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Do you think Indian ATC is doing enough to reduce RT congestion in the skies ?
FROM THE EDITORS DESK- Thirty Second Issue, July 2012

Hi Friends!

The world Aviation community has chosen enhancing SAFETY,SECURITY and diminishing ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS as key objectives for the over all well being and growth of aviation in the coming years.

The UPR(User Preferred Route), an ANS initiative by Airports Authority of India (AAI), is part of the INSPIRE collaborative program from AAI, Air Services Australia (ASA) & Air Traffic Navigation Service(ATNS) ,dedicated to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of aviation across the Arabian sea and Indian ocean region. In its first meeting in May 2011 in Abu Dhabi, INSPIRE team had planned four INSPIRE Green flights to adopt the best practices for reducing emissions and demonstrate the results.

AAI facilitated the INSPIRE Green flights to fly UPRs in Mumbai FIR in July 2011. The flights were successful in demonstrating reduction in carbon emission of 73,000 Kg (partly due to UPRs). Airports Authority of India has once again successfully conducted the UPR trials in the oceanic region in Mumbai FIR on 28th June, 2012.

Two flights operated by Emirates and Cathay Pacific were facilitated by Mumbai ATC to fly User Preferred Routes (UPR) in Mumbai FIR, thereby saving considerable distance and time for the two flights apart from contributing to reduction in carbon emission.
A User Preferred Route (UPR) is a unique flight path flown by each aircraft instead of flying on designated pre-determined ATS routes. The aircraft flight planning computer calculates the best possible track between departure and destination that will most effectively minimize fuel emissions, taking into consideration forecast upper air wind speed/direction, temperature, aircraft type and its performance capability. Once calculated the UPR is digitally uplinked to the aircraft for loading to the aircraft flight management computer (FMS). Thus, the system of UPR helps to improve operational efficiency by providing each aircraft with an optimal flight path, thereby reducing flight times. As the aircraft on UPR do not normally cross the established way points, the UPR concept calls for slightly complex traffic management procedures and applications by Air Traffic Controllers.
In an age where environmental considerations and sustainability are everyday concerns in every field today, there are efforts today to have a GREEN angle to all airport operations, be it within the terminals or the operational area .In this direction, South Hampton Airport ,UK ,has implemented in 2012 the solar powered Runway Guard Lights. Many airports around the globe are taking GREEN initiatives in this regard.
Airport Sustainability, is a holistic approach to managing an airport so as to ensure the integrity of the Economic viability, Operational efficiency, Natural Resource Conservation and Social responsibility (EONS) of the airport. Aviation industry research and sources validate that environmental and energy based sustainability initiatives are already being implemented and practiced in response to the aviation/airport industry’s financial pressures, as well as to the expectations or mandates of regulatory agencies.
Airport Sustainability as a business strategy has both immediate and long-term benefits.
Aryama Sanyal