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What Is Up HKG!

Wed May 07, 2003 10:41 am

What is up with the approaches to this airport. I was looking through the pictures and all the planes come in at sharp angles and there are a few engine strikes. Will someone tell me why this is??


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ConcordeBoy
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RE: What Is Up HKG!

Wed May 07, 2003 10:50 am

Kai Tak was positioned within a heavy residental area, and also at the feet of several small mountains. Because of this, a sharp right turn was mandated about a quarter mile away from the threshold of Rwy13. When the relatively common crosswinds picked up, they often produced the results you're now talking about on the approach to 13.
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RE: What Is Up HKG!

Wed May 07, 2003 3:53 pm

Taylor,

Kai Tak was a very special airport, I know your in the ststes and only young but this is one airport you should know about. Get a video/DVD about Kai Tak and I'm sure you will be interested for ever!
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RE: What Is Up HKG!

Wed May 07, 2003 4:33 pm

I just wish it was around today because it would be on my top list to visit  Smile
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RE: What Is Up HKG!

Wed May 07, 2003 8:50 pm

Kai Tak Airport is what got me into aviation. I’ll never forget the hustle & bustle of the terminal and how claustrophobic it felt at times. It was often too much for my sister but I loved it! And I'll never forget that amazing approach that always made for one hell of a ride at every landing!

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RE: What Is Up HKG!

Wed May 07, 2003 8:56 pm

Kai Tak Airport is what got me into aviation.


ditto that!
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RE: What Is Up HKG!

Fri May 09, 2003 9:09 pm

I actually second that Kai Tak is the epitome of an aviation spotter's dream. It was cloud nine and seventh heaven all combined into one. Nowhere else in the world can you see a 747 only a few hundred feet above you screaming as she makes a 45deg turn to get aligned with the runway.

When you combine such a difficult manouevre with an occassional crosswind, lets add a big aircraft to that... and voila! Engine strikes and photos that seem to suggest that the plane is crashing.

Never in my life have I seen such an exhilarating approach and I would kill to fly into Kai Tak for just one last time...
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