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Union government approves setting up of 13 greenfield airports

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New Delhi: The central government on Wednesday announced that it has granted ‘in-principle’ approval for setting up 13 greenfield airports across the country.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma, said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha that the government has granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 13 projects.

The government has granted ‘in-principle’ approval to 13 projects: Mopa in Goa, Navi Mumbai, Sindhudurg and Shirdi in Maharashtra, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Hassan and Shimoga in Karnataka, Kannur in Kerala, Debra in Gwalior, Pakyong in Sikkim, Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh and Karaikal in Pucherry,

While talking about the establishment of a greenfield airport near Bhiwadi in Alwar district of Rajasthan, Sharma said: “Government has granted site clearance to Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) for setting up of a greenfield airport near Bhiwadi.

The Minister further informed the upper house of parliament that a view on setting up a greenfield airport at Jewar in Uttar Pradesh will be taken after receiving a completely updated proposal from the state government.

Government of Uttar Pradesh is responsible for further progress in the project as the necessary action for approval from various departments, project development, including financing of the airport project has to be obtained by the respective airport promoter,

However, the minister added that ‘in-principle’ approval has been granted to the Uttar Pradesh government for setting up a greenfield airport at Kushinagar.

(Inputs from IANS)

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Ola Pledges Rs 500 Crore Over 1 year to Enhance Safety

Ola will bring technology advancements including a newly designed Covid-ready app

Ola commited Rs 500 crore over 1 year to make rides safer. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Ride-hailing major Ola on Friday pledged Rs 500 crore over the next year towards various initiatives globally to enhance safety in mobility amid Covid-19.

As part of the new “Ride Safe India” initiative, Ola said it will aim to bring a host of technology advancements including a newly designed Covid-ready app, hygiene and safety benchmark for vehicles and an industry-wide collective mission in its fight against the pandemic.

Driver safety will continue to be a focus for the company with the introduction of dedicated training modules and certification, said Ola which has resumed operations across the country and is now available in over 200 cities and towns.

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The training modules will also include strict adherence to daily temperature checks and wearing of masks through the selfie authentication mechanism, it added.

“We have already pioneered a series of initiatives including regular driver wellness checks, vehicle fumigation protocols and mask-detection technology amongst others to raise the bar of safety for consumers and driver-partners,” Anand Subramanian, spokesperson and Head of Communications, Ola, said in a statement.

“We are taking this further by building a robust network of 500+ fumigation centres across the country. Our commitment of Rs 500 crore towards various safety initiatives globally in the time to come, will help pave the way for new standards of mobility in the post-Covid world,” Subramanian added.

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Ola will aim to bring a host of technology advancements in it’s rides to enhance safety amid pandemic. (Representational Image). Pixabay

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Ola said it has set up a network of over 500 fumigation centres across the country at various hotspots and airports, to enable mandatory fumigation for all vehicles every 48 hours.

The ride-hailing major last month announced the decision to lay off 1,400 employees as revenues fell 95 per cent in two months amid the coronavirus crisis. (IANS)

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State-Run Airports Authority of India Pitches for Adding its Airports for Foreign flights

The bilateral discussion for traffic rights is done by the government with different countries

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The national airport operator has chalked out aggressive expansion plans. Pixabay

The state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants more of its airports included as point of call in the bilateral discussion for traffic rights with countries in the Middle-East and Southeast Asia.

The public sector agency raised the issue in a meeting chaired by Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola but has failed to get instant positive response with the latter stating that such move would depend on bilateral interest and reciprocity.

“It involves bilateral interest with other countries and need to be examined by the concerned division on case-to-case basis to ensure reciprocity and balance of interests while extending any such concession,” Secretary Kharola is learnt to have observed.

An AAI official said that many of its airports have enough capacity to handle more passengers and airlines. He further said that in case of insufficient passenger and cargo traffic, the airport capacity remains under-utilised.

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The state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants more of its airports included as point of call. Pixabay

Out of the 27 Indian cities from where international operations are currently being carried out, five cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kochi — account for about 70 per cent traffic.

“The bilateral discussion for traffic rights is done by the government with different countries. While AAI has no role in it we can be part of the discussions as observer,” the official added, noting that there was precedence to it.

The AAI manages 125 airports, which include 18 international airports, seven customs airports, 78 domestic airports and 26 civil enclaves at defence airfields. The national airport operator has chalked out aggressive expansion plans given that government sees 1 billion fliers by 2035.

“The guiding principle for the government should be passenger interest and convenience while negotiating more traffic rights with foreign countries,” said Dhiraj Mathur, Partner, PwC.

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Bilateral traffic rights allow airlines of the respective countries to launch new flights and add capacity on foreign routes. With rising passenger demand there has been pressure on the government for enhancing traffic rights with countries like Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong.

As per latest official data, as many as 91 international carriers which include six Indian and 85 foreign carriers connect the country with 56 countries through 343 routes. (IANS)

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NASA’s Noise-Reduction Tech to Make Quieter Airports a Reality

The Landing Gear Noise Reduction technology element addressed airframe noise caused by airflow moving past the landing gear on approach

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Just 11 years after Eisenhower authorized NASA, American astronaut Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. Pixabay

Aiming to reduce aircraft noise for communities that live near airports, NASA has successfully tested new noise reduction technologies on a series of Acoustic Research Measurement (ARM) flight, and managed to cut airframe noise during landing by more than 70 per cent.

The ARM flights, which concluded in May, at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, tested technology to address airframe noise, or noise that is produced by non-propulsive parts of the aircraft, during landing.

NASA successfully combined several technologies including Landing Gear Noise Reduction, landing gear cavity treatments, and the Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge flexible wing flap, on various airframe components of a Gulfstream III research aircraft to achieve a greater than 70 per cent reduction in airframe noise.

“This airframe noise reduction produced by NASA technology is definitely momentous, and the best part is that it directly benefits the public,” ARM Project Manager Kevin Weinert, said in a statement.

“We are very confident that with the tested technologies we can substantially reduce total aircraft noise, and that could really make a lot of flights much quieter,” added Mehdi Khorrami, an aerospace scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia.

The Gulfstream III research aircraft flew at an altitude of 350 feet, over an 185-sensor microphone array deployed on the Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

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Representational image. (IANS)

The Landing Gear Noise Reduction technology element addressed airframe noise caused by airflow moving past the landing gear on approach.

Another area of focus was landing gear cavities, also a known cause of airframe noise. These are the regions where the landing gear deploys from the main body of an aircraft, typically leaving a large cavity where airflow can get pulled in, creating noise.

NASA applied two concepts to these sections, including a series of chevrons placed near the front of the cavity with a sound-absorbing foam at the trailing wall, as well as a net that stretched across the opening of the main landing gear cavity.

This altered the airflow and reduced the noise resulting from the interactions between the air, the cavity walls, and its edges, the report said.

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To reduce wing flap noise, NASA used an experimental, flexible flap, which investigated the potential for flexible, seamless flaps to increase aerodynamic efficiency.

“While there are obvious potential economic gains for the industry, this benefits the people who live near major airports, and have to deal with the noise of aircraft coming in to land. This could greatly reduce the noise impact on these communities,” Weinert said. (IANS)

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