On 18th November 2010, two Sandakan Air Traffic Controller embarked to Tawau with 9M-AWD B206. The historical journey took event as part of familiarisation process of Sandakan southern significant points for VFR flights. The two ATCs are En. Suhaili Bin Abdul Rahman and En. Shamsudin Noor Bin Kadir.
As part of the program, the ATCs are flown at lane which is normally used by pilots for navigation purposes and this at least gives some hints what pilots are facing when they fly. The explanation goes roughly about weather, altitude and mechanical parts of helicopter. These informations are really needed for ATCs alike.
At Tawau Control Tower, ATCs are briefed on radar operation and the positioning by Mr Isa Amat Shah and Mr Winston. However the radar is not fully commissioned yet. As Sandakan Approach/Aerodrome is still running on procedural, the information gathered from Tawau Approach is very useful.
Attached are photos taken during the program.