September 6, 2018

Kelowna ILS Upgrades Underway


Upgrades to the instrument landing system (ILS) at Kelowna airport (YLW) have begun this week. Technological advances have progressed to the point where the entire system is being replaced.

Kelowna is one of several airports across the country to see ILS improvements in cost-sharing agreements with Nav Canada. Simultaneous to the ILS upgrades is improved runway approach lighting (RAL) to assist aircraft arriving from the south in low-visibility situations. The systems are being positioned to accommodate extension. Work is expected to last until the end of September 2018.

Flights could be diverted during the project, especially when visibility is low or during system outages. “We are working closely with Nav Canada and the airlines to ensure the outage period is as short as possible,” says airport director Sam Samaddar.