Bd1959 From Australia, joined Oct 2002, 450 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3366 times:
I've done the Kai Tak and (I know I'm very much in the minority here) didn't find it all that exciting - too much turning and twisting, being seated on the port side for the checkerboard approach I didn't get to see that much.
Enjoyed the approach into Gibraltar - sea, sea, - are we going swimming?? - sea, sea, flash of grey tarmac and you're down. The car's queued at the traffic lights to cross the runway also added to the "novelty" of the landing.
Elephantboy From Thailand, joined Sep 2003, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3232 times:
To my experiences, approaching and taking off from Paro International Airport in the Kingdom of Bhutan is the most exciting. Druk Air BAe 146-100 (the only airline that serves Paro) has to make a descend into mountain ridges, many left and right turns with wings so close to the mountains. The last turn I saw the runway and one minute later, I was on the runway safe and smooth.
Taking off was more impressive. There were many people who couldn't board the plane in the late afternoon flight, not because all the seats were taken but because the load was too much that the plane could not take off from the very short runway and air density was so light. (Bhutan is in the Himalaya and is even higher than Katmandu.) Captain told us that we had to wait until the temperature dropped another 2 Celsius. After about one hour's wait, BAe 146-100 took off (I think, with the break on first.) like a rocket. Then right after the nose was up in the air, the plane turned left and right and... I could not remember how many turns it made. And below I saw that we were crossing over the airport at 90 degree.
The pilot was so great and the flight was unforgettable indeed.
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 3139 times:
I dunno about exciting, but my fave approach has always been SEA. One time in particular, I was on a DL 762 from SLC, and we got a low, long approach from the south. We were at around 2,000 or so feet up for 10 or so minutes; from Tacoma all the way up to SeaTac. It was also around 8 pm on a summer evening and the sun was in the right spot to cast the whole area in that golden glow.
If you catch Seattle in good weather, it's just about the prettiest place in the place, IMO.
Capri From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2747 times:
Do airlines have dedicated crew for those dangerous approaches and have extra training during their 6month review just for them?, i read somewhere way back that AF had special flight crew just for Kai tak