Johannesburg - About 70 airports have been removed from one of the
world's leading satellite navigation systems, compromising air traffic
safety in South Africa, the Sunday Times reported.
"The airports have disappeared off the map," according
to a note to pilots published on an aviation web forum by Aircraft
Pilots and Owners Association president Chris Martinus.
The airports, including Nelspruit and Stellenbosch,
were apparently removed from Boeing's navigational services subsidiary,
Jeppesen, owing to an administrative error. Jeppesen said the delisting
was due to "missing data".
This meant pilots could not automatically access
information such as geographic location and runway conditions. Instead,
they needed to manually enter these airports' co-ordinates.
The SA Civil Aviation Authority told the Sunday Times
there had been no error. Spokeswoman Phindi Gwebu said the "missing"
airports had been removed from the local database because of outdated survey
She said the matter had been resolved with Jeppesen and the missing data would be restored soon.
"This matter served before the National Airspace
Committee on Thursday, and [the] industry is satisfied that safety is
not compromised," Gwebu was quoted as saying.