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User currently offlineLeothedog From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 155 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1982 times:

Everyone here at A.net has seen pictures of planes coming in over Maho Beach at Phillipsburg/St. Maarten a million times. OK...maybe not a million.



Question: Does the weather conditions there ever mandate that the planes Take Off going over the beach? I've never seen any pictures of this.

Just wondering.

*Rats. Can't figure out how to post the picture of Air France coming in over the beach.*

[Edited 2006-08-24 17:22:48]


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User currently offlineSJUSXM From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 294 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1962 times:

It is not very ofter, but occasionaly the weather does cause planes to take off over the beach, i believe there are a few pictures on a.net, but you'll probably have to search pretty hard. Also, i know i saw a video of this happening once, but i'm not sure where. Too bad KLM didn't have to take off the other way when i was there  Sad


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User currently offlineTockeyhockey From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 950 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1945 times:

reverse take-offs are a pretty common thing at SXM, especially in the very early morning. however, during the busiest time of the day (the middle afternoon), you will see traffic lining up for miles and miles to the south west of the island. a reverse take-off in that situation would put departing airliners directly in the path of all the landing aircraft. (aircraft cannot land in the other direction due to glide slope limitations).

User currently offlineLuketenley From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 419 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

I still can't wait till I get my chance to see planes landing there. I plan on going there this spring if my money allows it. I heard they are adding a threshold to the Maho Beach end.. will this cause problems with spotting?


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User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1806 times:

Wasn't too hard to find.


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Photo © Anthony Jackson



And there you go!

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineLeothedog From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

Oooohhh...Cool Pic! What a rush to be standing there!
Thanks, Russ.

* Hey, Just how do you post the pic? I tried to do it the way a.net describes, but I can't get it. Thanks. *



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User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

Quoting Leothedog (Reply 5):
Hey, Just how do you post the pic? I tried to do it the way a.net describes,

I do it just like it says. Don't know why you can't.



Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineLouA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

There are also quite a number of videos of takeoffs from that direction on flightlevel350.com


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User currently offlineFlight777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1527 times:

Do a search on flightlevel350.com and you can actually see a video (via inside the plane) of a over-the-beach takeoff. Pretty cool!  Smile

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