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January 23, 2014

Cherry Capital travelers: Check your flight status

TRAVERSE CITY — Flight cancellations are possible at Cherry Capital Airport this morning because of required maintenance tests on a computer system that helps pilots land planes when visibility is poor.

The Federal Aviation Administration mandated tests on the glide slope portion of the airport's instrument landing system after the October completion of the airport's runway extension project. The tests were scheduled for Tuesday, but the FAA had to cancel tests. The airport said two aircraft required for the testing were grounded because of maintenance concerns.

The tests were rescheduled for Wednesday, but poor weather halted them halfway through the endeavor.

Dan Sal, airport operations manager, said it was possible flight cancellations would occur Wednesday night into this morning. He advised travelers to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

"It really impacts us when the cloud layers drop down and the visibility drops down," Sal said.

The airport asked the FAA to issue a temporary waiver of the tests, allowing for continued operations at the airport, but no waiver was issued.

FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Corey said weather also played a role in the delay of the Tuesday tests.

"The weather conditions have to be right for the plane (that performs the tests) to come in," Corey said.

Travelers can monitor their flight status at the airport website, www.TVCairport.com, or download a new mobile app from the website for iOS and Android platforms for a real-time schedule of arrivals and departures.

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