Federal Money Allows Upgrade to Runway Reporting Technology
June 3rd 2013 at 05:00 PM
Federal Money Allows Upgrade to Runway Reporting Technology

Written by:  Toby Gorman - Nanaimo News Bulletin 
Published: June 03, 2013 5:00 PM

Nanaimo Airport can now report runway conditions to NAV Canada considerably faster than before with the installation of a new device funded by the federal government.

A $30,000 electronic runway condition reporting system, paid for through the federal Airports Capital Assistance Program and installed at the end of March, will provide timely, accurate and precise wireless reporting and recording of runway conditions.

“Before, there was a lot of paperwork work to be filled out by hand, and the information would have to be faxed in,” said Reg Brady, operations manager at Nanaimo Airport. “It would take 15 to 20 minutes each time. Now it takes eight seconds from the time we take the measurement. It frees up a considerable amount of time for us, and provides better feedback to the dispatchers making the decisions for pilots.”