Landing system at Lubbock airport now working - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/9/10

Landing system at Lubbock airport now working

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The landing system that caused several flight delays and cancellations at the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport is finally up and running again.

The Instrument Landing System, a system that helps planes land safely during bad weather, was out for six days. The FAA found that the equipment was fine. The problem was coming from outside signals that were distorting the data sent to the planes.

"We had to bring in specialized equipment over the weekend, and our technicians went around basically driving the area listening and looking for possible sources of interference," said FAA Spokesman Lynn Lunsford. "They found a light pole that may have been emitting a lot of noise that they could see on the spectrum. There were some transmitters that were relaying high way department traffic count that may have been involved."

Once FAA Officials detected the sources of interference, they quickly did everything they could to fix the problems. "In the cases where there was possible interference, they contacted the property owners or who ever owned the items that were causing problems, and they either turned it off or did repairs," said Lunsford.

After officials dispelled the interfering signals, the FAA ran several flight checks on Tuesday morning and the ILS was turned on at noon. Officials say the disruptions in the signal could have been factors like atmospheric pressure or changing temperatures.

Although something like this could happen again, Lunsford said it is unlikely.

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