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Leesburg Executive Airport Dedicates New Instrument Landing System
Leesburg Executive Airport Dedicates New Instrument Landing System

From the Town of Leesburg – This morning, Town of Leesburg officials dedicated the new Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the Leesburg Executive Airport.  Funding for the Instrument Landing System, which became operational on March 10, 2011, was provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, through the efforts of U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA).

Congressman Wolf spoke at the dedication ceremony and highlighted the increased safety measures provided by the new system.  He noted that it was following two aircraft accidents at the Leesburg Executive Airport in 2002 that the Town requested his assistance in obtaining the funding for new system.

The dedication ceremony began with a ceremonial “First Approach” flight, conducted by Bob Hepp of Aviation Adventures.  Joining Mr. Hepp in the flight were Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd and Airport Commissioner Stanley Caulkins.

The Instrument Landing System has two components that provide both lateral and vertical guidance to pilots when landing in weather conditions such as fog, snow or low clouds that result in reduced visibility.  The first component, a Localizer antenna that provides runway centerline guidance, was commissioned in April 2008.  Installation of the second component, the Glide Slope and DME (distance measuring equipment) antenna array which provide vertical guidance, was completed in December 2010.  Having precision approach equipment installed at the Leesburg Executive Airport not only provides an additional margin of safety in general, but also will allow the airport to attract more corporate aircraft.

At the dedication ceremony, Dennis Boykin, chair of the Leesburg Airport Commission, presented plaques to four individuals who have, over the years, been strong supporters of the airport and were instrumental in its development and in securing the funding for the ILS.  In honor of their contributions, four of the intersections that are part of the new ILS approach at Leesburg Executive Airport were renamed for them.  These approach intersections are DROBB, named for Don Robb, owner of AvEd Flight School; PEARC, named for Dave Pearce, the long-time FAA designated examiner at the Leesburg Executive Airport; CAULK, named for Stanley Caulkins, who has been involved with the Leesburg Executive Airport since its opening in 1964; and DANMO, named for the late Dan Moats, former Airport Commissioner who passed away in 2004.  His wife, Peggy Moats, and daughters Kristin and Heidi, were on hand to receive Dan’s plaque.  Each plaque featured a copy of the approach plate with the intersections highlighted (pictured below).

“The Town of Leesburg is very grateful for the support we have received from Congressman Wolf,” said Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd. “The new Instrument Landing System makes Leesburg Executive Airport safer not just for the pilots, but our citizens as well.”