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Porter installs ILS at TCAA

Porter Airlines has installed an additional ILS at TCCA to ensure schedule reliability in lower visibility conditions and further limit noise exposure around the airport.


September 19, 2007
By Carey Fredericks

Porter Airlines has installed an additional Instrument Landing System (ILS) at Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA) to ensure schedule reliability in lower visibility conditions and further limit noise exposure around the airport. ILS is in use at many airports around the world, including Pearson International. Porter paid $1.85 million to install the ILS, which will allow its aircraft to fly a "straight in" approach path over the water, effectively reducing the noise footprint of the aircraft.

NavCanada installed the new approach which was then approved for use by Transport Canada. The system was active for Porter's first flights on Oct. 23. The new ILS has been added for aircraft approaching Runway 26, the most utilized runway direction at TCCA, and significantly reduces the noise impact on Toronto Island and the eastern port lands.

"It was important for Porter to invest in this technology not only for the convenience of our passengers, but also to ensure we're a good neighbor by minimizing noise levels," said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. "The new ILS ensures this by giving our aircraft the ability to follow flight paths away from the city and surrounding communities." Porter operates state-of-the-art, 70-seat Bombardier Q400 aircraft, already one of the quietest commercial aircraft in the world. The Q400 is also environmentally friendly, burning 30-40 per cent less fuel than a comparable regional jet or narrow bodied jet.