The runway at the Kharkov airport has been certified for the ICAO’s second category of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS CAT II), a representative for the airport has told avianews.com.
This will allow aircraft to land at a Runway Visual Range (RVR) of less than 350 meters and a Decision Height (DH) of 30 meters. Previously, the minimum figures were 800 meters and 60 meters, respectively, when the runway at the airport was certified for the ICAO’s first category of ILS.
The ability to land under ILS CAT II will reduce the likelihood of delays or cancellation of flights due to weather conditions. However, an aircraft and its crew must have the appropriate clearance to land during limited visibility.
ILS equipment of the second category was installed at the Kharkov airport last year as part of the preparation for the 2012 European Football Championship. However, the new runway at the airport was certified for only the first category in November 2012.
The situation is similar at the Lvov airport. Equipment for the second category of ILS was also delivered to this airport in preparation for the 2012 European Football Championship, but it was not certified for operation under the designated conditions.