Learjets Help Calibrate Local Airfield's Landing Lights

POSTED: 6:32 PM Feb 11 2013   UPDATED: 6:55 PM Feb 11 2013
REDDING, Calif. -

Benton Airfield in Redding will see a new type of airplane flying overhead Tuesday.

The FAA will be using a Learjet to calibrate new landing lights on the runway.

Benton Airfield needs the new running lights because they moved their runway in order to allow for more safety space on either end of the runway. 

On Wednesday the Learjets are scheduled to fly between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. but that schedule could change due to crew availability or equipment requirements elsewhere in the state.

The jet won’t land at Benton, but will do several approaches from both runway orientations.  One-hour jets will fly approach from the North and the others will approach from the South.

Once the calibration is complete the normal Cessnas and helicopters will resume their use of Benton.  Larger jets won’t become the new normal because the airport’s runway is too short for them to take off or land safely.