In a major development in the field of aviation safety CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), Bangalore and India Meteorological Department (IMD) inked a partnership pact for joint production of Drishti System; a sophisticated instrument for assessment of Runway visual range, which is a vital parameter for safe landing and takeoff of aircraft in poor visibility.
The joint agreement between two government sector entities will lead to indigenization of a technology which so far was the exclusive domain of few developed countries. The indigenous production of this advanced instrument will not only result in considerable saving of foreign exchange but will also make the country self-reliant in the field of front-end technology.
Drishti Transmissometer (Drishti System)
A visibility measuring system indigenously designed and developed by CSIR-NAL to cover the wide span of lowest to highest visibility (< 25 to > 2000 meters) assisting pilots for safe landing and take-off. This cost-effective product is a mandatory system required at all airports as per International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). At present, Seven Drishti systems are functioning in three international airports, viz., Choudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport. Five systems are working in country’s most stringent CAT IIIB airport, viz., Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi, for the last 2 years. Other important features of this system include web enabled health monitoring and remote control of the system from any location in the country for accessing the data and for maintenance.
“Drishti” has also won several awards during 2013-14 from National Research Development Corporation (NRDC), Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE), India, and Indian Electronics & Semiconductor Association (IESA) as the most innovative, meritorious product of the year.