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Sunday, November 19, 2017

New Navigation System For Airport

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

$14,000 raised from Snowbird Air Show helps fund purchase

This Summer’s Snowbird Air show was a success, generating a 14 thousand dollar profit.

The money will now be used to purchase a new and better navigational system for the Saugeen Municipal Airport.

The new navigational system will not only benefit pilots but also anyone in need of air ambulance.

Airport Manager Dave Kennedy says the soon to be purchased LPV (Lateral Plus Vertical) navigational system will allow pilots to come in as low as 250 feet.

The current L-Nav (Left to Right) system only allows pilots to come in as low as 650 feet of the runway, which means in poor weather they are forced to divert to another airport.

Kennedy says the new navigational system will be particularly beneficial for medi-vac and air ambulance.

He says the new system will allow them to land at local hospital pads or at the Hanover Saugeen Airport during poor weather conditions.

He says this will benefit the Hanover, Walkerton, Chesley and Durham Hospitals.

Kennedy says the new navigational system will mean a world of difference to a trauma patient in need of an emergency transfer to a larger hospital; it could even mean the difference between life and death.

To Kennedy’s knowledge the Hanover Saugeen Airport is the only airport in all of Bruce County to have this technology.

He says many may not realize there are times when the air helicopter is called out for an emergency and they have to refuse due to poor weather conditions.

Kennedy says now as long as they can get a visual from 250 feet in the air these air ambulance pilots will be able to safely land and transport critical patients to larger hospitals.

The new system should be in place by the end of the year, it comes with an annual operation cost of 42 hundred dollars which is being split with a private local company.

Kennedy says this means the annual operational cost will cost no more than what the airport is already spending on the current older navigational system.

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