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New device to install Airfield Lighting for runway

20 Apr 2020

Embarking on organisational effort and a cost reduction approach, Oman Airports has developed a device with special specs to install Airfield Lighting for Runway & Taxiway at Muscat International Airport.

Oman Airports’ maintenance team succeeded in developing a portable drilling coring machine with special application designed to install Airfield Lighting of Muscat Airfield at Muscat International Airport. 

The initiative of developing this machine to satisfy the needs of both repair and replacement of AGL fittings and is vital part of the company’s efforts in response to trends of reducing operational costs of government companies and find approved alternatives for specialised services.

Eng Abdulaziz bin Mohammed al Hinai, senior airport systems manager at Muscat International Airport Maintenance Department, stated that this step came as a result of the maintenance team’s efforts to find an in-house solution using team expertise. 

“Such approach is supported by Oman Airports executive management; the specialised team made a tremendous work in designing and modifying an existing core machine used normally in construction work to fulfill the special requirement of AGL installation kit. A special vehicle was designed at Oman Airports maintenance workshop to carry and tune the required measurements during the drilling process.

“The device provides for speed and accuracy required in accordance with the international specifications used in making any necessary changes in the runway, where Oman Airports relies on a well-trained qualified team to carry out these works at a high level of professionalism,” he stressed.

For his part, Eng Adel Bin Abdullah al Yafei, general manager of maintenance at the Technical Support Unit at Oman Airports, by developing this device, the maintenance team has created alternatives that commensurate with the current circumstances.

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