CAAP to install landing equipment in Tacloban airport

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

TYPHOON-RAVAGED Tacloban Airport has received $300,000-worth of donation for navigational instrument system that will make landings of aircraft possible even during night-time, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said Wednesday.

Honeywell International, Inc. and Hughes Aerospace Corporation through their local representative DPS-SmartPath Navigational Systems, Inc. handed over the donation to CAAP officials led by Director General William Hotchkiss III and Deputy Director General John Andrews.

The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport or Tacloban Domestic Airport that serves the general area of Tacloban City, in Leyte received a donation of instrument flight rules (IFR) that will be deployed at the said airport.

Tacloban airport sustained massive damage when super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) whipped the central Philippines in November last year.

Andrews said for May, four more domestic airports -- Dumaguete, Butuan, Legaspi and Laguindingan -- will be installed with satellite based IFR.

IFRs are one of two sets of regulations governing all aspects of civil aviation aircraft operations; the other is visual flight rules (VFRs).

During flight of aircraft under IFR, there are no visibility requirements, so flying through clouds (or other conditions where there is zero visibility outside the aircraft) is legal and safe. (SDR/Sunnex)

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