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Improved Cat II low viz ops for Sydney

written by WOFA | April 28, 2014

Sydney Airport has commissioned new equipment for on its 34L/16R main runway, allowing for Category II operations during fog and other low visibility events.

Sydney's main 34L/16R runway is now Cat II rated thanks to upgraded ILS, radio navigation and lighting equipment. (Paul Sadler - AirServices)
Sydney’s main 34L/16R runway is now Cat II rated thanks to upgraded ILS and lighting equipment. (Paul Sadler/Airservices)

High intensity and strobe lighting installed at both ends of the runway, in conjunction with Airservices’ recent upgrade of the runway’s instrument landing system (ILS), means 34L/16R is now rated for Category II operations, allowing approved aircraft to operate to a minimum decision height (DH) of 100ft and a runway visual range (RVR) of 350m as opposed to the previous RVR limits of 550 to 1,500 metres.

“We’ve made a multi-million dollar investment in works to enhance operations for low visibility conditions such as fog and poor weather,” Airport CEO Kerrie Mather said. “Our new runway lighting system will enable more aircraft to land safely at Sydney Airport in adverse weather conditions, instead of being diverted to other Australian cities.”

Further details can be found on the Sydney Airport website here.


  • Brett


    I’m sad. This means less diversions to brisbane.

  • Dave409


    Unless you have Cat 3B your not mixing with the big boys

  • Marc


    Typo? “rated for Categoty II operations”

  • Rodney Marinkovic


    Les diversions more profit to this Australian hub. Less upsets passengers. More opportunity to upgrading to 3B level. Better image among airports community. Aviation, public, Sydney community deserve to be natural leader in this blessed land of Australia!… No less than that. Lot of greeting. Rodney, Serbia. Kraljevo / Sydney.

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