Saturday, July 5, 2014

Safety is being compromised, says CNS body Is anybody listening??

Neelam Mathews
July 5, 2014

The government will need to start looking at aviation in its entirety and not in isolated blocks. Take for instance, the shortage of CNS manpower at Airports Authority of India, which is a  becoming a safety hazard even as new ATM facilities continue to be commissioned. If CNS staff, are not added as per present requirements, safety will be severely compromised, employees  informed the Chairman AAI recently.
CNS and ATM Data Processing are the backbone of Air Traffic Services for safe and smooth operation of aircraft at airports and Indian airspace and accidents could be waiting to happen with overburdened and stressed people.
Interestingly, DGCA’s Pre-commissioning Safety Audit for CNS-ATM facilities does not look into the Safety critical requirements of adequate CNS manpower for new facilities. “There is a missing link in the Safety Chain of Air Navigation Service….this is the weakest link in the chain....,” cautioned a recent letter to the Chairman.

19 comments:

  1. Gp Capt Bali Secy BAOAJuly 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Why only CNS staff, the shortage of adequate operational staff has critically affected DGCA all these years and, is the main reason for FAA downgrade. As Indian aviation grows, we need to authorize Regulators / AAI to induct adequate staff matching the increased task. Bali

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    1. There are two main operational wing in India. ATC is rather overstaffed and needs evaluation by independent body to assess the need. We can have some formula like number of controllers per aircraft operated. Else AAI may go Air India way.

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  2. At present the AAI is been run by HR & Engineering peoples ,they know zero about CNS & ATM OPERATIONS.

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    1. SOME ENGG OFFICERS DO NOT KNOW ABOUT NOTAMS.
      CNS STRENGTH VS ATC STRENGTH. IT IS TOTALLY BIASED BECAUSE OF MEMBER (ATC) FOR ANS. NOW GOD ONLY CAN SAVE CNS AS IT IS THE LEAST PREFERRED WING.

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    2. CNS manpower is being utilizied to serve other directorates.
      Thatswhy no surprise on this issue...

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  3. DGCA should not allow to commission new CNS-ATM facilities without adequate manpower against the facility.

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  4. i agree as above

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  5. More than 35% of allotted strength as on 2006 is still unfilled. After 2009 15 ILS,13 RADARs,38 ATS Automations and ADS-B and 3 ASMGS were commissioned with out any additional creation / posting. In addition to this many more VHF Channels , more than 30 DATIS and more than 30VCCS facilities were added up along with many Lower Area Controls and Approach Controls introduced since 2009.
    This situation of operating very critical CNS facilities with out sufficient CNS maintenance Officials are leading to create Safety Hazards in general and reducing the optimum performance of critical ANS facilities in specific.
    If this situation continues for some more time,it may result to some major incident and wise administration should avert this by addressing the real issue.

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  6. For the last decade AAI became a infrastructure company only. Top management is serious about making money towards infrastruture only. the safety issues is delibrately being discarded in india as almost 50 % of CNS staff have been deployed all over the Airports in India Only..No Creation in CNS descipline is being taken by Management seroiusly. PRP Payment of employee is also not being given to the employee since 2007. this also making frustration among employees. Medical allowance OPD also reduce to 50 % to the employee. LTC is Also stop for the employee. this step have been taken by AAI management towards employee welfare in AAI.

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  7. Rationalization of manpower at CNS is not at per with the new facilities inducted for rapid modernization of the ATS services.

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  8. I Fully Agree on Above

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  9. Employee Welfare in Airports Authority of India is Nil or You can Say it is - (minus) 50 %.

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  10. CNS Facilities commissioned after 2009
    Additional Radars
    (i)Delhi (ASR+ MSSR), (ii) Mumbai (ASR+MSSR), (iii) Cochin (ASR+MSSR), (iv) Amritsar (ASR+MSSR), (v) Chennai (MSSR), (vi) Kolkata (MSSR), (vii) Bellary (MSSR), (viii) Jharasaguda (MSSR), (ix) Udaipur (MSSR), (x) Katihar (MSSR) , (xi) Porbander (MSSR), (xii) Vizag (MSSR), (xiii) Bhopal (MSSR )
    Advanced Surface Movement and Guidance Control System (ASMGCS)
    (i) Mumbai, (ii) Kolkata and (iii) Chennai
    Instrument Landing Systems (ILS)
    (i)Delhi (Rwy 09), (ii) Kolkata ( Rwy ), (iii) Gondia (iv) Surat (v) Vizag (vi) Kanpur (vii) Dehradun (viii) Gaya (ix) Silchar (x) Srinagar (xi) Lengpui , (xii) Chandigarh, (xiii) Vijayawada, (xiv) Agra, (xv) Chennai (RWY)
    DVOR/DME
    (i)Surat (ii) Vizag (iii) Kanpur, (iv) Dehradun , (v) Porbander (vi) Rajamumdary (vii) Ludhiana (viii) Hubli (ix) Allahabad (x) Pant Nagar (xi) Katihar (xii) Vijayawada (xiii) Jalgaon
    Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B)
    (i) Amritsar (ii) Jaipur (iii) Lucknow (iv) Varanasi (v) Agartala (vi) Guwahati (vii) Port Blair (viii) Ahmedabad (ix) Nagpur (x) Mangalore (xi) Calicut (xii) Cochin (xiii) Trivandrum (xiv) Coimbatore
    Large Scale Integrated ATM Automation Systems
    (i) Chennai (ii) Kolkata.
    Tower ATS Automation systems
    (i)Jaipur (ii) Lucknow (iii) Udaipur (iv) Amritsar (v) Bhuntar (vi) Varanasi, (vii) Dehradun (viii) Khajuraho, (ix) Bhubaneswar (x) Gaya (xi) Patna (xii)Ranchi (xiii) Aurangabad (xiv) Bhopal (xv) Indore (xvi) Jabalpur (xvii) Raipur
    (xviii) Baroda (xix) Ahmedabad (xx) Nagpur (xxi) Rajkot (xxii) Bhavnagar (xxiii) Gondia (xxiv) Surat (xxv) Calicut
    (xxvi) Madurai (xxvii)Vijayawada, (xxviii) Cochin, (xxix) Trivandrum (xxx) Mangalore, (xxxi) Coimbatore (xxxii)Tirupathi (xxxiii) Trichy (xxxiv) Hubli (xxxv) Guwahati (xxxvi) Agartala (xxxvii) Dimapur and (xxxviii) Imphal
    Integrated ATS Simulators (IATS)
    (i)Delhi, (ii) Mumbai, (iii) Chennai, (iv) Kolkata and (v) CHQ
    Radar/VHF voice networking due to upper space harmonization
    (i) Chennai (ii) Mumbai (iii) Delhi (iv) Kolkata
    Dedicated Satellite Communication Network (DSCN)

    (a) Hub Stations

    (i) Delhi and (ii) Mumbai

    (b) Other stations

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    1. Why discounting upkeep and organisation/coordination for Non-ANS equipments like Flight Information Systems, CCTV Systems, XBIS Systems, All Security BDDS equipments along with Security Comm equipments, AHCR equipments and its coordination thrusted on CNS manpower at all operational airports. Other ANS equipments like VCCS at 30 airports, ADS B at 6 airports, Large and Small Batteries and UPS & other ancillary equipments have been put in to operation after 2009, Sir.

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  11. (i) Jaipur (ii) Lucknow (iii) Udaipur (iv) Amritsar (v) Bhuntar (vi) Varanasi, (vii) Dehradun (viii) Khajuraho,

    (ix) Bhubaneswar (x) Gaya (xi) Patna (xii)Ranchi (xiii) Aurangabad (xiv) Bhopal

    (xv) Indore (xvi) Jabalpur (xvii) Raipur (xviii) Baroda (xix) Ahmedabad (xx) Nagpur (xxi) Rajkot (xxii) Bhavnagar (xxiii) Gondia (xxiv) Surat (xxv) Calicut (xxvi) Madurai (xxvii)Vijayawada, (xxviii) Cochin, (xxix) Trivandrum (xxx) Mangalore, (xxxi) Coimbatore (xxxii)Tirupathi (xxxiii) Trichy (xxxiv) Hubli (xxxv) Guwahati (xxxvi) Agartala (xxxvii) Dimapur and (xxxviii) Imphal , Goa, Chennai, Kolkata, Port Blair, Nangloi (Delhi), Belgaum, Agati, Vizag, GAGAN Bangalore, Dibrugarh, Jammu, Jodhpur, Allahabad, Gwalior, Agra, Shimla, Leh, Pantnagar, Ludhiana, Sundarnagar, Srinagar, Jaisalmer, Jamnagar, Kandla, Pune, Keshod, Bhuj, Jharasaguda, Katihar, Bagdogra, Barapani, Lilabari, Silchar, Tezpur

    VCCS/DATIS/DVTR
    (i) Dimapur (ii) Agartala (iii) Dimapur (iv) Jaipur (v) Bhuntar (vi) Imphal (vii) Dehradun (viii) Khajuraho, (ix) Bhubaneswar (x) Gaya (xi) Patna (xii)Ranchi (xiii) Aurangabad (xiv) Bhopal (xv) Indore (xvi) Jabalpur (xvii) Raipur
    (xviii) Baroda (xix) Ahmedabad (xx) Nagpur (xxi) Rajkot (xxii) Bhavnagar (xxiii) Gondia (xxiv) Surat (xxv) (xxv) Madurai (xxvi)Vijayawada, (xxvii)Tirupathi (xxviii) Trichy (xxix) Hubli
    Remote Controlled Air Ground VHF facility
    (i) Khajuraho (ii) Jodhpur (iii) Bhuntar (iv) Jharasaguda (v) Katihar (vi) Barapani (vii) Bhuj (viii) Udaipur, (ix) Bellary (x) Aurangabad (xi) Port Blair (xii) Amritsar (xiii) Amritsar (xiv) Jodhpur (xv) Agati (xvi) Porbander (xvii) Vizag (xviii) Ooty
    Establishment of NOC cell at Regional and Station level by Ministry of Civil Aviation
    (i) Delhi (ii) Mumbai (iii) Kolkata (iv) Chennai (v) Guwahati (vi) Ahmedabad (vii) Bangalore and (viii) Nagpur (ix) Hyderabad
    ATS Message Handling System
    (i) Mumbai
    New Airports
    (i)Nanded (ii) Mysore (iii) Jalgaon
    Operationalisation of GAGAN

    (a) INMCC/INULS (03 Nos):-Bangalore (02 Nos) and Delhi (01 Nos)

    (b) INRES (15 Nos) :-(i) Bangalore, (ii) Jammu (iii) Jaisalmer (iv) Ahmedabad (v) Dibrugarh (vi) Gaya (vii) Kolkata (viii) Goa (ix) Trivandrum (x) Delhi (xi) Bhubaneswar (xii) Nagpur (xiii) Guwahati (xiv) Port Blair (xv) Porbandar

    Establishment of Test Equipment Calibration Lab, SMUs and CNS Training Center at Hyderabad
    Increase in watch Hours at Airports:¬
    (i) Vizag due to International flight operations (ii) Bhubaneswar due to alternate to Kolkata (iii) Vadodara due to alternate to Mumbai (iv) Chandigarh (v) Porbander, (vi) Port Blair – Naval operational requirement

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  12. How we are expecting anything good till member(ATC) is there to take care of CNS!

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  13. AAI has become organisation of brick and mortar for well known reasons. Investment in tunes of hundreds of crores are spent on airports where it can never be recovered. Leftover is going through arm twisting by ATC guild.

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  14. When ANS Corporation Will be formed.... It's a Joke or Reality...

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