New radar works – but is still awaiting CAA approval

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Ronaldsway airport’s new radar system is still awaiting approval by the Civil Aviation Authority nearly five years after it got the go-ahead from Tynwald.

Speaking in the House of Keys this week, Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne told MHKs: ‘The situation is as it was in February. The radar is functioning but it has not yet got Civil Aviation Authority approval.’

But Mr Gawne said, thanks to a good deal struck between the suppliers and his department, the suppliers had to make penalty payments while the delay continued.

‘We are introducing innovative technology. Two airports in the UK have this already and we will be the third when it gets approval,’ he said.

‘The system works, it’s just not yet had CAA approval and while the company works out its approval with the CAA we continue to receive payments.’

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