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January 30, 2014

FAA tests conclude at Cherry Capital

TRAVERSE CITY — Required maintenance tests on a computer system that helps pilots land planes when visibility is poor are now complete at Cherry Capital Airport.

Airport Director Kevin Klein said the Federal Aviation Administration concluded the tests on the glide slope portion of the airport’s instrument landing system a week ago. Poor weather delayed the testing for days and caused the cancellation of a single flight at the facility because federal regulations prevent pilots from landing in low cloud cover conditions without the glide slope system being certified by inspectors.

Klein also said January’s extreme weather has provided for “a challenging month” at the airport.

“These cold days and cold weather have produced flight cancellations through the whole month of January,” Klein said. “We’ve seen cancellations almost daily since the beginning of January.”



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