Airservices navigation aid checks support regional aviation

31 Aug 2012

Airservices Flight Inspection Service (FIS) will visit locations nationally this September checking air navigation aids are operating correctly for the safe passage of regional and recreational aviators.

Accuracy checks of these ground-based navigation aids are critical to the safe operation of aircraft at regional and major airports, aerodromes and airstrips.

Based in Brisbane, the inspection service will carry out separate routine or special flight inspections on equipment at*:

  • QLD – Roma (2 September), Emerald (2 September), Longreach (2 September), Mt Isa (2 September), Brisbane (23 September)
  • NSW – Nowra (5 September), Tamworth (2 September)
  • VIC – Wonthaggi (5 September), Cowes (5 September), Essendon (6 September), Avalon (7 September), Sydney (15-16 September),
  • SA – Adelaide (11 September), Modbury (11 September), Androssan (11 September)

Equipment being tested includes distance measuring equipment (DME), non-directional beacons (NDB) and instrument landing systems (ILS).

Positional and navigational information is relayed from these aids to aircraft to support pilots with air navigation and airport arrivals.

The inspections are performed by specialist aircrew using a twin-engine Beechcraft King Air aircraft and precision equipment to collect data.

This data is then analysed by Airservices maintenance and engineering specialists to ensure each navigation aid is operating accurately.

*Note that dates are subject to change.