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Monday, April 18, 2005

New landing system in Subic

The Subic Bay International Airport (SBIA) will expect a boost in the influx of flights both local and foreign following the installation of a new Instrument Landing System (ILS) to enhance the standards of the air navigation facility here and ensure aircraft and passenger safety. Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Administrator Alfredo Antonio said that the Subic airport is now more "aircraft-friendly" since a new ILS system was installed at Runway 25 and after the existing ILS at Runway 07 was repositioned. The upgrade was made possible under a facilities lease operating agreement between the SBMA and Federal Express (FedEx), the international cargo giant that has made Subic its hub for international courier service operations. "Subic now has a friendlier sky today, that’s the net effect of the recent upgrade. And we’re banking on this to bring us more business because we know that passengers, as well as airline companies, put a premium on their safety," Antonio said.
According to SBIA manager Marcelo Santos, the new system has been "flight checked" by the Air Transportation Office ATO and will be fully operational as soon as the ATO certification had been released. Santos also clarified that the new ILS installed in Subic is a global air navigation electronic facility, a type designed for precision approach and landing. Installed by Airways New Zealand, which provides air control services worldwide, the new ILS is said to provide "the highest level of system integrity and availability." Santos added that airlines flight crews are very familiar with and highly skilled in flying ILS approaches without additional special training or endorsements because airline fleets are universally fitted with standard ILS equipment


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