IndiGo to assist IMD with weather data
Private carrier IndiGo has collaborated with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) to provide crucial aircraft data on wind, humidity and temperature relayed by the aircraft sensors.
The data, which is imperative for accurate predictions of weather, has been unavailable to the IMD as a majority of flights are out of operations due to the nationwide lockdown.
In a press statement, IndiGo said that it has incorporated a plan for its pilots to report high-level wind and temperatures at different stages of a flight as desired by the IMD across all flight operations.
Explaining the process further, the airline said pilot reports will capture and share observations at cruising altitude midway of the destination and at cruising altitude just before the start of the descent, near 1,000 feet and near 5,000 feet.
Captain Ashim Mittra, Senior Vice-President, Flight Operations at IndiGo, said: "In view of the current situation, we have decided to take a step forward to assist the IMD department which is relentlessly working to provide an accurate weather forecast for the aviation industry as well as agricultural and fisheries sector amongst many others in the country."
Captain Ashim Mittra said that IndiGO has made pilot reporting compulsory on flight operations.
Captain Ashim Mittra further said that IndiGo will ensure that the observations are shared from every flight within 2 hours to the IMD headquarters.
While commercial international and domestic operations continue to remain suspended till May 31, private airlines have been aiding the process of cargo movement, including medical supplies across the country.