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Volume 14,Issue 3 Autumn 2012

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport’s New Runway Has Passed the Flight Test of Its Landing Navigation System


On January 1, 2010, the navigation instrument landing system (ILS) of the newly constructed west runway of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (Hongqiao Airport in short) passed the flight test by China Flight Inspection Center. This shows that the west runway of Hongqiao Airport has attained the standards for operation, and lays foundation for the actual operation of the west runway in March. The equipments of ILS, part of the expansion project of Hongqiao Airport, were being installed beginning October, 2009. Through concerted efforts of the construction crews of East China Air Traffic Management Bureau, the installation and trial runs of the two-way equipments of ILS were completed at the beginning of December. In the morning of December 26, a CESSNA560XL arrived at the west runway of Hongqiao Airport, commencing the test flight of lighting system, radar navigation system and other navigational aids. The 3,300 meters long and 60 meters wide west runway has 3 parallel taxiways and 12 high-speed exit taxiways. The project is designed according to the operating requirements of E-type planes, and acts as backup for F-type flights, meaning that the new strip can handle takeoffs and landings of the biggest passenger aircraft in the world including Airbus A380. As from another source, on January 7, 2010, the air control expansion project has finished completely through three year’s construction taken from 2007 to 2009. Also, under the direction of Civil Aviation Quality Supervisory Center, Air Traffic Management Bureau of CAAC and East Regional Administration of CAAC, the project passed the acceptance check.

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