Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi, has deployed DRISHTI software — designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), Bengaluru for reporting the runway visual range to ensure safe landing and take-off of aircraft in poor visibility conditions.
The deployment of Drishti Transmissometers at the IGI airport recently is part of the first phase installation of 20 such systems in 10 airports across the country. The CAT III B IGI Airport, New Delhi, is now the first Airport in the country to have 10 indigenous systems operating in all its three runways.
Earlier, CSIR-NAL and India Meteorological Department (IMD) signed a partnership to install nearly 70 Drishti systems at various Airports of the country.
IMD has established the dual mode landline and Wi-Fi communication along with multiple displays at Air Traffic Control Room and Approach Radar Room. Drishti Integrated Visibility Software by CSIR-NAL allows IGI to view the data on a single screen at ATC to reduce congestion at ATC and would aid the MET officer to easily report visibility data to pilots.
The installation of the cost effective Drishti system is mandatory at all airports as per International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
CSIR-NAL can do the health monitoring of the system through web enabling from Bengaluru – cutting the cost of maintenance.