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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Bagdogra-Kolkata air fare up 17 times
Comment: Airlines thank the rain God!!

I was there in the Bagdogra airport that day, Sir. The rains had forced cancellation of trains, and the airport was struggling under the passenger loads. The Gorkhaland agitation has the Darjeeling parts and roads closed up and disturbed for about 2 months now. I had my Sikkim trip to Majhitar, and was able to catch sight of the new hilltop airport for Gangtok only from a great distance, from a road down below. For Sikkim, only this National highway is open, and that too with the landslides, is not easy to traverse. (We got stuck up in Siliguri for a day). SK-marked licence plate vehicles are primarily plying the route, with WB-marked ones in danger of being burnt.
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Thanks for the input and support.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Drones' hit Delhi flights

New Delhi, Aug. 20 (PTI): Dozens of flights were affected today as aviation operations were suspended twice at the Delhi airport after "drone-like objects" were spotted on its runways.
Indira Gandhi International Airport, the country's busiest, saw the operations getting halted for an hour in the morning and around 45 minutes in the evening, sources said.
Following the shutdown, two Air India flights were diverted to Lucknow and Ahmedabad while one each of GoAir and IndiGo was diverted to Jaipur.
Around 11.15am, a pilot of a China Airline flight coming from Taipei to New Delhi noticed a flying object on runway 28/10 at the time of landing.
The runway was then shut for operations from 11.20am to 20 minutes past noon, airport security sources said. The China Airline could not be immediately contacted for comments.
A "drone-like object" was again spotted around 7.10pm, this time by AirAsia pilots. The operations were suspended on all three runways of the airport for around 45 minutes. The flight operations resumed at 7.55pm after clearance from Delhi police, the sources said.
An AirAsia India spokesperson said the pilots of a flight from Goa to New Delhi spotted the "unidentified object" flying close to the aircraft while landing on runway 11.
"Our pilots followed normal procedure and carried out an uneventful landing. Upon landing, the pilot reported the incident to the air traffic controller," the spokesperson said in a statement.
The airline has filed a report with aviation regulator DGCA.
Delhi police said a case would be filed. "We will be registering a case under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code," DCP (Indira Gandhi International Airport) Sanjay Bhatia said.
Section 188 deals with disobedience to an order promulgated by a public servant. The DGCA has banned the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, which includes drones, for commercial use.
Comment: Whats going on babus ? Runway space around the DEL, India’s largest airport is high security area. Nowhere commercial drones are allowed in active airport areas!

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170821/jsp/nation/story_168342.jsp
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IAF gets Panagarh Hercules-ready amid high-decibel row with China

KOLKATA: The Indian Air Force has without any fanfare added more teeth to its capabilities in the east by commissioning Air Force Station Arjan Singh in Panagarh, about 150km northwest of Kolkata, in the middle of the stand-off with China in Doklam.

AFS Arjan Singh became fully operational, with its full complement of six C-130J Super Hercules strategic aircraft, in the last week of July. The Doklam stand-off with China started a month earlier.

Panagarh is the second location in the country, after Hindan in Ghaziabad, to have a base for the C-130J aircraft. Technicians and engineers from Lockheed Martin have been building hangars and other facilities for these aircraft at Panagarh for over two years. A senior IAF official in New Delhi said an Ilyushin Il-78 mid-air refueller has also been based at Panagarh to extend the endurance of Eastern Air Command (EAC)'s fighter fleet, particularly the Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs.
"The first of the C-130Js started arriving in India in 2011 and the first squadron (Veiled Vipers) was based at Hindan. These aircraft are considered among the most versatile in their class, capable of landing with troops and equipment at Advanced Landing Grounds with short runways close to the Line of Actual Control with China in India's northeastern states. The Super Hercules is not a mere transport aircraft. It is a strategic asset that can deploy troops in hostile territory at extremely short notice," another IAF officer said.


The hangars and other facilities at the bases at Hindan and Panagarh are hush-hush affairs not without reason. Entire Special Forces units with equipment bunk in air-conditioned quarters below the hangars. This enables them to mobilise within minutes and board the aircraft that are kept ready for take-off at any point of time. When not in actual operation, Special Forces personnel train both with and without the aircraft.


"Panagarh is crucial also because the Indian Army's newly raised 17 Strike Corps is to be headquartered there. Panagarh will also have one of the two high-altitude infantry divisions (59 Division) of the Corps The 17 Strike Corps is being raised keeping in mind threats from across India's northern border. All these make AFS Arjan Singh a key strategic location. It is being kept at a state of full preparedness for 'short and swift' operations," the officer added.


The IAF believes that commissioning of AFS Arjan Singh will raise eyebrows across the LAC but officers maintain that it is all part of a schedule that has nothing to do with the present situation. However, assets like Il-78 refuellers are deployed for better preparedness during contingencies. With squadrons of the Mig-21s and Mig-27s being gradually phased out, the Su-30 MKI has become the mainstay of the EAC. These air-superiority aircraft have a range of 3,000km that can be more than doubled by mid-air refuelling, thereby increasing their potency manifold and enabling them to launch strategic weapons.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/iaf-gets-panagarh-hercules-ready-amid-high-decibel-row-with-china/articleshow/60200173.cms

Comment: A very positive development indeed! India needs a total air supremacy in the Bhutan/Sikkim tri junction area to stop any Chinese misadventure. Also large scale PLA movement in Tibet could only be neutralized by long range Su-30 aircrafts operating out of Hasimara, Bagdogra, Tejpore air fields. Uneducated politicians of Waste Bengal should shut up!
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Hindon Air Force base to be used for RCS-Udan scheme
http://www.thestatesman.com/india/hindon-air-force-base-used-rcs-udan-scheme-1502479849.html

The government on Wednesday said the Hindon Air Force base in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad may be used to connect regional destinations to the national capital in future.
According to Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey, the Ministry of Defence has agreed to provide the Air Force base for flight operations under the second round of the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS-Udan).
However, the IGI airport operator DIAL (Delhi International Airport Limited) has to be taken “on-board” for the new arrangement to be implemented.

Comment: This will reduce pressure on IGI airport. But DIAL may not accept another functioning civil airport so close to DIAL.
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IAF’s first generation jet bomber Canberra turns 60 tomorrow

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/iafs-1st-gen-bomber-canberra-turns-60-tomorrow/articleshow/60309964.cms
BENGALURU: Come tomorrow, and the first English Electric Canberra jet inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) will turn 60. The first generation Jet Bomber was manufactured in a large number through the 1950s.

"The prototype of Canberra first flew in May 1949 and in January 1957, and the aircraft was selected by the Indian Air Force to equip its bomber and strategic reconnaissance fleet. The Canberra Jet bomber was first inducted in the IAF in No. 5 Squadron (Tuskers) at Agra on 01 September 1957," the IAF said in an official release.

When political turmoil broke out in Belgian Congo in 1961, the UNO requested India for strike aircraft and within five years of serving the IAF, on October 9, 1961, under the command of Wing Commander AIK Suares, six Canberra aircraft of No 5 Squadron took off from Agra for Leopoldville, over 6000 km away to join the United Nations' Multinational Force in the Congo.

"This was the first-ever Indian fighter-bomber contingent to take part in UN operations. The offensive operation in Congo earned the Squadron two Vir Chakras, one Vayu Sena Medal and five Vishisht Seva Medals," the IAF said.


The Canberras took part in all major operations, including the liberation of Goa in 1961, the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars, 1987 Op Pawan in Sri Lanka, 1988 Op Cactus in Maldives and 1999 Kargil war.
On December 18 1961, Canberras of No 16 and 35 Sqn bombed the Dabolim airport forcing Portuguese forces to surrender.


The Canberra last saw action in the Kargil war in 1999 where it flew recce missions. During one of the missions one aircraft's engine was hit by a missile. The sturdy Canberra could survive the enemy's missile attack and landed safely with all vital information.

During its service, Canberra provided invaluable photo reconnaissance inputs of enemy territory during wars and peacetime operations, resulting in accurate and effective operations. After 50 years of glorious service to the Nation on 11 May 2007 at Air Force Station Agra, the IAF bid adieu to its legendary old war horse.

Comment: Yes, both in Goa in 1961 and Bangladesh War in 1971 pounding by Canberra bombers shortened the war considerably. They have a glorious past compared to Vampire jets, another jet bombers IAF used in those days!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sep 02 2017 : The Times of India (Kolkata)
Solar plant packs power-ful punch at Kolkata airport


A Rs 88-crore solar power generation plant that is under trial at Kolkata airport is set to propel it ahead of its peers in the country . Once it connects to the CESC grid, it will be the largest source of alternative energy in Kolkata.
Speaking to TOI, Kolkata airport director Atul Dikshit said the solar-harvesting facility was undergoing tests before pushing power into the CESC grid. Altogether, 45,454 solar panels, each of 330W capacity , have been installed across 65 acres to the east of the primary runway . The plant has a peak generation capacity of 15MW solar power. It is expected to generate 1.3 million units of electricity a month, enough to light up a locality with 1,000 homes.
This is the second solar plant at the airport. A couple of years ago, it had commissioned a 2MW rooftop plant -at a cost of Rs 10.5 crore -that currently powers lights at the airport.
“We have signed a net-metering agreement with CESC and hope to make substantial savings on our electricity bill once the plant is commissioned,“ Dikshit said. Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. Since the airport uses more electricity that it will generate, the difference between the electricity supplied to it by CESC and the electricity the airport exports to the grid will be factored into the bill. According to rough estimates, the airport's electricty bill should come down from Rs 6 crore to Rs 4.75 crore a month. The annual saving will be Rs 15 crore.
CESC confirmed that the airport was poised to become its biggest supplier of solar power and will be critical for the company to meet its solar obligation. At present, the quantum of solar power in the the CESC grid is currently around 8.5MW .
Prior to the installation of the solar panels, a glare analy sis was carried out to ensure that sun's reflection doesn't distract or disturb pilots. It is only thereafter that the site location and height of solar photovoltaic modules were decided. “Solar glare was a concern for pilots but technological advancements have led to a substantive reduction in the reflective index of panels,“ a pilot said.
Setting up a solar unit in a city is major challenge owing to space crunch. Airports have, therefore, emerged as suitable sites for solar harvesting as it has to mandatorily leave large tracts of land vacant next to runway for operational safety.
Comment: 65 acers has been invested for generating 15MW electricity.! With a saving of 15 crores per year. I have no problem with that but remember there are apron space and taxiway space shortage in the airport.Solar farm should have been developed in a remote area like Sunderban, leaving that valuable space near the main runway for apron and taxiway construction.AAI think hard!.
http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31812&articlexml=Solar-plant-packs-power-ful-punch-at-Kolkata-02092017002017
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Aircraft escape via chute
- Mayday! Smoke seen from flight in Calcutta


https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170910/jsp/frontpage/story_172049.jsp

Bhutan Airlines flight B3-701, carrying 67 passengers, five flight attendants and two pilots, had barely begun taxiing towards the runway around noon when the pilot of a just-landed IndiGo flight from Imphal saw the smoke.
Airport officials said the pilot of the Bhutan Airlines flight immediately sounded three "Maydays" to air traffic control. Four chutes or evacuation slides were deployed and all 74 people were brought out within 90 seconds in keeping with international aviation protocol, airport officials said.

Some of the passengers and crew members suffered minor cuts or bruises.
Officers of the coastguard's airport unit were inspecting their hangar when they saw passengers sliding down the chutes and "screaming in panic", deputy commandant Pankaj Mishra said.
The coastguard unit took some of the passengers into its ambulance and provided first aid. The directorate-general of civil aviation has ordered a probe.
An airline spokesperson said the smoke, "which was seen coming out... around the APU (auxiliary power unit) area... soon dissipated by itself".
"The aircraft was thoroughly inspected by our flight engineer (who) found no major damages," following which the pilot flew the empty aircraft to Bangkok for further checks.
"Another aircraft came from Paro (Bhutan) to take the stranded passengers to Bangkok," another airline official said.
The flight had arrived in the morning from Paro and was parked, attached to an aerobridge, at bay number 59. At 11.55am, it began taxiing. IndiGo's Imphal-Calcutta flight had landed minutes earlier and was taxiing from the runway towards the parking bay.
"The IndiGo pilot saw the smoke and alerted air traffic control before speaking directly to the Bhutan Airlines pilot," an airport official said.
An A319 aircraft allows six chutes to be deployed at a time - four for the doors and two for the two exit windows. But since the number of passengers was low, four chutes were used, sources said.
Images of passengers sliding down chutes had been beamed to global TV audiences on January 15, 2009, when a US Airways Airbus A320-214 struck a flock of geese minutes after takeoff from New York and lost all engine power.
Pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles somehow crash-landed the plane on the River Hudson. All 155 people on board slid down chutes and were rescued by nearby boats.
COMMENT: A timely action by the pilot!
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Airlines sidestep Europe statistic
- 2 lakh fliers but not enough to fly direct

https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170918/jsp/calcutta/story_173753.jsp

Sept. 17: Calcutta contributes between 400 and 550 passengers daily to airlines flying to Europe from elsewhere, yet no carrier sees a business opportunity in the statistic.
"We have been studying the market to Europe for more than a year. The volume of passengers is enough to fill at least one flight, but the traffic is not evenly distributed throughout the year. It is mostly seasonal movement of tourists and students," said a senior official of Calcutta airport.
According to the survey, between 1.5 to 2 lakh people fly out of the city annually to other cities and take connecting flights to Europe. The route of choice for most is through Dubai or Doha. Some travel via Delhi or Mumbai and a few through Singapore and other Asian cities.
The state government and the airport authorities have tried to convince several airlines to explore the opportunity of starting a direct flight from Calcutta, but the response every time has been that it is not feasible. "We have the infrastructure to handle direct Europe flights, yet no airline has approached us for this," airport director Atul Dixit told Metro.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had asked the airport director for an update on the initiative to bring a direct flight to Europe on her way to north Bengal on September 11.
According to officials, Mamata, before boarding the flight to Bagdogra, had asked Dixit whether there was "any development". When the airport director said there was none, the chief minister asked whether Jet Airways, whom she had requested to start a direct flight to Europe, had shown "renewed interest".
Jet Airways said it was not yet looking at the possibility. "We have good connectivity to Europe from Delhi and Mumbai and we connect Calcutta passengers to these flights through our strong domestic network," a Jet official said.


Air India, which not long ago had expressed interest in starting a direct flight to London, said there was no such plan at the moment. The airline last week started a flight between Delhi and Copenhagen. For Calcutta, the consolation is an extra Bangkok connection.
"We do not have immediate plans to start a London flight from Calcutta because of operational reasons," an Air India official said.
Industry-starved Bengal does not provide enough business travel to ensure year-long occupancy for an airline. Also, unlike budget tourists or students, business travel is less price-sensitive and ensures that high-yield seats do not go empty.
British Airways and Lufthansa had withdrawn from Calcutta because of the yield factor. Both airlines were getting economy passengers, but not enough business-class travellers.
According to tour operators and officials of various airlines, the travel pattern from Calcutta to Europe and the US is such that the hub-and-spoke model works out best for carriers.
"Calcutta adds to the passenger volume of airlines from their respective hub. Some passengers prefer Delhi or Mumbai because they get a lot of choices and, therefore, cheaper fares. Even if one flight starts operating, the price factor would still take a chunk of these passengers to Delhi and Mumbai," said Anil Punjabi, chairman (east) of the Travel Agents' Federation of India.

Comment: This report is nothing new but an old wine in new bottle. Unless there is renewed industrialization there is no hope for direct flight to Europe. It is a fault of Bengal’s domestic politics. But we must thank ME3 airlines for their timely service no matter what is the economic environment i! Also white color Bongs, please don’t leave that place for good, it is not all that gloomy. You have to take care of your own land and not central govt!
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Takeoff from secondary runway 01L in the evening: https://youtu.be/uziwSd0F5B0
Four strong lights are PAPI of secondary runway 01R south side.

Drone view of Kolkata: https://youtu.be/cebUwvA-dD0
IndiGo A320 landing on DEL, cockpit view: https://youtu.be/JhI4VhTV-hs
Indira Gandhi International airport, waiting and shopping area: https://youtu.be/7i9rMhxSlLA
The New Delhi airport; A national geographic documentary: https://youtu.be/f8bygjApyM0
Night landing of Indigo and Jet at Mumbai airport. Green centerline lights of taxiway are impressive : https://youtu.be/22mnmMrDYww
Top ten modern, newly renovated airports in INDIA:
https://youtu.be/JNDbBOdstio I am in disagreement with this video. The most comfortable airport in INDIA is DEL- IGI !!
Cockpit view of BOM landing at night: https://youtu.be/HFD700Qfc9A
Five longest flights in the world : https://youtu.be/IxtyovIaG8c
Day time landing on secondary runway: https://youtu.be/cQ8m37mNIRA Please note solar panels on the east side of main runway.
Spice Jet landing at secondary runway from north : https://youtu.be/jQEDnRo_EcM
Inner view of NSCBI airport, domestic arrival area: https://youtu.be/UytVY5-xDt8
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