PHOTO OF THE DAY: Ready for night landing? Melville Hall Airport

Photo by Elton Letang

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  1. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012

    I will never land in dominica during the night time i am a day person,home sweet home love my island.

  2. Anon
    June 29, 2012

    Yeah really nice photo, but my God we in 2012 and I still have to connect through Puerto Rico, or Antigua o Trinidad etc, to get home. Really really embarrassing once you see development in other parts of the world. One day I hope we get serious and starting doing things properly and not settle for mediocre crap. And its not just the Airport. Its many many tings in Dominica. Oh congratulations to whoever is responsible at least it will be a little better than it was

  3. Dominican to de bone
    June 28, 2012

    I agree landing from the sea would be much easier.

  4. dominican abroad
    August 17, 2011

    Nice picture i would like to thank the photograper for a wonder- full picture and to be able to shear with the world,we as domincans need to understand in terms of the air-port we need to take it slow to fast of a growth due to and internal airport need to be thuoght threw, look at the other islands and take notes wish all the best , and lets move forward safely , and coususlly. for the betterment of dominica. peace love, to all.

  5. Dominican to de bone
    July 26, 2011

    Dominica here I come.

  6. Pembo
    July 14, 2011

    We have to be careful in the way we twerk Dominica’s development. An international airport would bring to much of what we dont need. An extention of the airport is a very smart way to go. too much stuff to fast would destroy DA, We have to look at the other carribean islands and learn from their mistakes. So Easy as we go is a good idea. Dominica is unique and we must keep that in mind.

  7. happy feet
    March 2, 2011

    hmmmmmm not sure about that air strip for night landing

  8. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    February 24, 2011

    Night landing – this is a stepping stone. The runway looks beautiful.
    Someday Dominica will have an international airport. You with your sarcasm who state that while Dominicans are speaking of night landing, St. Vincent is building an international airport. You should know that Dominica is more mountainous than St. Vincent.
    Purchase your lottery tickets so that in the event you win the jackpot you can donate some of the money towards building the international airport in time. :lol: Furthermore in the words of the late US President Kennedy: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
    As some of you I have flown at nights, over the US and Canada. The scenery from above at nights is just beautiful. However, I would be scared of flying at night to and from Melville Hall Airport.
    This should not deter those who wish to fly to and from Dominica by night. I would think that it is an experience and there is always a first time. I had an experience leaving Dominica by air from Canefield to Antigua. The turbulence was so bad that I did not cease praying. It was scary.
    What about traveling by vehicle in Dominica which has steep and winding roads?
    We really should fear not. As in all things we should simply put our trust in God and all will be well.

    • Anonymous
      November 13, 2013

      I don’t like some of the things u say what scary u talking about landing and taking oof from Dominica as long as u are in a aircraft anywhere in the world it’s scary so stop giving people bad impression about landing and leaving Dominica bad idea :lol: :lol:

  9. Encouragement
    February 24, 2011

    To all you negative thinking people, this is much improvement which is long overdue. By the hook or the crook, we are going to land at night on this beautiful island. You all can take the boat from
    PTP or FDF. Do some fishing while on the sea. Looking forward to landing at midnight, and go straight to Roseau for “J’ouvert”. Thanks Skerrit keep on developing! :lol:

    February 23, 2011

    well airport shutting off domlec power every afternoon to run on their so called generator, soon you all will hear airline companys, who have theirs computers running and servers running ,sue airport management for destroying their machines.

  11. kishana
    February 23, 2011

    :lol: it doesn’t look so bad i love it it look’s like somewhere you can live at!cool!lml

    • BossMan
      February 23, 2011

      Looks like a drug trafficking airstrip in South America.

      • AJ
        February 23, 2011

        :-x :twisted: com out der yuh wif ur negativity!

  12. kenrick
    February 23, 2011

    :-D the land look’s beautiful also the land look so clean.

  13. Jay
    February 23, 2011

    i’ve heard alot of people complain abiout landing into melville hall – guess tehy are not accustomed to so much vegetation around an airport. as for night landing i think it will be safer if the plane is to approach from the sea to me its much better than from the mountains. lovely photo elty

  14. high speed
    February 23, 2011

    @ Night Lander …… the middle of what jungle Night Lander! Some of all you people really stupid and get on my bloody nerves…in the middle of Roseau or on the sea you want the airport and for planes to land ..for your information planes have been landing at Melville Hall very successfully for many years so we don’t need to hold no damn hands!

  15. EAST
    February 23, 2011

    This should be Labelled “Elton Letangs Photo of the Day”. Bravo Elton on anther Gr8 Submission.

  16. Bougla
    February 23, 2011

    I am looking forward to a night landing!

  17. Night Lander
    February 23, 2011

    “OMG!! The airport is in the middle of the jungle. Are we really gonna land there? In the middle of the night? Let’s all hold hands and pray.”

  18. Happiness Ka Fan Cho Mwen!
    February 23, 2011

    what about if the plane landing in night and DOMLEC take lights………….LAWD! :lol:

    • high speed
      February 23, 2011


    • November 13, 2013

      Generator will cut right in stupid question please think before u talk or ask question before u write

  19. Anthony P. Ismael
    February 22, 2011

    While we’re busy talking about night landing for the one millionth time, St. Vincent and the Grenadines are busy constructing their international airport. Wow! Dominica behind again.

    • Stop comparing and play your part
      February 22, 2011

      Why don’t you finance it

      • TASH
        February 23, 2011

        The 27 million for the State House could go towards it.

      • boldaz
        February 23, 2011

        Then St Vincent and the Grenadines are just building another big White Elephant…just like Grenada before them. We do not need an international airport. We just don’t need it – I am afraid.

        • Muslim_Always
          February 23, 2011

          @ Boldaz: Are you afraid of development?

  20. Waituikubulian Jewel
    February 22, 2011

    Kool 8)

  21. Muslim_Always
    February 22, 2011

    I’m seeing from the photos that more mountain can be exploded to extend the runway. Am I right?

    My people, why are we not thinking of an international airport? Why is there so much negativity against it? We are in the 21st century aren’t we not?

    If we market our nature island well, we can capture a very great tourist destination. In investments we must learn to take calculated risks. There are many Dominicans who wish they could come home but God will never change our pathetic condition of negativity unless we change the condition of ourselves. We need to provide them incentives to come home.

    • high speed
      February 23, 2011

      You would really want to risk having 1 or more of our 9 active volcanoes, exploding and causing havoc in our land by exploding mountains just for the sake of an international Airport…there are better options trust me!

      • Muslim_Always
        February 23, 2011

        High, just the one towards the end of the runway facing the mountain. I don’t see why we can’t have an international airport here. It seems like our people are against development!

  22. Dirty dog for life
    February 22, 2011

    sweet D.A here i comes, only i wish it was night flight.

  23. bebe
    February 22, 2011

    home sigh i want to go backk :(

  24. jbfox.
    February 22, 2011

    They did nothing during there five years,we are doing and will continue doing.

  25. Born GUy
    February 22, 2011

    Hmmm flight simulator and this in comparism ——

  26. twakaier
    February 22, 2011

    mist and fog are no match to fog lights.. good fog lights that are used in airports all over the world still outine the run way.. plus the runway is under GPS they could land blind.. the mountains would have beacons lighting them up… allu who dont wanna land just dont!!! overnight where ever u gonna overnight end of story.. Liat Pilots dont take chances with anything y’all know that.. if they agree to do it and said it was smooth when they tested it with a lil more upgrades it would be great.. if they can say that and they are professionals then its a good sign.. get with the game ppl. we moving 4wrd

  27. Change we can believe in LBP
    February 22, 2011

    Now that the airport seem to be on it’s way for night landing was the Marigot Hospital equiped with the necessary equipment and supplies in the event of any accidents? This is of tremendous concern after hearing senior medical personnel like Doctor Pascal and Ricketts speaking on matters pertaining to our major hospital. One has to be careful to not out the cat before the rat. We need to understand that Dominica is competing at a global level and negative news will destroy any hopes of developing more stay over by using the airport as a facility for night landing. Based on what I can see while the conditions may not be right for an international airport given the policy by airlines in regards to flights need to provide a benefit to the American airlines etc or else Dominica will pay for both having half empty planes and loans which would not be a good investment. I believe that a few of the mountains in the Eastern section has always provided a challenge and wonder whether any consideration was made to demolish it to increase the ease of approach to the airstrip? Otherwise, I believe the micro approach is not a bad idea, we do not need to invest into an iternational airport until the scope for it becomes more visible/tangible and it is self sustaining to avoid situations like DOWASCO seeking government assistence to offset budgetary cost. Finally, we have a lot of international airports in the surrounding OECS and todate St. Vincent will open one in 2013, but this is tantamount to shopkeepers in a particular location having the same product, therefore this airport size suits Dominica economy.

  28. 007
    February 22, 2011

    This is clear indication that Dominica is indeed moving to the next level……..

  29. scammer
    February 22, 2011

    in the night is a totaly different ball game…where is the mis approach aspect in those hillsides under darkness….why dont Dominicans for once think…they get too excited over foolish issues of mind spinning affairs………thats a completely and totaly failure will never bear fruit

    another poor sighted lack of vision by a corrupted regime….Egypt, Liya…wonder when will those dicators realise that Power and ego doesnt work anymore slavery is long gone

    however sadly Dominicans because of their stone age thinking is planning to bring slavery back and adopt a one man concept…a island of foolish citizens and they must be told so at the Highest Order thats the fact!!

    • twakaier
      February 22, 2011

      i hope u never use the night landing.. just overnight somewhere plzzzz

    • some ppl are just dummys
      February 23, 2011

      Are you a pilot? definitely not because if you were, you would not be making such a fool out of yourself. Some people have no knowledge in the field of aviation and they just keep on talking S#%t. If you did your homework, you would have realized that there is a missed approach procedure published. For this aerodrome, on a RWY 27 approach at night, the aircraft must be committed to land after reaching a set distance at a set altitude. If unable to land, the missed approach procedure must be initiated.
      However, I believe you wanted to say overshoot :wink: In that case, as long as the aircraft has passed the area where the missed approach should have been initiated and some problem is experienced, the pilot has to get the aircraft down. Hence the reason for the run-off area. TDPD RWY27 has a 5800ft LDA. Thats a lot of distance to deal with.

  30. Channel 1
    February 22, 2011

    Pretty cool photo i must say. It gives us a bird’s eye view of the airport.

  31. high speed
    February 22, 2011

    Elton I have photos to you know…so give me a chance nah man…still good shot! :lol:

    • Reader
      February 22, 2011


  32. natural dominican
    February 22, 2011

    yah the photo really nice…but not for hell you gonna get me to land in d/a in the night it scary enough in the day

  33. Dread!
    February 22, 2011

    Oooh lala this is beautiful!!!

  34. The truth
    February 22, 2011

    Well done. Some people don’t understand that planes land I’m snow and fog much less for mist. Dca done it and moving on to a next level. Keep moving

    • AC
      February 22, 2011

      I am no airport expert, but something tells me that night landing might be a little safer than day time landing. At night, the airstrip has lights to outline where the plane has to land. I don’t think it’s as clear by day. I just hope the night landing thing is good to go and not just more talk.

      • hola muchacho
        February 22, 2011

        i prefure the day light

  35. TOMIAN
    February 22, 2011

    It is a beautiful sight. I am so happy that DA is moving and developing so nicely and night landing! wow just amazing

  36. scared
    February 22, 2011

    yes it is lovely but not in hell you getting me or any member of my family on a night flight in or out of Dominica, look at the mist at de back of de run way, imagin that at night,,,,, not me wee

    • mwe meme
      February 22, 2011

      i agree with u papa

    • Wesley massive
      February 22, 2011

      I agree with u scared I will not be landing there in the night. If i have a late connection i will overnite in PR. I scared of that place :-P Kudos to all the brave soles.

    • Dominican Abroad
      February 22, 2011

      mist?? that cannot hinder a plane, they go through rain, snow and thick clouds.

    • Die Hard
      February 22, 2011

      Scared who tell you is from the mountain top the planes going to land at night. During the night the winds change direction. The planes will be coming from the sea. Stop being a fool and get your facts right.

    • hehehehehhehehehehe
      February 23, 2011

      who cares :twisted:

  37. maks2772
    February 22, 2011

    I love it!!!!

  38. dominican princess
    February 22, 2011


  39. timbok 2
    February 22, 2011

    nice shot!

    • Domerican/Possie Massive
      February 22, 2011

      Nice shot indeed

  40. Lady G
    February 22, 2011


    • hope is on the horizon
      February 22, 2011

      so nice :lol: :lol:

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