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St Helena

Remote Island's First Airport

Nearing Completion

An inaugural test flight has already been

made to the airport nearing completion on

the remote island of St. Helena.

Soon the five day boat trip to the island

will be replaced by a comparatively short

air-flight. The airport will also open up the

island as a tourist attraction given it is more

easily accessible.

As per the recommendations arising from

the calibration flights performed during

September 2015, the DVOR and Localiser

navigational aids are in the process of being

relocated. The relocation and commissioning

work is planned to be completed by Saturday

28 November 2015. Plans will be confirmed

shortly for a second calibration flight.

The construction of the Terminal Building

is on track to be completed by 24 February 2016. The

current focus is on completing the shop fronts, glazing,

ceilings, flooring and other finishings.

Shaping and all related concrete works in and around

the precinct of the Terminal and Combined building are

also well underway.

Priming of the parking area has been completed and

surfacing of this and the precinct area has now com-

menced. The final surfacing and completion of the kerbs,

lighting and road markings will be completed by the end

of January 2016.

Access Road

Construction of the base will commence during

December 2015, which will be followed by the final sur-

facing with a Cape Seal.

The Access Road between the Airport and Reggie’s

Take Away at BottomWoods is planned to be completed

by 24 February 2016. The final surface will only be

applied to other sections of road when it is no longer

necessary to make heavy vehicle movements.

This is particularly the case in Rupert’s where the

Wharf and Permanent BFI construction will continue

until mid-2016.

Permanent Wharf

Progress is being made on the construction of the Wharf,

with a planned completion date of May 2016.

Some 1026 Core-Loc units have so far been placed,

out of 1488, and placement and casting of the crown

wall is complete.

The next phase, due to start shortly, is the placement

of pre-cast coping panels and in-situ concrete slabs,

working from the end of the Wharf backwards to the

landside.

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