IndiGo’s plane with GAGAN lands using the LPV approach

Chennai, April 28 (IANS): IndiGo Airlines, owned by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, on Thursday became the first airline in Asia to use the Locate Performance with Vertical Guidance (LPV) approach, the airline announced.

In a statement, the company said the airline performed the LPV approach on its GAGAN-equipped ATR 72-600 aircraft at Kishangarh (Ajmer) airport on April 28.

The term GAGAN stands for GPS Aided GEO Augmented Navigation, a Space Based Augmentation System (SBAS), jointly developed by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Airports Authority of India (AAI) to provide lateral and vertical guidance on an approach, approaching the accuracy of a Category I Instrument Landing System (ILS).

This test flight is part of the approval process with the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGCA), which includes pilot training, approach validation, simulation sessions, among others.

According to the airlines, LPV capability provides air operators with an accurate, near-precision instrument approach option with the lowest minima compared to other approach options, when ILS is not installed or is not available, especially in the case of Regional Connectivity System (RCS) airports. .

“This is a huge step forward for Indian civil aviation and a major step towards ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ as India becomes the third country in the world to have its own SBAS system after the United States and Japan,” said Ronojoy Dutta, managing director and CEO of the airlines.

He said GAGAN will be a game-changer for civil aviation, leading to modernized airspace, reduced flight delays, realizing fuel savings and improving passenger safety. flights.

The DGCA has issued a mandate for all aircraft registered in India after July 1, 2021 to be equipped with GAGAN equipment. The GAGAN Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) user equipment is interoperable with all international SBAS systems – USA WAAS, Europe EGNOS and Japan MSAS.

In India’s civil aviation sector, GAGAN will modernize airspace, reduce flight delays, save fuel and improve flight safety. In addition, GAGAN will bring benefits to many other industries, including transportation, railways, surveying, shipping, highways, telecommunications and security agencies.

According to ISRO, the GAGAN GEO footprint extends from Africa to Australia and has the capacity to expand for seamless navigation services across the region.

The Indian space agency said that GAGAN provides the additional accuracy, availability and integrity needed for all phases of flight, from route to approach for all qualified airports in its service volume.