SITA Augments VHF for Indian Airports

by CXOtoday Staff    May 21, 2007

Societe Internationale Telecommunication Aeronautique (SITA) is working with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to deploy an additional 17 VHF ground stations at Indian airports that will allow Indian Airlines and AAI to exchange real-time data with aircrafts.

This move taken by SITA will bring its AIRCOM network in India to 23 stations supporting India’s national air fleet.

Akhil Sharma, SITA’s London-based director with worldwide responsibility for air traffic management, will be attending the first Indian hosted AGM and CEO conference of the global Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO) in Kochi.

K Ramalingam, chairman of AAI commented, “AAI has pioneered the use of SITA’s data link service in its oceanic airspace that covers the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. It is delivering operational benefits, enabled by remote airspace surveillance and data link communications between air traffic controllers and pilots.”

SITA’s AIRCOM network in India originally comprised of 4 VHF ground stations at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. In recent years, Jet Airways, Air Sahara, and Kingfisher have all became customers for AIRCOM Server.

ACARS also allows the uploading of weather and flight plans, and downloading of engine performance, data, etc.

Globally, SITA operates over 850 VHF ground stations in over 160 countries.