Ogden's Hinckley Airport will soon receive a $1.5 million precision landing system, ending 16 years of campaigning for the gear, which should improve aerial safety and attract ski charter flights.
Airport Manager John Wolfe said that the Instrument Landing System will allow planes to land at the city-owned airport during adverse winter weather conditions. Construction should begin this summer and could be completed by the following summer, he said.The system was purchased by the Airport Improvements Program of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA will pay for 90 percent of the ILS, while the state and Ogden City pay 5 percent each, Wolfe said.
"There is great competition in airports across the nation for ILSs and it has been due to the superb efforts of our congressional delegation that we were successful this time," said Ogden Mayor L. Clifford Goff.
The announcement ends requests to FAA and state representatives going back to 1972 that had until now been met by numerous rejections, and opposition from Roy and Riverdale city officials fearful of crowded skies.
The airport was close to acquisition of an ILS in 1974 when Roy officials and citizens protested that the system would create heavy, low-flying air traffic in the area. The ILS was given to Provo instead.
Both Roy and Riverdale city councils have passed resolutions approving the ILS on the condition that the airport update its 1981 environmental impact statement.
Wolfe said the ILS will produce a modest increase in air traffic from commuter and charter flights, but not major airlines. Hinckley will not become an international airport, he said.
The Ogden airport currently uses a Visual Omni Range system, which sends out a constant signal from a transmitter northwest of the airport.
As the plane passes over the transmitter, it picks up the signal that guides it out of the clouds. The plane must circle the airport before landing.