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Feb 12/2005: Sad Day In Venezuelan Aviation :(  
User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 30
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 3726 times:

Hey all,

It was recently announced to the public that Caracas City Airport (SVFM, a.k.a La Carlota Air Force Base) will be closed for fixed-wing aircraft operations. Starting Feb 12nd, only choppers will be allowed to operate to/from the airport. It will be a sad day in Venezuelan aviation to lose this important airfield and its convenient location in the heart of Caracas.

More info regarding the airport, click here:
http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1729980

I've decided to create a farewell pictorial tribute to my beloved "La Carlota" Airport.

Here's the airport right in the middle of my urban jungle:

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Photo © Javier Guerrero




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Photo © Javier F. Bobadilla - IBERIAN SPOTTERS
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Photo © LUIS A. GABALDON




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Photo © LUIS A. GABALDON
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Photo © Javier F. Bobadilla - IBERIAN SPOTTERS



Largest planes to ever operate to/from SVFM(that I know of):

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Photo © Peter Unmuth - VAP
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Photo © Juan Carlos Guerra Aviation Photography of Mexico



Personally I had the chance to watch the A319CJ land, it was a moment I'll never forget: I was stuck in traffic in one of Caracas's busiest avenues when I saw a white reflexion in a crystal office building, I turned my head and I saw this large A319CJ coming low for landing on runway 11, it was amazing!

Here's another large a/c that visited SVFM, it brought either president Pastrana or Gaviria to Caracas during the 90s:

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Photo © Juan David Cardona A.



Also during one of 1992's presidential coup attempts (leaded by current president Hugo Chavez, at the time he was a Lt. Col in the army) a goverment loyal F-16s shot down a rebel OV-10 "Bronco" over Caracas and the Bronco pilot managed to get his damaged bronco to the airport and crashed in the runway without causing damage to civilians. The pilot safely ejected and was later captured. Here's an OV-10 pic.

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Photo © Kristof Jonckheere



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User currently offlineVenezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1428 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3633 times:

Isn't La Carlota the main airport for the president and everything military. I remember when president Clinton visited Venezuela, unde Caldera's government, the official reception was at La Carlota ( he arrived a CCS and then a helicopter took him there) So what will the president and all the military opeartions use, I doubt they'd use CCS?


ROLL TIDE!!!
User currently offlineCapri From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 449 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3587 times:

No wonder it will close, look at that first picture, it looks like the buildings are taking over the airport.

User currently offlinePr1268 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

Those images seem to indicate a real "nail-biter" of an approach!

Given the nature of the structures surrounding the runway, I kinda understand the government's (or whoever makes those decisions in Venezuela) reason for only allowing rotor aircraft there.

I do understand Luisde8cd's sadness, though. Neat pictures!



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User currently offlineMia From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 873 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3477 times:

My apartment in Caracas is right in the path of the landing corridor. Those planes come in so close it is too dangerous. I hope they close down most of the stuff and free up the much needed real-estate.

The Universidad Bolivariana could use a campus there....



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User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2571 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3332 times:

I hope they close down most of the stuff and free up the much needed real-estate.

Imbecile ideas had to come from people like you, as expected.... One of the few things that Chavistas like you and the opposition have agreed on is that after SVFM is closed they WILL NOT ALLOW the land to be used to build any kind of buildings. The plans are to make it a "vegetable lung" for Caracas, it will be a city park with many plants, trees, open spaces, public pools, etc... a place for us Caraqueños to spent our free time in tranquility.

The Universidad Bolivariana could use a campus there....
*sigh*...


User currently offlineVh320 From Venezuela, joined May 2000, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3228 times:

I just remembered when La Carlota was full of piston airplanes. I did not live in Caracas, but everytime I went there, CCCT mall was a "must" stop to watch planes landing and taking off like crazy. Sunset time on Fridays was incredible. As many know, It's forbidden to fly VFR in Venezuela after sunset. Well, everybody was rushing to get in La Carlota. One time, I counted about 50 landings in one hour frame.
About how dangerous the airport is?? It's like many others. Has anyone seen the approach path to Quito Mariscal de Sucre airport in Ecuador where airplanes as big as MD11 go there in a frequent basis. What the real reason of LA carlota closure is, do not know. It is a convenient airport for Air ambulance. All I can say , it will be missed..


User currently offlineRogerthat From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 566 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3170 times:

I have stayed at the Four Seasons in Caracas. My room had a magnificent view of the airport. Plane spotting from the comforts of your hotel room. It doesn't get any better. The approach looked hairy. Downwind leg below the mountains and tall buildings all around it. Kai Tak on the Caribbean.

Viva Chavez!



User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3004 times:

Another Airport like La Carlota is Olaya Herrera here in Medellín. Now it's limited to 50 pax aircraft, but in the old times even AV 747s used to land there.


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