jr From United States of America, joined May 1999, 965 posts, RR: 6 Posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 525 times:
I saw the pictures of planes landing right over a beach on airliners.net
Where is this place - which country/area? The photo said St. Martin but
I couln't make which country it was exactly. Looks pretty cool - I'd love to
go there just to watch the planes
Alan From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 524 times:
This island is part of the French West Indies. It is located east of Puerto Rico. The approach to the runway from the seat or on the beach is incredible-the plane nearly skims the surf!!
The airport is called "esperance" (french for "hope").St.Martin is a colony of France, so a lot of the air traffic is from that country. You can fly there with AA if you're in the states. Excellent spotting opportunities!!
Markus From United States of America, joined May 1999, 275 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 524 times:
Someone correct me if I'm wrong but those pictures don't look like they are taken at St. Martin, Fr. Antilles. They look more like they were taken at St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles. St. Martin is a small airport with D-228, Twin Otter, and ATR service. I do not believe that American, USAirways, and Continental fly into there. But they do fly into St. Maarten, N. A. The airport name, if I'm not mistaken, is Princess Julianna Intl. St. Martin's airport (Grand Case) only has a 3900 foot long runway. No way jets could fly in and out. Especially Heavies!! I beleive the photographer mislabeled the photos.
Dash8 From New Zealand, joined Aug 2005, 1 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 526 times:
I fly to Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles with Air ALM, the airline of the Netherlands Antilles. Some of you are right. Only Pricess Juliana International has heavies landing on it. If you think the landing is fun try the take-off. You'll get sandblasted to pieces ! That's great man. But I fly the Dash8 there, and for the pilots it is quite exciting also because, the runway is only 7000 feet long, and when taking off, you have a 972' high hill staring you in the face, so we make a sharp right turn at 100' ! If any of you are interested, I have a shot on short finals to St. Maarten. You can see the beach quite clearly.
BA/777-200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 528 times:
St. Maarten is an island that belongs half to The Netherlands (Dutch Antilles) and half to France (part of French West Indies). The airport is indeed called Princess Juliana, named after the former Queen of Holland.
You can see the following wide-body service there:
Air France B747-300 to Paris CDG
KLM B747-300/MD11 to Amsterdam
AOM DC10-30 to Paris Orly
Corsair B747-200 to Paris CDG
Martinair B767/MD11 to Amsterdam
Sobelair B767-300ER to Brussels