Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. Its nearest neighbours are Indian and Sri Lanka to the north, Indonesia to the east, British Indian Ocean Territory to the south and Seychelles to the west.
The country comprises a double chain of 26 atolls, running north-south. These atolls are made up from live coral reefs and sand bars, which lie along a submarine ridge that rises from the Indian Ocean floor. The largest island is called Gan. Maldives is the lowest country in the world, with the average natural ground level being only 1.5 m (4.9 ft) above sea level. The land area is 298 square kilometres (115 square miles).
The country has a population of 328,500 (2012 figures). The population is made up of 69% Dhivehis, and 31% Foreign workers (mostly South Asian). In terms of religion, 100% of the native population is Muslim, with Hindism, Buddhism and Christianity widely practiced by the foreign workers. The capital is Malé.
Further National Information
Text to be added on the development of aviation in the Maldives.
Civil Aircraft Registrations:
Maldives civil aircraft have used the registration prefix 8Q-xx since 1976, with the registration in numbers not letters.
Military Air Arms
Defence Aviation (Maldives National Defence Force Air Wing)
Central Government Agencies
Coast Guard Aviation (Maldivian Coast Guard) – no aviation branch
Public Service Aviation
Medical Aviation – no helicopter EMS service available
Police Aviation (Maldives Police Service) – 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 Maldivian aviation magazines known.
Maldivian Aviation Bibliography – to be added