LIAT identifies a number of concerns during night landing

A LIAT plane can be seen approaching the air strip

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, August 18, 2010 – Regional airline LIAT on Tuesday carried out a series of test flights, in the night, at Dominica’s Melville Hall Airport.

“Several concerns were identified during the test flights and these items will be reviewed with the regulatory authorities,” Director of Flight Operations Capt. George Arthurton said.

“Even though we have done the test flights, the company still has to complete the evaluation process and obtain the required approvals from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) before we can announce that LIAT can commence commercial night operations into Melville Hall.”

Officials of the Dominica Government, the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority and the ECCAA were present at the airport for the series of test flights.

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73 Comments

  1. shame how
    June 10, 2016

    People are afraid to invest in Dominica poor roads dirty town no side walk on roads expensive to build expensive to live ….
    …….

  2. shame how
    June 10, 2016

    People are afraid to invest in Dominica poor roads dirty town no side walk on roads expensive to build expensive to live ….

  3. Favours
    August 20, 2010

    we all have to take it one step at a time. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Today it is a big city. tings are happening. I will surely use the night landing. and people when you want a reasonable ticket check out Open Skys Agency. I got a nice deal and saved some bucks. they are just by the ideal pharmacy across from the police station in Portsmouth. check them out. Happy flying. Thumbs up D/A

  4. WELL
    August 20, 2010

    IF THE MAN APPROVE THE NIGHT LANDING…CAUSE THEY GOT TO DOMINICA WITHOUT ACCIDENT…I WONT BE OVERNIGHTING IN ANTIGUA AND THE OTHER COUNTRIES WHEN I HAVE THE CHOICE TO COME HOME..AND I SURE THOSE JOKERS THAT COMMENTING …BLA BLA BLA WILL BE THE FIRST ON THE PLANE WHEN NIGHT FALL TO MAKE IT HOME IF IT HAVE FETE………………………………MOUTH DOMINICANS HAVE U KNOW!

  5. Sir Paul (Bert)Goodwill Secondary School
    August 19, 2010

    GOOD JOB PM

  6. August 19, 2010

    hello dominica from i born i keep hearing are about this internashanal airport that is about 36 yeas ago but what i see there it do not look like one so less put ower focouse in develuping ower buitiful dominica lets fine more ways to create jobs by lowering the fee on building materials in costums find proper location to build a grand 5 star hotel and casino we need to put more attension on or argriculture product every body kept talking about traveling and we dont have no money to travel and dont know where or next meal is comming out focusss on jobs creation.

  7. Homeboy
    August 19, 2010

    @Response reader: Thank s

  8. August 19, 2010

    HOW HAS THE AIRPORT HELP ST VINCENT’S ECONOMY? YOU ALL ANXIOUS FOR INTL. AIRPORT. MORE MISERY AND CRIME YOU ALL WANT IN DOMINICA. JUST LOOK HOW MUCH TOURIST THAT ARE VISITING YOUR COUNTRY RIGHT NOW, NOT TOO MANY. THE WORLD
    ECONOMY IS IN SHAMBLES, YOU THINK PEOPLE HAVE MONEY LIKE BEFORE TO TAKE VACATION? THINK AGAIN. EVERY BODY IS BROKE. LOOK ALL THIS ROBBERIES AND SHOOTING GOING ON IN DA. YOU THINK YOU ALL ARE THE ONLY ONES READING THE NEWS ON DNO?

    REMEMBER WE ARE ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB.

  9. LAMBO
    August 19, 2010

    @Jim Lynch (Capt.):

    That last thing about the volcanoes threw me off..Since you know about airports.. You actually think The money spent on Melville hall would have been enough to tear down trees level pave and build a terminal? wow.

  10. LAMBO
    August 19, 2010

    @Priority:

    Do ur research.. St.Vincent got funds(MILLIONS OF $$$$$) from other countries to help them build their inti airport.. We yet to get help.. U think its just building a long runway and putting a tower? sooooooo many rules and regulations have to be passed for international satisfaction it aint a joke THIS INTO AIRPORT GONNA BE MONEY WE AINT GOT.. no way the money spend on Melville hall airport could do even a 1/4 on an international standard so upgrading what we already have is a big plus my friend.. I agree we need one.. but come on man WHERE WE GONNA GET THE MONEY TO BUILD AND THEN TO RUN IT? We need investors or other countries chippin in. Let’s say they help us build it and they lease the airpot for 12 years then we take it from there,, That would be great. But till then it’s just an idea on paper that is waiting to be tested. I’m sure we all are going to see the day. I just hope it lives up to it’s expectations. Cause lord help us if we can’t generate enough revenue to run the place.

  11. ZERO
    August 19, 2010

    @IF …..Your comment signifies that you are one of the smart Dominican,you could not have said it better….

  12. stage
    August 19, 2010

    Congratulation D/A. This is definately in the right direction. Although night landing was way past due, its better late than never. We are all giving our island thumbs up knowing that there is more to come.

  13. Priority
    August 19, 2010

    @Cyril Volney: No economic viability to an international airport? Where would we put it? Certainly your head not good. Politicians and Govt. just use people’s money without involving and getting the necessary input from those wiser than them. Most Dominicans agree that an international airport would be what could take us to the next level upward. The time taken and the amount of dollars spent is a waste. That money and time spent would already do a significant amount of work towards the realization of an int. airport. When a country does not have plenty $$$$$ it prioritizes its projects with a long term vision in mind. Fixing Melville Hall could never make more economic sense than building an international airport. So all the countries of the OECS plan better than us? are those people wiser than us? How long do those countries have their int. airports? St. Vincent has begun work on its own int. airport and some Dominicans beating their chest and praising that inefficient Govt. bankrupt of ideas and lack of vision. With a comprehensive eco-tourism plan, with better management and marketing of our WCMF, with moving faster with exploration of Geothermal and many other feasible development plans, Dominica would surely attract thousands upon thousands of people coming to its shores. So you all who trying to give Kudos to Govt. for wasting tax-payers money to fixing Melville Hall instead of building for the future an international airport, must try to see development in a more holistic way. Where there is no vision and longer term planning, Dominica will be moving to the next level downwards. Remember all is still not OK after the tests at Melville Hall

  14. Interesting.
    August 19, 2010

    Where are the Fire Officers to provide night coverage?
    They need advanced training long before night operations begin.
    No Officers No Night Landing.

  15. Jim Lynch (Capt.)
    August 19, 2010

    @Cyril Volney:

    – Not enough visitors/hotel rooms
    True

    – Insufficient support infrastructure
    True

    – High maintenance costs
    True

    – Most important, where are you going to put it???
    It SHOULD be put in the same place all of the Caribbean aviation professionals (NOT the high-oriced so-called “consultants” or politicians) have been telling politicians for years – east-west in the saddle between the northern two peaks, roughly in the Portsmouth – Paix Bouche – Thibaud – Hampstead area, roughly alongside where the east-west highway is now.

    Montserrat had the same kind of problem – a runway that was not suited to anything but day landings and night landings only by specific STOL aircraft and specially certified pilots. Over the years, in the 1960s and 1980s, the politicians threw away at least two suggestions for the a new location in the northern part of the island, at Cades, where it is now Then the volcano eruptions erased the city and the airport, and they were forced to build a runway exactly where Frank Delisle suggested in the 1960-s and I suggested – with drawings – in the 1980s.

    Where physical suitability of such resources require technical knowledge, Caribbean politicians have demonstrated – without the slightest doubt – that they should keep their mouths firmly shut and seek qualified opinions from those in the field. They have clearly demonstrated that common sense is NOT a prerequisite for being a Caribbean politician- although it certainly appears that greed is a prevalent quality.

    Dominica (taxpayers) and its donors have now spent untold millions on Melville Hall that is a patch at best. All that money could have better been spent as seed money starting a runway and terminal building in the north and improvement of the highway from Roseau to serve it.

    So there is more taxpayers’ money down the drain for the vanity of a few who no longer care how much they are spending – just like all the other politicians in the region, not a single statesman with his/her eyes on the horizon among them, all looking at personal short-term publicity and immediate financial gain over the betterment of their nation and its people.

    All that money poured into Melville Hall will be for nothing when the first aircraft crashes, 30 or more people die in a fireball, and night operations are permanently terminated. WHEN that happens, don’t ever plead ignorance or tell anyone in the aviation community that we did not tell you so.

    And HOPEFULLY this will not be necessitated by your own volcano blowing up explosively enough to take both the airport and the city with it – like what happened in Montserrat!!!

    Jim Lynch, Captain
    LIAT, 1980-1995
    Islander, Trislander, Twin Otter, Dash-8

  16. CNN
    August 19, 2010
  17. AP
    August 19, 2010

    Night landing, wow, grat. As one said… it’s not DLP or UWP thing… it’s a Dominican thing. Every Dominican shold remember this ‘I CAN’… the last four letters in our name. That must be the spirit in the face of adversity. This is how dreams are made to come true. Sometimes, we have to ‘build it… and they will come’. I was hoping that the timing of the new Morroccan-built hotel would be completed in conjunction with the night landing commencement, but it’s not. At least it’s on the way.

    Sometimes, I wish DNO would give more details… their headline states that Conerns were found with night landing, yet no concerns were listed in the article. A little frustrating to read.

    The short of this is that…there are some concerns which I hope have been addressed:
    Emergency power generators for all lighting systems and equipment
    Development of Marigot Hospital to a world class medical facility
    Ready and trained emergency staff
    Ready and trained technicians (in case any equipment fails)
    Storm/rain/fog contingencies, esp at night.
    Adequate lighting of hill sides in flight path
    Additional hotel rooms (international quality) for overnighting visitors (first impressions count!)
    Improved road infrastructure – increased traffic to Portsmouth/Roseau

    I think the people of Marigot should take particular pride in this as opportunities will increase. Next thing, I’m sure there will be more restaurants/stores to cater to airport crowd as well as overnighting visitors/pilots.

    I know there are lot more technical aspects which may need addressing and may well have been point of concern for pilots, but I’m not technical, so someone else may have details…

    However, DNO, thanks for the news… however incomplete sometimes… and thanks for the forum.

    ADMIN: THIS IS A PRESS RELEASE SUBMITTED BY LIAT, NOT AN ARTICLE PRODUCED BY A DNO REPORTER.

  18. BIGSEXY
    August 19, 2010

    @IF: If I was close to you, I would shake really shake your hands. Thanks for sharing my opinion with the rest of the world.

  19. Response reader
    August 19, 2010

    @Homeboy: Well said and thumbs up to you for this comment, that is the kind of thinking I like…Antigua will definitely try to mess it up for us because that is really going to hurt their business and “First of there should be no price on human life, hence all legitimate concerns MUST be considered and addressed” well said bro!!!

  20. Cyril Volney
    August 19, 2010

    CONGRATULATIONS MELVILLE HALL!
    We have come a long way from humble beginnings!
    As a frequent traveler from North America, night landings will be a US$200 savings for me coming in, and a day saved from travel.
    I just hope we all recognize that there is no economic viability to an International Airport in Dominica, and leave it alone.
    Reasons, you ask?
    -Not enough visitors/hotel rooms
    Insufficient support infrastructure
    High maintenance costs
    Most important, where are you going to put it???

  21. precious
    August 19, 2010

    That’s good for dominica.. I would rather over night somewhere than landing dominica int he night… Had a bad experience with Liat from Antigua to SJU last month.

  22. simplicity
    August 19, 2010

    let’s stamp out the negativity and applaud the efforts and good work! we are getting there people it’s becoming a reality! thumbs up!

  23. August 19, 2010

    Congratulations to all concerned. It would be very helpful to have connecting flights available in the evening — if I never overnight in Antigua again it will be too soon! Still, what I’d really like to see is that Dominica Air Shuttle that’s said to be setting up nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale and Melville Hall.

  24. concerned
    August 19, 2010

    Indeed we shold all be happy to see fruitful development taking place in our country. Truely a step forward and I share a genuine joy in seeing it being so close to completion. I’m sure that Dominicans can’t wait to come in at night but I am concerned that those in authority are paying little attention to the safety aspect, more specifically the fire departments point of view. True we have heard about a new fire station to be built at Melville Hall to accomodate both domestic and aerodrome firefighters but we are hearing little or no talk about the human resource themselves, the fire fighters. We have heard little of recruitment. If we are going to be hosting more flights and/or bigger airplanes as the minister says then we need more firefighters to ensure that our safety is not compromised. Think about it Dominicans, development is welcomed but we should make sure that there are adequate fire personnel there to cover us landing and going out. Take a trip to the Melville hall fire station, yes you will see multimillion dollar trucks but the men on duty there you can count almost count on one hand>

  25. August 19, 2010

    Great job!!!!! hope that you all can look into the other concerns befor the Creole fest and the independent clelebrations.
    Thanks to the Government and the people of Dominica.

  26. August 19, 2010

    Sometimes I wounder if Dominican are for Dominica or for other countries. Don’t you Dominicans, you know your selves, want to see development??? We may at the bottom in the Caribbean in terms of modern and development. Don’t you remember the days when we were more advance than St Lucia etc Come man….. we need urgently to change our attitude if are to reach at any altitude…..

  27. August 19, 2010

    I have seen some ridiculous comment but this one is the best “what about when the weather is overcast’ come this is NIGHTTIME that is why the LIGHTS and guiding beacons were installed in the first place.Messieur mi ignoramus.

  28. hmm
    August 19, 2010

    this is a major step up for Dominica. I hope that the concerns are to so major and they can fix them ASAP. Night landing in Dominica would be a wonderful thing, people will not have to over night in Antigua and other places they can get to Dominica on time.
    Good job Dominica let’s keep moving forward.

  29. Anonymous
    August 19, 2010

    why is it that Skerrit and Blackmore staying on ground and not on the nite landing testing flight, are they scared of the nite landing?

  30. Homeboy
    August 19, 2010

    To all sides ( pros and cons) that comment. First of there should be no price on human life, hence all legitimate concerns MUST be considered and addressed. It is not ok to have night landing just for night landing sake!
    Secondly, I think this is an historic moment for DA, as we have traditionally been left out from most regional developments because of a lack of late arrivals and departures from the island..

    Antigua, Barnados, SLU, look out.. And one individual was right when he/she suggested that Antigua vis a vis LIAT will look to sabotage this..

    Go DA, not labor or uwp or freedom.. But Dominica

  31. BELZBOB
    August 19, 2010

    I think there are a lot of well placed concerns about the safety of night landing in Dominica. However, progress never comes without challenges. Change isn’t always bad and it isn’t always in our best interest to fear change. My view is that it may not have been the perfect choice, but at least in a life or death situation where Dominica is the closest place to land, if I’m on that plane, please put on the lights. Thank You.

  32. WELL
    August 19, 2010

    AYE REMEMBER..WE HAVE TO TRY SOMETHING EH..2010..WE MUST GIVE IT A SHOT..THOSE OTHER CARIBBEAN ISLANDS DONT WANT US TO SUCCEED WITH THIS BECAUSE CARRIERS WILL BE BYPASSING PLACES LIKE ANTIGUA BECAUSE OF THE CRIME ETC…ME WILL PREVAIL

  33. WELL
    August 19, 2010

    GOD IS IN CONTROL PEOPLE…AFTERALL IS SAID AND DONE..PRAY AND GO WITH GOD..IF U HAVE TO LAND NIGHT TIME..U JUST HAVE TO…!

  34. angel of DA
    August 19, 2010

    not in a million years would i be on an incoming or out going night flight in dominica, it dangerous enough in de day, so god help us in de night…….

  35. THATS LIFE
    August 19, 2010

    @CNN: What Antiguans you talking about? don’t you know that liat is a caribbean airline? It’s not an Antiguan airline. Not because its headquarters are based in antigua for you to believe its Antigua’s airline. Don’t you know there are dominican pilots? How you know is not a Dominican pilot that find things to be concerned about? With every new phase of an airport there is always concerns for the safety of people like you and me who uses the airport. Why do we always have to be so negative about everything ? Change your attitude cause its not nice.

  36. SiangUK
    August 19, 2010

    @Gcy:

    I agree about the time thing.

    Dominica problem is that Big airlines landing in Antigua, St Lucia and Bardados at 3pm and 4pm local time and there is no connecting LIAT flights to get you to Dominica (there must be 45-60min) gap between flights to make a connection.

    So with this improvement LIAT can lay on flights to Dominica from Antigua, St Lucia, Barbados at say 5pm, 5:30pm or even 5:45pm arriving in Dominica at 5:45pm, 6:15pm or 6:30pm.

    It is all good.

    No more having to spend EC$Hundreds when BA or Virgin land late, after 3pm and being told you have to overnight in Antigua.

  37. Karkabeff
    August 19, 2010

    Quit complaining for heaven sake. True that the government should have used the money more wisely and built an international airport instead but they did not, and so we have to take what we have for now. Hopefully the international airport is part of the next level plan as much as this phrase gets under my skin. Half a loaf is better than none as as such we should accept this one as a step forward but must continue to press for the bigger, better one of international standards

  38. Mabouche
    August 18, 2010

    My 2 cent is this… at the end of the day we still don’t have an international airport meaning the number of ‘night passengers’ will not be that high. Is the cost really worth it ? Maybe the money should have been invested in building the international airport… a wiser investment in my opinion.

  39. So much negativity!!
    August 18, 2010

    Hey i got a questions for all those negative people……….how many times you all travel in and out of dominica? I am pretty sure that you empty vessels dont travel at all!!

    Dominica is not a dangerous airport!! you int never see dangerous yet!!!

    DO you guys know that St.Maarteen, St.Barths and Saba have 3 of the 10 WORLDS MOST DANGEROUS AIRPORTS?

    Well i hope they make their few adjustments and start soon……Dominica here i come!

  40. BW
    August 18, 2010

    This may well be a good thing but just exactly where are all these passengers going to come from for additional flights?

  41. ryon
    August 18, 2010

    @meeroro: Airport Runway Lights are luminous lights which is powered by the Sun without the use of electricity.

  42. The Third Side
    August 18, 2010

    I like the idea of this airport as a way and mean to address the short term air access problem we are experiencing in DA right now. I like the design of the airport , it jives pretty good with our eco- concept. A little bit more could have been done.

    I think the should have designed the arrival area to be on the second floor thereby creating more space for baggage claim downstairs and eliminated the going outside to get to security.

    Nonetheless, I applaud this government work thus far in its steady progress. There is always room for improvement.

    Great Work…Keep it coming.

    Now we need the hoteliers to start marketing and advertising their business

    Please do not wait on Government to do it for you…Please, Please…be very capitalistic…make use of the internet, blogs, cruise lines..Do something to move your country forward and on to the next level.

  43. meeroro
    August 18, 2010

    My major concern and it may be address is the frequency and unrelaibility of DOMLEC power supply. I trust the havenot just generators but a physical plant to produce their powere with trained staff.

  44. vibes
    August 18, 2010

    @Patat: good point but thats always in my issue why didnt those nessecary steps be taken before….DASPA has now to be running here and there gettting things done…if we had proffessionals who knew what were doing things like lightning in those areas is bread and but in modern aviation sir.

    goes to why when all is said and done this airport stuff is going to be not a viable and forward thinking but in the end that typical us in dominica….if those times and effort were brought forward in a modern and proffessional manner.we wouldnt be still not sure if the ECCA may just grant us 30 mins after sunset…and heavy restrictions and regulations..when you sum it up..its interesting we still will be falling way,way short of our goal thats why things done in dominica is always,always below par and we play politics and not doing the correct and visionary thing for long term benefit for the island….its a complete joke you doing sir with all due respect whatever field you are i think your proffessionalism isnt worth much foresight…………….

  45. Democratic lover
    August 18, 2010

    well i am happy for Dominica, but i am not going to be on any plane landing after 6pm at Melville hall, no way hose, it danegerous enough in the day, moreover the night.

  46. LAMOTHE
    August 18, 2010

    good for d/a

  47. Scooper
    August 18, 2010

    When all is said and done, what is the economic viability of this endeavor? Is night landing economically sensible???

  48. Patat
    August 18, 2010

    Liat is only a Commercial Airline Carrier and she has to abide by all the protocols that govern aviation within the Caribbean hence the ECCAA presence and the local Authority DASPA who is making the facility (the Airport) available for Airline Carriers with a range of specific Aircraft suitable to the landing and takeoff infrastructure/facilities that is currently available in Dominica.

    Everything the DASPA ( Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority) does at the Airport must pass rigid inspection tests as outlined by the ECCAA and to a much lesser extent the FAA.

    So, radar equipment, radar signature, radio communication equipment, their specific frequency and call sign and procedures must all be reviewed – especially the conduct of the local air traffic controller and the handing over and receiving of air traffic.

    Now additional lighting not only for the runway and surrounding mountain is a must but all round LaPlaine, Castlebruce, Carib Reserve Marigot , Wesley, and WoodfordHill as well must be implemented.

    Statistically the majority of Airline fatalities occur during takeoff and landing but a significant number of crashes occur far away from the Airport facilities as well and so DASPA must have a comprehensive search and rescue plan to assist in the retrieving of injured persons, and that most valuable black box which stores a recording of all flight data on a given aircraft. That plan from DASPA must be vetted with the ECCAA and the necessary budget allocation voted to put these plans in action at a moment notice. As far as the Marigot Hospital is concerned a mobile unit can be on standby in the short term while a contingency facility is put in place since it will not be everyday a plane crash occurs. The existing facility of the Marigot Hospital bears testimony to this point.

  49. I not in that
    August 18, 2010

    Imagine the test done in fine weather yet several concerns expressed. what about when the weather is bad or overcast? Garcon i not on any late flight (night landing to Dominica

  50. Wash out
    August 18, 2010

    which is the correct side of the story and a right side? Earlier was Blackmoore say pilots gave good reviews following night landing now is LiAT identifies a number of concerns…….

  51. Gcy
    August 18, 2010

    The volume of positive comments only mean that an International airport is in the light at the end of the tunnel after all. Just a few concerns is still a positive thing. I made the following comment on a previous news item on this as follows:

    “Although this is no substitute for an Int’l airport, the need is greater NOW for an Int’l airport. However Melvinhall is not as dangerous as it looks from the plane window when you are landing.

    The previous person who reminded us Dominica is not on the list of most dangerous airports is correct. I recently saw a documentary on the subject and although St.Marten and St.Batts are on that list, they are still not as dangerous as Honduras, but planes land at night in those airports. In Dominica’s case it only means landing after sun goes down but not necessarily in total darkness that occurs after 7:00PM.

    The land formations in the airport area are of most concern or significance but they will be visible after the sun goes down and before total darkness. We should be most concerned here with flights from Antigua/St.Lucia/Barbados between 4:30 and 6:00PM. Those flights will arrive in Dominica before 7:30PM anyway. After-all who will keep an airport with as little activity in the day time, as it is, opened at 9:00PM, let alone waiting for someone arriving in Melvinhall at 8:30PM, considering the road from airport to anywhere in D/a, in day time, much less night time, with no hotels in the area (well…. a few guest rooms/vilas in Calibishie, if patrons are not sleeping by 8:pm, I stand corrected).

    I think you will agree with me that you might as well sleep in Antigua or Barbados if your flight leaves there after 6:30PM. So in most cases it’s the lack of flights from those airports to D/a after4:30 – 5:00PM that causes us to overnight. So it’s a majjor deal if you can get flights from those connecting points to D/a at 5:30PM, and not necessarily flights at 8:30 PM. It’s a big deal. However, that makes a good case for having our own Int’l airport.

    Dangerous?
    As I said earlier, the land formations in the airport area are of most concern or significance. From the left windows of the aircraft coming from north you can clearly see the runway upon approach which gives you a sense of what’s happening as the plane decends. So all the pilots have to do is lower the plane till they pass the small hill or mount, which is over one mile from the top of the runway, bend left then slightly right while lowering and voi-la, they land. It only looks dangerous because you can’t see what the pilot is seeing.

    The hill or mount at the top of the runway in St’Batts is much closer to that runway, they don’t even have time for anything else but to drop the plane, and they do it at night too. But in Melvinhall after passing the hill they have lots of acreage to line up, drop altitude and land safely. So that hill or mount needs to be lighted up sufficiently by all means.

    Ever little bit of improvement we get in Dominica is all good. This airport will do much to compliment the International airport whenever it’s built.”

  52. Alos
    August 18, 2010

    Like Boosi touches ( kerosene in a bottle with a wick )on the strip? hahahahah FET let me hear you!

  53. August 18, 2010

    I am listening too!!!!!!

  54. August 18, 2010

    go dominica! go forward! now u can do what all the other caribbean islands are doing and u will therefore do more because you are capable! Why all the negativity? I therefore expect that the negative will be turned into positives for your lovely island! GOD BLESS DOMINICA IN ABUNDANCE IN EVERY POSITIVE ACTIVITY THAT WILL BE UNDERTAKEN!!

  55. woh
    August 18, 2010

    so different from the news mr blackmoore brought to us earlier tho… hmmmm

  56. IF
    August 18, 2010

    If only all the money spent on Melvillehall was channelled into the construction of an international airport,these clowns that we have governing this country,would have at least served us with a little grace,but their wanton wastage of the country’s resources and/or grant money is something that should enter into the Guinness Book of Record.

  57. jane
    August 18, 2010

    hmm night landing? i want it but am so sceptical about that amount of money spent to be still struggling to qualify. but thats just my openion

  58. de caribbean change
    August 18, 2010

    Make sure the Captain is coming in from the sea and no pancake-landing in the night as is done during the day. Fix the concerns before we undergo another test. Good luck.

  59. nice !
    August 18, 2010

    i wonder what concerns.. but thats GREAT planes can land at night soon we’ll have big jets taking off and landing:)

  60. Bayside
    August 18, 2010

    wonder what these are????

  61. CNN
    August 18, 2010

    WHO WAS ON BOARD? Anderson Cooper wants the story.we are just fooling ourselves Antiguans will find everything wrong with it, because Dominica is going to get a piece of the sweet pie.

  62. Proud Dominican
    August 18, 2010

    Any place trying something new out, there will always be concerned… The Government will now have to work on those concerns…

  63. wisdom
    August 18, 2010

    awesome Dominica awesome, the goverment of dominica is taking us to the next level

  64. positive mind
    August 18, 2010

    that’s good… we just need to work the bugs out; thats what test flights are about.

  65. 4ALL2C
    August 18, 2010

    They should full the plane with all the minsiters for the filghts —-test with them—those Public Grabbers..

  66. patat
    August 18, 2010

    patat!

    see how them man have me repeating their lies? getting well excited for nothing…

    patat!

    ah bordah mweh!

  67. August 18, 2010

    getting there the race is not for the swift but for those who endures to the end.

  68. @True
    August 18, 2010

    u sure u are listening or reading….. stupid that made u ugly nah?

  69. ras
    August 18, 2010

    way to go Dominica, nice pic

  70. ras
    August 18, 2010

    Dont be a fool who ever you are! dont you think theywant everything to be ok for Dominica! i hate people like you.

  71. vibes
    August 18, 2010

    you see its a wait and see for some folks who just run with things its a very complicated issue we dealing with as liat has to do almost 10 miles out to be able to line the runway up there are quite a few concerns as Arthurton will be aware of its not like it will be on thursday night…

    firstly the winds will have to be of major concern of the aircraft, a mis approach under cloudy weather or poor visi liat as daytime regulations in coming to melville hall its in the procedure manual as they do for all airports…the terrain is a issue…remember is its not dead load we dealing with only their will be live souls onboard as safety is key….liat wont try to be a hero just for melville hall when they quite aware that pass government purchase lands for a better approach landings from either ends….come on dominicans a plane load of 50 or more passenger incase of a mis landing where are the options i dont think most folks take in consideration the topography of the landscape around melville hall and the cloud cover aspects……we need to think more deeply rather than just running on the airwaves blah,blah…..time will tell

  72. August 18, 2010

    Like every thing in life we have to get it right so be patience every thing will be alright.

  73. True
    August 18, 2010

    Concerns? Hm……Ii am listening.

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