Shri K. N. Shrivastava, Secretary (Civil Aviation) and Shri V.P. Agrawal, Chairman, AAI lighting the lamp during 23rd meeting of ICAO Separation and Air Safety Panel. Also seen in the picture are Shri V Somasundaram, Member(ANS), AAI and other dignitaries
Mr. K.N. Shrivastava, Secretary, Civil Aviation inaugurated the 23rd ICAO Separation and Air Safety Panel meeting on November 11, 2013 at Radisson Blue Plaza Hotel, New Delhi. The SASP meeting was hosted by Airports Authority of India between November 11 and 22, 2013.
The Secretary, Civil Aviation touched upon the growth in air traffic and the constant imbalance between airspace demand and capacity necessitating a pragmatic approach to the definition of separation minima, whilst working well within the safety paradigm.
Mr. Robert Butcher Operational Analysis Manager, Air Services Australia (ASA) is the Chairman of SASP. Thirty two members and advisors from various countries, including members of the Mathematicians Sub-Group, are participating in the meeting.
The Chairman AAI, Mr. V. P. Agrawal, in his key note address mentioned that modern technology including GNSS and ADS-B needs to be harnessed and new collision risk models need to be developed scientifically so that the separation minima can be reduced with increased safety norms.
The DGCA Mr. Arun Mishra who is an erstwhile representative of India at the ICAO Council noted how the members of the SAS panel worked silently and relentlessly to contribute to the efficiency of optimum airspace use. He said he was a witness to their extraordinary efforts which produced tangible outcomes from close quarters during his tenure at the ICAO Headquarters at Montreal.
Earlier the Member ANS, Mr. V. Somasundaram proposed a welcome address to the international delegates. He also highlighted the work carried out by the panel which was significant in the provision of Air Traffic Management Services. He also noted the significant strides made by the Indian ANSP in harnessing technology to improve efficiency, enhance situational awareness through seamless surveillance and implementing new evolving separation standards contained in ICAO and recommended practices after due diligence, and by conducting target level of safety studies indigenously.
The chair of the SASP, Mr Robert Butcher and the ICAO Technical Officer, Mr. Saulo J. Da Silva too spoke on the occasion.
IMPHAL GOES INTERNATIONAL
Water canon welcome of the maiden international flight at Imphal International Airport from Myanamar
With the welcoming water canon to the first ever flight from Myanamar to Imphal, the International Airport at Imphal emerged on the aviation map of international connectivity. The flight GMR803 Airbus carried 200 delegates for a meeting with the Chief Minister and other State Government officials.
Chief Minister, Manipur in the presence of Secretary, DONER and other senior officers emphasized that efforts put in by Airports Authority of India were of great significance and this will further boost the economy of the state in particular, and of the North East Region as a whole. The passengers of the maiden flight were given a warm welcome by the State Government officials and AAI provided all the facilities for seamless transition through the airport.
WAY TO GROW
AAI’s Paper Recycling Unit earned ISO 14001: 2004 certificate for recycling of paper and its utilization. AAI holds the distinction of being the first PSU to establish a Paper Recycling Unit to support the concept GROW—Government Recycled Office Waste. The Paper Recycling Unit of AAI converts paper waste collected from various offices of AAI across the nation and uses it for various day to day stationery products required in its offices. These include folders, visiting cards, envelopes, letter heads, corporate gifts and calendars. The Paper Unit has also earned laurels for AAI through its meritorious and prestigious awards such as Golden Peacock Innovation Award, 2012, Times of India-Teflas CSR Award 2012 and Asia’s Best CSR practice award 2013. AAI continues to promote sustainable living.
Change in corporate culture
The use of recycled papers has brought in a change in the corporate culture within the organization—inculcating and promoting resource minimization, recycling and reuse of waste paper and contributing to environment conservation in a meaningful way.
Driven by the concept of promoting better practices for environment conservation, AAI in association Kalyanmayee, its women welfare association started this unique initiative in 2009. Mrs. Archna Agrawal, President, AAIWWA, pioneered the inception of the project and significantly contributed in establishment of the paper recycling unit in New Delhi. It was in order to promote use of recycled paper in a substantial manner as a pan organizational practice and as part of day to day business operations. The unit is one of its kind model in India encouraging the use of recycled paper, saving energy, saving water, saving cost, creating jobs and reducing negative impact on the environment.
AAI became the first PSU in India to establish this Paper Recycling Unit to support the cause GROW. Key features of the paper recycling unit are energy conservation, conversion of waste into wealth by re-crafting and recycling.