A new flight testing aircraft purchased by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) is scheduled to be delivered to Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) on Friday, which will be used to enhance the accuracy of the nation’s navigation assistance facilities.
The CAA said current flight testing aircraft had been in service for more than 20 years.
The Beech King Air350, produced by US manufacturer Hawk-er Beechcraft, will be equipped with the Automatic Flight Inspection System (AFSI) from Germany, it said.
The total cost of the aircraft and AFSI system is estimated at NT$400 million (US$13.2 million), the CAA said.
Director of CAA’s flight standard section Chang Ling-ti (張羚悌) said the new aircraft would be used to test the accuracy of all navigation assistance facilities at the Taipei Flight Information Region in the next five to 10 years.
The CAA said the body of the new aircraft is painted white and decorated with the blue and red stripes, the colors of Taiwan’s flag.
A flag is also painted on the tail of the new aircraft, the CAA added.
Meanwhile, cross-strait flight services could be offered at Chiayi airport by the end of this year.
Currently, cross-strait flights are available at Taipei, Greater Taichung, Greater Kaohsiung, Greater Tainan, Hualien, Taitung, Penghu and Kinmen airports.
The CAA said it would have to rearrange the routes for arriving and departing passengers in the terminal at Chiayi airport, adding that it would also have to build facilities for customs, immigration, quarantine and safety inspections.