IndiGo 1st Airline To Use GAGAN For Landing

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  • The system was engaged for landing in Kishangarh airport, Rajasthan on Wednesday morning.
  • flight was conducted using an ATR-72 aircraft facilitated with GAGAN.
  • All Indain aircrafts mandated to have GAGAN installed.

New Delhi: Private airlines Indigo on Thursday became the first to land using the indigenous navigation system GAGAN, according to an official statement.

The flight was conducted using an ATR-72 aircraft which landed at the Kishangarh airport in Rajasthan on Wednesday morning using the  GPS-aided geo-augmented navigation (GAGAN), jointly developed by the Centre-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

GAGAN is used to provide lateral and vertical guidance when an aircraft is approaching a runway for landing. Its precision is especially useful at small airports where the instrument landing system has not been installed.

It is mandated for every carrier to have GAGAN equipment fitted as per the notice by DGCA.

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