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YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.  
User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 2 days ago) and read 6368 times:

After months of anticipation, a friend and I boarded our AC flight from YYZ to MIA for a 2-day getaway before boarding a cruise ship with 40 of our friends for a wedding at sea with stops at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and the Bahamas.

We were greeted by a friendly (and familiar) flight attendant --- none other than fellow YYZ a.netter CESSNAPIMP. He's a great guy and a great flight attendant, and I'd fly with him again in a second.

We got to go through de-icing which is something I've always wanted to do, but never have. I was surprised how nervous it made some people, but it was actually very cool to watch some guy fiddling with a joy stick while this mechanical arm wandered up and down the wings.

Anyways, great flight on an Airbus 319. (Thanks for getting me the fin # Greg!)

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We spent couple of days of debauchery in Miami and met lots of interesting people, but what goes on the road stays on the road, so the rest is  censored !.

When our cruise ship stopped in St. Maarten, my travel friend was nice enough to ditch the rest of our friends and come with me to fulfill my inner-geek-need to go to Maho Beach. I was like a kid in a candy store, and by the end of the day even she had started to enjoy lying underneath landing aircraft.

The Sunset Beach Bar at Maho Beach is great bar that caters to a.net geeks like me and plays both great music as well as the local air traffic control. It posts the arrival times on a surf board and its patio is a great place to sip your beer and watch the heavies fly in (as well as the heavies in speedos strolling in).

A word of advice while at Maho Beach. Do NOT ignore the warning signs about standing on the beach while jets are taking off. You WILL be blown into the water! In the photo below, the two men lost their caps, and one of them fell into the water. You can also see the waves being pushed back from the thrust of the engines.


Now for a little excitement: Take a very close look at this photo.


That's a CO 737 making its way REALLY closely behind the aircraft at the top. It was odd to witness actually, I saw the CO plane coming around and lining up for the runway when the little beast came from around the hotel and scooted in front. The 737 turned as if it was going to abort, but then lined itself back up again and kept going.

I tried to get a good shot of the CO 737 coming in, but just after I snapped first shot (the engines roared and the pilot aborted the landing. The 737 seemed to hover down the runway before making a very steep climb over the hills at the other end of SXM's famous runway. (Sorry I wasn't able to better picture, but I use a tourist-class camera and any good pics I take are the result of luck rather than skill!).

So that was my excitement in Maho. The flight home (AC Airbus 321) was very bumpy and we landed in a rain-snow storm, but otherwise uneventful.

I hope you enjoyed reading my first trip report.

If anyone has any other info about that CO flight, I'd be interested in hearing what happened.


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User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1003 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6236 times:


What an amazing trip! Glad you had a good time - enjoyable trip report.

Great pics. I'm envious that you got to go to Maho Beach!


Citizen of the World
User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6222 times:

Very nice trip report and photos!

Support the beer and soda can industry, recycle old airplanes!
User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 710 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6049 times:

Great report. Such excitement! Lucky you to be there to witness it all. What is the DC3 aircraft - do you know where it came from and who the operator is?

My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6008 times:

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 3):

I think it's a cargo flight.

Support the beer and soda can industry, recycle old airplanes!
User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 670 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 5761 times:

Nice report, I'm going on a cruise in October for my Honeymoon, the prerequisite I made to my fiance was that it had to stop at SXM so I could get a day of famous spotting in. Glad you enjoyed!

Ok, wait for the RJ to pass, cleared to push tail south Mike, and you're cleared to spin #2 in the push.
User currently offlineWA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5653 times:

Nice report. Love the drink special for ladies posted on the surfboard.


Don't just stand there, go get some glue!
User currently offlineYVRtoYYZ From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 679 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 23 hours ago) and read 5548 times:

Quoting Crjflyer35 (Reply 5):
I'm going on a cruise in October for my Honeymoon, the prerequisite I made to my fiance was that it had to stop at SXM so I could get a day of famous spotting in.

I'm also booked for my honeymoon for West and East Caribbean cruise in August and one of my stipulations is that we go to SXM (I've been 3 times already) but its truly a unique experience for anyone, regardless of how they feel about aviation.

Thanks for the report Canuckspaxguy.


User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined exactly 12 years ago today! , 1904 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 hours ago) and read 5317 times:

this was a fun report...though i'm usually psyched to read more details about your actual flight...this one was still pretty fun with your day at the beach included!

User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 hour ago) and read 5296 times:

Quoting VSLover (Reply 8):
i'm usually psyched to read more details about your actual flight

Sorry man, the flights were uneventful.
YYZ - MIA: Flying with Cessnapimp was fun. The food was --- um, pay-for-food only but I wasn't hungry. The flight was smooth. I can't remember what the movie was.
FLL - YYZ: VERY bumpy flight. The 321 was late arriving to pick us up due to major head-winds, which meant we got home in a rediculous 2 hours, 25 minutes due to tailwinds --- only to circle the airport in snowy conditions. The pilot apologized several times for the turbulence.

Quoting WA727 (Reply 6):
Love the drink special for ladies posted on the surfboard.

It's their motto I think. The girl I went with bought the hat and wore it all week on the cruise.

Can't wait to go back.
SXM would be a GREAT place for an a/net meet.


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5132 times:

Do they have Tim Horton's on Maho beach?  Wink Fun report, G; hope you're doing well.

User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5051 times:

Hey George, how cool! Greg was your FA? That is so neat. He needs to work the flight out to Seattle one day so I can say hello.

That's also so cool that you got to go to SXM. I swear, all of us A.nutters must dream of going there one day.

Hope to see you at the YYZ meet in April.

But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineCessnapimp From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 1320 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (9 years 12 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4810 times:

Awesome trip report! Seems to me that the awesomely (sp?) professional F/A's at Air Canada have done it again!

Great to meet you on the flight and come on a less full flight next time so I can do something on UG'ing!


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 4565 times:

George, great trip report!!! The pics you've posted are also fantastic!!!

Quoting Canuckpaxguy (Thread starter):
fellow YYZ a.netter CESSNAPIMP.

Wow, and to have "CESSNAPIMP" as one of the FA's on the flight....very cool!!!

One of these days I'll have to plant my arse on that very beach!!!! The problem is I'd probably enjoy it so much I'd never want to go home!!!

Phyllis  bouncy 

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5116 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4429 times:

That was awesome man. I can't believe that I grew up in the caribbean, worked for the airline industry there and never went to SXM. Now i don't work in the industry and I live in Mexico. What a shame....

P.S. So cool to see LIAT.... Brings back some caribbean memories...

There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4245 times:

G, sounds like you had an excellent time! I concur, I'd love to have a (small) a.net meet down in SXM, it would be a lot of fun!

Are you going to plan it???  Wink

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
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