$10.5m airport landing gear touches down in Gladstone

Not a jungle gym but Gladstone Regional Airport’s new landing technology.
Not a jungle gym but Gladstone Regional Airport’s new landing technology. Mike Richards

CONSTRUCTION of $10.5million in landing technology is getting off the ground at Gladstone Regional Airport.

Installation of the new instrument landing system and distance measuring equipment is on schedule to be completed later this year, with final inspections early in the new year.

The localiser antennae array, which those driving past the runway have likened to a giant orange jungle gym, is one of the more noticeable pieces of equipment that Airservices Australia has recently erected.

GAC chief Phillip Cash said there weren't many airports of Gladstone's size that had an instrument landing system.

"The fact that we've got this here is great," he said.

"It means aircraft operations into Gladstone can do that in harmony with the industrial sites."

The purpose of the systems is to assist safe aircraft navigation around the thermal updrafts that will occur above the Curtis Island plants.

He said along with the initial investment, the LNG companies had given funds for recalibration and annual flight checks for 10 years.

Qantaslink Queensland's regional flying manager Peter Schryver said the system would take Gladstone's capabilities one step ahead.

"We will be able to get lower than what we fly now, while getting the customers to and from Gladstone more efficiently," he said.

GAC's completed works

  • High intensity runway lighting
  • Major civil works to widen and grade the runway strip
  • Electrical and communications cabling

To come: AsA will install operating systems and equipment in the new equipment building