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|Date of Independence:|
|4 February 1948|
|Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte|
|Total Area Ranking:|
|122 of 236 in the World|
|Population Size Ranking:|
|57 of 242 in the World|
Sri Lanka is an island nation located off the southern coast of India, in South Asia. The country has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.
The terrain of Sri Lanka can be divided into three main areas. The Central Highlands in the south-central part of the country consists of a high plateau with mountains rising to 2,524 m (8,281 ft). Most of the rest of the island is characterised by lower-lying plains. In the east and north the plains are divided by long narrow spinal ridges running from the Central highlands towards the coast. A coastal belt surrounds the island, with sandy beaches and natural harbours. The land area is 65,610 square kilometres (25,332 square miles).
The country has a population of 20.3 million (2012 figures). The population is made up of 74.9% Sinhalese, 11.2% Tamil, 9.2% Moors and 2.5% others. In terms of religion, 70.2% of the population is Buddhist, 12.6% Hindu, 9.7% Moslem and 7.5% Christian. The capital is Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, a suburb of Colombo.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Sri Lanka.
Civil Aircraft Registrations:
In 1929 Ceylon was offically allocated the civil aircraft registration VP-Cxx onwards. Upon independence in 1948 this was changed to CY-xxx. In 1954 a new registration sequence, 4R-xxx, was adopted and this is still used.
All-time Sri Lanka – civil aircraft register (VP-Caa CY-aaa 4R-aaa).
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Military Air Arms
Air Force (Sri Lankan Air Force)
Naval Aviation (Sri Lankan Navy)
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam [2007-2008]
Central Government Agencies
Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by SriLankan Airlines under charter
Coast Guard Aviation (Sri Lanka Coast Guard) – no aviation unit
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation – no helicopter EMS/rescue service is currently available
Police (Sri Lanka Police) – no aviation branch
To be added
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Military Air Bases & Airfields
Military Air Bases Listing – to be added.
No Sri Lankan aviation magazines known.
Sri Lankan Aviation Bibliography – to be added
To be added.