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The World's Scariest Runways ( Videos )  
User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4055 posts, RR: 1
Posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 19061 times:

The website Travel and Leisure has compiled a list of the scariest airports to land on for a passenger ( In no particulare order ) :


Sandane Airport in Norway ( 800 meter long runway in difficult terrain )

Tenzing-Hillary in Nepal ( One of the world shortest and stepest runways that ends in a windful valley 700 meters below. Is only open daylight and good conditions )

Courchevel in France

Tioman Island, Malaysia ( 90 degree turn and the runway ends in a mountain wall. Pray that the breaks will hold )

Paro, Bhutan ( Apparently only 8 pilots in the world has clearance to land at this airport located between 16000 foot mountains )

Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten

Reagan Airport ( domestic ) in Washington D.C ( The airport is located between several off limits areas, such as the Pentagon and the Whitehouse )

Gibraltar Aiport in Gibraltar

Matekane-airport in Lesotho ( 400 meter long runway surrounded by tall mountains )

Barra Airport on Isle of Barra, Scottland ( Runway on the beach. Look out for the tide level )

Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras ( 45 degree turn before entering the bowl shaped valley below )

JFK Airport in New York ( Watch out for heavy traffic from LaGuardia and Newark )

Funchal Airport in Madeira ( Demands the øpilot to fly stright towards a mountain wall before at the last moment making a sharp turn to land )

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport in Saba ( Only 395 meter long runway and alot of wind )

Have a look at the youtube videos of most of the runways here ( The main video on top of the article is from Sandane airport in Norway ) :

http://www.nrk.no/programmer/tv/fbi/1.6837530



http://www.travelandleisure.com/arti...?label=the-worlds-scariest-runways

[Edited 2009-10-27 11:43:10]

[Edited 2009-10-27 11:56:59]

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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4845 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 18775 times:

I'm pretty sure there have been several threads about this before...
however Wellington (WLG) has got to be one of the worst particularly since it is well used and is an International airport also. The main issues for WLG are very strong winds, wind-shear, cross-winds, short narrow runway, terrain.



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User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4055 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 18707 times:

Yes, there comes an article about this subject every year it seems, so this is just another one. I beleave they have added some adittional airports to the list though.

The list is ofcourse just a list and certainly one authors opinion only. There are certainly more airports and proabably much scarier airports in Norway for instance, than the one mentioned.


User currently offlineRobertS975 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 951 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 17777 times:
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JFK and DCA do not compare with some of the other airports mentioned. In my opinion, they do not belong on the list.

User currently offlineKcrwFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3845 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 17569 times:

JFK............................yawn.

These lists are always amusing. It'd be nearly impossible for one person to create an accurate list of the "scariest" runways. A.net could probably put one together though....


User currently offlineJerseyGuy From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17476 times:
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I don't usually sit near a window when flying but my recent landing at Vancouver was a little unnerving. I've never been so low before over a large body of water. We were going along the river south of YVR and then went out into the Straight of Georgia and circled back. I don't know how high we were but based on some flight simulator landings Ive seen on Youtube I'd estimate 1000 feet. Maybe someone knows who has taken this approach.

This was a 737-700 from Newark



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User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1656 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 17418 times:

"... based on some flight simulator landings Ive seen on Youtube I'd estimate 1000 feet."

Clearly. an unimpeachable source. You think that the crew busted minimums then turn them in to the authorities for license revocation. Please include the MSFS evidence.


User currently offlineTheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2935 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16891 times:

I agree, WLG is terrible. It's just aswell you can't see the end of the runway when your in the plane while it's landing !


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User currently offlineCO777ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16728 times:

KEGE: There's a mountain at the end of the runway

User currently offlineDavidByrne From New Zealand, joined Sep 2007, 1654 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 16586 times:



Quoting TheCommodore (Reply 7):
I agree, WLG is terrible. It's just as well you can't see the end of the runway when your in the plane while it's landing !

Yes, and there have been occasions when it's taken a 747 on a diversion. Back in the early 1980s, QF ran regular 74L services to SYD, MEL and BNE, but that isn't quite as challenging as a full-sized 747.



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User currently offlineDALfanNYC From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 16097 times:

As boring as the JFK was...it was also incorrect. The blurb on the runway talked about the canarsie approach...but that 747 landed on 4R not 13L...it would have been more interesting had they done a true canarsie approach.

User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1485 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 15460 times:



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 1):
Wellington (WLG)

Yes nothing like being on final for Rwy 34 in a Beech 1900D and the whole aircraft is violently yawing left to right.



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User currently offlineFirst Class From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 83 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15076 times:

I wonder why Vagar on the Faroe Islands is not on this list.

User currently offlineBorism From Estonia, joined Oct 2006, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 14909 times:

Quoting First Class (Reply 12):
I wonder why Vagar on the Faroe Islands is not on this list.

Exactly.

Also check Ísafjörður airport, Iceland (IATA: IFJ, ICAO: BIIS) found on past similar thread. There's a video on Youtube.

[Edited 2009-10-28 02:16:42 by borism]

User currently offlineNormie999 From United Kingdom, joined May 2009, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14787 times:


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Vagar is a barrel of thrills, even more so when approached from the West.


User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4880 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14671 times:



Quoting DALfanNYC (Reply 10):
it would have been more interesting had they done a true canarsie approach.

Curving around like Kai-tak (but not as crazy) to land on 13L, right? I think I've seen it once.

It goes over an old disused naval air-station if I'm not mistaken.


User currently offlineJRowson From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 359 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 14404 times:

Why isn't St Barths (SBH) listed? That has got to be one of the most amazing landings i've ever done as you approach the top of a hill, then dive over the top of a hill and land on the runway below.


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User currently offlineMozart From Luxembourg, joined Aug 2003, 2206 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 13305 times:

Rio de Janeiro Santos Dumont

Melville Hall, Domenica

Kathmandu, Nepal

London City, UK

Leh, India

Nyingchi, Tibet

Cuzco, Peru

Quito, Ecuador

Dutch Harbor, Alaska, USA

Leknes, Norway

Skiathos, Greece

Samos, Greece

Innsbruck, Austria

Samedan, Switzerland

Lugano, Switzerland

Medellin OEH, Colombia

Merida, Venezuela

Queenstown, New Zealand

Honningsvag, Norway

I have a spreadsheet on my PC where I noted down all difficult approaches as I like to fly them in FS. This is just a selection from the list (excluding weather as factor of difficulty - weather can even make a straight-in ILS to Amsterdam at the slow hours very tricky)


User currently offlineJerseyGuy From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 2074 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12322 times:
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Quoting ThirtyEcho (Reply 6):
Clearly. an unimpeachable source. You think that the crew busted minimums then turn them in to the authorities for license revocation. Please include the MSFS evidence.

Jeez, man I guess I was mistaken. It seemed very low to me.

I found some youtube video of a similar landing at YVR. So I guess it must be normal. The part that is similar is from 6:30 to the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS-qFRJQKrk



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User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2644 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 12129 times:

I'm surprised that Castlegar (YCG) isn't at this list. It's in a narrow valley, mountain at both ends of the runway.

User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7558 posts, RR: 8
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11764 times:

How could they forget Aspen (ASE)?


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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2875 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11639 times:

Surprised that the old HKG airport was not on it...

User currently offlineCO38 From Norway, joined May 2009, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11523 times:

Personnally I would definately say Mo i Rana, mid-Norway, belongs on the list.
Doing a circling approach there in darkness and in minima weather with an almost direct cross wind in no joke. Ive done it in a KingAir 200 and thats probably the most challenging event in my entire life as a pilot!
You basically have to fly the LOC app in a valley, then at missed app point you have to look 3 nm to the north to see the airport, then, if you have to circle to the opposit runway you follow another narrow valley up on a rigth downwind. its especially exciting if you cant even see the mountains due to darkness

I dont think Honningsvag (at North Cape, Norway) is toooo bad. You just have to be ready for the Missed approach proceedure, and get it right the first time.
The missed approach proceedure is basically an IMMIDEATE right climbing turn to go outbound on the Locolizer. Theres alot of rocks hiding in the clouds there... Wink

Both Honningsvag an Mo i Rana are 800m runways ( about 2600ft)


User currently offlineS.p.a.s. From Liechtenstein, joined Mar 2001, 967 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11491 times:



Quote:
( Apparently only 8 pilots in the world has clearance to land at this airport located between 16000 foot mountains )

Unless DrukAir has only 8 captains, I would say this statement is hardly believable. Perhaps a especial qualification is needed (sim training, route training, etc) for foreign crews operating there (as is the case with other "especial" airports).



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User currently offlineKiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8603 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 11433 times:
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Quoting Mozart (Reply 17):
Queenstown, New Zealand

ZQN scary ? Only in a good clean fun sort of way , like an amusement park ride , which seems appropriate for a destination known for adventure tourism .

Quoting CO38 (Reply 22):
Personnally I would definately say Mo i Rana, mid-Norway, belongs on the list.

I cannot believe that someone else on Anet has been to Mo i Rana - have to admit that I didnt even know that it had an airport - I was travelling overland when I wound up there . From what I remember of the terrain I can imagine it would be pretty 'challenging' .



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25 Eugdog : Whilst most of the time JFK is quite normal - the Carnasie Visual Approach is so unnerving to passengers that one flight I was on the pilot warned the
26 Zkpilot : haha well actually often you can because the aircraft is crabbing so much due to the crosswind!! It is a technical approach with lots of terrain etc
27 Post contains links Rampart : Yes, but not really. One end (take off from 25) has 1000 ft hill 2.2 mi from the end, and in the other direction, it's 5.5 miles down valley before i
28 Post contains links Borism : With fleet of just 2 A319s and only 7 destinations, 8 captains (or all pilots for that matter) should be quite enough, no? However, foreign crews are
29 Rampart : How about Juneau, Ketchikan, or Cordova? Don't AS pilots need special certification to fly these? -Rampart
30 Cbphoto : Surprised KTEX was not in there, now that is fun airport to fly in and out of, especially in a Beech 1900!
31 Post contains links MadameConcorde : I am surprised that no one has mentioned Seychelles, Mahé airport. That is one heck of an uneasy airport to land in. They used to bring in 747-200s i
32 Post contains links YYZatcboy : Sounds like the visual approach to the 8 series. Chart here: http://www.freewebs.com/vogelair/CYVR.pdf It's down near the bottom. You were probably b
33 Post contains links MadameConcorde : Ajaccio airport in Corsica. You go down in the middle of mountains, aircraft will almost touch the mountains before going down on the runway. Here is
34 Post contains links Shanxz : Saba sure qualifies as one of the scariest landings, and takeoffs too. The runway is so short that the plane literally drives off the runway... Anoth
35 Post contains links Bogota : Landing in Pasto at an altitude of 5.900 ft/1800 mts in between cliffs and canyons is definitelly one of the most dramatic experiences in Colombia. ht
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