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Lack of light, two-way radio at Rota airport concerns senator

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SENATOR Paul A. Manglona is following up with the Commonwealth Ports Authority regarding his concerns about the lack of lighting and two-way radio at the Rota/Benjamin T. Manglona International Airport.

In his letter to CPA Executive Director Chris Tenorio, the senator said he wants to know about the status of the repair of the Air Traffic Control or ATC flight service radio at the Rota airport.

“I understand that Rota’s ATC has been operating without two-way radio communication with the pilots for several months now and the communication system is in need of repair. Presently, all air traffic communication is relayed via Saipan’s ATC,” Manglona said.

He said he was also informed that the airport lighting system is defective and has not been working for several months now.

“This rendered our Rota airport incapable of night flight operations should an emergency or medical evacuation landing become necessary. I would like to know the status of this lighting system repair as it is crucial to any airport, especially in emergency circumstances,” the senator said.

He asked CPA for an update on the repairs of the ATC’s radio communication and lighting system “that are essential to providing safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of air traffic.”

Variety was unable to get a comment from CPA.

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