Taking a serious note of contravention of its instructions not to have ‘blind landings’ at Dabolim airport in view of the repairs of the only runway, the Director General of Civil Aviation has issued notices to four major airlines.
Due to the ongoing repairs of the runway and following discussions with all concerned, operations at Dabolim airport are restricted for civilian traffic from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm when the work on the runway is carried out.
Despite the notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued to this effect last week, some airlines landed on the runway during the curfew period even though the Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) and ground based radar system were switched off.
While the PAPI indicates the landing path to facilitate safe landing, the radar system gives inputs like distance and height before touchdown. In the absence of these facilities, the pilots have to rely upon the vision and hence it is called ‘blind landing’.
DGCA Chief E K Bharat Bhushan appeared to have taken a serious cognizance of this violation and threatened necessary action against the pilots involved which could result in de-rostering them.