What Reno Airport Wants For The Holidays -- An ILS

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Nobody likes it when an airport's Instrument Landing System (ILS) goes down, but it's happened twice recently at Reno, Nev., and airport officials are fuming. Last weekend, 2,000 travelers were stranded during a snowstorm when the ILS was offline for seven hours, canceling 41 departures and 21 arrivals, the Associated Press reported. Many had to wait two days to find a flight out, on the busy post-Thanksgiving weekend. "Why wasn't this piece of equipment fixed?" airport spokesman Brian Kulpin wants to know, since it had recently failed, on Nov. 3. "That is a question we'll be seeking an answer to all the way through to Washington." Kulpin plans to take his complaint straight to the FAA, saying he never heard of any other airport that had to close down for lack of an ILS. "We'll do an exhaustive investigation," FAA spokesman Greg Martin told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Tuesday.