Bhubaneswar: The Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) authorities have decided to install an Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) in the runway to improve flight operations in adverse weather conditions.
The system is expected to provide accurate data to the pilot to improve safety during landing of bigger aircrafts like Boeing and Airbus, being operated by international airlines particularly during winter months when visibility is poor due to fog in the city.
Airport Director Suresh Chandra Hota said, “At present, weather conditions and visibility on the runway are being recorded manually by Indian Metrological Department personnel. This manual system will be replaced by an AWOS soon to get more accurate data,” adding that the airport will become more hi-tech with this addition.
IMD Regional Director Sarat Chandra Sahu said, “During foggy conditions, officials usually go to the runway in a vehicle and measure the visibility. However, this new system will record runway visibility range and aviation weather system including pressure, temperature and wind direction automatically.”
Presently, flights are being diverted from the city airport in case of poor visibility in winter.