NIA | | Posted by Yamini CS
To cater to the growing traffic at Karnataka’s Belagavi airport, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday commissioned a category I instrument landing system (ILS) for its runway.
According to the AAI, the total installation cost of the facility is $12.38 cr.
The installation of the ILS on the approach to runway 26 of the Belagavi airport will allow the landing of aircraft with poor visibility, as well as night landings, the authority added.
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An instrument landing system (ILS) is a precision radio navigation system that provides short-range guidance to aircraft to allow them to approach a runway at night or in bad weather.
The new facility has a 16-element localizer antenna system that will help in precision approach of all aircraft landing at Belagavi airport in all weather conditions.
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The instrument landing system uses two radio beams to provide pilots with vertical and horizontal guidance during the landing approach. The localizer (LOC) provides azimuth guidance, while the glide path (GP) defines the correct vertical descent profile. The system allows planes to approach until they are 200 feet (61 m) above the ground and is very useful for pilots at airports like Belagavi.
The trial of the installed ILS was successfully completed on the Hyderabad-bound A320 flight operated by Indigo Airlines on July 31 this year.