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Taking Off From St Maarten?  
User currently offlineVS773ER From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 279 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3468 times:

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...and just wanted to hear from anyone who has experienced a take off in a heavy from St Maarten, the runway looks tight - or at least short enough to require a fast take off roll, must be quite exhilarating?
What other runways compare to this other than the legendary Kai Tak?

Cheers in advance.

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User currently offlineMiamiair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3463 times:

It is not that bad. Just a terrain avoidance turn. Remember there is usually a breeze and the temperature has cooled a bit.

User currently offlineLexer From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3422 times:

Take-offs are pretty straightforward, heavy or not.

I had the pleasure of taking off in a cockpit seat once from SXM (in an MD80) but that was in the opposite direction from the picture above. The pilot (my uncle) explained that landing in SXM was actually a bit harder for smaller planes than it is for heavies because of the difference in braking power.

Oh yeah, he laughed at French pilots who had a reputation for coming in too low at SXM according to him. Mind you, I did see many photos of KLM planes coming in really rather low there too.


User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3330 times:

Well, lots of runways in the world end up in the sea.... so it's not that big a problem, I suppose.

I do wonder on a tangent -- are winds mostly in the same direction? I mean, if I go to SXM to spot -- is there a chance that landing will take place on the other side, i.e. not over Maho Beach?


User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1347 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3241 times:

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 3):
I do wonder on a tangent -- are winds mostly in the same direction? I mean, if I go to SXM to spot -- is there a chance that landing will take place on the other side, i.e. not over Maho Beach?

The winds are mostly in the same direction (tradewinds) and in the rare event that the wind blows from the opposite direction, some of the propeller aircraft can land in the opposite direction, but due to terrain, heavies have to either land with a tail-wind or divert... there simply isn't enough manouvering room to bring in a heavy in the opposite direction.


User currently offlineLordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 3):
Well, lots of runways in the world end up in the sea

Well, this runway begins from the sea and end up in a mountain - the picture above (taken from the mountain) gives a little wrong idea of it.

Regards,
LordHowe



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