Kathmandu looking at safer, more efficient airspace

26th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Jan 26: The radar system installed at Bhattedanda by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) is set to start on February 1st. The radar was installed with donation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The en-route radar of Bhattedanda, along with the terminal radar of Tribhuvan International Airport will allow air traffic to be safer and more efficient. The Bhattedanda radar, situated at a height of 2300 meters, gives coverage over 75% of Nepal. The older systems allowed surveillance of airplanes to a distance of around 110 km, while the Bhattedanda radar will allow surveillance over 450 meters.

“The older system covers only a short distance and only gives knowledge of where an aircraft is, but the new system will also give information about the height an aircraft is flying at,” said Project Manager, Sanjiv Kathayat. “It can also give information about the speed an aircraft is moving in and identify the aircrafts that it senses.”

Director General of CAAN, Sanjiv Gautam, said that CAAN has been conducting safety assessments since January 17 and the entire system is being prepared for operation. The radar was flight-tested by America’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on November 16 and 18.

The new radar system will allow the distance between aircraft to be decreased to a great extent from 20-25 km to 5-9 km. This allows more aircraft to fit in the same airspace, reducing air congestion and flight delays.

CAAN is also planning to install another radar at Bhairahawa, which will allow radar coverage to the entire country.