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Kai Tak General Aviation

Tue Nov 28, 2000 10:24 pm

Was there any there, meaning Cessnas or Pipers, etc., and if so, how did they land (their pattern), obviously not with the checkerboard approach.

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RE: Kai Tak General Aviation

Wed Nov 29, 2000 11:13 am

General aviation at Kai Tak was rare and highly restricted, especially during the final years of that airport, thanks to the heavy commercial traffic. The Hong Kong Aviation Club did have an few light aircraft, but they were only given slots during the early morning hours, from the lifting of the nighttime curfew (0630) until just before the first morning peak period (approx. 0830). Due to such restrictions, most of the time, they will simply operate out of the small airstrip at the Sek Kong military base up north. With Kai Tak closed, the Club is now based entirely at Sek Kong.

Since, the runway at Kai Tak is sooooooooo much longer than what those light planes will ever need, they can basically make their approach from any direction. Once in a while, some of them would emulate the big birds and do the checkerboard approach. Piece of cake for those light planes really.

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RE: Kai Tak General Aviation

Sat Dec 02, 2000 4:19 pm

The normal way would be to fly through the harbour, do a sharp right approaching Rwy13 and land on the second half of the runway. They then either used B1, the parallel taxiway, or taxied down the runway to the Flying Club.
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RE: Kai Tak General Aviation

Wed Dec 13, 2000 10:06 am

What is Kai Tak used for now? It is such an amazing airport for plane spotting that it's a shame it has closed...
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RE: Kai Tak General Aviation

Wed Dec 13, 2000 10:21 pm

Kai Tak is now being redeveloped. There's a bowling alley somewhere in there, and the passenger terminal now contains a brilliant go-karting complex.


RE: Kai Tak General Aviation

Wed Dec 13, 2000 11:08 pm

There is also a driving range at the end of rwy 13.

Ten years ago, a European commuter aircraft manufacturer lobbied the Hong Kong Government to retain half of the runway for regional commuter operation similar to the London City Airport.

Another Canadian manufacturer (promoting the capability of its STOL aircraft) also proposed using a modified ex-oil tanker as floating airfield, to be located in the Victoria Harbour.

RE: Kai Tak General Aviation

Thu Dec 14, 2000 9:38 pm

I've gone on the flyover near Kowloon City recently. The first half of runway 13 has been totally "tilled" and is black without any markings. The tarmac is about to be used in a concert, as I've heard about.

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