Minister gives update on night landing

Minister Blackmoore. * GIS photo

Ports Minister Rayburn Blackmoore said Government has close to meeting the phase one requirement for night landing at the Melville Hall Airport.

Leeward Island Air Transport (LIAT) has not yet indicated when it will commence scheduled night flights in Dominica since its inaugural call in September 2010.

Blackmoore told a press conference on Monday that government has done everything within its powers to address concerns by any airlines as far as phase one is concerned.

“Incidentally, phase one comes to an end in February of this year and the procedure chart as far as the instrument approach is concern, was always suppose to have taken place in phase two. That notwithstanding, LIAT has indicated that once certain concerns were met, they would be willing to use it upon the approval by the ECCA. The outstanding issue is that our precision approach path indicator lights, which had to be re-calibrated to LIAT’s satisfaction,” he said.

Blackmoore said that was done and LIAT indicated that the lights are now perfect.

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45 Comments

  1. Anthony Ismael
    January 6, 2011

    I know that excavation of a new site would be costly. I am curious to find out just how far EC$110 dollars would take us. Given the location of Melville Hall Airport why did they choose to invest such a large sum of money in an area that is incapable of receiving jet aircraft with passengers?

  2. Lawye
    January 5, 2011

    Progress?? … Noght landing??? …. whatever happened to Geothermal??
    Someone needs to make another sPeech…

  3. M
    January 5, 2011

    Well still doesn’t address the issue that I have to take 3 damn planes to get to Dominica!!!
    You guys are missing out on a whole other type of tourist! The ones that don’t go on cruises, the ones that stay in hotels, eat at restaurants, use rental services.. All that is money that stays in the island. The over-night tourist usually and almost always uses air travel.

  4. the truth
    January 5, 2011

    dominicans really just need to stop talking …and support any progress. just leave out the dumb politics for once. we so backward!!!!! everything is politics. just support anything thats progress. i dont care who bring it. as long as its a step forward i support. plus, you all killing the country with politics. how many years now i hearing about politics. omg!

  5. hj
    January 5, 2011

    I THINK MOST OF THE BLOGGERS HERE ARE UWPITES. TOO MANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS. SO SAD WITH THE ATTITUDE OF MOUTH OF THE SOUTH AND OTHERS ALIKE DOMINICA WILL NOT PROGRESS. BLACKMORE DO YOUR BEST THE MAJORITY IS WITH YOU. WE WILL CORRECT YOUR MISTAKES AND HELP YOU TO MAKE IT RIGHT.

  6. Bougla
    January 5, 2011

    Winair should be given the contract to operate night flights from Antigua to Dominica and forget about LIAT.

  7. casual
    January 5, 2011

    If you all only took the time to realize that Dominica is not, never have been, never will be a proper place to land a plane unless all the Mountains we have are shaved off and we become flat like Barbados… that being said the little effort being made is more than good enough… there is NOWHERE in Dominica that a suitable INTERNATIONAL airport could be placed WITHOUT the mountains or wind affecting the landing of the plane… so those who aren’t satisfied with the little something wrong with you and those who want an international airport and can’t understand why they not making one.. study Geography and our island and then you may understand.. if you still aren’t understanding or satisfied.. no one or nothing can possibly please you in this life.

    • Dominican enquirer
      January 5, 2011

      studies were done and several locations were found suitable for establishing an International airport.

      STUDY your GEO and post your reply!!!!!!

  8. i smell a rat with that story
    January 5, 2011

    SO WHY THE HELL THEY HAVE WINAIR LANDED AT NIGHT WITH PEOPLE…..THAT IS NOT RIGHT ….THE LAST TIME I CAME INTO DOMINICA WINAIR SUDDENLY CHANGE FLIGHT AND I ARRIVED IN DOMINICA AFTER 6 PM AND NOW THEY ARE TELLING ME THAT THEY ONLY HAVE TWO FLIGHTS ARRIVING IN DOMINICA ONE AFTER 6 AND ONE AFTER 7….WHY ARE THEY MESSING WITH PEOPLE LIFE…IT IS CLEAR THAT DOMINICA IS NOT READY FOR NIGHT LANDED

  9. intl airport
    January 5, 2011

    Dominica dont need night landing. We need an international airport. if LIAT cant land in the day because of rain is in the night they will land even though they light up whole of dominica

  10. Terrence
    January 5, 2011

    Again if we allow LIAT or AA to make announcements concerning night landings we can save ourselves embarracement

  11. Cravat
    January 5, 2011

    Respect Hon. Blackmore. All u think de man stupid. The man staying in the news because just no there will be confusion for PM and Blackmore so want to be PM. He dressing like de man, he speaking like de man he even want to have a dimple like de man. Imagine Blackmore may soon be PM of Dominica. Wi Bondieu i not talking.

  12. LIAT
    January 5, 2011

    AM I HEARING THAT OUR NATIONAL AIRPORT IS BEING SET UP TO ACCOMODATE LIAT STANDARDS?????

    IT THAT HOW THINGS ARE DONE IN THE INTERNATIONAL WORLD???? DEVELOPING AN AIRPORT BASED ON ONE AIRLINES STANDARDS???????

    BLACKMORE SAID,” TO MEET LIAT STANDARDS”.

  13. DDF
    January 5, 2011

    Once again :

    – yes, Melville Hall is dangerous at night ( even at daytime in case of poor weather conditions ; remember Cardinal ? ) ; for 2 reasons : landing the opposite way ( to avoid flying over mountains at low altitude in darkness ) + flying directly towards these same dark mountains in case of aborted landing at the very last moment.

    – yes, LIAT, who has a good reputation as far as safety is concerned, is not in a hurry to start landing there at night ; all professional pilots understand their position

    – no, instruments or formal procedures are of no help ( the problem is not to locate the runway but to land safely on this rwy 27 at night )

    – no, and International airport is not needed in DA ( and not even feasible, both technically and economicaly )

    DDF

  14. Anthony Ismael
    January 4, 2011

    It was my humble understanding that the inaugural flight last year, ushered in the night landing era in Dominica. A few days later we learned that Melville Hall Airport had not met ECCA standards, thus forcing LIAT to postpone night landing at Melville Hall. We already knew that despite spending some EC$110 million dollars, American Eagle would not land there.
    Now Blackmore is up to his old tricks again. Making yet another promise to what he believes is an uneducated and easily fooled citizenry.

    Are trained engineers not involved in the design, planning and execution of these projects? Then again, this being Dominica, political propaganda Ministers are shooting from the hip to hold on to power. Same on Black once more. Shame, shame, shame!!

  15. chuck
    January 4, 2011

    this night landing issue cant stop. it wont because this minister has no idea whats going on and he’s not telling the truth.

  16. Fairplay
    January 4, 2011

    I keep telling people that LIAT should be re-named ‘Antigua Airways’. 8)

    • storm
      January 5, 2011

      Seems LIAT doing some kind of bobol thing. We already do not have an international airport why they just fighting us down.

  17. Shame on BM
    January 4, 2011

    Blackmore, you should have just kept quiet about this night landing…….. there was no need to embarrass yourself at all, but then again, there is no one as educated and knowledgeable as you so you are right. It is just a damned shame that you are the MP for the constituency where I reside. I can never vote for you again… You are showing your true colours and more have to come out for all of Dominica to see.
    Shame on you Blackmore, you have caused the DLP to loose support! You better fix the wrongs!!

    • Objective (Mahaut Constituency)!
      January 4, 2011

      Some of us never have and never will support progress even if it is staring you in the face. We are so ashamed to admit that we hide behind the pretence of being a supporter to try stringing others for a ride. All men make mistakes but because of our nature, we allow negatives to overide the positive even if the positive came after. Life is not perfect and we are not perfect. Dominica has made progress under all who have governed it and it is time we realise that politics is a game and we allow ourselves to be drawn in too deep so as not to see anything else but what we are drawn to. How many of us look for ways of giving our time to the community in our various professional capacity without looking for personal gains?

    • Mahaut Man
      January 4, 2011

      Blackmore man, you do not have my support any more. I am not convinced that you talk the truth. You are a shameful Pal Rep.

  18. watchthat
    January 4, 2011

    Coming from work I ask where are these people dressed in red and white going nuhk? Oh yea to Melville Hall nuh, they replied night landing is here garcon. Are u going? no I doh trust that.
    Hooray Hooray Hooray, the first flight has landed in Dominica History is in de making, Night Landing is here oh finally. Permanent Secretarys, President all on broad smiling broadly for finally we have make it. Boy de oppoisition think it would never happen. Oh no I was dreaming man. It was the Carnival Victory Cruise Ship that disappear so de government get a chartered flightfor 50,000 plus dollars to celebrate the lost of Carnival Victory. So hooray hooray here we go again night landing coming AGAIN PEOPLE LOOK OUT!!! this time its for real! I mean it hahahahahaha.

  19. dnokries
    January 4, 2011

    for progress sake, IHope it work , we need to move on.

  20. Watcher
    January 4, 2011

    Mr. Blackmoore, I am a supporter of your eforts and that of government.Iunderstand the frustration of having to wait indefinitely for the major carrier to ftake advantage of the investment that government has placed at Melville Hall. allthe nay sayers want to see is a mass casualty. That alone would make 2011 a very productive year for them. Don’t be frightened by the yawning crocodiles in the swamp. Just stay focus and drain the damn swamp.Thatis what the people of Dominica sent you to do.

    In closing although I appreciate your every intention in clearing up the misinformation, that the UWP satellites are fond of craeting. I do beleive however that you could exercise a bit more tack in how you present the information. You would do well to allow a member of your technical staff to discuss and debate the technicalities. Its is no fault of yours, but your ability to effectively communicate – al la Charles Savarin, Vince Henderson etc is affectedby a speech impairment whih you should not apologise for. We all have our own abnormality. I say this with the greatest respect to you Sir, the office you hold and the great party that has served our perople so well. Let the nay sayers simply back. Do not get distracted with their large canines. Its more an enlargment of thier “milk teeth”.

    • mouth of the south
      January 4, 2011

      if i was a contractor i’d build ur 3 story house in 2 months using sea sand,,,,,,burrr!!!!! why??? because all form of development no matter the safety seem to be good 4 u,,,,,i never said i wanted mass casualties,,,i have travel,,,i have relatives that travel n support the rogue regime also,,,,but i want it to be safely done period,,,,no compromise,,,,don’t u think a proper medical hospital should be in close proximity to a major airport,,,,yes in case of mass casualties huh,,,,and yes d.a would be better off if we could handle big situations on our own,,,guadeloupe have to send chopper to locate a plane less than 3 miles from the airport,,,poor dominique,,,,guadeloupe saw the plane’s problem on dere radar n our own did not catch it,,,,well our guys were still using dere eyes,,,,

      “but so long dat plane was coming where is it nah,,,oh look it,,,no fool a bird dat dere,,,,ooohhhh i seeing smoke wii,,,,where dat?”

      • Nostradamus
        January 4, 2011

        It’s people like Mouth of the South that has caused Dominica not to have an opposition…its people like him with these stupid comments that have cause people to flee the party

    • Bushmaninda
      January 5, 2011

      It is all about a lot of pomp and little circumstance. Watcher I agree with you, However, do you think that at this stage Mr Blackmoore would not know that. If at this stage he does not know, he must be a slow learner. If he does know, he is an egotistic fool. Mr Blackmoore needs to get over himself and let those in his department who can do better do better. Smart governance leads to good governance.

      Night landing in a good idea and is needed if access to Dominica is to be improved. I would say that most Dominicans would agree. The bad thing is how the implementation of night land has been bumbled.

  21. Pharm
    January 4, 2011

    Dominicans are easily fooled . Go head Blackmore continue to fool your people !

  22. A Voice from the Wilderness
    January 4, 2011

    People still listen to BLACKMORE?. Night landing was suppose to have commenced before christmas according to the PM-now Blackmore feeding you all mind with pure crap.The gauvament really belive dominicans are stupid otherwise these guys would live up to the expectation of their office and the civic-minded Dominicans. Lets be honest, they invested close to 50 plus million (i may be wrong) doing airport improvement works. Wasn’t this suppose to accommodate the concerns of all the carriers involved or built to the standard of FAA or other regional standards. nOW THE SO CALLED IMPROVEMENT WORKS are completed, Blackmore trying to redesign to meet liat concerns, . What abt american eagle? Do they have separate concerns, do we have to make adjustment as well. eh beure weh
    voice from the wilderness

    • BOMBER
      January 4, 2011

      NO CLOSE TO 300 MILLION

    • fair
      January 5, 2011

      NICE THOUGHT

  23. ?????
    January 4, 2011

    Blackmore you are shameless we garcon !!!…Night landing nonsense still !!!!!!

  24. Concern
    January 4, 2011

    why can’t they locate a suitable spot, and build an international airport imagine those foreigners are just laughing at us landing between those coconut trees and mountains, come on it is high time we get an airport to boast about

    • BLACKMOR
      January 4, 2011

      WE CANNOT BUILD IT BECAUSE WE CANNOT AFFORD IT.. BUT WE DID SPEND 300 MILLION, 50 THOUSAND FOR NIGHT LANDING CHATER AND A 30 THOUSSAND AFTER PARTY. EVEN IF THE UWP HAD BOUGHT THE LAND AND DID ALL THE SURVEY ALREADY, WE NOT USING THEM MAN TING BECAUSE IS THEY THAT DO IT..
      AS FOR ME I WILL NOT LAND IN MELVILLE HALL IN DE NIGHT CAUSE I TO YOUNG TO DIE ON THAT BIG MOUNTAIN IN LINE WITH THE RUNWAY AND ALL THAT TAEWACE ON DE SIDE OF DE RUNWAY. NO ME NO SIR

  25. Country
    January 4, 2011

    Blackmore, do you think that all Dominicans are still as senseless as you are? Don’t you think that we know what it takes for night landing to become feasible. Come on and educate yourself as there are much wiser persons out there than you are.

    We are able to make sense out of your senseless, so called information.

  26. Help
    January 4, 2011

    It is not working Mr.BM. We want more, come again…

  27. mouth of the south
    January 4, 2011

    blackmore dat wasn’t an update well at least not to the bright n right thinking d/cans,,,n in case u haven’t gotten the memo,,,, we don’t want what that at melville hall,,, we want an int’l airport,,,, ok,,,all dat night landing gonna do is increase risks of the citizens,,,LIAT are the only professionals who can land at our airport in the night with no fear,,,,no not american eagle,,,they afraid of our mountains,,,we are not equipped with medical facilities in the area to deal with mass casualties,,,can n e one remember summer of 1998,,,no matter how we in d/ca suppress such happenings by asking the media not to highlight that fateful day,,,its part of our history n that we should never forget,,,funny how years passing and the media never cover such time similar to how the u.s remember 9/11,,,the pilot was drunk n risked the lives of all the passengers,,,very sad,,,guadeloupe had to help us locate the plane,,,poor d/ca,,,wat could have been if we were equipped

  28. Colihaut People
    January 4, 2011

    All of you are just haters. Give de man a chance so he can walk with his shiny shoes. Blackmore is our met bonda…

  29. simple mind
    January 4, 2011

    If Blackmore has any sense left, nobody needs reminding him that we are fedup with his sheet.

  30. Propaganda detector!
    January 4, 2011

    Among the various ways that propaganda techniques have been used in the past, their application is most widely seen in politics, and the communication of what a given government wanted its people to perceive. Most of this kind of propaganda was an appeal to emotion, not rational thinking or intellect. Propaganda refers to deliberately false or misleading information that supports a political cause or the interests of those in power.

    The propagandist seeks to change the way people understand an issue or situation, for the purpose of changing their actions and expectations in ways that are desirable to the interest group. In this sense, propaganda serves as a corollary to censorship, in which the same purpose is achieved, not by filling people’s heads with false information, but by preventing people from knowing true information. What sets propaganda apart from other forms of advocacy is the willingness of the propagandist to change people’s understanding through deception and confusion, rather than persuasion and understanding. The leaders of an organization know the information to be one sided or untrue but this may not be true for the rank and file members who help to disseminate the propaganda

  31. Shame
    January 4, 2011

    Lol update on night landing still
    Not what day dominicans was shouting when de liat plane try and land? ebeh weh. We have wait to wait. they really say weight is a heavy load.

  32. looking
    January 4, 2011

    this night landing is just a typical Labour Party Spin show! to keep their ignorant base sheltered!!

  33. Waiting
    January 4, 2011

    We are still in the season of Advent where night landing is concerned: we continue to wait.

  34. .........................
    January 4, 2011

    Blackmore people are getting tired of you and your lying tongue…WE NEED AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT,NOT THAT TRAP AT MELVILLEHALL..

  35. Hugo Grotius
    January 4, 2011

    :lol:

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