India’s Civil Aviation Minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju inaugurated the country’s first integrated heliport at Rohini in North Delhi on 28 February 2017.
The minister dedicated the heliport to the nation. The new facility is expected to push India’s aviation sector to new heights.
• The heliport has been developed by Pawan Hans, a state-owned helicopter service company.
• It is spread over a large area amounting to more than 25 acres with an investment of about Rs 100 Cr.
• It consists of a terminal building with a capacity of about 150 passengers, 4 hangars with the parking capacity of around 16 helicopters and nine parking bays.
• It also has a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for the maintenance and repair of the Pawan Hans fleet as well as for third party repair work.
• The facility has already been successfully tested in trials conducted in February 2016.
The commencement of chopper services from the new heliport is expected to reduce the congestion at the Delhi airport, which currently manages the arrival and departure of around 40-50 helicopters on an average every day.
Besides this, the heliport will be used for operating services for disaster management, law and order surveillance and emergency medical services. It will also operate as a centre for skill development of pilots and engineers and will promote regional air connectivity through helicopters in the northern region.