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Navigation system upgrades at Penticton Regional Airport

Nav Canada is replacing the localizer array at Penticton Regional AIrport this week.

PENTICTON - Nav Canada is updating one of its navigational aids at Penticton Regional Airport to make it more reliable.

The federal agency is replacing the existing localizer antennae on the airport's instrument landing system.

Nav Canada site manager Paul England says the Penticton airport is part of a national upgrade of airport navigation equipment.

England says airports generally have a localizer and a glide path indicator, but due to Penticton’s surrounding terrain, there is no glide path component to the system here.

“The localizer doesn’t provide glide slope, so Penticton’s approach has only the lateral component - there is no vertical information about an aircraft’s flight path,” England says.

The replacement will continue to provide the same information as before, essentially locating the runway centreline for aircraft approaching Penticton.

England says the new equipment is expected to be more reliable. He expects the work to be completed Oct. 9 with commissioning to take place Oct. 12.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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