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AAI initiates flight calibration at Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, West Bengal

The Indian civil aviation industry witnessed an enthused Airport Authority of India (AAI) operated Beechcraft – 350 aircraft, onboard with engineers and technicians from the Communication, Navigation & Surveillance (CNS) department, headed at India’s first private Greenfield airport at Andal, near Durgapur, West Bengal on March 14. The flight by AAI marked the initiation of a three-day flight calibration schedule of the already installed navigational and meteorological equipment at the physically complete 650-acre Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport, the centrepiece of the Rs. 10,000-crore Airport City by Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd (BAPL), currently in the making.
Confident of clearing all post installation performance checks of the equipment and achieving a favourable report by AAI post calibrating the installed instruments, BAPL envisages that its Airport will attain the formal license by DGCA, and thereby commence full-fledged commercial operation at the earliest. The company on its part has applied for permission to operate Category 4C aircrafts from its airport.
With the calibration exercise being the last significant milestone to be achieved pre-operationalisation of the airport, Partha Ghosh, Managing Director, Bengal Aerotropolis Projects Ltd, commented, “At the juncture of this momentous development, we welcome the AAI engineers who have arrived to initiate the calibration at the Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport. Reaching this stage in the project required a monumental effort which included relocation of the extra high voltage transmission lines.


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