The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has completed the instrument landing system calibration on three of its airports.
SACAA said in a statement, “With two of the key South African airports’ navigational instruments successfully calibrated to date, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) is pleased with the progress achieved thus far.”
The ILS certificates had expired at four of the country`s airports and as a result had been downgraded to a lower meteorological rating as prescribed by the regulations. These airports include, OR Tambo, King Shaka, Kruger Mpumalanga and George Airport.
South Africa’s flagship airports, OR Tambo and Cape Town International airport ILS’ and VOR have been calibrated. SACAA added, “In total, three sites have been calibrated, and these comprise OR Tambo International Airport’s two instrument landing systems (ILS’s), Standerton’s Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Range (VOR), and Cape Town International Airport’s VOR and ILS’s.
George Airport is next in line for the calibration schedule. The ILS, VOR and DME at George Airport all need calibration and once complete the aircraft and joint crew will proceed to King Shaka International Airport in Durban.
WHAT CAUSED THE DELAY?
Following the fatal crash of the SACAA calibration aircraft early this year 2020 SACAA has had to outsource calibration services. According to SACAA once a supplier was identified the calibration process was further delayed by the travel restrictions imposed worldwide as a result of the covid19 pandemic.
Eventually SACAA managed to overcome the logistical hurdles and the calibrations commenced on 22 August 2020. SACAA Director General Poppy Khoza said, “The multinational crew, which includes our own Civil Aviation Authority flight inspectors, are working hard, and with diligence to attend to the calibration tasks, especially those that require urgent attention.”
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