IndiGo Plane Uses Advanced Navigation System

Wednesday, 4th July 2012 at 02:29am

Budget carrier IndiGo touched down at the Kochi Airport using a sophisticated navigation system that is the first in the local airline industry. The revolutionary on-board navigation system allows an aircraft to land without the aid of ground-based radars.

To carry out the task of landing an A320 aircraft precisely, it needs a Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approach, providing flight paths which are shorter and accurate and get trajectories secured.

The use of satellite-based GPS or Global Positioning System as well as the on-board systems, RNP will allow the plane to free itself from using ground-based navigational instruments.

The first regular flight using the RNP system was 6E-345 from Bengaluru to land in Kochi. IndiGo is the first airline in India that has equipped its entire fleet with the state-of-the-art navigation system.

Each landing approach translates to 75 kilometers of distance traveled saved or a saving of jet fuel equivalent to 400 kg per landing resulting to lesser greenhouse gas emission.

The development and the implementation of IndiGo's sophisticated RNP system is the result of the its collaboration with Quovadis, a subsidiary of Airbus, and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (CGCA), after its successful validation on simulators as well as actual planes.

Aditya Ghosh, the President of IndiGo was said to have been very excited about its partnership with the Airbus-owned company, Quovadis, to come up with the state-of-the-art navigation system, which is touted as India's first. The system is not only more efficient to use than the conventional radar system but it also saves fuel as it shortens its flight paths and landing approach. This will set a standard in a safer and improved air traffic management system in the country's airline transport industry.

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