N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8294 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 6600 times:
It's certainly a good way to get dry after a swim!
As long as you close your eyes it's really not dangerous. Hurts a bit on the fence, though, because rocks and dust eat at your skin. Plus when I did it I held onto the fence and the chain link cut into my knuckles. Still Killer, though.
Kevin777 From Denmark, joined Sep 2006, 1165 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6140 times:
I so wanna go to Maho Beach as well!!! As everyone here I suppose.. it must be the Mekka for a.netters..
But actually, we have at least one little SXM in Europe.. (but there has to be many others though..): ZTH (Zakynthos, Greece)
Rwy is a just off the popular Laganas beach shore (just after a road), and it is such a pleasure to sit in the sand with a Mythos beer and enjoy the incoming a/c over your head... however, the runway is not as close to beach as at SXM, and the beach is a bit lower, so you cannot really see it from the shore... In addition, apart from the odd 767 (very rare) only narrow body a/c serve the apt, just not the same being sandblasted by a 737! However, the "paradise-meets-final" (= ultimate paradise) is still there at ZTH!!
ZTH final.... miss that island...
"I was waiting for you at DFW, but you must have been in LUV" CPH-HAM-CPH CR9
ClearedDirect From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5928 times:
Had the opportunity to "ride the fence" two years ago.
We got a "thumbs up" from the co-pilot of a COA 757 who saw us standing at the fence when they turned onto the runway, held the brakes, throttled up and blasted off. Awesome experience to feel the heat and power of those engines.
TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5577 times:
I stood behind departing aircraft several times when I was at SXM. At first, I stood on the beach which was a big mistake A tiny stone hit my head and it hurt like a b***ch for several days. But if you are holding on to the fence, facing the sea-not the aircraft, you should be fine... If you are wet before, you get dry in a few seconds... Its crazy but LOTS of fun...
Each and every aviation enthusiast should visit this island at least once in a lifetime....
Coffee - Tea or Me?
: I remember hearing something about the beach being shut down for airport expansion. Is this still happening or was it just rumours? If so when is it g
: As far as I know, the airport extension was towards the other end of the runway....
: Huh, when I go to St. Maarten I'll have to bring my hunting jumpsuit and my grinding mask so I can survive getting sandblasted by a 744. I wonder wha
: Dunno if this one was on here before. Probably yes. Nice anyway.
: A Corsair 744 about killed me when I attempted to "ride the fence" last January. I tell everyone that was the dumbest thing I have ever done..... but
: I hope they're not changing anything at RWY 09 at SXM!!!!.... At least I wanna go there first..! Does anybody know exactly what they're doing??/ Hope
: In August I had the great experience of visiting Maho. I thought I had cleared the threshold behind a Corsair 747-400 but forgot to take into acount t
: Maho looks like the perfect honeymoon spot for two a.netter newlyweds! Imagine, all day, looking at aircraft taking off and landing, w/a cool drink in
: Actually, in my very limited experience at another airport in the Caribbean, the widebodies give you *less* blast than, say, a 727. I think it has to