Nigel arrives to take up his post on-Island full-time and Simon will be visiting until 18 August to finalise plans for calibration flights and the November audits.
The historic calibration flights are currently scheduled for mid-September. Prior to this, Basil Read will need to obtain approval from Air Safety Support International (ASSI) for temporary use of the runway. ASSI’s Senior Aerodrome Inspector is expected to arrive on-Island on 29 August to carry out his assessment; only after this will the calibration flights be confirmed.
More information on the calibration flights will follow in this week’s Airport Update.
In November 2011, St Helena Government signed a Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract with Basil Read (Pty) Ltd. The contract included £201.5 million for the design and construction of the airport, an additional amount - of up to - £10 million on shared risk contingency and £35.1 million for ten years of operation.
The project aims to provide air services to St Helena, fulfilling the UK Government’s commitment to maintaining access to the Island, and provide it with a real opportunity for economic growth through tourism.
Both the St Helena Government and the UK Government hope that this will lead to eventual financial self-sustainability for St Helena.