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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6617 times:

Hey guys, curious as to what extreme runways you know of. On mountain sides, curved, etc.



That demonstrates extreme runways, Indonesia style.  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2706 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6469 times:

Whoa! That's incredible! That looks like about a 50 foot drop!

Nick


User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6467 times:

That looks alot more than 50ft to me  Smokin cool

User currently offlineShamrock1Heavy From Ireland, joined Nov 2002, 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6441 times:

That looks like so much fun!!! I would love to do that...with an instructor who is familiar with the runway....

-D



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User currently offlineAussie747 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 1163 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6316 times:

.... I would hope to think they approch the runway from the right direction!!!

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6299 times:

Anybody else have pictures of cool airports like this?

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6247 times:

I like that....I really really do.

That is really flying, not the cheesy stuff guys taking 777 or 340's across the pond do...

You do realize the computer is actually flying those airplanes Big grin



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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6210 times:

My thoughts exactly L-188. Ever see the movie Air America?  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6305 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6184 times:

That is beyond words. I've seen a few good ones in southeast Asia and New Guinea but I don't remember them being that extreme.

So nice to see a new type of post here.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineBuckfifty From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1316 posts, RR: 19
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6118 times:

Not as extreme, but just as interesting:

The infamous Lukla:


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User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6077 times:

How did you know I had a copy of Air America. Big grin

Actually about 5 years ago there was a great National Geographic about bush families in Alaska and they had footage of a mail plan (Cessna 185) dropping in at one of the homesteads.

He use one bank of the river to touch down, ran through the river to the other side and then rolled out on the other bank.

It was pretty impressive.



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User currently offlineSerge From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1989 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5908 times:

Very cool pic! Reminds me of the time I went to Alaska with my father a few years back- there were bush planes everywhere!

When I took PPL ground school we watched a video on some of the guys that fly for hire in the middle of no where in Alaska. Truly stunning what some of them can do with a Piper Cub on top of a glacier/mountain/etc.. They basically can land anywhere...


User currently offlineLuxair From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 853 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 5781 times:

Whaohhh, I donno what to say, but all those pictures are
incredible  Big thumbs up
Interesting and nice topic Flyf15!!!



Marvin Lee Cooper
User currently offlineN6376M From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5566 times:

Would I be correct in assuming that one could only safely land on this runway in an uphill direction?

User currently offlineOE-LDA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5511 times:

N6376M wrote: Would I be correct in assuming that one could only safely land on this runway in an uphill direction?

I would say:

land uphill: yes
land safely: maybe not so much.

Still incredible ...

Regards, OE-LDA


User currently offlineSIN747 From Singapore, joined Aug 2003, 59 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5508 times:

I remember going to Lukla about 15 years ago and that runway wasn't paved, it was just dirt and rocks. These pictures don't do justice to the fact that there is one way in, and one way out(big mountain at the "top" end of the runway). To add flavor, there was also the wreckage of a small aicraft sitting next to the runway.


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8018 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5355 times:

Yikes.  Wow!

I think that runway is more suited for something that can take off and land really slow like the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver. Even a Cessna 152 is just a tad too fast for that "runway" (if that's the right term to use  Wink/being sarcastic ).


User currently offlineUS A333 PIT From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5311 times:

Lukla reallly is an incredible airport. I think you have to dive before you can start to climb.

User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2190 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5292 times:

I don't have a picture of it, but Barra in Scotland is quite extreme, in a different way: landing on the beach!! Barra actually has schedules flights, and the BA timetable at one time stated "schedules subject to tides".

Maybe someone can post a pix of Barra


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5250 times:

Mozart, flights into Barra are still subject to the Tides  Big grin


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User currently offlineJgph1a From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5073 times:

Kulusuk, Greenland - can't be more than 1200m long (I'm guessing, but it was EXTREMELY short), frozen mud and gravel between 10 foot high snowbanks, with a 3000 ft mountain only about half a km due south - no navaids, no nuffin - pilot has to circle overhead to make sure he can see the runway before spiralling in to land - woooohoooo !



User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4932 times:

How can we forget Madiera, with a runway built on stilts?!  Big grin

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User currently offlineUBBA Pilot From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4781 times:

Let us not forget TGU. It sounds similar to Lukla except that it lies at the end of a "U" shaped valley. You have to approach the airport from the North, enter a left downwind and land heading North, because a Go-Around would most likely be unsuccessful with the mountain looming straight ahead.

Bob


User currently offlineJacques60 From France, joined Jul 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

How about the Hua Hin runway (gulf of Thailand) crossed at one third of length by the main road to the south Thailand ?
Sorry have no picture !


User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4489 times:

Here's Barra


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Matt



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25 IMissPiedmont : An uphill landing on the runway above would be the only possibility. The touchdown point would be where the Cessna is in the picture, with full power
26 L-188 : I think that is a 206 Could be any member of that family 205, 206, 207 or 210. But it is definately not a 208 But 206's are about the only ones that y
27 IMissPiedmont : But I never said it was a 208. It is a 206, 207 or 210 indeed. My point was that even a Caravan would be hard pressed to taxi up that hill. I'll bet o
28 L-188 : I would put my money on a 206. They are more common then 207's and I don't recall ever seeing a belly pod on a 207. They are common on 206's. You are
29 Post contains links and images Flybynight : The most famous approach is still the most famous approach (or at least it was): View Large View MediumPhoto © Andrew Hunt
30 Post contains images Tekelberry : All I can think of from that first picture is, "Wheeeeee.........".
31 IMissPiedmont : Well I am hardly an expert on the larger Cessna pistons 188, I will defer to you on that. I really cannot tell a 206 from a 207 without reference to a
32 Post contains images L-188 : You really can't from a front view. A side view, the extra length is obvious. What sells me that is a 206 is the belly pod. The more I think of it, th
33 Post contains links and images ConcordeBoy : another extreme runway... this one definitely with a slope! View Large View MediumPhoto © Jerome LEPORT
34 Post contains links and images Scottb : Not sloped like some of the others, but *quite* extreme being that the runway is only 1300 feet long and ends in cliffs at both ends: View Large View
35 IMissPiedmont : And another deference to you 188. I live in Arizona where 206s and 207s are rare as hens teeth. I see one maybe twice per year. That being said, I am
36 Mozart : Someone got a pix from Skiathos in greece? I heard it's quite extreme, too.
37 Post contains links and images Lionel : What about St. Barthelemy? Landing down a hill is crazy! The plane on the pic is taxing back. So it landed from the other side! View Large View Medium
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