Airservices Checks Navigation Equipment In Outback Australia

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2nd July 2010, 03:17pm - Views: 548
Airservices checks navigation equipment in outback Australia

Airservices Flight Inspection Service (FIS) will visit parts of outback Australia as well as some capital cities this July checking navigation aids to ensure the safety of the nation's flying public.

In a long-term nation-wide program the technical accuracy of over 500 pieces of critical air navigation equipment is checked on a three-year rotational basis across Australia.

These routine checks of Airservices air navigation equipment are critical to aviation safety at regional and major airports, aerodromes and airstrips.

The inspection service will carry out 35 separate routine or special flight inspections on equipment at:

WA Perth, Pearce, Curtin, Balgo Hill, The Granities, Kalgoorlie, Clackline, Jandakot, Parkerville, Caversham, Beermullah
NSW Tibooburra
QLD Cunnamulla, Thargominda, Temple Bar
NT Darwin, Simpsons Gap, Wallaby
SA Adelaide, Leigh Creek, Andamooka.

Equipment being tested includes instrument landing systems (ILS), distance measuring equipment (DME) and non-directional beacons (NDB) and VHF Omni Range (VOR).

Positional and navigational information is relayed from these aids to aircraft to support pilots with air navigation and airport arrivals.

The inspections will be performed by specialist aircrew using a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air aircraft and precision equipment to collect data.

This data is then analysed by Airservices maintenance and engineering specialists to ensure each navigation aid is operating accurately.

For media enquiries or an image of the King Air and its equipment call Airservices Media on 02 6257 2828 or email [email protected]

SOURCE: Airservices

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