Air Transport World

First FAA-approved MLS facility enters service. (microwave landing systems)

It has been a long, long wait for those champions of microwave landing systems (MLS) to realize their dreams--an operating station.

The first one to lead the world is a Bendix designed and built MLS facility at Valdez, Alaska, where mountainous terrain and hostile weather conditions have denied that city reliable air transportation for so many years.

These sentiments were expressed by Carl Brady, chairman and president of ERA Helicopters, whose company now operates de Havilland Dash 7 service between Valdez and Anchorage. The inaugural flight was made on February 27th.

Valdez, a progressive city at the southern terminus of the Alaskan oil pipeline, whose airport is surrounded by 5,000-foot mountains, purchased the system to free it from the cluthces of fog, snow and low ceilings that plague the area year-round. …

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