Roseburg moving toward clearing night landings at airport

An obstruction on Mt. Nebo is causing a risk to night landings.

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 6:21 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2020 6:26 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. — The City of Roseburg is getting close to clearing night landing at the the Roseburg Regional Airport.

City officials said the Federal Aviation Administration conducted an air test in 2015 and found that the airport was at risk of losing night landing. They said the FAA determined that an obstruction on Mt. Nebo is what's causing the risk, as trees and power lines are blocking the flight path from the south.

At some point after the air test, the city stopped allowing flights to land at night at the airport.

“Number one is safety," said Eric Johnson, the communication specialist for the city. "We want to make sure that, you know, flights can come in and out safely at night.”

The FAA also asked the city to install Precision Approach Path Indicators, or PAPIs, which officials said they are working on right now. PAPIs are lights that are placed next to the runway to increase lighting for pilots landing in the dark or in bad weather. 

City officials said they are working to install the new PAPIs and clear the obstruction on Mt. Nebo.

They said the FAA will conduct another air test next week to make sure the updates are sufficient. 

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