31 OCTOBER 2016
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An Avro RJ100 jet aircraft operated by Tronos Jet Maintenance and carrying two Atlantic Star Airlines personnel among the passengers has successfully conducted a technical stop at the troubled St Helena Airport as part of a delivery flight to a customer in Chile (BTN 17 October).
Officials reported the aircraft performed a smooth landing from the south on Runway 02 and after disembarking passengers took off again, completed a circuit, and performed an equally smooth landing from the north on Runway 20.
The 13 specially-invited passengers included Richard Brown and Aiden Walsh of Atlantic Star Airlines, one of several potential partners interested in operating regular flights to St Helena.
Plans earlier this year to open the airport to commercial traffic were shelved over concerns about windshear. St Helena says intensive work is continuing to deal with this.
The island government said: “Getting this right and putting in place a scheduled passenger service involves complex work and will take some time. While the focus of everyone’s work is to resolve these issues at the earliest possible opportunity, safety remains paramount.”
The Tronos flight will give the airport more real-time data and a pilot’s report as part of building a comprehensive picture of the conditions.
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