The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has upheld the approval of the installation of an instrument landing system (ILS) at Gold Coast Airport.
Airservices, Australia’s provider of air navigation services will now work with Gold Coast Airport on the project. The installation and certification of the ILS is expected to take approximately 12-18 months and subject to final approvals, the technology would come into use from mid-2018.
The ILS will provide vertical and horizontal guidance to pilots when landing in low visibility weather conditions, reducing flight delays and diversions. The ILS will further complement a range of air navigation procedures already in place to make operations at Gold Coast Airport more reliable, efficient and safer for airlines and the travelling public.
The ILS will be installed on Runway 14 for aircraft approaching from the north and landing on the northern end of the main runway. This is the preferred runway and approximately two-thirds of flights each year land from this direction due to prevailing winds in the area.
Airservices recognises the potential impact any new flight path or procedure can have on local communities and will continue to work closely with industry and the community to reduce the impacts of aircraft noise. Airservices will make every effort to minimise the use of the ILS while ensuring the safe operations of aircraft.
Airservices will be updating the community on progress of construction and certification of the ILS through the Gold Coast Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) meetings, and also the website.