GE Aviation and AAI collaborate to improve airspace efficiency

fe Bureau Posted online: Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 0000 hrs
Mumbai : GE Aviation on Monday said that it will provide technical support to Airports Authority of India (AAI) to accelerate the deployment of Required Navigation Performance (RNP) flight paths at Bengaluru, Mangalore and Guwahati airports respectively.

"Through a US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) grant, GE Aviation and AAI will work together to deploy the efficient procedures at India’s Bengaluru, Mangalore and Guwahati airports to improve airspace efficiency,” said a release by GE Aviation.

RNP flight paths are designed to shorten the distance an aircraft has to fly en-route, and to reduce fuel burn, exhaust emissions and noise pollution in communities near airports.

"India has more than 50 mid-sized airports, including Mangalore, which could benefit immediately with track mile and fuel savings from RNP,” said Giovanni Spitale, general manager of GE Aviation’s Flight Efficiency Services.

"In the long term, India could realize 80,000 tons of fuel and 252,000 tons of CO2 reduced annually by implementing RNP across the country,” he added.

GE Aviation will also work with India’s regulator Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to support RNP operations approval for an Indian airline, the release said.

"Once the flight paths are deployed and in use, a report documenting the actual benefits of the flight paths will be published,” it added.