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Runway length is estimated

I've added runway numbers and estimated length based on the satellite imagery. Unfortunately, this airport isn't covered by the ASECNA AIP, so I can't get exact numbers.

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Best Tuna Melt in the Congo. Simply kengetastic!

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Subantarctic research station

This research station is administratively part of Cape Town, despite the fact that it's over 2,100 km away.

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Found it!

Evidently disused, but it exists.

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Gravel runway for the 'I am Gold' Goldmine in Burkina Faso

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re: Not GMAR

Reply to @PapaOscar:

I will fly there next november

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re: Not GMAR

Reply to @PapaOscar

I am supposed to fly at GMAR next november ifor the occasion of Rallye La Marche Verte organized by the royal aero club of Agadir:

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I removed the GMAR ICAO code from this strip, and created the real GMAR a couple of kilometers north.

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Reply to @kazanova001: Thank you very much. I wish you the best of health and joy as well. If there is any new information you'd like to share about the airport, we'd be happy to add it to the website.

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Reply to @kazanova001:

Your reply sir after 8 years since my comment.

Many things changed

God help you , give you health and joy

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Reply to @kazanova001: I assume that's an autocorrect for "build new warehouses".

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Permanently Closed


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re: The Chileka Club

Maria, this is a very long shot as you left your blog a long time ago, but here name is Amit Som and I went to school with you in St Andrews in 1975. I would be so happy if you could make contact at I have a school photo dating from 1975 that has you in it, I remember you with great fondness and hope you get in touch, or some kind soul puts us in touch. All the best, Amit Som St Andrews Blantyre 1975. ps. I have just met our art teacher John Harris here in England! Fond memories of HE The Life President going by in his motorcade and waiting hours for him...great fun. Please get in touch Maria.

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Runway 03 and 33 Right Hand Circuits

Stay to Northern/Eastern sides while Flying circuits.

Power lines on approach to RWY 03 and 33

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re: Not yet visible in satellite imagery (2020-08-28)

Reply to @david: It is visible now.

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re: Mistake in the airport position

Now correct.

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Thanks for adding this, @Mrb13676

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Opened in 2017

This airport opened in December 2017, and scheduled airline service moved here from LΓ©opold SΓ©dar Senghor International Airport inside the city.

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No more airline service

This was formerly Dakar's principal airport, but in December 2017, scheduled airline service moved to the newly-constructed Blaise Diagne International Airport, 43 km outside the city.

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El Gamil

This appears to be the same airport that was involved in the 1956 Suez Crisis (as "El Gamil Airfield").

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No runway visible

I'm assuming the road doubles as a landing strip, but with the curve, it would be challenging.

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re: Need to delete rwy 10/28

Reply to @amirfl: Done.

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re: Any verification on the ICAO ID?

Reply to @mforte: yes, it's problematic, because GMAR is a Moroccan ICAO code, and this airport is not within Morocco's internationally recognized borders (though they occupy and administer the territory).

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re: (no subject)

Thanks for the comment. Our policy is to list the primary city served rather than the airport's actual location.

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Uncertain status

The satellite imagery shows a possible clear landing area to the east of the location marker, but it's not at all clear that there is a real airport here, despite the fact that it appears in charts and Wikipedia and has an ICAO code.

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Ghost airport?

No runway is visible in the satellite imagery. See problem report:

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Base Aerienne 188 (France)

France's Base Aerienne 188 shares the north side of the field with the civilian terminal, while the US, Japan, and Djibouti itself have their military bases on the south side.

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Japan Self-Defense Force Base Djibouti

Also located adjacent to the airport is Japan's only long-term overseas military base, dedicated to anti-piracy operations in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden:

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Camp Lemonnier (U.S.)

Camp Lemonnier, the only long-term U.S. military base in Africa, is located on the south side of the airport and shares its facilities. More information here:

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3 fields near El Wak?

I do not like to start a debate, but pls note following: When creating entries for the airfields around El Wak, I added a comment in the entry for the disused city airport that there were possibly two other fields nearby. One of them (a gravel strip) was clearly visible approx. 7.5 kms to the west of the city, for which I created a new entry (KE-0212). I also added a link to the newspaper article which shows people celebrating the opening of what looks like a gravel strip. It is not clear whether this is the same strip of entry KE-0212). Lastly, OpenAIP has an airport HKEW at a location to the S of El Wak city. Although nothing is visible in satellite pictures, this could indeed refer to a stretch of the main road. I therefore have absolutely no problem of HKEW being added to the database with these coordinates, as David has done.

What bothers me somewhat is that this was not done by actually adding a new airport to the database, but by taking the entry for the gravel strip located to the W of the city, and changing its coordinates and designation (KE-0212 is now HKEW). Through this change we may well have a correct HKEW entry, but we have completely lost the gravel strip to the W of El Wak city from the database. I would propose that we do not do this in future and instead preserve other entrie (unless clearly wrong).

Thx for your consideration, Frits

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re: IATA note

Reply to @animebirder: Thanks for the clarification. I've removed the IATA code from the military base, because it doesn't show up in IATA queries.

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IATA note

Has the same IATA code as Mano Dayak International but is a separate airfield, operated by the United States Air Force.

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Update ident

Updated the airport's identifier to match the new icao code

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2km stretch

this article suggested the new airport is a 2 km long straight stretch on a 10km road, so this location seems to fit the bill and matches the coordinates

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Somaliland's principal airport

This is the main airport for Somaliland, which is self-governing and de-facto independent, but still considered part of Somalia by the international community.

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Old El Wak Airport now closed

The downtown airport is now closed and partly built-over. OpenAIP shows an airport to the S of El Wak city, labelled HKEW (the old city airport's code). No facilities are visible on the satellite images, so it's not clear whether this is in fact correct. However there is a gravel strip about 7.5 kms W of the city, which seems to serve as the new Airport. I have added this to the database.

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May you share HLLM NOTAM

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Fiedl 'ident' in CSV file uses old ICAO (HSSS)

I am reporting that the CSV dump of the airport DB for the 'ident' field still uses the old ICAO, HSSS, instead of the new one, HSSK.

(Probably 'keyword' needs changing too)

My understanding is that the 'ident' field is about ICAO code, from the Data dictionary page (

"The text identifier used in the OurAirports URL. This will be the ICAO code if available. Otherwise, it will be a local airport code (if no conflict), or if nothing else is available, an internally-generated code starting with the ISO2 country code, followed by a dash and a four-digit number."

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wtf!! butt why noooo1!11!!!

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Parys Airport Restuarant

After a quick Google search : The restaurant was taken over by Coenraad and Angelique de Jager and re-opened after major revamp in November 2018.

The contact details are : zero eight two 322 3192

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Updated info

Private airfield

The airfield is used by Skydive on the Vaal Drop Zone (Operated by Adventure Skydives) so the airspace above the farm is restricted due to skydive operations.

Drop zone Frequency 124.8

Grass runway about 800m long

There are 2x cottages and 3x 2-bed rooms available on site

These is also a small Microlight club hangared on the farm but they are seldom active

Closest town : Deneysville (Vaal Dam)

Leeukop is a working farm.

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Currently helicopters only

According to the Wikipedia article, this is an Egyptian Air Force helicopter base right now, but the runway still appears intact and may still get fixed-wing use.

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No strip visible

Originally added in 2008. No landing strip is visible in the satellite imagery, so marking as closed pending further information.

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No strip visible

This landing strip was added in 2008. There is nothing visible now in the satellite imagery, so marking as closed pending further information.

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Not yet visible in satellite imagery (2020-08-28)

The airport opened in 2017, but as of 2020-08-28, it is not yet visible in the satellite imagery that ESRI is kindly providing (Saint Helena is probably not a high priority for updates). You can, however, see it on the aviation charts, and on Google Maps satellite imagery:

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Land-use question

Left as an anonymous problem report: "The airport site is not specify at this time and the people is confused ,them farmer is not plough the land ,with apologize solve this problem for short time"

Thank you to the person who pointed this out. Please note that is *not* an official source of airport information, and the farmer will need to consult the local authorities in Oromia about the land's current status and whether it's OK to plough.

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