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Princes Juliana Airport?  
User currently offlineYdna_anderson From Philippines, joined Jun 2001, 41 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2208 times:

has any of you out there been to princes juliana international airport.... the one with the beach near the end of the runway? how is it like during the landing? does the big 747 consume all the runway till the end of the landing? thanks =)

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User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

I have never been to that airport, but I have been to a very similiar airport. I flew into Montego Bay, Jamaica which is right on a beach. What I remember the best is when you land it seems as if you could reach out of the plan and touch the water.

God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineTexstud323 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 2071 times:

Here are some pics I took while there in May '91. The resort/hotel was, then, The Maho Beach Resort.

User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3297 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2036 times:

I have been on flights which stopped over there (BWIA, KIN-POS). Yes, the threshold is almost on the beach, separated only by a road, and the low descent over the sea is awesome. I have yet to visit the isle though but perhaps in the due course.

MBJ in Jamaica is indeed similar, it is possible to go onto the beach near to the western threshold and photograph approaching planes.


Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineSxmna From Netherlands Antilles, joined Mar 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 11 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1996 times:

The 747 hardly ever uses the entire runway for landing. It does not even use the enitre runway for take-off as they leave with very little fuel. Refueling is done in PTP, SDQ or CUR depending on the carrier.

User currently offlineCrank From Canada, joined May 2001, 1564 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1946 times:

would it be possible for a 747 to takeoff there for an atlantic flight? Do planes sometimes land on runway 27? do they takeoff on rwy 9 or 27???

User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

I really want to go there.................

User currently offlineSxmna From Netherlands Antilles, joined Mar 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1922 times:

Take-off is normally from 09 although one may see take-off from 27 occasionally. Landing on 27 is a very rare happening. I have only seen Twinotters do it.
A 747 can not take off for an Atlantic crossing. The runway is simply too short and at the end of 09 there are hills. Figure it out yourself.
SXM- JFK is about the longest non-stop scheduled flight we offer. (757/767-200) In the season there are non stop charters to YYZ but that is about it.
All long haul flights (CDG, EZE, AMS, ORY) have to make a fuel stop somewhere.

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1913 times:

KLM does a non-stop flight from AMS i think.

Its quite a spectacular airport, and Filton here is too (it is not by the sea but there is a road that actually crosses over the threshold of the runway with A300's flying about 80ft overhead)

SXM Doesn't get many flights a day though so if you were planning a trip make sure you like lying on a beach for hours on end!

St. Bartholemy (sp?) Also has a spectacular approach



User currently offlineRobemalier From Netherlands, joined Aug 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

No, it's SXM-CUR-AMS (KL785)

User currently offlineLGW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

I dream of going there...


User currently offlineJean leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2116 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1901 times:

I think there are direct flights from YMX, as well. (C3/Transat). Not sure of equipment though, does Transat ever fly a Tristar in?

Next flight.... who knows.
User currently offlineCOboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

CO also offers a flight direct from EWR. Im not sure if its still daily though. I've always wanted to non rev down there just to lie on that beach, catch a nice tan, and watch airplanes...that'd be the life !

User currently offlineSxmna From Netherlands Antilles, joined Mar 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

Yes, we do occasionally see the Transat or Royal Tristars in the high season and they probably do a non-stop service. The daily CO service (737-800) is not non-stop however as it makes a stop in ANU on its way back to EWR.

User currently offlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6544 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (14 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1858 times:

You got that right I've tried a virtual landing a couple of times, and even though it's not the same thing as IRL it sure is difficult.
For the rest of you, St. Bartholemy landings are often done just at the foot of a hill. And on top of that hill spotters usually park with their car, meaning that the pilot has some 5-10 feet below him. And this is how it looks when the plane is about to touch down:

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You can just barely see the start of the hill.

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