salim
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Beirut New Runway

Wed Oct 10, 2001 2:33 pm

the beirut new runway has just opened:
http://www.lorient-lejour.com.lb/aujourdhui/politique/polsujetw8.htm
 
MEA
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RE: Beirut New Runway

Wed Oct 10, 2001 4:27 pm

Is there an English version?
 
hisham
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RE: Beirut New Runway

Wed Oct 10, 2001 5:24 pm



Here it is (the photo was taken as the rwy was being constructed) . The new runway (17/37) is the one going out the sea. It's 3400 m long (1800 m in sea). This is going to be the new landing runway in BEY. Aircraft will approach from the sea side (North).
The runway that's next to it is the old landing runway (18/36). Aircraft landing there have to overfly downtown Beirut at very low altitude. Imagine the sound as MEA's and TMA's 720 and 707 used to approach over Beirut. From where I used to live, we had to stop talking because we couldn't hear anything else than the JT3Ds! I used to love it though. Talk about noise pollution.

Every time I visited Beirut in the past years I used to say to myself "enjoy the view, that's probably your last runway 18 landing". It seems next time I go there it's gonna be the new less interesting approach over the sea.

If you look at the threshold of the old runway you can see that houses end just before the runway. Most of the lighting installations for the runway are between these houses. That's part of the South suburb of Beirut, all illegal and dangerous construction. But that made the landing even more exciting as you feel you're landing on house roofs. By the time you realize you have passed the airport perimeter, the aircraft has already touched down!

Amazing approach that will be missed.

Hisham.

 
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RE: Beirut New Runway

Wed Oct 10, 2001 5:28 pm

Oops! It's Rwy 17/35 not 37.

Hisham.
 
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RE: Beirut New Runway

Wed Oct 10, 2001 7:31 pm

Just got back from a holiday in the Lebanon, stayed in Chemlane with some Armenian Lebanese friends including an ex-Comet/707/720 flight engineer. From the balcony (Chemlane being in the Chouf of course) the view of the airport was amazing, saw some nice 707 action, a couple of Air France 747 classics and of course Hariri's fat 777. David (the f/e) grew up in the southern suburbs (they were nice then) and he said the Comets flying over were so loud he and his brother would leap out of bed and stand in the middle of the room, terrified, every time one screeched past. He said the landing lights would light up the whole room.

PS I first visited in 95 and I can't believe the reconstruction job that has been done downtown, it is trully astonishing. Amazing country, keep it together guys!
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
salim
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RE: Beirut New Runway

Wed Oct 10, 2001 8:42 pm

it's sad that it's now impossible to land ont the cokpit seat because of the 11th september
last time i went to lebanon i was on the jump seat for the lending on a af a310
If you want' some info about hariri 777 my two grand fathers have flown on it.
I asked a pilot and he told me that the new runway will have a cat II ils . the old one have a cat I
funny, this summer i went on a hobbie-cat next to the new runway. it will be a great place for shooting, if you have a boat.
They also said in the article that the second terminal is going to open soon.
great to see that some people are interrested by lebanon
ceaderjet, aren't you lebanese?
This is a beirut airport overview
http://www.members.tripod.com/un_site_sympa//Dsc00013.jpg
and this are taken from a mea a320 during approach . You can sea that the plane is over the city
http://downloads.members.tripod.com/un_site_sympa/DSC00011.JPG
http://downloads.members.tripod.com/un_site_sympa/DSC00010.JPG
http://downloads.members.tripod.com/un_site_sympa/DSC00009.JPG
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RE: Beirut New Runway

Wed Oct 10, 2001 11:35 pm

Looks like my last ever jumpseat landing was at Beirut at the end of August. I spent most of the flight (from Budapest, Malev 737-300) up front and the captain asked me if I'd like to stay for the landing. But, he'd already promised the jumpseat to a flight attendant so would I mind just standing behind him? "Just hold onto my seat when we put the brakes on." So it was pretty wild, I put one hand on his seat back and one hand braced against the left wall above the window. It's a better view up there than if you're sitting down! I saw right down onto the roofs of the downtown skyscrapers and speeding over the southern suburbs was a huge buzz. Thank you Malev (and thank you Lebanon, I had a great time there)!!
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
 
hisham
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RE: Beirut New Runway

Thu Oct 11, 2001 5:27 am

Hey Salim,
So how is Hariri's 777 from the inside?

Hisham.

 
salim
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RE: Beirut New Runway

Fri Oct 12, 2001 12:47 am

Hi,
that's funny ceaderjet, on my las jump seat landing a flight attendant also take the seat on the middle (the best one)
In harriri 777 (one of his 5 planes) there is a 2 big saloon,
a bed room with a big lavatory. He have a lot of flight attendants (pretty girls) and they serve caviar and champagne. Everything is in leather wood or gold
At the rear of the plane there is about 50 first class seats for the journalists
He orderd it with saudi arabian and this is why he paid it only 140 000 000 us$
I think it is the best private plane you can imagine
salim

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