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What The Checkerboard At Kai Tak?  
User currently offlineSaab340 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 320 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3618 times:

Hey All!!

I have been wondering for a quite a while now what is this checkboard that is found near Kai Tak? I know this is probably a dumb question or most likey has been answered before but please anyone with a good explaination please help me out!



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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6404 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

Kept the aircraft from running into the hill.

I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3576 times:

its the hill the pilots avoid from running into.... its still there right now

Go big or go home
User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3572 times:

Does anybody know what happened to the checkerboard now that Kai Tak is closed. Is it still up on the hill?

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3558 times:

Please see the topic Hkg_clk posted a few days ago.

Both of these pictures are taken on December 23rd.

User currently offlineSharpnfuzzy From Canada, joined Jun 2001, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3525 times:

I've always been told that pilots would 'aim' for the checkerboard on finals to make sure that they would be lined up for the runway when they made the turn.....

User currently offlineD-AIGW From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3519 times:

I remember reading that before the IGS was introduced, the pilots would fly at a heading of 088 while aiming at the checkerboard... and before they crash into the hill, they would execute a 47-degree right turn.

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