Nav Canada Nears Completion of Nationwide ILS Upgrade

 - June 17, 2014, 1:15 PM
Nav Canada placed an order with Norway's Indra Navia for the final phase of its nationwide ILS replacement program. (Photo: Nav Canada)

Nav Canada is nearing completion of a nationwide instrument landing system (ILS) replacement program designed to replace legacy systems and provide precision approach capability at new locations. On June 17, the Canadian air navigation service provider (ANSP) announced that it has placed an order with Indra Navia of Norway for the program’s final phase.

Indra Navia will supply 15 Normarc 7000B ILSes over the next three years, the same model the ANSP ordered in previous phases. The system’s main elements are localizer and glidepath transmitters and antennas, providing approaching aircraft with horizontal and vertical guidance to land, with associated control and monitoring equipment. Ottawa-based Nav Canada is completing the installations.

Started in 2009, the replacement program when completed will comprise 110 ILSes at new locations and replace ILS legacy systems, most of which were commissioned between the 1970s and 1990s. The program “represents a significant component” of the nearly $2 billion Nav Canada has spent on infrastructure renewal since it was privatized in 1996.

“The completion of this program represents a significant milestone for Nav Canada,” said Rudy Kellar, executive vice president for service delivery. “Each replacement improves the reliability of service for our customers and reduces our own maintenance costs.”