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AA 757 Approach And Landing-- Where?  
User currently offlineMotopolitico From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 212 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3421 times:



Does anyone know where this airport is? That looks more hairy than Kaitak, and the runway looks FAR shorter. That pilot doesn't waste a meter of runway, does he? Breathtaking!

[Edited 2007-07-03 02:06:02]


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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10018 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3409 times:
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Tegucigalpa - Toncontin International (TGU / MHTG), in Honduras:


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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3401 times:

He comes in a bit low for that approach, and finishes by landing slightly in the displaced threshold.

User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10018 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3356 times:
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Check out this article:

http://www.airliners.net/articles/read.main?id=8

5,400-odd feet of runway past the displaced threshold. That touchdown point is a little misleading - it's only 500-odd feet past the piano keys (unlike the typical 1000 feet at US airports). Looks like the airport is around 3300 feet elevation as well, with a significant downslope sloping down away from the approach end. Google Earth makes it about 3300 feet elevation at the approach end piano keys, and 3236 feet at the far end.

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User currently offlineMotopolitico From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 212 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

Wonderful. Tech-ops never fails to bring good info to bear. Thanks.


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User currently offlineMovingtin From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 2):
He comes in a bit low for that approach, and finishes by landing slightly in the displaced threshold

Suppose you have flown this approach and done better?


User currently offlineSoku39 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1797 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3231 times:

Quoting Movingtin (Reply 5):
Suppose you have flown this approach and done better?

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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17038 posts, RR: 66
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

Quoting Tornado82 (Reply 2):
He comes in a bit low for that approach, and finishes by landing slightly in the displaced threshold.

Hehe well it must be tricky enough just to line up.

I believe the threshold is displaced due to terrain.

And yes, Kai Tak was "easier", though it was plagued by crosswinds.



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User currently offlineBAe146QT From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2006, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

I know that foreshortening makes the runway look, er, short, but wow. Wonderful photography.

Incidentally, YouTube now links other videos (along the bottom) once the video you've linked has finished playing. Has anyone looked at the one on the far right, ("Crazy Landing") where a VERY unconventional technique is used to bring down a recalcitrant gear leg? It's the one with the T-tail prop and has "M90.ORG" in the top left.

Actually, I'll just link it;




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User currently offlineTornado82 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

Quoting Movingtin (Reply 5):

Suppose you have flown this approach and done better?

I wasn't saying it in that manner, but thanks anyways. What I was getting at is that's what made the approach look even more spectacular (in the view of the people standing on that little hillside).

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 7):
I believe the threshold is displaced due to terrain.

Exactly what I was getting at... hence why those people on the hill with the camera damn near had skid marks on their foreheads.

I wasn't ripping on the crew at all, although I'd hope they'd keep it just a hair higher if it were night time or IFR.


User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3167 times:

I spent some time at Tegucigalpa way back when. This was fun to watch with DC-6s and Connies too. The planes I flew in/out were a good deal less dramatic. It was the only place I ever saw where everybody on the airport turned out on the ramp to watch all airline arrivals and departures. You take off in the same direction (northish) if possible because, well, can you imagine trying to climb UP that hillside with an engine out?

The far end of the runway, IIRC drops off into the river. Pretty rugged.

At the time I was there, there were three NDBs within a half mile or so of airport center and NO instrument approach.

The highlight of my stays there (apart from rum and coke at the O Henry Bar) was watching a V-of-3 Honduran Airforce C-47s take off down that runway.



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