St Helena Government

CALIBRATION FLIGHT TO ARRIVE TODAY

Press release   •   Jul 20, 2016 15:14 GMT

WED 20 JULY 2016

A Beechcraft King Air aircraft operated by TAB Charters is expected to arrive at St Helena Airport this afternoon at approximately 13.30hrs. On board will be the team from Flight Calibration Services Limited (FCSL) for the purpose of undertaking routine Calibration Flights in connection with the navigation aids at the Airport.

FCSL and Tab Charters carried out the earlier calibration flights at St Helena Airport, so are familiar names to the Island. Their most recent visit was in December 2015.

A regular schedule is now in place at the Airport for calibration flights to be carried out every six months in order to meet the normal ongoing requirements for Airport Certification.

The flight is expected to depart later this week upon completion of all calibration tasks.

SHG

20 July 2016

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.