EGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2316 times:
Sometimes people forget the point,
Its not that the aircraft are low to the ground at SXM, its that there is a beach open to tourists and used by hotels just metres from the threshold of the runway, and that heavies regularly land only a matter of feet over the heads of those on the beach!
At every airport the aircraft get close to the ground!!!
Ebos From Belgium, joined Jul 2001, 520 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2283 times:
It's indeed a take-off and it was a nice spot: the end of the public road was only 30meter away from the runway (so the wing of an An-124 almost passed over your head... and you could get blown away by the jet blast). There was a similar spot on the other side of the runway.
Nudelhirsch From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 1438 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2152 times:
If there was a cow flying away due to jetblast...well that would make SXM look boring!
The captain of the next departing flight would certainly not be too afraid of birdstrike, but certainly tell his FO: "Hey, man, watch out for low-flying cows, man!" "Oh my god, we have a bull in engine #3..."