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Shortest Runway In The World  
User currently offlineAa7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 17616 times:

Hello everyone this is my first post here on a.net. Smile Just wondering what is the shortest runway in the world? It can be any type of airport.

Thanks!


"Brave Brave Brave Sir Robin"
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User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 591 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 17571 times:

The shortest runway in commerical use is 400m long. It is used by Winair with a DHC Otter. The airport is 7 min away SXM. The runway is permenently closed and the pilots that fly there have to get a permit to fly there or something like that. Sorry but a forget the name of the airport.

P.S. Welcome to the forums

ATAINDY



Boiler up!
User currently offlineAa7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 17558 times:

Thanks for the info.


"Brave Brave Brave Sir Robin"
User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 17555 times:

I believe it is Dublin Airport. As shown by this transcript between 2 Aer Lingus flight crew.......

Aer Lingus Flight 101 was flying from Heathrow to Dublin one night, with Paddy the Pilot, and Shamus the co-pilot. As they approached Dublin airport, they looked out the front window. "B'jeesus" said Paddy "Will ye look at how fookin short dat runway is". "You're not fookin kiddin, Paddy" replied Shamus.

"Dis is gonna be one a' de trickiest landings you're ever gonna see" said Paddy.

"You're not fookin kiddin, Paddy" replied Shamus.

"Right Shamus. When I give de signal, you put de engines in reverse" said Paddy.

"Right, I'll be doing dat" replied Shamus.

"And den ye put de flaps down straight away" said Paddy.

"Right, I'll be doing dat" replied Shamus.

"And den ye stamp on dem brakes as hard as ye can" said Paddy.

"Right, I'll be doing dat" replied Shamus.

"And den ye pray to de Mother Mary with all a' your soul" said Paddy.

"I be doing dat already" replied Shamus.

So they approached the runway with Paddy and Shamus full of nerves and sweaty palms. As soon as the wheels hit the ground, Shamus put the engines in reverse, put the flaps down, stamped on the brakes and prayed to Mother Mary with all of his soul.

Amidst roaring engines, squealing of tyres and lots of smoke, the plane screeched to a halt centimetres from the end of the runway, much to the relief of Paddy and Shamus and everyone on board.

As they sat in the cockpit regaining their composure, Paddy looked out the front window and said to Shamus "Dat has gotta be de shortest fookin runway I have EVER seen in me whole life".

Shamus looked out the side window and replied "Yeah Paddy, but look how fookin wide it is".


User currently offlineLudavid777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 206 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 17483 times:

I'm not sure if Tegucigalpa, Honduras (TGU) has the shortest runway, but I know is the second most dangerous international airport in the world; not sure who the first one is. Taca used to fly a 763 a few years ago, now the largest aircraft that lands there is American 757. I know they have specific pilots for that specific route and it's always flown by two captains. Also they are required to get a checkride every 90 days I think, as opposed to every year or whatever it normally is.

[Edited 2004-07-01 03:31:39]

User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2382 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 17467 times:

Russophile wrote:

I believe it is Dublin Airport. As shown by this transcript between 2 Aer Lingus flight crew.......

Wow... must have been my flight. No wonder we were braking so hard!

-Leanne


User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2042 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17416 times:

Little Whale Cay/Bahamas (MYBX) has a runway that is 2,000 ft. long. However, the island ain't that long, so they built a CURVE in the runway!

A good contestant for a very short runway is Cat Cay/Bahamas (MYCC): 1.100 ft.



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User currently offlineIslipWN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17383 times:

I think its the old closed down airport in Harbour Island, Bahamas. I forgot the name of it. Can someone please refresh my memory. I know they shut down the airport because the runway was too short.

Joe


User currently offlineScottb From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6707 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17331 times:

This question shows up every once in a while.

The answer, as alluded to by the first reply, is Saba, Netherlands Antilles (SAB), served by Winair with a Twin Otter. The airport isn't permanently closed; it still gets regular service. The runway is just under 400 m (~1300 ft) long. One view of the airport:


View Large View Medium

Photo © Heino von Heimburg



This photo gives you an idea of how mountainous Saba really is:


View Large View Medium

Photo © Tommy Mogren / Viking Slides



That tiny runway is pretty much the only flat area on the island; I know, since I spent a week there.

Edit: Oh, by the way, that's the shortest runway with regular commercial service. I've been on a four-seater which landed on a 500-ft grass strip, not a real runway.

[Edited 2004-07-01 04:14:12]

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 17297 times:

There is a private paved runway near where I live that is 410x12ft.

Also, the just a little trivia for our Colorado members. The shortest paved public runway in CO is 6/24 at Ft. Collins/Loveland Mun. 2273ft long.


User currently offlineEclipseFlight7 From Somalia, joined Apr 2004, 518 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 17273 times:

Actually, the runway is recognized by aviation agencies as being closed due to it being so short. However, it still does get service but only from the Twin Otters as their pilots are specially trained to land there. So in reality it's not actually closed.


Holy sh*ts and burritos.
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 17145 times:

I agree that Toncontin (TGU) has a very short runway and difficult indeed. TA use A320 instead of the B737 that are no longer in service for TA. Few weeks ago, I saw a B737 of CO.

User currently offlinePlaneMad From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 16592 times:

Portland Navy in the UK has a very short rwy

User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4506 posts, RR: 54
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16331 times:

I think the shortest runway in the world is....


A helicopter landing pad.



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User currently offlineTransPac From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16232 times:

Ha ha, very funny, Russophile...and my F.O's name's spelled Seamus, by the way. Get back in your rattletrap Ilyushin, ye damned trotskyite ruskie!

--Paddy


User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16200 times:

Not counting helipads, the shortest runway would be one of these:



The runway on the Kuznetsov is around 300 metres long, so is some 100 metres shorter than the runway in Saba.

There are smaller aircraft carriers out there, which would have shorter runways than the Kuznetsov.


User currently offlineTransPac From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16143 times:

Is that a SU-37 on the deck? That pilot must have some serious balls, one helluva catapult, or both!

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 16991 posts, RR: 67
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16108 times:

The Su-37 naval variant does not need a catapult. Raw power and skijump only.


"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 16072 times:

Are these Russian carriers smaller than the UK mini carriers (e.g. HMS Invincible) ?


By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
User currently offlineEclipseFlight7 From Somalia, joined Apr 2004, 518 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15980 times:

What about any of the Ark Royal line of carriers? They might be the large class of carriers though, I can't remember.


Holy sh*ts and burritos.
User currently offlineSIunitsrule From Panama, joined Jul 2004, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15964 times:

This one may be shorter than the aircraft carrier, but I would like to see your face if you were in this plane!! Big grin
It's 1207ft (368m) long and is serviced regularly by small props!
It even has an airport code (AIL).
Check out the GPS!!



Cheers and enjoy!

 Big grin



Everything is relative, so be mindful of your references...
User currently offlineSIunitsrule From Panama, joined Jul 2004, 90 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 15902 times:

Sorry guys. The photo worked when I posted it. Please look at it.
http://www.geocities.com/ereztrip/kunaplanland.jpg

Hope you like it...



Everything is relative, so be mindful of your references...
User currently offlineBostonguy From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 514 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 15776 times:

Disney World has a STOLPort that was built for, duh, STOL aircraft.

It's very very short, although I don't have an exact length. Although it's closed, it is still used for helicopters and select airplanes.

When it first opened it was used by Shawnee Airlines which provided service from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World. There were 7 daily flights to Disney using Twin Otters and the flight duration was 15 minutes. It was actually built to accommodate Eastern Airlines (Disney's official airline at the time) but Eastern never initiated service. The most common use of the runway now is for RV parking during peak holiday periods (Christmas, Easter, 4th of July) and special event parking (Disney's Wide World of Sports). Helicopters are frequently seen there, too.

A unique feature of the runway was how plane arrivals were announced. When a plane landed it would roll over metal strips which created "chime" like tones. Of course, the tones were arranged and tuned so that you would hear the beginning of the song "When You Wish Upon A Star" as the plane rolled over them. Many of you may notice that Disney Cruise Line continues that "arrival tradition" by having a ship horn that plays the same tune when arriving into ports-of-call.

Here are some photos: http://www.mcjackie.com/stolport.html


User currently offlineAa7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 101 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 15706 times:

Thanks Bostonguy, you just answered one of my other questions. What's is the purpose of the Walt Disney World airport?


Thanks!



"Brave Brave Brave Sir Robin"
User currently offlineBostonguy From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 514 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 15669 times:

You're welcome, Aa7E7!

My Dad actually flew into and out of the STOLPort on one of Shawnee's flights. The steep descents to the runway, combined with turbulent thermals during Summer, made for some hair raising approaches.


25 LVZXV : I think aircraft carriers steal the prize, especially those of the British, Indian, Italian, Spanish and Thai Navies (built for Harriers). Russophile,
26 Bostonguy : Ah, but aircraft carriers don't have runways, they have flight decks.
27 Post contains images SIunitsrule : Hello, this is the pilot. Don't worry, if we miss the runway we can have a warm Caribbean bath and forget about it! By the way, sorry for the previous
28 Post contains links and images IL76 : View Large View MediumPhoto © Roberto Benetti Definitely shorter than Saba...
29 Post contains images GoAround : Does anything land at Gozo?! Also, you can see the bushes on this side of the runway spell out 'Welcome To Gozo' Nice touch! But I wonder if anyone la
30 Post contains images IL76 : Only ultralights probably, but it's a paved runway though. So this is the shortest paved runway (on land! ) I've seen so far...
31 Post contains links Bostonguy : I finally figured out how long the runway is at Disney World... 600 meters! Here's an aerial view showing the runway off to the right of the Magic Kin
32 SlamClick : It has been closed for many years, but the US Forest Service had a strip called Hoodoo in Idaho. IIRC it was about 1200' or 369M long, but it was abou
33 Russophile : Russophile, Kuznetsov is the only operational carrier in the Russian fleet, right? Admiral Kuznetsov is the only operational carrier. The Ulyanovsk, M
34 Starlionblue : There were quie a few very short runways in Laos during the Vietnam War's quiet cousin, the "Secret War". These were serviced by Air America (AKA the
35 LVZXV : Starlionblue: Have you seen the film? XV [Edited 2004-07-02 22:55:00]
36 JJMNGR : As some of you enter into the joke side...."well if you think of a helicopter, could be the roof of the building where I live"...hahaha
37 Post contains links SIunitsrule : My bad. It so happens that Geocities will cancel any file that has a reference in a message board. This one should work, though. Sorry a thousand time
38 MD-90 : Nah, the shortest would be a pasture about 200 feet in diameter. Fence on the perimeter is okay, trees are definately not okay. Put a big, reinforced
39 Rupesnz : I have a list ( oldish ) of around 9000 airports that I collated from various sources on the net, each with Airport Code, Name, Country, Runway Length
40 Post contains links SLCPilot : SlamClick, Could that have been a relative of the Mile Hi "airstrip"? It sorta fits the same description and can be seen here... http://www.mountainfl
41 PROSA : Does anything land at Gozo?! Also, you can see the bushes on this side of the runway spell out 'Welcome To Gozo' Nice touch! But I wonder if anyone la
42 FutureFO : Shortest runway I know if W69 a small airfield in VA runway measures in at 1050ft. mainly used for C152's and C172's. it is a private airstip tho. Sea
43 Post contains links Squirrel83 : as alluded to by the first reply, is Saba, Netherlands Antilles (SAB), served by Winair with a Twin Otter. The airport isn't permanently closed; it st
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