Air Traffic Operation
Santa Maria Oceanic FIR
Santa Maria (LPPO) FIR , is one of the most largest flight information regions. Seven times bigger than Lisbon FIR it provides control to nine airfields one of them the famous Lajes NATO Airbase.
Santa Maria Flight Service Station
The Flight Service Station is a facility provided to pilots and flight operators for filing flight plans, collecting flight condition and safety data for particular destinations, alternate airports and enroute segments. Conducting a flight briefing for a departing flight would require the flight service station operator to:
Non Radar Area Control:
For several years Santa Maria FIR and Santa Maria Terminal
was a Non Radar Area Control, that means Concencional Control was used, flight
levels, estimating time, and distance reports. All procedures was fundamental
for a good functioning of Terminal.
Radar Area Control:
Now a day allmost 50% of Santa Maria Terminal is under radar control.
Radar Control (1000FT-FL300). East Terminal Area Delimeted by GOMOS, RODIL, TIMTO, FROM TIMTO TO SIPRU along East Lajes CTA, from SIPRU DUE North to Terminal limit. Click here to view radar map.