VH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 847 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 16422 times:
Recently business has taken me to both Singapore & Hong Kong & I must admit that both these airports have very bumpy runways. Both times I flew in and out on an A330-300, not that this should have anything to do with it! I just found it interesting & wondered why?
I asked the Captain on the Singapore flight why & he said to me that it is probably something to do with the fact these runways are on reclaimed land and that it could have something to do with that? I understand we took off on RWY 2L at SIN, not sure which one (could be 25R????) at HKG?
Any ideas & your thoughts on the worlds worst runways? I think Darwin in Australia is probably our worst, very undulating, with makes it difficult if you land/flare in the wrong spot!
Ansett Australia - (was) One of the worlds great airlines!
Saab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1620 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 16378 times:
Newark on one of the runways has some pretty big bumps right at the beginning of the roll. If you are not prepared for it you think something is wrong with the plane. I nearly aborted a take-off there once.
Philadelphia has some really bumpy taxiways too. I was told that it is because of the long periods on the summer where the taxiway is really hot and a plane sits on it for several minutes at a time.
AMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1692 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 16237 times:
Frankfurt am Main airport in Germany also had some bad runways a couple of years ago, however I believe FRA has been working to improve their runways for a while, also San Francisco has a very bumpy runway.
SCXmechanic From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 534 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 16127 times:
MUHA was the bumpiest I ever experienced. After several trips in and out of there, I have a whole new respect for Boeing 727 landing gear!
Speaking of landing gear and bumpy runways. I wonder MSP's MAC has fixed the dent in 30L from us landing a DC-10 and the Captain pulling reverse with us 10 feet AGL in the flair. Now that was something. I've never seen an airplane just stop flying and fall like that. A landing I shall never forget!
Now that I think about it Yap, Micronesia's runway had some pretty big holes in it. Weaving on landing or takeoff around the big ones was some fun I heard.
Maybe someone in the area has some better info. This was back in '95 when we were hauling fish into PGUM from the other islands.
GEnxPower From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 16046 times:
After about 12 post, there is still not consensus. 12 post with almost 12 different opinions so far!
I fly often in and out of CVG/DTW/ORD/LAX/NRT/SIN but I'm not sure I can single any of them out. There was a time years ago when I frequent LHR, CDG and AMS too. I guess I don't notice really bad bumps before, or because I haven't been traveling all that much. I will leave it to the ultra frequent flyers and pilots for this one.
PlaneDane From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks ago) and read 15854 times:
Quoting VH-BZF (Thread starter): Any ideas & your thoughts on the worlds worst runways? I think Darwin in Australia is probably our worst, very undulating, with makes it difficult if you land/flare in the wrong spot!
It's got to be Odessa, Ukraine! You'll have to experience it to believe how bad a runway can be!
FCYTravis From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 1191 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 15712 times:
Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport.
It doesn't help that at 7,000 feet AMSL, a takeoff roll in an AA 738 takes forever. The roll felt like we were trying to take off from a poorly maintained city street - every expansion joint slammed the plane back and forth.
USAir A321 service now departing for SFO with fuel stops in CAK, COS and RNO. Enjoy your flight.
FlySSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7464 posts, RR: 57
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 15528 times:
Quoting Crownvic (Reply 18): If you want to feel some really rough runwys, try some of Russia's airports. In particular. St. Petersberg comes to mind. There is a reason for those big tires on Russian airliners!
Quoting EmiratesUK (Reply 21): St Petersburg LED, flew back from LED in Sept. Definitely one of the worst.
I also "vote" for LED, especially 10R/28L
This is the worst ever Rwy I've experienced in Europe.