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Airport Set For £500,000 Facilities Upgrade

Wednesday March 20, 2024

Gloucestershire Airport is a busy and thriving place with GA, training, business travel and even military visitors on a regular basis. With 68,000 movements in 2023, we are looking to the future with a £500,000 investment in our ATC facilities.

As a met reporting station, the airport provides half-hourly reports to help ensure safe flights for aircraft near and at the airport. The UK Met Office also uses these reports to inform aviation forecasts. So, to improve the accuracy of the met service, the airport is upgrading to the latest equipment, including a visiometer and anemometer, and installing a new cloud base recorder.

Communications will be improved with the 'voice switch' being upgraded to a modern, reliable, and future-proof system.

The visual control room (VCR), also known as the 'Tower', will undergo an upgrade for Air Traffic Controllers and ATC assistants when a modern and ergonomic desk suite is installed. The ATC building will also benefit from a complete rewire.

Works are due to be completed by the end of the summer. The majority of work will take place at night, to avoid disruption, but there may be some occasional, minimal day time interruption to service during the latter part of the project.

Pictured are Jason Ivey and Chris Brian, Head of Air Traffic

Gloucestershire Airport