FAA contract to boost landing guidance

Pilots will have better approach and landing capabilities during poor weather

with the aid of new instrument landing systems purchased by the Federal

Aviation Administration.

The FAA awarded a potential $22 million contract to Airsys ATM for up to

105 Mark 20A Instrument Landing Systems, the agency announced Wednesday.

The systems provide guidance to aircraft during the final approach and landing

phases.

ILSs are expensive and not available on most runways, according to a spokesman

for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

The contract is for Category 1 ILSs, which allow pilots to descend to a

minimum of 200 feet above touchdown and with a half-mile of visibility down

the runway before making the decision to land.

The FAA's Wide-Area Augmentation System, which also is intended to provide

Category 1 capabilities, has hit safety hurdles this year that will make

it difficult to meet that goal.

The contract with Airsys ATM provides for up to 15 ILSs in the first year

of the contract and up to 45 systems in each of the two option years for

a total of 105 systems. Airsys ATM has provided Mark 20 Category 1, 2 and

3 ILSs to FAA under a contract that ended in December 1999.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.