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Mission ISHAN: India's Unified Airspace Management



  Apr 26, 2024

Mission ISHAN: India's Unified Airspace Management



What is Mission ISHAN?

Mission ISHAN refers to the Indian Single Sky Harmonized Air Traffic Management system. It is a strategic initiative to unify India’s four regional airspaces into a single managed airspace, controlled from Nagpur. This will help streamline operations across the entire country.

How will Mission ISHAN benefit airlines and passengers?

By integrating airspace management, ISHAN will allow for more seamless and efficient flight operations, reduce congestion, and lower travel times. This can also lead to significant fuel savings and cost reductions for airlines, which may potentially be passed on to passengers in terms of lower fares.

What are the expected challenges in implementing ISHAN?

The implementation of ISHAN will require the installation of uniform technology, significant changes to existing processes, and retraining of air traffic controllers. It will also necessitate substantial policy development and investment in infrastructure, posing logistical and financial challenges.

How will ISHAN affect air traffic controllers?

With the centralization of airspace management, controllers in regional centers will handle only takeoffs and landings, while those in Nagpur will manage all flights in upper airspace. This should reduce the workload on regional controllers and increase overall safety and efficiency.

What are the environmental benefits of ISHAN?

The unified management system will enable more direct and fuel-efficient flight paths, which in turn will reduce the carbon footprint associated with domestic air travel in India.

Is there a precedent for such a system in India?

Yes, similar concepts have been employed within certain regions, such as Chennai and Kolkata managing airspace for nearby cities. Additionally, the Indian Air Force operates a unified air command and control system, showcasing the effectiveness of centralized airspace management.



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