State-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) is going to set up state-of-the-art Civil Aviation Research Organization (CARO) at Hyderabad’s Begumpet Airport. Foundation stone of the center was laid by Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu. For this project, AAI has earmarked Rs 1,200 crore which will be spent over 12 years on research and development (R&D).
CARO will be spread over 27 acres and cater needs of growing needs air navigation services and airport and engineering research. It is expected to be built in three years. It will house the latest infrastructure and be equipped with simulators. Its focus will be on pursuing inter-disciplinary solutions to improve the civil aviation sector. CARO will find indigenous solutions to meet the challenges posed by growing air traffic and for enhancing safety, capacity, and efficiency of aircraft operations in the country. It will take up research work on four priority areas: increasing airport throughput with existing infrastructural limitations, airspace optimization, cost-effective infrastructure solutions for upcoming 56 airports under Region Connectivity Scheme (RCS) and integrating drones in civil airspace.
India’s civil aviation sector is growing at the hectic pace of over 20% and this growth is expected to continue in the same momentum in future. This will require significant improvement to existing infrastructure and creation of new infrastructure to keep pace with the progress. The new research center is expected to play important role in developing solutions and addressing problems airports currently face.