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  1. #821
    Quote Originally Posted by LukeSkywalker View Post
    According to this article the current runway overlay is costing US$48,600

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160828/bus...ay-206213.html

    I am not sure how much building a new runway at BIA would cost, there is the additional cost of moving the air force infrastructure as well.

    There is this interesting article on how much it cost to build a new runway in Fort Lauderdale (US $ 750 million) http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/201...roject-manager, but it shouldn't be as high in SL due to the labor costs.

    Does anyone have figures on how much the runway cost for HRI?
    Will they be clearing the Air Force base at Katunayake? Yes isn't it? So yeah when the Air Force aircraft, such as the C130 and the An-32b come to be based at Ratmalana, I don't think that there will be enough space and parking bays for the A320 (That is only if Ratmalana can handle such aircraft). So yeah.

  2. #822
    Quote Originally Posted by LukeSkywalker View Post
    According to wiki length wise Ratmalana airport is a little over 6000 ft and should be able to handle a A320 according to Airbus specs? I am not sure about the width though; can someone else clarify?
    Ratmalana cannot handle the A320. While the length is sufficient for operations with favorable conditions you also need to account for width, pavement strength, taxiway compatibility ramp space etc. I think we'd also need to consider it from a commercial standpoint how much payload can you realistically lift out of Ratmalana, because the heavier the bird gets the more runway she will need.

  3. #823
    Quote Originally Posted by LukeSkywalker View Post
    According to this article the current runway overlay is costing US$48,600

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160828/bus...ay-206213.html
    I think the USD 50K cost mentioned in the article is not correct. This is way too low. The article also quotes a figure of USD 524K and that is slightly more plausible.

  4. #824
    Quote Originally Posted by ejanson65 View Post
    Still very short for jet operations even if it is wide enough. Looks like it's designed for turbo-prop operations.

    The really critical value is the pavement strength - that will determine what aircraft can land there.
    Why doesn't SpiceJet and Maldivian Airlines operate their turbo-prop operations to Ratmalana Airport from the Maldives and India ? Is there any issues with Yield/PLF in operating into Ratmalana?

  5. #825
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Why doesn't SpiceJet and Maldivian Airlines operate their turbo-prop operations to Ratmalana Airport from the Maldives and India ? Is there any issues with Yield/PLF in operating into Ratmalana?
    Another problem with RML is the terminal. It is very small to begin with, lack of enough passport control counters for daily international flights, lack of international standard security equipment, no duty free shops, one small canteen

  6. #826
    Quote Originally Posted by ejanson65 View Post
    Still very short for jet operations even if it is wide enough. Looks like it's designed for turbo-prop operations.

    The really critical value is the pavement strength - that will determine what aircraft can land there.
    Given the height from sea level 1500m looks enough for jets. Santos Dumont airport (SDU/SBRJ) in Rio de Janeiro handles regular B738, A32X and E170 with a runway of just 1300.

    But of course, it all comes down to the pavement strength

  7. #827
    Aircraft Runway Requirements

    http://aircyber.weebly.com/aircraft-...uirements.html

    IL76 in Ratmalana



    Source : T.Laurent

  8. #828
    Just had a look - Ratmalana has a very low pavement strength. This means that an A320 will be weight restricted (probably to the point that operations are not practical).

    Having flown with a number of F/O who are now Captain A320 - you really don't want them operating into a short runway like this......
    Always fly a stable approach - it's the only stability you'll find this business

  9. #829
    Netherlands, Chinese for BIA runway overlay

    Sri Lanka Air Force following discussions with the DGCA has agreed to shift its fighter planes to Mattala depending on the operational plan to take care of the national defense requirement.

    Read more : http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160828/bus...ay-206213.html

  10. #830
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Sri Lanka Air Force following discussions with the DGCA has agreed to shift its fighter planes to Mattala depending on the operational plan to take care of the national defense requirement.

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160828/bus...ay-206213.html
    not only the fighters, the whole airbase should be relocated. It's using up valuable land for expansion at BIA

  11. #831
    Quote Originally Posted by dilushasg-bdavi View Post
    not only the fighters, the whole airbase should be relocated. It's using up valuable land for expansion at BIA
    What fighters? . According to our airforce spokesperson only one Kfir and one or two F-7s are in flying condition. So that leaves a grand total of 2 or 3 fighters that can actually fly to HRI.

    The rest can be probably scrapped on the spot.

  12. #832
    Quote Originally Posted by LukeSkywalker View Post
    What fighters? . According to our airforce spokesperson only one Kfir and one or two F-7s are in flying condition. So that leaves a grand total of 2 or 3 fighters that can actually fly to HRI.

    The rest can be probably scrapped on the spot.
    I hope at least a few Kfir will get preserved. They were an important (if not the most important) part of our airforce's history and deserve to remembered.
    Last edited by TheF15Ace; 06-09-2016 at 02:02 PM.

  13. #833
    Quote Originally Posted by LukeSkywalker View Post
    What fighters? . According to our airforce spokesperson only one Kfir and one or two F-7s are in flying condition. So that leaves a grand total of 2 or 3 fighters that can actually fly to HRI.

    The rest can be probably scrapped on the spot.
    It's time out for the Kfirs and F-7s(Made In China MiG 21s). It would be better to have a few second hand MiG 29s and SU 27s rather than spending on new ones from less established manufacturers like HAL and CAC/PAC.

  14. #834
    Quote Originally Posted by TheF15Ace View Post
    I hope at least a few Kfir will get preserved. They were an important (if not the most important) part of our airforce's history and deserve to remembered.
    Here is one

  15. #835
    Quote Originally Posted by dilushasg-bdavi View Post
    Here is one
    I love seeing this whenever I pass Air Force HQ. I'm hoping for something similar at Katunayake and a ground display at the SLAF Museum in Ratmalana.
    Last edited by TheF15Ace; 06-09-2016 at 07:32 PM.

  16. #836
    Quote Originally Posted by banuthev View Post
    Sri Lanka Air Force following discussions with the DGCA has agreed to shift its fighter planes to Mattala depending on the operational plan to take care of the national defense requirement.

    http://www.sundaytimes.lk/160828/bus...ay-206213.html
    No.2 sqdrn is to be brought to Ratmalana

  17. #837
    Quote Originally Posted by Haleef View Post
    No.2 sqdrn is to be brought to Ratmalana
    Aren't they already at RML?

  18. #838
    Any news of Palaly airport to be regional or International? We demand Palaly airport to be international which is important for our Northern Provinces.

  19. #839
    Quote Originally Posted by atha9 View Post
    Any news of Palaly airport to be regional or International? We demand Palaly airport to be international which is important for our Northern Provinces.
    Welcome to the forum!

    That being said, please note that this is not the place to make "demands" because nobody here has the capacity to heed to your demands and take action.

    This is a forum for discussions, sharing information and generally being enlightened about what is going on in Sri Lankan civil aviation.

  20. #840
    Plan for new terminals at Colombo Airport

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