India moves forward on air traffic control

A new Flight Information System (FIR) has recently come into effect for the air space stretching from the Bay of Bengal to India’s Thiruvananthapuram in the western state of Kerala.


Mumbai FIR integrated followed by Delhi and Kolkata.


India moves forward on air traffic control

A new Flight Information System (FIR) has recently come into effect for the air space stretching from the Bay of Bengal to India’s Thiruvananthapuram in the western state of Kerala. This air space between 26,000 feet and 46,000 feet in the Chennai Flight Information Region (FIR) will be handled by Chennai control, instead of four different controls as is being done now. At present, individual controls in various cities, including Bangalore, Mangalore, Vizag, guide aircraft through their flight. The integration of various air traffic control (ATC) radars into one in Chennai will also mean that the cockpit crew flying in the higher zones will have to communicate with only one person rather than various people as happens when they are transferred from one ATC to another during a flight. “Aircraft flying from the Far East and going to the West will benefit from the introduction of the system. For domestic airlines, the real benefit will be on the Delhi-Mumbai routes,” a senior pilot with Air India told the Hindu Business Line. The real benefit of the system will be realised by next year coming in when the Airports Authority of India (AAI) completes the integration of the country’s air space management system throughout the Indian airspace. At the moment, there are 11 Aircraft Control Centres (ACCs) and the AAI plans to integrate these into four ACCs initially, and eventually, into two ACCs. The Mumbai FIR will be next to get integrated followed by Delhi and Kolkata.