Sumburgh Airport - Runway 15/33 AGL Upgrades

Installation of complete AGL Field System and complete AGL Control System, including all electrical and civils works at Sumburgh Airport.

  • Year: 2010
  • Client: Highland and Islands Airports Limited

​Despite being the longer of the two runways at Sumburgh, 15/33 – which lacks an instrument landing system – is the secondary runway. However, it offers the more spectacular approaches.

Landing towards the north-west, the aircraft passes close to Sumburgh Lighthouse before turning sharply to line up for landing. The approach from the opposite direction, past Fitful Head and over the village of Toab, is almost as spectacular.

Ness Engineering won the contract for a completely new AGL Field System and complete AGL lighting control system on runway 15/33. They also undertook all the associated electrical and civil works (Civil works were carried out by MK Leslie subcontracted to us). The project was undertaken for the airport operators, Highlands and islands Airports Ltd, in 2008.

Below is a video of a Loganair Saab 340 approaching and landing at runway 33 at Sumburgh.