Now just to clarify a little bit. This is not something that just anyone can do .I was granted permission because of my security clearance level along with the fact that I am a pilot working in the country of the Maldives.
This tour was high on my list of things to do while here and I can't emphasize enough how excited I am to have met the people I speak with on the VHF radio everyday . They were very hospitable and were only to happy to share their world with me. I regret that I did not get everyone to write their names down for me so if by chance you are from the Air Traffic Control service and you read this please forward their names to me.(email@example.com)
Up until recently the Air Traffic Controllers relied upon pilot reporting in order to organize the air traffic that flowed in , out and around the Maldives. Now this is not an unusual circumstance as in many areas I have flown this is the case.Normally this is the case in areas of low traffic volume.
That being said the traffic around the Maldives has increased steadily throughout the last 15 years, not only with regards to the international carriers that are arriving and departing but as well there has been a marked increase in the seaplane traffic. Radar control is something that was increasingly becoming a requirement. I am happy to report it has been here , I believe, for the better part of a year now. This has greatly increased the level of flight safety.
The people who once had to use there memory skills to manage the 3 dimensional area around the Maldives now have a very effective tool to help them. It is my feeling that their previous experience combined with their new equipment gives them a unique skill set that I am sure most control agencies would envy.
As you will see from the pictures they have an amazing view. As I side note, at the base of the tower there is a reef that they often see such things as a 4 foot black tip reef shark, eagle rays,sting rays,Jacks and turtles,just to name a few. Not to many tower controllers have that kind scenery!
Anyway on to the pictures!Remember give them a click and they will expand.
On the bottom floor is where the approach and area controllers are. The fellow standing up in the blue shirt is Mohamed Husny the SATCO. Again my apologies to the unnamed fellows, if you are reading this and can fill in the blanks please do!
The names are in! From left to right....
Here we have a shot of one of our Twin Otters landing on the water way designated as North Right. Captain Dave Kuruvita
on the left.
This Machine is equipped with CAP floats. Soon Maldivian Air Taxi will have converted all the aircraft over to Wipline series floats.
Gulfstream landing on runway 36
Sri Lankan Airlines leaving the Maldives for Colombo.
To end this post I have pasted some information about the Male International Airport.
|Aerodrome Location Indicator and Name||VRMM - Malé International|
|ARP coordinates and site at AD|| 041130N 0733145E |
Runway mid point
|Direction and distance from City||051 degrees 2.8KM from Malé|
|Elevation / Reference temperature||1.73 M (6 FT) / 30.0 degrees C|
|MAG VAR / Annual change||3.8 degrees W (1994) / Nil|
|Apron surface and strength|| Surface: Concrete |
Strength: PCN 58/R/A/W/T
|Taxiway width, surface and strength|| Width: 23 M |
Strength: PCN 58/F/A/WT for TWY A, B and C
PCN 12/FC/WU for TWY D
|ACL Location and elevation|| Location: Runway mid-point |
Elevation: 1.62 M / 5 FT
|AD Administration||Maldives Airports Company Limited|
|Address|| Malé International Airport |
Republic of Maldives
|Telephone||(960) 313309 (960) 313309|
|Telex||66123 MAA MF|
|AFS / AFTN||VRMMYDYX|
|Types of traffic permitted||IFR / VFR|
|VRMM Operational hours||24 Hours|
|Cargo handling facilities||All modern facilities handling weights up to 20 tonnes.|
|Fuel / Oil types||Jet A1|
|Hotels||In AD and at the city|
|Restaurants||In AD and at the city|
|Transportation||Launches and dhoanis can be hired from the AD|
|Medical facilities||First Aid at AD. Hospitals in the city.|
|Bank / Post||At AD. Open within AD HR.|
|Tourist Office|| Tourist Information Counter at AD. Office in the city. |
Tel: (960) 323224 (960) 323224
Fax: (960) 322512
| * Prior permission required for NON-SKED TFC |
* On Friday BTN 0715-0815 UTC ground handling services (Fueling and
Handling) not available.
|For more detailed information visit Civil Aviation Department website|