Educational Trip to Patna Airport
On 21st November 2018 around 38 students and on 22nd November around 36students along with 2 teachers went for an educational field trip to the Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport, Patna with an aim to visit the Air traffic control and anti-hijacking unit. The main objective of the trip was to understand the complexity associated with the work of an air traffic controller and how the use of computers is incorporated in it.
We were guided by Mr. Awadhesh ADM Patna airport who first introduced us to the two different units of ATC. One is responsible for providing information useful for the safe and efficient conduct of flights and the ATC tower unit is responsible to prevent collisions and ensure safety on the landing site. All the units use radars for the surveillance of aircrafts. Computers are extensively used throughout the process, whether it is to correlate, radar returns or to generate display on the controller’s display monitor. We also witnessed an Indigo A320 Airbus land through the ATC tower. The conduciveness of all the ATC officers helped us learn more about aviation and the students interested in this field were able to grasp more about the different components associated with it.
We also witnessed how to avoid birds on the landing site. There were many bird chasing towers which on instruction used to explode crackers on the landing site. As we know that the collision of a bird and an aeroplane can lead to serious consequences. A bird exerts almost 1 tonne force on the aeroplane if it collides which leads to engine blast. Hence, it’s really important for the ATC tower officers to ensure that there is full proof safety while the flight is landing or taking off.
Our field trip ended at 12:30 p.m. It can be concluded that it was very successful and informative. We got to learn a lot and comprehend how compound the smooth movement of flights is and how computers have made it simpler for us. Technology has always played a vital role in human domination over different sectors and seeing the practical application of it was very beneficial for us.