FAA completes Calibration flight for Bhatte Danda and TIA Radar System

Posted on by S Karki

The three days long calibration flight for Bhatte Danda and TIA Radar System has been completed yesterday under the supervision of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). According to the preliminary report dispatched by FAA, there is no any abnormal functioning of the tested radar systems.

The radar system of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) was tested at the first day of the calibration flight whereas the remaining two days were utilized for the testing of new generation Mode S Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) system installed at Bhattedanda, Lalitpur.

The test flight was carried out by the Bombardier Challenger 601 aircraft dispatched by FAA from 9AM to 4PM local time. The FAA will produce a detail report on the functioning of the radar systems at TIA and Bhatte Danda which could take a minimum of 15 days.

According to the information from Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the new radar at Bhatte Danda which is waiting the final report will come into operation from February, 2018.

The new radar system installed at Bhatte Danda is worth 1 Billion of Nepalese Currency. The new Mode S Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) can monitor the aircraft up to 200 nautical miles.  Its range reaches extending up to Dang in the west, and covers up the aerospace of entire eastern, northern and southern parts of the country whereas, the current existing 18 years old outdated radar’s range can only reach up to 60 nautical miles.

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