The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) announced the replacement of an air navigation aid at Providenciales International Airport by a world renowned supplier SELEX in compliance with local and international regulations.
The installation of the VHF Omni-directional Radio Range, commonly referred to as VOR, was completed on April 4, 2016, successfully flight checked by Radiola, and is now awaiting sign-off by the Civil Aviation Authority.
As part of the project, six air traffic engineers employed by the authority completed a 12-day training course on the navigational aid prior to its installation. The VOR installation was completed in 30 days.
The VOR model DVOR 1150A and its collocated Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) which were procured at a cost of around US$385,000 replaced aging equipment which was withdrawn from service in late 2015. VORs typically have a lifespan of 20-25 years.
“The successful installation and flight check of the new VOR demonstrates the Airports Authority’s commitment to aviation safety and the obligation to meet regulatory requirements. As the international gateway to the Turks and Caicos Islands, we continually strive to meet the demands of the traveling public as evident with the recent terminal expansion,” said TCIAA’s CEO, John Smith.
VORs are used around the world to guide aircraft flying enroute, as well as approaching to land.
For several decades, Selex has manufactured and installed VORs in more than 65 countries around the world. Installations in the Caribbean region include Aruba, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and Trinidad.