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Princes Juliana Airport?

Sun Jun 24, 2001 6:49 pm

has any of you out there been to princes juliana international airport.... the one with the beach near the end of the runway? how is it like during the landing? does the big 747 consume all the runway till the end of the landing? thanks =)
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Mon Jun 25, 2001 12:24 pm

I have never been to that airport, but I have been to a very similiar airport. I flew into Montego Bay, Jamaica which is right on a beach. What I remember the best is when you land it seems as if you could reach out of the plan and touch the water.
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Tue Jun 26, 2001 4:20 am

Here are some pics I took while there in May '91. The resort/hotel was, then, The Maho Beach Resort.

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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Fri Jun 29, 2001 6:57 pm

I have been on flights which stopped over there (BWIA, KIN-POS). Yes, the threshold is almost on the beach, separated only by a road, and the low descent over the sea is awesome. I have yet to visit the isle though but perhaps in the due course.

MBJ in Jamaica is indeed similar, it is possible to go onto the beach near to the western threshold and photograph approaching planes.

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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Sun Jul 08, 2001 9:34 pm

The 747 hardly ever uses the entire runway for landing. It does not even use the enitre runway for take-off as they leave with very little fuel. Refueling is done in PTP, SDQ or CUR depending on the carrier.
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Thu Jul 12, 2001 2:30 pm

would it be possible for a 747 to takeoff there for an atlantic flight? Do planes sometimes land on runway 27? do they takeoff on rwy 9 or 27???
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Sun Jul 15, 2001 2:24 pm

I really want to go there.................
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Sun Jul 15, 2001 9:19 pm

Take-off is normally from 09 although one may see take-off from 27 occasionally. Landing on 27 is a very rare happening. I have only seen Twinotters do it.
A 747 can not take off for an Atlantic crossing. The runway is simply too short and at the end of 09 there are hills. Figure it out yourself.
SXM- JFK is about the longest non-stop scheduled flight we offer. (757/767-200) In the season there are non stop charters to YYZ but that is about it.
All long haul flights (CDG, EZE, AMS, ORY) have to make a fuel stop somewhere.
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Sun Jul 15, 2001 10:24 pm

KLM does a non-stop flight from AMS i think.

Its quite a spectacular airport, and Filton here is too (it is not by the sea but there is a road that actually crosses over the threshold of the runway with A300's flying about 80ft overhead)

SXM Doesn't get many flights a day though so if you were planning a trip make sure you like lying on a beach for hours on end!

St. Bartholemy (sp?) Also has a spectacular approach


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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Mon Jul 16, 2001 1:36 am

No, it's SXM-CUR-AMS (KL785)
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Mon Jul 16, 2001 2:22 am

I dream of going there...

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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Mon Jul 16, 2001 4:58 am

I think there are direct flights from YMX, as well. (C3/Transat). Not sure of equipment though, does Transat ever fly a Tristar in?
Next flight.... who knows.
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Mon Jul 16, 2001 10:25 am

CO also offers a flight direct from EWR. Im not sure if its still daily though. I've always wanted to non rev down there just to lie on that beach, catch a nice tan, and watch airplanes...that'd be the life !
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Mon Jul 16, 2001 11:21 pm

Yes, we do occasionally see the Transat or Royal Tristars in the high season and they probably do a non-stop service. The daily CO service (737-800) is not non-stop however as it makes a stop in ANU on its way back to EWR.
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RE: Princes Juliana Airport?

Fri Jul 20, 2001 7:53 am

You got that right I've tried a virtual landing a couple of times, and even though it's not the same thing as IRL it sure is difficult.
For the rest of you, St. Bartholemy landings are often done just at the foot of a hill. And on top of that hill spotters usually park with their car, meaning that the pilot has some 5-10 feet below him. And this is how it looks when the plane is about to touch down:

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You can just barely see the start of the hill.

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