India to hold international meet on air safety
New Delhi: India will host Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEP) from around the world who will gather here at an international meet to discuss issues and ways to make air travel more safe and efficient.
Around 500 eminent persons, professionals, manufacturers, suppliers, including 200 delegates from over 40 countries would gather here for the 42nd IFATSEA General Assembly, which is being organised by their Indian affiliate CNS Officers' Guild.
Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh and senior officials from the Ministry and the DGCA would inaugurate the four-day Assembly on Monday. This is the first time that such an international gathering is taking place in India.
The International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) is a a non-political global body for the representation of ATSEP on professional matters, of which CNS Officers' Guild is a member. IFATSEA has more than 20,000 members from 60 countries worldwide.
ATSEP are the communication, navigation, surveillance and air traffic management systems (CNS/ATM) engineers and technical personnel of the Air Navigation Service Providers.
"It forms a bridge for all the stake holders in the aviation sector and the industry, manufacturers and suppliers, to meet under one roof to share information and discuss projects, products and engineering information on the ever growing and modernisation of air navigation and air traffic management engineering systems," said Subit Kobiraj, General Secretary of the CNS Officer's Guild.
"This General Assembly would help our Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) personnel to know about latest developments and also discuss issues of our highly skilled profession," Guild president Shamsher Singh said.
The air traffic controllers and pilots use CNS facilities to manage air traffic movement. The Airports Authority of India provides CNS services at all Indian airports, including privately operated ones and limited navigation ones at defence airfields.
"A CNS official has to be technology savvy. He should be able to cope with physical, psychological stress. Our profession provides the opportunity to work in a dynamically developing field, along with strong future prospects but we have a common problems and issues also," Singh added.