Back to normal at St. Anthony airport, Nav Canada says

An issue at St. Anthony Airport that prompted Liberal transportation critic Tom Osborne to warn travellers that flights may be affected has been fixed.
Navigation Canada says the issue was with a data processing unit. (CBC)

An issue at St. Anthony Airport that prompted Liberal transportation critic Tom Osborne to warn travellers that flights may be affected has been fixed.

Navigation Canada spokesperson Ron Singer said Monday there was a "software problem with a data processing unit" that had to be replaced and the software reloaded.

Singer said crews were working on repairs all weekend and hoped to have it completed by Sunday.

Tom Osborne had earlier said he was told some important landing instruments at the airstrip are broken. These include instruments that help pilots determine altitude, direction and speed values.

"If a pilot doesn't have perfect vision of the airstrip, that instrumentation will allow them to land safely," said Osborne.  

"I'm concerned because that is a long stretch of time, given the time of year — and we're not sure exactly what's going on," Osborne said.

Osborne wants Nav Canada to issue a public advisory to warn Provincial Airlines and Air Labrador passengers, as well as air ambulances services, that routes could be affected. 

"If you're booking a flight to St. Anthony, you should know that the flight could be diverted if the pilot doesn't have good visual on the airstrip."

Osborne said it's difficult to know whether recent flight cancellations at the airport can be attributed to broken technology or to bad weather.

As of Monday afternoon the software was tested and was back and up running. 

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