REDMOND, Ore. - (Update: Airport flights canceled until Wednesday AM)
Redmond Municipal Airport announced Tuesday that its reopening has been pushed back to Wednesday morning after heavy snowfall damaged a navigational aid system.
RDM officials had intended to reopen at noon Tuesday after a day-long closure. But airport officials said the Instrument Landing System (ILS), equipment owned and operated by the Federal Aviation Administration "is currently inoperable due to snow damage."
The ILS allows pilots to land aircraft in weather conditions that are not under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Current winter storms require use of the ILS for landing at RDM.
The FAA plans to have the ILS in operation by 9 a.m. Wednesday -- weather permitting.
While there are no arriving or departing flights, RDM’s commercial air carrier passenger terminal is open.
The airport recommended passengers contact their air carrier directly for flight information.
RDM’s website, www.flyrdm.com, provides direct links to air carriers providing service to RDM as well as flight status information.
"Safety is always the number one priority at RDM," the announcement concluded..