New landing technology will aid Gladstone pilots in 2014

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Gladstone Regional Airport.Gladstone Regional Airport. Christopher Chan

THE arrival time of new landing technology at Gladstone Regional Airport remains up in the air.

The instrument landing system, which is designed to guide pilots to make precise runway landings in low visibility, was jointly funded by LNG companies in Gladstone to redirect flights from airspace above Curtis Island.

In 2011 Santos GLNG, QCLNG, APLNG and Arrow Energy injected $10.5million into the project, after it was found that plumes from projects on Curtis Island could interfere with the safe landing of aircraft.

This weekend the skills of pilots landing in Gladstone were tested after storms and flash flooding.

Gladstone Airport Corporation CEO Phillip Cash said the project was on track.

“The system is scheduled to be installed in the third quarter of this year,” Mr Cash said.

Mr Cash also said that flying conditions would have been poor at the weekend, regardless of whether the ILS was in place.

A Santos GLNG representative said the instrument landing system should be in place and fully operational by 2014.

“The system will significantly improve the ability of aircraft to land at the airport during adverse weather conditions, meaning fewer flight diversions to Rockhampton,” the representative said.

Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers welcomed the completion of the project and said it would improve flight punctuality at the airport.

When the technology is built it will be the third device of its kind to operate in Queensland.

What is ILS?

  • Helps pilots to make a precision approach to a runway.
  • ILS is used when pilots land the aeroplane.
  • Used in very poor visibility or at night.

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