Bilaspur Airport

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Bilaspur Airport
बिलासपुर हवाई अड्डा
Bilāsapura Havāī Aḍḍā
Chakarbhata Helipad 27 Feb 2010.jpg
Helipad of the airport
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Airports Authority of India
Location Chakarbhata, Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
Elevation AMSL 274 m / 899 ft
Coordinates 21°59′18″N 82°06′40″E / 21.98833°N 82.11111°E / 21.98833; 82.11111Coordinates: 21°59′18″N 82°06′40″E / 21.98833°N 82.11111°E / 21.98833; 82.11111
Map
PAB is located in India
PAB
PAB
Location of airport in India
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
17/35 1,535 5,035 Asphalt

Bilaspur Airport (IATA: PABICAO: VEBU) is located at the village of Chakarbhatta, 10 km south of Bilaspur, in the state of Chhattisgarh, India. It is owned by the Airports Authority of India. In 1980s, airport was used by Vayudoot to provide flights to Bhopal and Delhi. Currently there is no commercial scheduled flight from the airport. It is currently being used for general aviation and pilot training.[1]

The Indian Army intends to take over the airport and establish a training facility for the special forces. The existing para-military commando training facility at Nahan, Himachal Pradesh is to be shifted to Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh.[2][3] The Army wants use of the entire airport while AAI has made a “conditional offer” of parting with 377 acres while retaining 56 acres for a civil enclave.[4]

There are two additional airstrips on Kota Road/Mohanbhata and Mulmula - that have been lying unused since the Second World War. These are under the Defense Ministry. - Mohanbhatha, Chhattisgarh 495112, Coordinates: 22.242859, 82.026388 - Mulmula, Chhattisgarh Coordinates: 21°56'44.0"N 82°20'42.6"E

Structure[edit]

Elevation of the airfield is 276 meters above mean sea level. Runway 17/35 is 1535 meters long and 25 meters wide with turning pads at both ends. A 630 meter long taxiway connects the runway to a small Helipad cum apron.

The runway is small for commercial aircraft like Boeing 737 and Airbus A 320, which need a 2,090 mt. (6,860 ft.) takeoff distance. This means low cost carriers like AirAsia India and GoAir , which use a single plane type, cannot serve the airport unless the runway is upgraded.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sai Flytech Aviation Academy". www.minglebox.com. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Helicopters recalled from UN duty to combat Naxals". Deccan Herald. 26 July 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Dholabhai, Nishit (5 August 2010). "Special forces school shift". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph (Kolkata). Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "AAI has a list of grouses with Army". The Asian Age. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2012. [permanent dead link]

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