Luisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2522 posts, RR: 32 Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2005 times:
There's no problem with the landings. You have to be careful with the jetblast when airliners are taking off. I would describe that feeling as being in front of a huge hair dryer while smelling kerosene.
VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1936 times:
Don't forget that there are a lot of airports where the runway, or at least the stopway at the end of it, extends right to the fenceline (Gold Coast and Sydney are two that spring to mind in this country). I've stood at both, and it is quite exciting to have a jet come in low over you, but it isn't really dangerous.
The special thing about SXM isn't so much that you can get close to the fence - it is that you are on a beach when you are close to the fence. Makes for some spectacular photos, as you would have seen. Like everyone else, I do hope to make it there one day...
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YYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 908 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1902 times:
Quoting AirbusfanYYZ (Reply 2): For an aviation enthusiast it should be on their "Things to do before I Die" list. It's amazing to have an A340 or B747 spool up just metres away! It was an experience I will never forget
Have not been to SXM yet, but must go.
I had a very similar experience in Samos, Greece - a beach, then a road, then a fence... and on the other side of the fence the end of the active runway. Did not realize it when we picked the spot, as we had walked down the beach and I hadn't noticed the aiport (most unlike me!).
Then a 727 passed overhead on take off, at a height that seemed to be less than 100 feet. I think the noise dipslaced some internal organs.
N353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 762 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1811 times:
Sure it's dangerous in theory, but the only way somebody could get hurt is by their own stupid free will. If some idiot wants to stand right at the fence and experience Jetblast combined with Sand and Dust, they're more than welcome to hurt themselves, as they've been warned.