Aviation authority scrambles to fix crucial navigation aids

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Aviation authority scrambles to fix crucial navigation aids

In another blow to lockdown-weary airlines, firm had to fly in a team from Ukraine since SA lacks the resources

Senior reporter

The company contracted to calibrate vital navigation aids at Airports Company SA’s major airports has had to fly in an aircraft and crew from Ukraine to do the work because no suitable planes were available in SA.

Some instrument landing systems (ILS) were switched off at four of SA’s main airports last week after their certificates lapsed during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Following media reports claiming that the affected airports had closed, Acsa was forced to issue a statement that its airports were not shut but that the ILS systems had been downgraded pending the arrival of service providers to service them...

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