The recent Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) upgrade enhanced a competitive advantage of the PlaneSense program – the PC-12’s runway capability which gives us access to up to four times1 as many airports as similarly sized jets.
Pre-WAAS, some of those smaller airports were not reliably reachable during inclement weather or foggy conditions since few of them typically have the funding for an Instrument Landing System (ILS) to guide arriving aircraft. In the past this might have required diverting to a less convenient airport or perhaps canceling the flight. Simply put, WAAS makes our shortfield advantage more reliable. We can now perform precision approaches that incorporate vertical guidance with precision lateral data to work through the weather, landing you safely and comfortably where you want to go, even when weather conditions are not ideal. Sample airports with short runways where you will most immediately realize the benefits of WAAS (based on historical weather patterns in those areas) include Block Island, RI (2502ft), East Hampton, NY (4255ft), Norwood, MA (4008ft), Ocean City, MD (4072ft), and Wings Field, PA (3700ft).
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