ChazPilot
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SXM/Maho Beach Road Traffic Safety?

Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:56 am

I've never been to SMX personally, but watched a fair number of YouTube videos of landings + takeoffs. One thing I've always been curious about - that road that seperates the actual beach from the threshold of RW10, I often see vehicles driving along it right up to the moment a plane spools up and jet blasts the "fence-rodeo riders". Are cars required to stop and wait when a jet is taking off / landing for safety, i.e. like a railway Xing system? Or do cars just stop by themselves out of common sense??

Thanks...just always wanted to know that!
 
Goldenshield
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SXM/Maho Beach Road Traffic Safety?

Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:10 am

Quoting ChazPilot (Thread starter):

I've never been to SMX personally, but watched a fair number of YouTube videos of landings + takeoffs.

I've been to Pismo beach, if that's what you mean, but that's still about 20 miles away from the airport.
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SXM/Maho Beach Road Traffic Safety?

Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:30 am

uhhhh it's SXM...grin. Tell ya one thing...if it was MY car it would sure as heck wait so to keep the blinking paint and glass good...grin!

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SXM/Maho Beach Road Traffic Safety?

Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:04 pm

Quoting ChazPilot (Thread starter):
Are cars required to stop and wait when a jet is taking off / landing for safety, i.e. like a railway Xing system? Or do cars just stop by themselves out of common sense??

First of all, my opinion is that common sense is lacking on much of the Caribbean roads judging by what I have seen! To answer your question, there are no lights at Maho Beach related to vehicles and the takeoff/landing of aircraft. There are the famous white "jetblast" signs, which are apparently directed at pedestrians and road traffic. It does have to be said that the road by the beach is not a major thoroughfare, although it can be busy with visitors and the curious, it basically serves the bar and a few dozen houses on that part of the island. It is not a through road.

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phllax
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SXM/Maho Beach Road Traffic Safety?

Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:11 pm

There is no requirement to stop but most drivers do. We were there on 12/22 and apparently a car had recently been blown on its side.
 
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SXM/Maho Beach Road Traffic Safety?

Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:49 pm

Would it not be simple to install a set of traffic lights that could be controlled by the control tower for incoming/departing aircraft, If the road itself is not too heavy with traffic & SXM is not the busiest airport in the world surely it would make sense to do?
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ChazPilot
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SXM/Maho Beach Road Traffic Safety?

Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:27 am

Thanks for the responses all....and yes I do mean Princess Juliana - not Santa Monica - airport!
 
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SXM/Maho Beach Road Traffic Safety?

Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:19 am

Quoting ChazPilot (Reply 6):
and yes I do mean Princess Juliana - not Santa Monica - airport!

Getting warmer. It's Santa Maria, which is north of Santa Barbara.  

[Edited 2012-01-19 21:21:01]
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