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Island Time - Samoa

This week we see SNOs for 2014 out in style and we take a trip outside of our domestic network and head up to Samoa (NSFA). 

Samoa, formerly Western Samoa, is in the South Pacific Ocean about 2,200 mi (3,540 km) south of Hawaii. The larger islands in the Samoan chain, Upolu and Savai'i, are mountainous and of volcanic origin. There is little level land except in the coastal areas, where most cultivation takes place.

Polynesians, possibly from Tonga, first settled in the Samoan islands about 1000 B.C.  Samoa was explored by Dutch and French traders in the 18th century. Toward the end of the 19th century, conflicting interests of the U.S., Britain, and Germany resulted in an 1899 treaty that recognized the paramount interests of the U.S. in those islands west of 171°W (American Samoa) and Germany's interests in the other islands (Western Samoa).

New Zealand seized Western Samoa from Germany in 1914, and in 1946 it became a UN trust territory administered by New Zealand. A resistance movement to both German and New Zealand rule, known as the Mau (“strongly held view”) movement, helped to edge the islands toward independence on Jan. 1, 1962. A constitutional monarchy, Samoa has a legislative assembly whose members are from the matai, or titled class.

Flight Routes

Auckland (NZAA) to Samoa (NSFA)

  • AA B575 TBU A592 FA

Samoa (NSFA) to Auckland (NZAA)

  • FA A592 TBU B575 AA

Airports

NZAA Auckland, New Zealand

Positions

 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
FSSNZZO_FSSAuckland Radio128.900
CTRNSFA_CTRFaleolo Control123.800
 NZCH-R_CTRAuckland Control126.000
APPNSFA_APPFaleolo Approach126.900
 NZAA_APPAuckland Approach124.300
TWRNSFA_TWRFaleolo Tower118.100
 NZAA_TWRAuckland Tower118.700
GNDNSFA_GNDFaleolo Ground121.900
 NZAA_GNDAuckland Ground121.900