Navy Installs IAAMS at INS Garuda
Making a further step in the modernisation of meteorological infrastructure at Naval Air Stations, The Indian Navy has unveiled the newly installed Integrated Automation Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at INS Garuda naval air station located in Kochi, Kerala. Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni, VSM, Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Southern Naval Command has inaugurated the IAAMS, making INS Garuda the fourth air station to have been installed with this integrated system. IAAMS is an ambitious project of the Indian Navy to modernise the meteorological infrastructure of the nine Naval Air Stations. The newly installed system at INS Garuda will give a major fillip to aviation safety through automation of weather monitoring process.
Equipped with the state of the art Meteorological Sensors viz., Radar Vertical Wind Profiler, Transmissometer, Ceilometer and Automatic Weather Observation System, IAAMS undertakes automatic and continuous recording of relevant weather parameters that are vital for accurate weather forecasting. It has a special alarm feature that alerts the duty staff about any abnormal change of weather parameters that may affect safe flying operations. The system can also provide automatic dissemination of routine weather reports of the air station as per World Meteorological Organization (WMO) standards to other Air Stations and to ATC tower without human intervention.
INS Garuda also has a number of naval aviation training schools. The training schools train pilots and technical personnel. Aeronautical Training Institute conducts training for officers and sailors in aircraft maintenance. INS Garuda also has facilities for imparting training in air-borne anti-submarine operations affiliated with the Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) School.