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New airport radar to be tested

Bermuda’s new long-range radar at LF Wade International Airport should go online for testing next week.

The work means outgoing flights from Bermuda may be subject to delays between 1pm and 4pm, since non-radar procedures require a bigger gap between arrival and departure of flights.

The improved radar, extending coverage from 360 miles to 440 miles, is expected to be certified complete in the middle of next month.

The project, undertaken in tandem with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), marks the first significant upgrade of the navigation system since Bermuda’s formal agreement with the US 20 years ago.

Lead paint has been removed from the radar tower, which is now being repainted and its enhanced radar receiver is now installed, according to Airport general manager Aaron Adderley.

Under the deal the FAA installs equipment in Bermuda and the Island shares radar surveillance with flight controllers in New York for the FAA to manage aircraft coming in and out of the Island or passing through Bermuda airspace.

But Mr Adderley said local air traffic control had worked “extremely well” with the FAA in managing delays.

New runway lighting and signage is also being put in place during the night when LF Wade is closed — a job expected to run “throughout the summer”, he added.

Useful website: www.bermudaairport.com.

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Published June 27, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm)

New airport radar to be tested

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