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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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Aviation: Instrument Landing System

(Question No. 834)

Mr Ciobo asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, in writing, on 14 February 2012:

(1) For what reason(s) is an Instrument Landing System (ILS) installed at an airport; and what criteria does the Government use to determine whether an airport qualifies for one.

(2) What is the approximate cost to the Government of installing an ILS at an airport; and what is the approximate annual operating cost of an ILS to the Government.

(3) Does Airservices Australia fund the installation of an ILS for an airport.

(4) Is the Gold Coast Airport scheduled to have an ILS installed; if not, why not; if so, (i) when, and (ii) is there a reason why this might be delayed, if so, why.

Mr Albanese: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Airservices Australia (Airservices) has advised that the installation of the Instrument Landing System (ILS) is based on whether an airport is strongly impacted by weather conditions that affect visibility conditions when navigating the runway.

(2) and (3) Airservices funds the installation of an ILS.

(4) Airservices has an agreement in place with the Gold Coast Airport to progress the installation of an ILS at the airport. Airservices will be working collaboratively with the airport and other key stakeholders to progress this initiative.