The system is expected to be released for operation by the Airspace Control Department (DECEA) in early June

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The Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the International Airport of Fortaleza – Pinto Martins (CE) was replaced by the Commission for Implementation of the Airspace Control System (CISCEA), in a process that was concluded on Friday (05/20).

The Instrument Landing System is an approach system that gives precise guidance to an airplane on final approach to a given runway, especially when the aerodrome has adverse weather conditions. The ILS is based on the transmission of radio signals that are received, processed, and displayed on the aircraft’s onboard instruments, and consists of two distinct systems: one system guides the aircraft to land on the axis of the runway (Localizer), and the other guides the proper angle of descent (Glide Slope), thus providing a safe landing.

Besides the ILS System, the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) has been replaced, allowing the substitution of the External Marker (OM) and Medium Marker (MM), both part of the system, thus eliminating safety problems and maintenance difficulties at these sites, since these installations, due to their distance from the aerodrome, are located in remote and isolated places, subject to vandalism.

The ILS was replaced due to the obsolescence of the equipment and the need to reposition the Glide Slope due to the extension of the runway, carried out by the airport concessionaire, in a detailed planning that included an assessment of the local meteorological history, so as not to impact the airfield’s operations.

Participating in the replacement process were the Aeronautical Cartography Institute (ICA), which surveyed the necessary geographic coordinates, the Special Group for Flight Inspection (GEIV), which performs the gauging and approval of the equipment and aids to navigation and landing, with analysis and approval of the operational procedures, all under the technical-administrative coordination of the CISCEA, which does all the project management.

The GEIV successfully approved the equipment, and the forecast is that in the beginning of June the system will be released for operation by the Operations Subdepartment of the Airspace Control Department (DECEA).

Source: CISCEA Technical Division – Photos: Carlos Eduardo Schaefer / CISCEAqui
*** Translated by DEFCONPress team ***

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