Cloud, rain, fog, and other adverse conditions in the sky will not block or divert flights from Birsa Munda airport in Ranchi. Reason?

The Air Port Authority of India has installed a device called Instrument Landing System( ILS). It is a standard International Civil Aviation Organisation precision landing aid that is used to provide accurate azimuth and descent guidance signals to enable aircraft for landing on the runway under normal or adverse weather conditions created by clouds, rain, fog, and so on.

“ILS facility is a highly accurate and dependable means to navigating to the runway and provides the lateral and vertical guidance necessary to fly a precision approach. When all components of this system are available, including the approved approach procedure, the pilot may execute a precision approach and land smoothly”, states the ILS feature on its website.

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Due to fog and other weather conditions, flights were compelled to be diverted from Birsa Munda Airport to Kolkata, Raipur, and Bhuvneshwar. This caused untold problems for aviation companies, pilots, fliers, and airport authorities. This is past, says Birsa Munda Airport Director AL Agrawal.

The installation work of ILS is over. To kick start its functioning, Agrawal says, Air Port Authority has been apprised of it. Once AAI okayed it, ILS system will start functioning at Birsa Munda Airport. 

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