Flykal From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 441 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2487 times:
Simple answer NO!!
Apparently some time around June next year. That photo shows 2 test flights to the airport that took place a couple of days ago.
Today (29th September) was supposed to be the official opening date, but the airport has a number of delays. However, today the Prime Minister will fly to the airport in an A340-600 while the press will take a B744, and there will be some kind of official ceremony. Once that's over, construction work will continue until next year.
It's a good move by the Prime Minister to save face and show that the airport is in some way operational, while still being far behind schedule.
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time
Zeke From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2006, 7725 posts, RR: 73 Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2357 times:
I have seen them testing all four ends of the approach lights at the airport a number times on approach to BKK.
Some current NOTAMS for VTBS.
A2062/05 - (Issued for VTBS) AIRPORTS OF THAILAND PUBLIC COMPANY LTD WILL CONDUCT TECHNICAL FLIGHTS FOR AP SYSTEM INTEGRATION TESTS AT THE NEW BANGKOK/SUVARNABHUMI INTL AP.THE DETAILS ARE AS FLW : ARP COORD : 134108.59N1004456.24E AD ELEV : 1.4M RWY DESIGNATORS,DIMENSIONS,SFC AND STRENGTH RWY01L/19R : 3700 X 60M ASPHALT PCN 137/F/D/X/T RWY01R/19L : 4000 X 60M ASPHALT PCN 137/F/D/X/T TWY WIDTH,SFC AND STRENGTH : 30M ASPHALT PCN 137/F/D/X/T APRON SFC,STRENGTH AND ELEV : CONCRETE PCN 126/R/D/X/T,1.8M APCH AND RWY LIGHTING : CAT II,PAPI RADIO NAV AND LDG AIDS DVOR/DME : SVB 111.4MHZ CH51X RWY01L ILS CAT II LLZ/DME : I-SWS 109.1MHZ CH28X GP : 331.4MHZ RWY19R ILS CAT II LLZ/DME : I-SWN 109.5MHZ CH32X GP : 332.6MHZ RWY01R ILS CAT II LLZ/DME : I-SES 110.1MHZ CH38X GP : 334.4MHZ RWY19L ILS CAT II LLZ/DME : I-SEN 110.5MHZ CH42X GP : 329.6MHZ STANDS COORD : E1 134127.41N 1004449.10E E3 134125.00N 1004448.47E RESCUE AND FIRE FIGHTING CATEGORY : CAT 9 TWR FREQ : 118.2MHZ (01R/19L),119.0MHZ (01L/19R) GND FREQ : 121.65MHZ (EAST),121.75MHZ (MAIN),121.95MHZ (WEST) RADAR APP CONTROL BANGKOK APP : 122.35MHZ SUVARNABHUMI ARR : 124.7MHZ 26 SEP 22:00 UNTIL 29 SEP 10:00 SEP 26 2200-27 1000 27 2200-28 1000 AND 28 2200-29 1000
A2016/05 - SSR INSTL AND OPR DETAILS AS FLW LOCATION : SUVARNABHUMI AP COORD : 134149.74198N1004615.48662E OPERATIONAL RANGE : 250NM HR OF OPERATION : H24 15 SEP 11:48 UNTIL PERM
A1998/05 - (Issued for VTBS) FREQ 118.2 MHZ TWR A/G FAC OPR TRIAL 12 SEP 10:35 UNTIL 05 DEC 17:00
A1997/05 - (Issued for VTBS) ABN OPR TRIAL 12 SEP 11:00 UNTIL 25 NOV 17:00 SEP 12-NOV 25 DLY 1100-1700
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