New proposal to increase reliability of landing at Castlegar Airport

Jeppesen Aviation says navigation advances could successfully increase the safety and landing reliability at West Kootenay Regional Airport.

  • Aug. 17, 2016 9:00 a.m.

City of Castlegar logo

Mayor Chernoff, city council and representatives from the Regional Districts of Central Kootenay and Kootenay-Boundary and local business representatives met today to consider a new proposal to improve the regional airport’s landing and departure navigation system.

Mayor Chernoff said, “We are very excited to hear Jeppesen Aviation – one of the largest aeronautical navigation systems companies in the world – state that navigation advances could be successfully applied to increase the safety and landing reliability at the West Kootenay Regional Airport in all weather conditions.”

Mayor Chernoff noted that “It is critical for the region’s economic growth, that we continue to improve the West Kootenay Regional Airport because it is central to the region. That is why we are excited to hear today’s proposal from senior Jeppesen Aviation representatives. Jeppesen Aviation has solved many navigation/landing issues in the world’s most challenged airports and they are confident we can improve our airport’s ability to operate when the weather becomes challenging in the winter.”

The Jeppesen Aviation proposal will be formalized and brought before city council in the near future. The proposal will be Phase 1 of a three phase project. Phase 1 will be for Jeppesen Aviation to analyze and calculate a new computerized approach that links to geo-spatial satellites. Phase Two will be to meet with the national airlines to discuss their needs for implementation. Phase Three will be to meet with federal air regulators to implement the system designed by Jeppesen Aviation.

City staff are currently working with Jeppesen Aviation and will be meeting with the two national airlines in the next month to discuss future improvements in airline service for the West Kootenay Region.

Just Posted

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

Trail military exercises provide crucial training

Exercise Sapper Crucible: ‘The nuts and bolts of what a soldier is’

Thrums, Riondel, and Slocan, revisited

Place Names: Scottish author delighted by Thrums name origin

U.S. Court upholds Teck ruling

Teck appealed a previous decision that the company must pay $8.25 million in the Tribes’ court costs

Kootenay Robusters end 18th paddling season

Women of Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Christina Lake and Grand Forks came together in 2001

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

Most Read