Airservices has replaced two pieces of navigation equipment for aircraft operating into and around Canberra Airport.
A new terminal area radar at Mt Majura was commissioned in late May, replacing a 17-year-old system, and the instrument landing system (ILS) was upgraded.
The new ILS enables pilots to navigate to the runway when visibility is reduced to approximately 600 feet vertically and 2 km laterally.
Airservices Manager Facilities Management Services, Dan Galazowski, said that the recent upgrades reflected a strong commitment by the organisation to invest in technology essential to ensure the safe and efficient movement of air traffic in Australian airspace.
“Canberra is a major attraction for business and leisure travellers and it was essential that we upgraded both pieces of equipment to ensure the airport continues to operate safely,” he said.
“During the upgrade to the Mt Majura radar, we were able to use a temporary radar facility erected at Sandras View to maintain high safety levels for aircraft.
“Additionally, work on the ILS was timed to be completed well in advance of the onset of winter when the equipment is regularly to assist pilots navigate to the runway in fog and low visibility.”
Both pieces of equipment underwent stringent testing and calibration prior to being commissioned.