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A Question About St Maarten Airport (SXM)  
User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4664 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...




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Looking forward to some answers...

Regards,
David  Smile

PS: I'm very sorry if this has been discussed before, if so, I'd be more than glad to see the threads.

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User currently offlineNASBWI From Bahamas, joined Feb 2005, 1311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4491 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.


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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4339 times:

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?

Looking forward for more replies.  Smile

Regards,
David


User currently offlineATAIndy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4325 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.


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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4269 times:

Quoting ATAIndy (Reply 3):
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.

Of course! But I hope they won't go lower!  Smile


User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4245 times:

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 4):
But I hope they won't go lower!

If they do, we'll all be cooked!  Wink I'm pretty sure I'm wrong, but please correct me, aren't the pilots supposed to fly the plane in manually instead of having the autopilot on?

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User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4086 times:

Quoting WN230 (Reply 5):
If they do, we'll all be cooked!

Well, I think Robin's Falcon was the lowest needed.  Smile

The pilots fly in manual mode except when it's extremely foggy...

AeroDave


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