Drone Satellite Navigation Technology
During an event of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), a transportation officer highlighted the need in the enhancement of India’s avionics system. Considering the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system in the country, the plan would prove to be beneficial in all aspects.
According to India’s civil aviation secretary Ashok Lavasa, the project would save $10 million in fuel costs annually. The plan was to implement Gagan, a satellite based augmentation system (SBAS) that allows the aircrafts to be equipped with specialized SBAS receivers. This will help in flying non-precision approaches and en route navigation within Indian airspace with no vertical guidance at all.
Lavasa stated, “Realizing maximum benefits from GNSS [Global Navigation Satellite System] based services in en-route and terminal airspace would virtually require all aircraft to be equipped with GNSS avionics. Implementation decisions obviously should take into account aircraft operators’ plans to equip, which in turn depend upon cost savings which justify avionics and related costs.”
Like U.S. and Europe, Indian airlines and operators needed this aircraft upgrade to match with SESAR and NextGen requirement. In order to get benefit from this technology and acquire fuel savings, the operators need to invest openly for this cause. They will be able to obtain direct flying routes after the implementation of this efficient SBAS.
In addition, Lavasa calls for aircraft operators and ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Providers) to take hold of the investments on the GNSS technology. He also pointed out that Gagan would maintain India’s air traffic growth that is predicted to be world’s third largest AT expansion.
“Satellite navigation technology is the vision of future, the development of Gagan is an essential cornerstone to future safety and capacity enhancement initiatives like free flight, enhanced Terrain Collision Avoidance (TCA) and Automatic Dependence Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) that provide surveillance to users that are not currently served especially at low altitudes and over the ocean.” He said in one of his speeches.