Closing the Gap The IAF has begun the process of adjusting the standards of its airbases to international standards set by civil aviation. The process has begun at the Ramon airbase and will then continue to other bases

Shir Cohen

In the IAF, a “gap-closing” process has been underway, in which flight devices will be adjusted to meet international civil aviation standards.In the field of civil aviation, there is a set of standards that defines flight safety, which is determined by a professional organization and with which airports are obligated to comply.

Air forces around the world are not limited to these conditions, as they operate aircrafts with different demands. But in the IAF, a decision was made to comply with international standards in order to improve cooperation with foreign forces and to allow civilian planes to land at the force’s airbases.

“The international standard is determined in accordance with calculations that are made by trusted professionals”, explains Major Dan, head of the Traffic Section of IAF Headquarters. “The IAF’s standards are very high but because it is closed military system, civil aviation networks cannot ascertain with certainty the current conditions on the IAF’s airbases and they would prefer not to take any risks”.

The first base that will meet international standards will be the Ramon airbase. “At Ramon, sometimes there are weather conditions that don’t allow for a normal landing and require the use of landing devices”, adds Major Dan. “We’re implementing an overhaul of standards, according to which landing devices will be designed in cooperation with civil aviation officials in order to ensure that they match civilian standards”.

In the future, the rest of the airbases will undergo changes in order to ensure that they, too, match the standards.

“We work with many forces in Israel and abroad”, adds Major Dan. “The logical course of action in order to foster cooperation is to create a single flight device standard for all participants”.