Govt delays Gagan-equipped aircraft commissioning to Jun 2020

MUMBAI: The Government has extended the deadline for Gagan system-equipped aircraft to June 2020 following lack of preparedness on the part of the domestic air operators.

The National Civil Aviation Policy, announced in 2015, had made it mandatory for all aircraft being registered from January 1, 2019 to be GPS-aided geo augmented navigation (Gagan) system-enabled.

The Gagan system is expected to make airline operations more efficient and cut costs as it reduces separation between aircraft with increase in air safety and fuel efficiency.

Jointly developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Airports Authority of India (AAI), at an investment of Rs 774 crore, the system offers seamless navigation to the aviation industry.

It uses a system of ground stations to provide augmentations to the GPS standard positioning service navigation signal.

It was officially launched in 2015 by the then Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. (AGENCIES)


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