Sipho Mabena
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12 Aug 2020
1:01 pm

SACAA confirms that half of landing systems at OR Tambo International are offline

Sipho Mabena

The Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that the systems which allow pilots to land planes in low visibility have not been calibrated ever since their calibration aircraft crashed in January.

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The SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has confirmed that two of the OR Tambo International Airport’s four Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), which assists with poor visibility landing, have been turned-off due the lapse in calibration exemption period. The Citizen reported on Wednesday how pilots were “flying blind” into some of the country’s major airports, due to glitches with the ILS, a system that operates by sending radio waves downrange from the runway end guiding the approaching aircraft onto the runway in poor visibility. The aviation authority said in a statement that the OR Tambo International Airport’s two ILS instruments were...