MD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (16 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 951 times:
If you are saying that why didn't the aircraft land to Kai Tak to runway 31 since there are no obstructions on the final approach path like there are to runway 13, the reason is winds. Planes always have to land in such a direction that they have a headwind, not a tailwind. Unless the tailwind is very mild. And in Hong Kong, the winds more often then not were such that they had to land on runway 13.
Luke From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (16 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 950 times:
There was NOTHING like flying into kai tak in a cathay A330. It was like the climax of flying. I love kai tak and miss it so, and beijing should re-open it. I want to see buildings fly passed winglets like they are about to make contact, and steep turns over lion rock, and just breath Hong Kong as you come in.
I was in hevean. Chap Lap Kok just don't do it for me.
How cares about the people who live below. In hong kong, i think the noise might have actually done them a favour. Real estate prices are so high in Hong Kong, the areas worst affected by the flight path may have ment people could afford appartments to live in that otherwise couldn't. So, some good comes out of it.
I know it scared a lot of people flying in though. I still remember my mother clinging onto that airbus seat, and closing her eyes looking very tense.
Does anybody know what is happaning to the Kai tak sight?
C.u From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 11 months 23 hours ago) and read 950 times:
Sure, the wind is the reason for using rwy 13 most of the times.
Despite the difficult approach, and I believe its really hard for pilots to do this turn and line up, there is also an advantage using rwy 13:
If the aircrafts land on Rwy 31 they have to use the same rwy for taking off. That can be a much bigger problem if an engine (or more) fails during take off. In that case there is no free space ahead and on the ground are buildings everywhere.
So taking off from rwy 13 is easier and safer.
Another reason for using rwy 13: Its really exiting for all, pax, the people watching the plane and I think for the pilots.
I've made this approach only once with a Qantas 747 but I still can remember it very well.
Raymond Rowe From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (16 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 950 times:
I had the pleasure of doing a jump seat landing into Kai-Tak last may and it will never be forgotten in all my memories up the front of the Boeing 747-300 on the approach then the sight of the checker board then the airport in sight it will not be forgotten. In all the years of doing jump seats this would have been the ULTIMATE in all.