms of
accuracy, integrity, availability, continuity and functionality needed for
the proposed operations in the context of a particular Airspace Concept. He
also deliberated upon how PBN translates to Increased airspace and airport
capacity, Greater operational efficiency, predictability and
controllability, Reduced flight times save fuel and cut CO2 emissions,
Controlled descent arrivals, Optimized flight level and airspeed profiles
and last but not the least Noise reduction or abatement.
He then gave an
introduction to the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) which
is a cooperative surveillance technique for air traffic control and related
applications being developed as part of the Next Gen transportation system.
He also discussed
the role of SERCO and how it can help in the Indian context touching various
aspects such as Training, Technology; Solutions are environment specific,
Safety Management and Global Standardization / Interoperability.
the technical sessions and all the speakers were thanked by the chairman of
the session by presenting mementoes.
The next and
concluding session was the Valedictory Session.
The Session was
chaired by Shri V P Agrawal, Chairman, Airports Authority of India.
He said that Air
Traffic Control officers have been working tirelessly in Area control
Centres and Control Towers and the skies have become very congested. He
further said that “We are gearing up and addressing these issues and
implementing various schemes and up gradation of various equipments etc. and
will be completed by 2011 end. We will be doing more and more up gradation
such as SBAS that is one major thing to happen which will require core
competencies in that area. Then come Air Traffic Flow Management and
flexible use of Airspace which involves use of military airspaces for civil
use. We have also acquired Performance Based Navigation (PBN) designed by
MITRE Corp. and gradually we are becoming more and more competent. Shortage
of ATCOs also came by way of more sectors and more routes and we are
addressing the problem in a big way. Also ATCOs should have a feel good
factor while working in the present atmosphere and the situation as of now
is tense and we are looking forward to work in a lively atmosphere.”
He further said
that he had full confidence that we will be able to reach the highest
standards by way of the newly appointed post of Member (ANS) and had high
hopes from his direction and were aiming at exporting our skills and
expertise in the region. He said that there could be several shortcomings
and deficiencies here and there and that our officers would understand the
limitations and would work out towards looking for in house solutions.
Finally he said that “I have a very great confidence on my team of officers
and I have seen them handling a crisis situation and steer through it very
smartly.” He concluded by saying that ATCOs should keep that spirit up
A brief report on
the 2 days’ activity was presented by Mr S Swaminathan, Regional
Secretary, ATC Guild (India).
was given by Shri Satyajit Dutta, Jt. GM (ATM), Member ATC Guild
(India) to all the participants and members, sponsors and the stakeholders.
The Seminar was
very well received by all the stakeholders. The two-day seminar ended with a
positive note that all the parties concerned should strive hard to
contribute their best in India’s initiatives for Aerospace Infrastructure.
A Gala Dinner was
organized on the 21st October for all the participants and their families at
the Airports Authority of India Officers Institute lawns.
and edited by
Mr. A. K. Dutta, DGM (ATM), IGI Airport