ChazPilot From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 82 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days ago) and read 2260 times:
I've never been to SMX personally, but watched a fair number of YouTube videos of landings + takeoffs. One thing I've always been curious about - that road that seperates the actual beach from the threshold of RW10, I often see vehicles driving along it right up to the moment a plane spools up and jet blasts the "fence-rodeo riders". Are cars required to stop and wait when a jet is taking off / landing for safety, i.e. like a railway Xing system? Or do cars just stop by themselves out of common sense??
richierich From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 4331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1950 times:
Quoting ChazPilot (Thread starter): Are cars required to stop and wait when a jet is taking off / landing for safety, i.e. like a railway Xing system? Or do cars just stop by themselves out of common sense??
First of all, my opinion is that common sense is lacking on much of the Caribbean roads judging by what I have seen! To answer your question, there are no lights at Maho Beach related to vehicles and the takeoff/landing of aircraft. There are the famous white "jetblast" signs, which are apparently directed at pedestrians and road traffic. It does have to be said that the road by the beach is not a major thoroughfare, although it can be busy with visitors and the curious, it basically serves the bar and a few dozen houses on that part of the island. It is not a through road.
bsu747 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2004, 173 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1712 times:
Would it not be simple to install a set of traffic lights that could be controlled by the control tower for incoming/departing aircraft, If the road itself is not too heavy with traffic & SXM is not the busiest airport in the world surely it would make sense to do?
Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.