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Oxford Airport adds hangars, ILS and lighting

 - November 29, 2006, 4:48 AM

Britain’s Oxford Airport is adding two hangars, each big enough to accommodate a very large-cabin business jet. While one is built of a conventional steel, the smaller is an aluminum-framed “polygon” design.

The latter can be put up, taken down, and then re-erected in “a matter of days, rather than months,” according to airport development and marketing head James Dillon-Godfray. He claims that this permits potential “redevelopment of the footprint” at minimal cost and inconvenience. Other hangars at Oxford have been refurbished.

The airport, which is owned by BBA Aviation Systems (UK), is establishing an instrument landing system with associated approach lighting and widening the 5,095-foot runway, which has been “grooved,” to the Code 2C dimension of 30 meters (98.4 feet). Ramps and taxiways also have been resurfaced. Fire and rescue capability has been enhanced with the addition of a second tender and training of extra fire crew.

Once the home of a very busy pilot-training operation (now relocated to Arizona), Oxford is able to handle “several hundred” daily aircraft movements and can accept arrivals between 6 a.m. and midnight, says managing director Steve Jones. Last year, the airport introduced new business aviation terminal facilities and café, bar and restaurant services.