NEW equipment

New landing system installed at Terrace, B.C. airport

It replaces an older one which had reached the end of its operational life

  • Sep. 24, 2015 2:00 p.m.

THE NORTHWEST Regional Airport’s new instrument landing system (ILS) is scheduled to go into service in the middle of October.

Installation took place starting at the end of June and was finished earlier this month.

It was then successfully tested by a plane used by NavCanada, the federal not-for-profit agency which runs navigation systems at airports.

But the new system won’t officially go into service until the next publication of landing approaches at Canadian airports and that won’t happen until Oct. 15, says NavCanada official Ron Singer.

He said the new ILS will more than adequately serve the airport for years go come.

“Reliability will be increased and a lot of the repairs can be done remotely which wasn’t the case before and that means no one has to travel up [to Terrace],” said Singer. “And maintenance costs will be less.”

A piece of equipment called a localizer was replaced and new antennas were put into place as part of the project which cost an estimated $1 million.

An ILS guides pilots to lower altitudes in order to see the runway during inclement weather and then land.

The ILS being replaced had been at the end of its life cycle and was subject to more repairs and down time, particularly this past April.

It was also taken out of service while the new one was being installed but fog affected flights on just one occasion.

Northwest Regional Airport general manager Carman Hendry was happy with the replacement.

“It’s going to lower our [landing] limits a little bit more. It’s the newest and best equipment,” he said.

Once operational the new ILS will further strengthen the airport’s ability to act as a base for industrial and commercial activity, Hendry added.

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

College buys a yurt to boost student success

Round tent-like structure part of college instructional shift

Soup kitchen sees “groundswell of community support”

Donations toward looming tax bill push non-profit back in the black

Terrace husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for separate incidents of CPR

Council supports lobby for fair share of cannabis tax revenue

The City of Terrace is throwing its support behind a West Kelowna… Continue reading

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Most Read