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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport Helps Out Two Other Virginia Airports

     Kudos to Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) Executive Director Melinda Crawford and her team  for helping improve navigation at Hanover County Municipal Airport and Hampton Roads Executive Airport.  CHO is donating a Localizer (LOC) to Hanover County Municipal Airport and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and an equipment building to Hampton Roads Executive Airport.
     A Localizer is the lateral component of the instrument landing system (ILS) for the runway centerline when combined with the vertical glide slope.  Aircraft use DME to determine their distance from a land-based transponder by sending and receiving pulse pairs – two pulses of fixed duration and separation.  DME and LOC are typically paired to provide an accurate distance-to-touchdown function.  
     Vernon Carter, the Virginia Department of Aviation’s security and facilities manager, said, “Most likely associated with development issues surrounding Hanover County Municipal Airport, the localizer system failed the latest flight check inspection due to being out of tolerance.  The most viable solution to correcting the problem was to replace the existing eight-element LOC antenna system with a 14-element system.  An idle 14-element system was located at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport where airport management saw the need at Hanover County Municipal Airport and generously stepped up to help.  In addition, Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport is giving Hampton Roads Executive Airport the DME and equipment building to be used for the installation of an ILS there.  This is truly a great partnership.”
     While CHO donated the equipment, the Virginia Department of Aviation is providing the funding and expertise to dismantle the systems, move them from Charlottesville to Hanover County and to Hampton Roads, reassemble the systems and get them operational.

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