Despite very low cloud cover, the second Calibration Flight landed safely at St Helena Airport yesterday, Sunday 13 December 2015, at approximately 14.27hrs local time.
Onboard the Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft were the previous crew from the first Calibration Flight - Captain Grant Brighton, Co-pilot and First Officer Dillan Van Niekerk, Chief Aircraft Engineer Jeffrey McKenzie (all of TAB Charters, SA), Chief Pilot Stuart Rawlinson, and Chief Flight Inspector Nick Whitehouse of Flight Calibration Services Ltd - along with a staff member from sub-contractor Thales.
Calibration tests of the NavAids have now commenced and several flights each day will be undertaken. The aircraft is scheduled to remain on Island until Sunday 20 December 2015.
Photos will follow in this week’s Airport Update.
14 December 2015
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.