aero145
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A Question About St Maarten Airport (SXM)

Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:00 am

Almost everybody knows SXM from its extremely low approaches.

I like the shots from there, but this question came up in my mind just now:

Why do the aircraft landing on SXM's Runway 09 approach the runway so low? What is the point of that? As far as I know, the runway is well over 2000 meters. Has a 747 problems with stopping in 2 kilometers? From the videos I've seen, the aircraft don't land as soon as one would think while looking at the pictures...




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Looking forward to some answers...

Regards,
David  Smile

PS: I'm very sorry if this has been discussed before, if so, I'd be more than glad to see the threads.
 
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RE: A Question About St Maarten Airport (SXM)

Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:02 pm

It could be for a number of reasons. One being that though the runway isn't that short, it's really not that long, either. Something like 7,500ft? I'll have to check the stats again. Plus, having a shallower approach onto the runway might save a little wear-and-tear on the surface (as opposed to a harder touchdown from a steeper approach). Or (even more far-fetched), maaaaaybe the pilots know how popular the beach is just for that reason, and so continue to approach that way lol.
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aero145
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RE: A Question About St Maarten Airport (SXM)

Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:24 am

You've a point there about the low approaches for show-off, it's very likely in my opinion. If they come in too low, they can kill people on the beach... so why doing it if it's so dangerous?

Looking forward for more replies.  Smile

Regards,
David
 
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RE: A Question About St Maarten Airport (SXM)

Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:38 am

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 2):
You've a point there about the low approaches for show-off, it's very likely in my opinion. If they come in too low, they can kill people on the beach... so why doing it if it's so dangerous?

True, but they can also brag to the other pilots about how low they came in, as evidenced by this pilot and the discussion we've had about him.


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aero145
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RE: A Question About St Maarten Airport (SXM)

Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:34 am

Quoting ATAIndy (Reply 3):
True, but they can also brag to the other pilots about how low they came in, as evidenced by this pilot and the discussion we've had about him.

Of course! But I hope they won't go lower!  Smile
 
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RE: A Question About St Maarten Airport (SXM)

Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:54 am

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 4):
But I hope they won't go lower!

If they do, we'll all be cooked!  Wink I'm pretty sure I'm wrong, but please correct me, aren't the pilots supposed to fly the plane in manually instead of having the autopilot on?

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RE: A Question About St Maarten Airport (SXM)

Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:24 am

Quoting WN230 (Reply 5):
If they do, we'll all be cooked!

Well, I think Robin's Falcon was the lowest needed.  Smile

The pilots fly in manual mode except when it's extremely foggy...

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