AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF INDIA
AAI conducts international workshop for utilizing GAGAN for harmonized Satellite Navigation in APAC
New Delhi, 16th March, 2018: In keeping with the Prime Minister’s objective of using
technology as a means of development and co-operation, Airports Authority of India has
now offered GPS-aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) to SAARC and Southeast
Asian countries in order to allow them to reap the significant benefits that accrue from
such an advanced navigation system. AAI conducted a two-day workshop on 15th and
16th of March 2018 for civil aviation representatives from SAARC and Southeast Asian
nations to appraise them of the performance and benefits of GAGAN and provide them
with hands-on experience of the functioning of the system.
AAI in conjunction with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had developed and
deployed the Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) which augments GNSS (Global
Navigation Satellite Systems) signals through the use of additional satellite-broadcasting
techniques. India is amongst only four nations in the world to develop and deploy this
ingenious technology that removes the signal errors from GNSS and provides highly
precise navigation signals to the users. Other countries/regions that use such a system
are the United States of America, the European Union and Japan.
Implementing an SBAS system is a long-term investment for India, which will go a long
way in bringing operational efficiencies to the civil aviation environment as well as nonaviation sectors like developing Smart Cities, intelligent transportation, town-planning,
maritime, highways, railways, surveying, security, telecom, geodesy and personal usage
that require precise navigation, positioning and timing signals. Basis the successful
deployment and certification, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued
a directive mandating GAGAN equipage on all Indian registered aircraft entering the
country on or after 1st January 2019 and is also examining the feasibility of issuing a
mandate for retrofitting of the current Indian registered aircraft.
The workshop was inaugurated by Shri. R. N. Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation
with Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI delivering the Key Note address. Shri. A.
K. Dutta, Member (Air Navigation Services), AAI along with Shri. S. V. Satish, Executive
Director (Air Traffic Management), AAI and in charge GAGAN, set the context for the
workshop by providing an update on the GAGAN programme.
During the workshop, AAI, ISRO and DGCA as equal partners in implementation of GAGAN
shared their perspective and learnings from the development, deployment and
certification of the system along with Raytheon, which has provided the ground
equipment necessary for GAGAN operations. Leading aircraft and receiver manufacturers
such as Airbus, Bombardier, BELL helicopters, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins and Accord also
provided information to the SAARC and Southeast Asian nations regarding readiness of
solutions for GAGAN enablement in various types of aircraft. KPMG also presented how
a business case was built to prove to the stakeholders that GAGAN was not only a viable
alternative to the current land-based navigational aids, but is a highly efficient option.
Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI stated that the system had been designed with
adequate capabilities to be able to cater to the needs of the Asia Pacific region. He hoped
that the countries across the region collaborate to operationalize Asia’s SBAS in a time
The conference was followed by a visit to the Master Control Center at Nangloi, Delhi on
the second day of the workshop. The representatives of neighbouring countries were
shown the infrastructure that has been built to ensure operational integrity of the GAGAN
service. The visitors not only appreciated the efforts being made by AAI to push the
boundaries of safe, reliable and cost-efficient air navigation services, but they also
expressed sincere intent that their countries can collaborate towards making GAGAN not
just a reality in India but also across a larger region.
The workshop was jointly organized by AAI and KPMG who is assisting AAI under the USAviation
Cooperation Program and was attended by representatives from Nepal, Bhutan
and the Maldives.
Issued by Public Relations Directorate
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Press Release No. 70/2017-18
From (L to R) Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India; B.S.
Bhullar, DG, Directorate General of Civil Aviation; R.N. Choubey, Secretary, Ministry
of Civil Aviation; Mehnaz Ansari, US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) India
representative and A.K. Dutta, Member (ANS), AAI during the inauguration of twoday
workshop on GAGAN, held in New Delhi.