An aircraft from Thailand’s Aerothai has completed scheduled calibration flights at the Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA) in Bhairahawa of Lumbini Province, near the birth place of Gautam Buddha.
A calibration flight is a test flight to check if the ILS (Instrumental Landing System), VOR (VHF Omnidirectional Radio Range), and other communication or navigation equipment and technology connected to the airport are working properly.
Following the completion of the calibration flights, the newly constructed airport is preparing to launch commercial flights to operate. The airport administration has already announced that the regular commercial flights will begin on May 16, which falls on the Buddha Jayanti.
Similarly, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has decided to conduct calibration flights atthe newly constructed Pokhara International Airport and four other existing airports with the same Aerothai aircraft.
The test flights would be conducted at airports in domestic airports in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar, Nepalgunj and Simara.