Government funds to improve safety at Port Augusta Airport

Port Augusta Airport.
Port Augusta Airport.

Port Augusta Airport has received $279,000 from the state government for the installation of a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI).

The Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) will provide visual guidance to help pilots maintain the correct approach into Port Augusta Airport, reducing the likelihood of accidents.

The system usually consists of four light units located at the side of the runway, opposite the glide path.

The lights provide a visual indication of an aircraft's position relative to the designated glide slope for the runway heading.

Minister for Energy and Mining and Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan welcomed the investment in improved safety for passengers, crews and the Royal Flying Doctor Service when using the Port Augusta Airport.

"The PAPI is a visual landing aid that will allow jets to operate in low visibility and it is a regulatory requirement for every airport with jet aircraft operations," he said.

Port Augusta is one of seven aviation facilities across regional South Australia that have been awarded more than $420,000 in funding to undertake infrastructure upgrades through the South Australian Government's Support Regional Aviation initiative.

The initiative, now into its fourth funding round, is aimed at improving the regional airport network to deliver economic and social benefits through improved air services.

Other successful projects;

  • Aerodrome fencing at Kimba $10,675
  • Airport fencing at Port Pirie $7,500
  • Port Pirie Aerodrome - Supply and installation of an Automatic Weather Information Service $10,000
  • Port Lincoln Airport Construction of asphalt link $30,025
  • Naracoorte Aerodrome - Replace lighting system $66,000
  • Airport fencing at Renmark $19,345