CHENNAI: V Somasundaram, Member of Air Navigation Services (ANS) from the Airports Authority of India (AAI), has won the prestigious ASI-Bharat Ratna JRD Tata Award instituted by Aeronautical Society of India for the year 2013.
Somasundaram was honoured for his outstanding contributions in the field of Civil Aviation in India.He has been conferred the title for spearheading a team of ANS professionals for upgrading air navigation infrastructure, procedures and training for ensuring safety and efficiency of aircraft operations.
The nomination titled Blazing a Trail in the field of Air Navigation Services focused on his passionate efforts and vision which resulted in many achievements over the years. This is the first time that ASI has included Air navigation Services within the Award category.
Somasundaram has contributed in improving ANS infrastructure and also towards seamless ATM and Global harmonization. He has been a recipient of international ATC Awards in the last 3 years.
The judging panel for the Award included Dr Kota Hari Narayana rao and many experts in the field of Aviation.