Reno Airport Equipment Fails Again

By: Kara Tsuboi
By: Kara Tsuboi

The Instrument Landing System -- or ILS -- broke down for about 2 and a half hours Wednesday morning.

Yes, the airport is frustrated since this 2 million dollar piece of equipment is less than 5 months old. The only good news is that no flights were affected.

The ILS helps planes land and take off in bad weather. It is completely owned, operated and maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Reno-Tahoe Airport's old system was in place for 20 years, but in the last five years of its life, it broke down about 6 times. The worse one being the Thanksgiving weekend of 2004. Then, 69 flights were either delayed or canceled and thousand and thousands of passengers affected.

When the airport got the new ILS, they thought those problems would be behind them.

Because this airport has seen more than its fair share of problems, Brian Kulpin, the airport's spokesman announced today that a second brand-new, 2 million dollar ILS will be installed at the end of the 2nd runway.

The hope is that two, new, state-of-the-art pieces of equipment will be fail-proof.

The airport says the second ILS should be in place by the end of 2006.

But just because the plans are in place for a long-term solution, it doesn't mean we're out of the woods yet. We still have the rest of this winter, plus the beginning of next to get through...hopefully, problem free.


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