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"The Most Extreme Airports On" T.V. Tuesday  
User currently offlineredtailsforever From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 103 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 49758 times:

FYI to anyone interested. I just saw a commercial for the "The most extreme airports" on the History channel. It airs at 7pm CDT on 7/20/2010, on the HIstory channel. It had some crazy clips during the commercial, and it runs for two hours.

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User currently offlinemotorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3038 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 49688 times:

No doubt some of this footage will be on show then:

Wellington airport, the tranquil isthmus that it is!



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User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4124 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 49287 times:

Paro airport has got to be on that list as well.

User currently offlineKcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3762 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 49273 times:

CRW never makes these kinds of things, but I'd say we're in a pretty unique situation up here.

User currently offlinenjxc500 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 48498 times:

Just so everyone knows this is on tonight.....

User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 48476 times:

Lukla Airport (Tenzing-Hillary Airport-LUA) has to be up there as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lukla_airport


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC_srsUcWCU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3bN4c7CfVM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnXUHX-PdlY&feature=related



"Up the Irons!"
User currently offlinesilentbob From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 1963 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 48421 times:

SXM and SBH are both shown in the preview clips.

User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7006 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 48388 times:

I am sure SXM, SBH, Lukla and maybe aspen and wellington? Maybe even LCY or other close to the city airports.
Watching it now so far pretty good. Nice to see Captain Abend from Flying Magazine as one of the pilots who talks about the airports.

[Edited 2010-07-20 17:30:32]


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineDLHFLYER From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 47822 times:

The List

1) Lukla
2) Tegucigalpa
3) St. Barths
4) St. Maarten
5) Gibraltar
6) Hong Kong
7) Courchevel
8) Eagle County
9) Madiera
10) San Diego

[Edited 2010-07-20 18:56:03]


Duluth is a nice city, we even get 3 months without snow per year
User currently offlineAT777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 47795 times:

Here is the list of "Most Extreme Airports".

10. San Diego
9. Madeira
8. Vail
7. Courchevel
6. Hong Kong (Kia Tak)
5. Gibralter
4. St. Maarten
3. St. Barths
2. Tegucigalpa

The number 1 most extreme airport is:

1. NEPAL Lukla


What does everyone think? It was actually a very interesting to watch. The show tells you exactly why they are the most extreme.


User currently offlineDLHFLYER From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 47717 times:

Quoting AT777 (Reply 9):
What does everyone think? It was actually a very interesting to watch. The show tells you exactly why they are the most extreme.

Yes, it was interesting, but it should have been an hour show. They spent too much time recapping. I was shocked only one Colorado Airport made it, but I never knew about the difficulty of some of these airports.



Duluth is a nice city, we even get 3 months without snow per year
User currently offlineRL757PVD From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4630 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 47588 times:

Quoting Kcrwflyer (Reply 3):
CRW never makes these kinds of things, but I'd say we're in a pretty unique situation up here.

The airports on that show made CRW look like it has one of DEN's runways....



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User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 47497 times:

Quoting AT777 (Reply 9):
The number 1 most extreme airport is:

1. NEPAL Lukla
Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 5):
Lukla Airport (Tenzing-Hillary Airport-LUA) has to be up there as well.

Looks like I was spot on..  ...unfortunately I didn't see the show.. 



"Up the Irons!"
User currently offlineNWADC9 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4892 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 47493 times:

I missed everything except Lukla. What's so special about San Diego? I can think of at least a handful of airports that are better contenders for "Most Extreme Airports"


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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4737 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 47446 times:
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Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 13):
What's so special about San Diego?

I'm wondering the same...  



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User currently offlineDLHFLYER From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 184 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 47426 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 13):
What's so special about San Diego?

* the parking ramp on the path of 27
* only one runway (unique for a bigger airport)



Duluth is a nice city, we even get 3 months without snow per year
User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1402 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 47388 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 13):
What's so special about San Diego?

I agree- that one was the oddball in the list.

Still, was I the only one thinking "I now need to visit/fly into all these airports now?"  



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User currently offlineGSPflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 47351 times:

Dang, missed it. Looks like I'll have to watch it when it airs at midnight

User currently offlineplatinumfoota From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 554 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 47329 times:
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Thanks for the post. Wishing I didnt scroll down and see the list, im Pacific so I'll watch it in an hour.


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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2090 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 47248 times:

Quoting NWADC9 (Reply 13):
I missed everything except Lukla. What's so special about San Diego? I can think of at least a handful of airports that are better contenders for "Most Extreme Airports"

I thought the same thing and this is what I came up with... having the PSA 727 midair with the Cessna, including graphic pictures of the flaming plane plummeting out of the sky, along with the back history of Lindbergh being based there.... let it be more dramatic, interesting and time filling. I may be wrong, but having strong visuals that elicit an emotional response (read 'play on passengers fears') is at least as important as any 'criteria' as far as making the show.

That being said I thought they did a great job, with one exception being when it came to Kai Tak I've got more impressive video/pictures of 747's landing almost sideways (okay at quite an angle) and making wing contact with the runway... surely they could have included more dramatic video then spliced together quick bits trying to convey the danger.



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4737 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 47193 times:
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Quoting DLHFLYER (Reply 15):
* the parking ramp on the path of 27
* only one runway (unique for a bigger airport)



It's on here right now and they just finished showing San Diego. They were a bit dramatic and exaggerated those two points a little too much.

Other than that, I liked the up-to-date video footage. It was nice to see fresh footage of SAN instead of all that 10 year old stock footage I'm used to seeing.



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User currently offlineC767P From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 879 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 47026 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 20):
t's on here right now and they just finished showing San Diego. They were a bit dramatic and exaggerated those two points a little too much.

Other than that, I liked the up-to-date video footage. It was nice to see fresh footage of SAN instead of all that 10 year old stock footage I'm used to seeing.

They were also wrong in saying that the Cessna pilot in the PSA crash was a student pilot, when he was working on his instrument rating.

I enjoyed it though, had some nice videos of SAN on there, and very up to date. They even had a shot of CanJet pulling off the runway! They must have not been there earlier in the day that day when the DL A330 came in…


User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7006 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 47023 times:

Quoting CV990A (Reply 16):
Still, was I the only one thinking "I now need to visit/fly into all these airports now?"

Thought about that too and hopefully will!

Quoting DLHFLYER (Reply 8):
1) Lukla
2) Tegucigalpa
3) St. Barths
4) St. Maarten
5) Gibraltar
6) Hong Kong
7) Courchevel
8) Eagle County
9) Madiera
10) San Diego

I think the list was pretty good. I would not have had San Diego on there maybe Quito or Aspen. But all in all it was one of the better aviation programs I have seen. Only one I can say was better was Nat Geo about Bush Pilots Africa that was great.



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User currently offlineKcrwflyer From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3762 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 46903 times:

Quoting RL757PVD (Reply 11):
The airports on that show made CRW look like it has one of DEN's runways....

Yeah especially............... SAN DIEGO!!!!


User currently offlinecrownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1796 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 46529 times:

The show was loaded with errors (especially during the Toncontin recap of the TACA crash), and way too much repetition as DLHFLYER pointed out. You wonder who makes the decision to make the list of airports that they came up with. Regardless though, it was still entertaining and interesting in its own way. I guess we cannot expect as enthusiasts, to pick all 10 airports that we feel should be on the list.

25 F9Animal : I agree, they recapped about 5 times through the show. I can appreciate the need to fill some space, but they should have shown more footage of landi
26 jpj777 : There repeating the program now here in Vegas, very interesting! I think San Diego is on there because its the busiest single runway commercial airpor
27 us330 : Interesting program, but way too much recapping. The show could have probably been cut in half if it wasn't for all the recaps--I'm pretty sure I hea
28 SCCutler : The implication that the Cessna's pilot was the cause of that crash was an offensive slight; it was the PSA crew's error that caused the tragedy.
29 ckfred : Any time a show has a "top ten," they were recap throughout the show, so that people tuning in late can catch up. If they didn't, people would change
30 netjetsintl : Agree 100%... As a corporate pilot, I've flown into Vail and Aspen many, many times. Aspen is far more diffcult of an approach. Go to Aspen during sp
31 motorhussy : Courcheval's the airport I most want to fly into... with a new pair of skis!
32 DLHFLYER : Does anybody think that San Diego might be on there so that more Americans can connect? I mean, if most of the airports are in other countries, it cou
33 falcon flyer : Agree with the previous comments about Quito and Aspen. How did Telluride, Samedan or Lugano not make the list?
34 isitsafenow : I got a buzz out of Gibraltar and the road through the runway. Instead of stop, let the train go by, its stop and let the plane go by. Kinda different
35 burnsie28 : Sometimes when flying into SAN the Airbus' terrain warnings go bazerk.
36 Post contains images tjwgrr : I would have included Saba, (SAB / TNCS) the airport with the shortest runway length with scheduled passenger flights at slightly over 1300 feet.
37 Post contains links and images comairguycvg : I was actually surprised Kai Tak was on there. I mean it doesn't even exist anymore. It was good to see that airport on tv again...but it has been gon
38 Post contains links bonusonus : I think many would argue that SXM is *the most* extreme airport, at least from a spotter's perspective. A relatively short runway for the traffic tha
39 tguman : History Channel as well as the company which produced the show were the ones you came up with the list. SAN was included because, as DLHFLYER mentione
40 DLHFLYER : Which could account for some discrepancies (on this forum) when the movers and shakers of history channel - who are probably not pilots - are coming
41 Post contains images UltimateDelta : I thought it was pretty overly sensationalized and didn't need two hours to show, but then again, what the hell. It was something to watch, there were
42 KaiTakfan : San Diego was kinda BS if you ask me. Flying in there is exciting, but I dont think it gives the real thril of doing a river visual into DCA or depart
43 burnsie28 : I can't believe that EGE made it over ASE
44 MHO : Busiest single-runway airport in US (yawn)
45 Post contains links PSA53 : If you're talking about one-runway system,then yeah,SAN deserves to be there as it is a very heavily congested airport.And that's point they were mak
46 747srule : Contrary to popular belief,jet engines are louder than a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. I know this cuz when I was in bootcamp in SAN they would not e
47 AirBuffalo : I have a hunch that it started out as a 1 hour show and was expanded mid-production. There was definately less than 60 minutes of unique footage ... a
48 Kcrwflyer : 9,000 x 200ft. runway (falls asleep) SAN most certainly does not deserve to be on there. I dont think there's anything "extreme" about being busy. LG
49 kamboi : Where can I buy Blu-Ray/DVDs of airports, aircraft similar to this show? I used to enjoy the varied programs on the the channel WINGS (which became MI
50 Post contains links metjetceo : It is on again tonight and Saturday. http://mobile.history.com/find.jsp?term=airports - Most Extreme Airports - Tuesday, July 20, 2010. - 8:00-10:00 P
51 flymia : All those airports tend to be pretty busy. SABA is awesome and I would rather have seen SABA then SAN or Vail however SABA is a very quiet airport on
52 indolikaa : I was ready to bet the farm that number one was the airport in Bhutan.
53 Post contains images chrisair : There was some good videography, I thought. I wonder if MDW or SNA were considered. Orange County strikes me as a bit more "extreme" than SAN, given t
54 BMI727 : SXM has no business being on these lists. Both of those are more extreme than SAN.
55 9W748Capt : No joke - San Diego made that list but not Paro! So many awesome youtube videos of the approach into PBH - just freaking amazing. Probably because Bh
56 B777LRF : Me thinks someone put hammer square centre on nail when suggesting SAN was only there to make the programme interesting to US viewers - a single runwa
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