Aero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 17 Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5400 times:
Almost everybody knows SXM from its extremely low approaches.
I like the shots from there, but this question came up in my mind just now:
Why do the aircraft landing on SXM's Runway 09 approach the runway so low? What is the point of that? As far as I know, the runway is well over 2000 meters. Has a 747 problems with stopping in 2 kilometers? From the videos I've seen, the aircraft don't land as soon as one would think while looking at the pictures...
NASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5227 times:
It could be for a number of reasons. One being that though the runway isn't that short, it's really not that long, either. Something like 7,500ft? I'll have to check the stats again. Plus, having a shallower approach onto the runway might save a little wear-and-tear on the surface (as opposed to a harder touchdown from a steeper approach). Or (even more far-fetched), maaaaaybe the pilots know how popular the beach is just for that reason, and so continue to approach that way lol.
ATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 641 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5061 times:
Quoting Aero145 (Reply 2): You've a point there about the low approaches for show-off, it's very likely in my opinion. If they come in too low, they can kill people on the beach... so why doing it if it's so dangerous?
True, but they can also brag to the other pilots about how low they came in, as evidenced by this pilot and the discussion we've had about him.