Drukair Orders New Aircraft That's Equipped With Latest Visual Technology

Email

The new ClearVision technology on the aircraft allows pilots to get a clear picture of the runway while landing the aircraft.

(Source: ATR)

 

By Kinley Yangden | Bhutan Times

Bhutan's flag-carrier Drukair has placed an order for a new ATR 42-600 aircraft last Friday (July 13). The aircraft is expected to be delivered in July next year.

The aircraft from the European aircraft manufacturer ATR comes equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology that helps pilots see where they're landing.

Due to its challenging location amid the Himalayan mountains, Paro International Airport in Bhutan is one of the few airports in the world that allows only a handful of pilots to land at.

Dubbed as one of the "toughest airports in the world", the skilled pilots are required to navigate their planes in high terrain, with low clouds and circling winds through the valleys. Instead of using visual guidances, pilots will normally have to rely on their own expertise and skills to land planes at Paro.

New technology that generates images to help with landing

The new ClearVision technology available on the ATR 42-600, incorporates the use of a Combined Vision System, or CVS, that allows pilots to get a clear picture of the runway while landing the aircraft.

The system generates images of the terrain and obstacles using an extensive database, which helps to improve visibility, especially for airports that are located in places that see challenging weather conditions or terrains, such as Paro International Airport.

The technology helps pilots improve their situational awareness too.

CEO of Drukair, Mr Tandin Wangchuk, said that purchasing another ATR was a "natural decision".

"The improvements delivered by the -600 series' new Standard 3 avionics, along with the ClearVision CVS system add significant operational and thus economic value.

"We also look forward to welcoming passengers into the most modern cabin in regional aviation and offering them the most comfortable in-flight experience possible," he said.

Photos: ATR

Operating ATR aircraft since 2011

Drukair currently operates three Airbus A319s and one ATR 42-500 that services the domestic route from Paro to Bumthang (Central Bhutan) to Yonphula (Eastern Bhutan), and also nearby Indian cities such as Kolkata, Kathmandu, Guwahati, Gaya and Bagdogra.

According to Kuensel, Drukair has also recently committed to purchasing another Airbus A320 NEO.

Drukair recently made a record profit of 349 million Nu, a record in the company's history since its first commercial operations in February 1983.

 



Related Posts

Drukair reduces fare on lower fuel cost

Drukair's savings on fuel to be pass on to consumers

Dec 28, 2017 10:33

Drukair to Resume Flights to Yonphula & Gelephu on 11 November...

The two domestic airports Gelephu and Yongphula, upgraded with a US$6.9 million grant from the Asian Development Bank...

Oct 28, 2017 08:55

3rd Gakyed Gatoen - Festival Of Happiness Held As A Tribute To...

The 3rd Gakyed Gatoen - Festival of Happiness was held in Thimphu, Bhutan on 14 February 2019.

Feb 16, 2019 17:31

Largely Funded By The Asian Development Bank, Bhutan’s First...

The Asian Development Bank funded 81 percent of the total budget as grant while the Bhutanese government funded the...

Feb 15, 2019 11:35

Highlights Of The Year Long Bhutan-India Golden Jubilee...

“The events reminded us how deep our economic, spiritual and cultural links are,” said the Indian Ambassador to Bhutan,...

Feb 09, 2019 19:07

Enter The Year Of The Female Earth Hog – Bhutan Looks To The...

As a new year begins, Bhutan evaluates the major events and milestones that marked 2018, in order to forge ahead.

Feb 07, 2019 17:42

Latest

News

3rd Gakyed Gatoen - Festival Of Happiness Held As A Tribute To Bhutan's Cottage And Small Industry Entrepreneurs

The 3rd Gakyed Gatoen - Festival of Happiness was held in Thimphu, Bhutan on 14 February 2019.

Feb 16, 2019 17:31

Largely Funded By The Asian Development Bank, Bhutan’s First Mini-Dry Port Is Now Completed

The Asian Development Bank funded 81 percent of the total budget as grant while the Bhutanese government funded the rest.

Feb 15, 2019 11:35

Features

Enjoy Cherries, Peaches, Apricots And More - Bhutan Ecological Society Launched ‘Fruits For all’ Project In Thimphu

There are five different fruit trees planted - 15 cherry, 18 apple, 32 peach, 10 William pear and 10 apricot.

Feb 18, 2019 13:04

One Third Of The Hindu Kush Himalayan Glaciers Could Melt By End 2100: ICIMOD Study

Bhutan will see a rise in temperature higher than the regional average of the Hindu Kush Himalaya.

Feb 13, 2019 17:56

Sports

Bhutan’s HRH Princess Eeuphelma Choden Wangchuck Attended The General Assembly of the Asian Paralympic Committee In Dubai

The General Assembly is the highest decision making body of the Asian Paralympic Movement.

Feb 08, 2019 18:15

9-Year-Old Boy From Bhutan Completes Gruelling Cross-Country Cycling Race

While many thought that the boy would give up after 5 to 6 kilometres, others were concerned that he might get injured.

Feb 01, 2019 16:52

Business

Bhutan Shortlisted As A Finalist For The Intellectual Property (IP) Sharing Project 2019

Bhutan has been selected as one of the four finalists out of 13 countries.

Feb 14, 2019 18:38

Bhutan Records Lowest Inflation Rate In 2018 At 3.13 Percent

For the measurement of the current Consumer Price Index, prices are collected from a sample of 557 outlets.

Feb 11, 2019 18:42

Travel

Revival Of Khurul Lake In Lhamoidzingkha – A Special Lake Where One’s Wishes ‘Can’ Be Fulfilled

Today, the lake is fast becoming a tourist spot for both Bhutanese and tourists from abroad.

Jan 20, 2019 15:47

Here’s What It’s Like Inside Asia’s Best Hotel - COMO Uma Punakha In Bhutan

Luxury resort COMO Uma Punakha was awarded best hotel in Asia and third best hotel in the world, by Conde Nast Traveler's Readers Choice...

Jan 18, 2019 17:05

Lifestyle

Tshering Zangmo Represents Bhutan At The 5th Young Chef Olympiad In India

Tshering Zangmo has successfully made it to round two of the Olympiad.

Feb 04, 2019 16:35

Bhutanese Boyband O'Strangers To Play In Pattaya For 2 Months

They are the first Bhutanese rock band to perform at Hard Rock Cafe Pattaya in Thailand.

Jan 04, 2019 15:13

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!