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User currently offlineJonas 777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 726 times:

Why dosen´t the aircrafts landing from the other derection off the runway? It´s just free sea there!
?????


JOnas
fly Lauda

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User currently offlineMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 725 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.

User currently offlineLuke From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 724 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?


User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 724 times:

It will be torn down and turned into a real estate venture. I agree with you thought that Kai Tak should be reopened. We will never see a great airport like that again.


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineMD-12X From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 724 times:

I heard that they might make it to a park and use some land for more apartments.

User currently offlineC.u From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 724 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.

c.u


User currently offlineAircanada B767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 726 times:

I think that celine dion is to [or has had] have a concert at hong kong and it will be at kai tak.

User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 724 times:

Maybe if we all pool our money together we can buy the land and reopen the airport. We could charge alot less than Chek Lap Kok and probably lure new airlines to Hong Kong!!!!


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineLuke From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (15 years 6 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 724 times:

COUNT ME IN. OPEN KAI TAK.

FLY PAST LION ROCK. CHARGE LOW LANDING FEES.

SOUNDS GREAT TO ME.


User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (15 years 6 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 726 times:

How many people are with me to try and purchase Kai Tak:)


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineRaymond Rowe From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (15 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 724 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.

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