Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru(KIAB/ BLR Airport) becomes the 1st airport in India to get an indigenously-developed Aviation Weather Monitoring System (AWMS) at both ends of the runway. AWMS is installed by Bangalore International Airport(BIAL). The technology is developed by Bengaluru-based CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL).
Features of AWMS
- The AWMS sensor has been installed on a 10 meters mast which is a 1st of its kind, designed by NAL.
- It has many unique features including eco-friendly, light weight & has a life span of over 60 yrs. The sliding mechanism enables easy maintenance .
i.In addition to AWMS, BIAL has also installed 4 Drishti Transmissometers to measure the Runway Visibility Range (RVR). The Drishti Transmissometers is developed by NAL, in association with the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD) .
ii.With this, BAIL has installed 6 Made in India RVRs at both runways.
iii.Drishti transmissometers help pilots with accurate runway visual range & is known for its precise reporting. It is suitable for all categories of airports that include CAT I and II, and CAT III A & B and also has the capacity to measure RVR down to 25 meters.
Integration of AWMS & RVR
i.The authorities have announced that there will be an integration of AWMS & RVR. After this integration the data collected will be displayed on a single screen.
ii.The web-enabled feature will allow the data to be accessed and maintenance to be carried from any location.
Headquarters– Bangalore, India
Director– Jitendra J Jadhav