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Macau & China Air Space

Mon Dec 22, 2003 1:14 am

I saw this photo of a MK Airlines 747 Freighter taking off at Macau International Airport (MFM). The photographer mentioned "avoiding China's Airspace". What's the reason behind this? Are there different procedures about China's Airspace? How do airlines/pilots work with airspaces? What procedures are or must be followed?

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RE: Macau & China Air Space

Mon Dec 22, 2003 11:15 am

Airspace around Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and macau is a tight squeeze. Macau has very little aircpace of it's own and has no approach frequency. Traffic going into Macau either comes down from China therefore staying on Chinese freuquencies such as Zhuhai approach, or from the East passing through Hong kong control.

Departures are configured so that aircraft not departing into China immediately, can avoid fling into Chinese airspace. This is done by requiring a sharp turn after liftoff from Runway 34, as can be seen by the MK in the photo. This way, if turns to the east and climbs into Hong Kong airspace. This is particularly useful in allowing Taiwanese airlines to be able to avoid flying into Mainland Chinese airspace, as the two countries do not have many dimplomatic contacts or relations.