Radio beacons in Malta in the 1950s

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!

The following list contains the aeronautical radio beacons that were active in Malta in the mid of the 1950s. At that time, Malta was a British colony, that's why you can find navigation aids like Eureka, BABS and YG, which were typical for the British military.

All information is outdated and may not be used for navigational purposes.

Map of radio beacons and airways in 1955

Map with radio beacons and airways, Luqa, Hal Far, Takali, Malta 1955
Malta and Gozo - Airfields: Hal Far (Halfar), Luqa, Marsaxlokk seaplane station, Takali (Source: DoD)


Directory of aeronautical radio beacons

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!

Gozo / Għawdex: NDB
N3603 E01413 (approx.) Google Maps
GZ, 320 kHz, 100 W

Hal Far: Airfield (Ħal Fa, RAF Halfar, HMS Falcon)

Hal Far / Ħal Fa: YG Beacon (Royal Navy RN)
N3549 E01431 (approx.) Google Maps
HF, Channel 1

Luqa: Airport (RAF Luqa, Ajruport Internazzjonali ta' Malta, Malta International Airport)

Luqa: BABS (Royal Air Force RAF)
N355101 E0142753 (WGS84, approx.) Google Maps
To runway 24 (236°). Operated from 0700 to 1900 and on 20 minutes request.
Luqa: Eureka (Royal Air Force RAF)
N355138 E0142838 (WGS84, approx.) Google Maps
LU, 225R/230T MHz

Malta Radio Aids: NDB
N3549 E01432 (approx.) Google Maps
MT, 395 kHz, 1000 W

For historical information only, do not use for navigation or aviation purposes!


civcivilcivil operator
GPGlide pathGlide path transmitter
ILSInstrument Landing System(Approach and landing aid)
IMInner MarkerMarker beacon just in front the runway
kHzKilohertz(Unit for frequency)
LLocatorNon-directional beacon for the approach
LLZLocalizerLocalizer transmitter
LMMLocator Middle MarkerCombination of Middle Marker and Locator
LOMLocator Outer MarkerCombination of Outer Marker and Locator
mMeter(Unit for length)
MHzMegahertz(Unit for frequency)
milmilitarymilitary operator
MMMiddle MarkerMarker beacon
NDBNon-directional beaconNon-directional beacon on long or medium waves
NMNautical Miles(Unit for length)
OMOuter MarkerMarker beacon
PRMGПРМГ Посадочная радиомаячная группаSoviet / russian military instrument landing system
RSBNРСБН Rадиотехническая система ближней навигацииSoviet / russian military radio navigation system
SBAStandard Beam ApproachApproach system, Lorenz system, predecessor of the ILS
THRThresholdRunway threshold (most often with number of runway)
transf.transformedCoordinates were converted from a different reference system, therefore there may be deviations.
VARVisual-Aural Rnange
VORVHF Omnidirectional Radio Range
WWatt(Unit for power)
WGS84World Geodetic System 1984(geospatial reference system, GPS coordinates)


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Historical radio beacons