SUDDEN From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4127 posts, RR: 6 Posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1381 times:
As I heard it was not all pilots who was allowed to land at Kai Tak. Only pilots who was trained for it.
What I would like to know is, Was the training just based on Kai Tak, or more edvanced in general?
What did the pilot have to have to be qualified to get the training?
And finally, is there any approach at any airports, that "live" up to what Kai Tak had?
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6180 posts, RR: 74 Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1236 times:
There's Manado Sam Ratulangi (MDC) on the northern tip of Celebes/Sulawesi. Runways are 18/36.
R36 requires no special skills, but only captains are allowed to land heavies there (no difference for lighter planes), as the initial ILS fix has mountains behind and to the right of the approach paths. For runway 18, only pilots that are qualified are allowed to land there. There's a hill that at the end of the runway that runs along about 50 degrees to the approach path (a right turn, just like Kai Tak). The thing is, you level off from the turn above the threshold, unlike Kai Tak. Some pilots however do the "over the hill and dive for the runway" method. There's no restrictions for pilots landing F28s and smaller. *Unless they've blown off the hill to allow straight in approaches*
Other runways? There's one in Taiwan that requires a 120 degree turn into the runway, I think Funchal(Madeira) is another one. Lugano maybe ? Katmandhu ?
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