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The newly installed localizer at Kumasi Airport

The Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has begun work to upgrade the Kumasi Airport to provide secure, efficient and effective aviation and navigation services in the country.

It involves the installation of landing system equipment made up of localizer, distance path measurer and gliding slope station.

GCAA is investing ?753,000 in the project to help direct aircraft to land safely and soundly under conditions of poor visibility as a result of bad weather, Barnaby Matteer, Acting Director of Engineering of GCAA disclosed this while conducting journalists around the facility.

According to him, both the localizer and gliding slope station would provide navigation signals to pilots to determine the proper position of the runway to land at the correct angle.

He intimated that the project formed part of the overall objective of transforming the Kumasi Airport into an international facility to meet the projected growth in air travel.

Mr. Matteer said the project, which is being carried out by Thales Air System of Germany, would be completed in the next two months.

?We will do everything we can to ensure that the projects are completed within the shortest possible time and do not disrupt normal airport operations,? he indicated.

?The next thing required for the localizer to start working is aircraft calibration which will be done in February 2014, Lubomir Haviar, Commercial Engineer of Thales Air System, said.

He told the media that the landing system equipment were being installed without disruption to the airport?s scheduled operations.

 From Ernest Kofi Adu, Kumasi

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