pawsleykat
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Kai Tak. SXM Of The East?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 7:10 am

Hiya,

was just browsing through photos of CX 773s and came across this one;

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Is it me or does Kai Tak look like the SXM of the far east, or is SXM the Kai Tak of the Caribbean?

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HKGKaiTak
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RE: Kai Tak. SXM Of The East?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 8:19 am

I think the operative word here is did . . . as a young child growing up in Hong Kong in the 80s, 2km from the airport and watching planes perform the checkerboard turn from my bedroom window, as well as watching planes actually touch down, it was certainly exhilarating.

Unfortunately I was much too young to remember what the actual landing was like.  Sad
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Meerkat
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RE: Kai Tak. SXM Of The East?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 10:17 am

Yeah it was a pretty spectacular approach - shame it's no longer there. Always amazing being able to look out of the starboard window right into someone's living-room!

Of course the most fun was the panic from those pax who'd never come in on RWY13 before... Wink

Out of interest, are there (m)any other IGS approaches in the world?
 
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RE: Kai Tak. SXM Of The East?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:23 pm

Meerkat - to my knowledge, Macau has an IGS approach (not certain which runway), requiring a turn to be established on final by 700feet. Not quite as exciting as Kai Tak, but according to an article I read, it is the next best thing...

I could be totally wrong on this (been a while since I read the article), but I'll try to find out some more information for you.

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ArmitageShanks
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RE: Kai Tak. SXM Of The East?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 12:48 pm

There is a similar approach into JFK like that.
 
Meerkat
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RE: Kai Tak. SXM Of The East?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:08 pm

Quoting VirginFlyer (Reply 3):
Meerkat - to my knowledge, Macau has an IGS approach (not certain which runway), requiring a turn to be established on final by 700feet. Not quite as exciting as Kai Tak, but according to an article I read, it is the next best thing...

Cheers VS. I should be kicking myself - I play golf there pretty much every week, and the course overlooks the runway! Yes, there's a LOC/DME to 16 that has the turn. http://www.vatroc.org/english/charts/vmmc/MCU_LOC_16.gif

34 seems to be the favoured approach though, winds permitting of course.
 
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RE: Kai Tak. SXM Of The East?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 4:51 pm

Tegucigalpa has an approach with sharp turns right before touchdown in between mountains. I am sure some airports in South America (Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia) have as well.
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pawsleykat
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RE: Kai Tak. SXM Of The East?

Thu Aug 04, 2005 5:53 pm

Does SXM have an IGS approach. (what is an IGS approach?)  Confused
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