Ydna_anderson From Philippines, joined Jun 2001, 41 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 11 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1487 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 =)
Jeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1335 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1375 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.
Trintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3191 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (11 years 11 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1315 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.
Sxmna From Netherlands Antilles, joined Mar 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1275 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.
Sxmna From Netherlands Antilles, joined Mar 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1201 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.
COboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1178 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 !
Sxmna From Netherlands Antilles, joined Mar 2001, 61 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 years 10 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1170 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.
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 5745 posts, RR: 4 Reply 14, posted (11 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1137 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: