Work to install an instrument landing system (ILS) at Gold Coast Airport (GCA) in Queensland, Australia has started.
Construction will be completed by the end of next year, but the ILS will be operational only after commissioning trails are undertaken during 2019.
Marion Charlton, Chief Operating Officer at GCA said: “The ILS is an important piece of infrastructure which will improve airport reliability and in turn ensure the region is well positioned as a competitive tourism destination. This is a project that has been over nine years in the making for our team, so we are thrilled to have recently officially commenced works on the installation.”
Approval for the installation of the landing aid was granted last year, but the project was delayed by an unsuccessful appeal by local residents. Charlton commented: “Unfortunately the ILS will not be installed and operational in time for the Commonwealth Games [being held in Gold Coast during April next year], following a protracted delay to construction commencement due to the highly-publicised application to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.”
The airport has also developed draft noise abatement procedures (NAPs) to ensure ILS use during fine weather will be kept to a minimum, and use by jet aircraft will be limited to periods of increased cloud coverage or reduced visibility, except when it is operationally required or needed for an emergency. Charlton explained that “the development of NAPs was required for the ILS flight path and formed part of the Minister’s approval last year, and the draft procedures will be finalised in consultation with the community. These procedures are designed specifically to ensure impact to the community in terms of aircraft noise is kept to a minimum.”
Traffic at Gold Coast Airport has increased rapidly during the last few years, driven by a growth in tourism to the region. An eight page feature on Gold Coast Airport is included in the latest issue of Airports of the World (September-October 2017, issue 73), on sale now at newsagents and the Key Publishing Shop.
Photo: An Instrument Landing System is being installed at Gold Coast Airport. (Queensland Airports)