Essendon Runway 26 ILS Approach Chart - 1968
Comparison with an earlier VAR Approach chart from 1960 reveals the spread of Melbourne's built up area, particularly to the west and north. Essendon Airport, previously located on the fringe of the city, is becoming surrounded - a situation that has led to many problems since.
The Locator for the ILS approach has been shifted from Preston to Plenty (Lower Plenty). Also, the Essendon NDB has been moved from the northern part of the airport to open ground near the threshold of Runway 26. The navaid ident has also changed from ML (Melbourne) to EN (Essendon).
Although not shown for this approach, the Melbourne VAR (located to the north-west of the field) had by this time been replaced by a more versatile VOR. The Airways Markers associated with the VAR (City, Diggers Rest and at the VAR site) have also been decommissioned.
This chart is titled as an 'Essendon' approach, in keeping with the re-naming of the airport itself from 'Melbourne' to 'Essendon'. To the north-west of the field can be seen a symbol marking the new Melbourne/Tullamarine Airport which was then under construction.
By this time, also, long-range radar had been installed and a new Area Approach Control Centre opened providing fully radar-based Approach Control services. This considerably simplified and streamlined terminal operations.
(Chart: Macarthur Job collection. Original 20 x 26.5 cm)
Examine a chart showing the extent of radar coverage - 1967
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