One runs out of topic even when writing about the unending plight of an airport or an airline. At times readers may find same issue being repeatedly written about. This happens primarily as issues hardly ever get tackled inviting outrage. The idea about using TIA runway in one direction (S to N), I propped up in my previous piece, was received positively more so as it came out right in the beginning of the Mangsir nuptial season. People I met at post-wedding parties still vaguely remembered the article’s gist. But those in the fraternity, who should naturally be the first to show any reaction, generally tended not to comment.
It is accepted that overbearing confidence sometimes leads to unwarranted consequences. This happens too often in our everyday life. At times we get impatient trailing an over laden vehicle occupying the middle of a highway. Few years ago a well known personality got killed in an accident that should not have happened in the first place. Had he been as law abiding, as during his bureaucratic days, he would not have overtaken from the wrong side. He perhaps faced similar situation on an open highway thinking it was safer from left than right.
Irrespective of the suffering caused by the cancellation of RA’s flight (RA231) to Dubai (DWC) due to night time runway closure after 10 PM, it was good that Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was strictly followed. Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is currently passing through a phase of ten hours airport closure that is to last until the end of June. By then, the whole of runway surface will have been scrapped out and done anew.
JUMLA, April 19: Flight services have come to a grinding halt at Jumla Airport once again "due to repairs." Earlier in October last year, the authorities had closed the airport for two months citing repairs.
KATHMANDU, April 2: Runway rehabilitation has begun at the country's only international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, in a full-fledged manner. Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) – the regulatory body of aviation sector – has put in place up-gradation of the runway since last Monday evening.
KATHMANDU, Feb 26: Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has announced to close runway of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) between 10 pm to 8 am for rehabilitation and expansion work from April 1.
Writing on simple technical issues that suits a normal reader is difficult enough. Perhaps, it is even more difficult to get such piece approved by the opinion editors first. Big media houses elsewhere usually keep knowledgeable technical hands to support the editorial team. On issues I have little grasp, I often try to verify facts first with people working in the related field and reconfirm the accuracy of scripted portion after the piece is done. I often make last minute request for small changes even after the final version is sent. But I am thankful that my irksome requests do generally get complied with.
SOLUKHUMBU, May 9: A Shree Airlines helicopter, call sign 9 NAHT, met in an accident while landing at Syangboche airport of Khumbu Pasang Lamhu rural municipality. The helicopter which was transporting cargo from Falplu airport to Syangboche suffered minor damage after its wheels buried in the snow covered runway.
KATHMANDU, Mar 13: The last four minutes of conversations between the US-Bangla Flight 211 pilot at the TIA Air Traffic Control indicates a possible confusion in the mind of the pilot about the Runway 02 (the southern end) and Runway 20 (the northern end).
HUMLA, Nov 28: A Tara Air's twin otter plane looses balance after a tyre gets punctured in the middle of the runway during takeoff. The flight was heading to Surkhet from Simikot, Humla . Thirteen police personnel along with three crew members were on board the plane. Two crew staff, including pilot Basanta Lama and two assistant sub-inspector sustained injuries and have been taken to the district hospital.
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