St Helena Airport Update – No. 77

St Helena Airport Update 77


Posted on 29 September 2016
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An emergency aero-medical evacuation from St Helena Airport will take place today, Friday 23 September 2016, when a Hawker 800 aircraft arriving from Walvis Bay, Namibia, will collect an adult needing emergency medical care.
This flight is due to arrive at approximately 13.00hrs St Helena time (weather permitting), departing at around 14.00hrs local time for Cape Town – where the flight is scheduled to arrive this evening at approximately 20.00hrs South African time.

23 September 2016


Posted on 23 September 2016
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St Helena Airport Update – No. 76

St Helena Airport Update 76


Posted on 1 September 2016
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As part of an International study to be able to deliver more accurate weather forecasts across the South Atlantic, a NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) ‘flying laboratory’ is planning to operate over St Helena this coming weekend, to undertake a series of weather-related measurements.

The precise times of when the aircraft will be circling the Island are not yet known, however SHG understands that the aircraft will undertake three circuits over the Island at different altitudes, before heading off to the South West coast of Africa.


23 August 2016




Posted on 23 August 2016
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Work continues to mitigate the challenges of wind shear at St Helena Airport. Safety remains paramount.

The Governor continues to chair weekly meetings of her senior technical and planning staff in order to understand the issues, make decisions, ensure the public are properly informed in a timely manner, and push forward all areas of work.  These meetings began as soon as the issue of wind shear became apparent, and they continue. Councillors are represented at these meetings.

In terms of the northern and southern approach (Runways 20 and 02 respectively) we now have more than five months of weather data, plus reports of the experience of each of the nine flights that have so far operated various approaches into the Airport. Another aircraft is due to arrive tomorrow.

We are also installing more specialised equipment at the runway to monitor weather conditions and are employing computer and physical modelling to build a stronger picture of the conditions under which we will be asking aircraft to operate. All of this is building up a body of evidence.

Intensive work continues to consider an interim aircraft solution into the southern approach (Runway 02). A key issue here will be the level and frequency of tail wind speeds, given the constraints these can place on aircraft performance. We are gathering more data on both wind patterns and speeds to facilitate these considerations.  Longer term solutions for using the northern approach (Runway 20) are receiving the same attention.

Meanwhile, medevac flights and smaller aircraft continue to operate at St Helena Airport, and the RMS extension is providing certainty of access for St Helenians.


26 July 2016





Posted on 8 August 2016
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