canuckpaxguy
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YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:29 am

After months of anticipation, a friend and I boarded our AC flight from YYZ to MIA for a 2-day getaway before boarding a cruise ship with 40 of our friends for a wedding at sea with stops at St. Thomas, St. Maarten and the Bahamas.

We were greeted by a friendly (and familiar) flight attendant --- none other than fellow YYZ a.netter CESSNAPIMP. He's a great guy and a great flight attendant, and I'd fly with him again in a second.

We got to go through de-icing which is something I've always wanted to do, but never have. I was surprised how nervous it made some people, but it was actually very cool to watch some guy fiddling with a joy stick while this mechanical arm wandered up and down the wings.

Anyways, great flight on an Airbus 319. (Thanks for getting me the fin # Greg!)

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We spent couple of days of debauchery in Miami and met lots of interesting people, but what goes on the road stays on the road, so the rest is  censored !.

When our cruise ship stopped in St. Maarten, my travel friend was nice enough to ditch the rest of our friends and come with me to fulfill my inner-geek-need to go to Maho Beach. I was like a kid in a candy store, and by the end of the day even she had started to enjoy lying underneath landing aircraft.

The Sunset Beach Bar at Maho Beach is great bar that caters to a.net geeks like me and plays both great music as well as the local air traffic control. It posts the arrival times on a surf board and its patio is a great place to sip your beer and watch the heavies fly in (as well as the heavies in speedos strolling in).





A word of advice while at Maho Beach. Do NOT ignore the warning signs about standing on the beach while jets are taking off. You WILL be blown into the water! In the photo below, the two men lost their caps, and one of them fell into the water. You can also see the waves being pushed back from the thrust of the engines.



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Now for a little excitement: Take a very close look at this photo.

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That's a CO 737 making its way REALLY closely behind the aircraft at the top. It was odd to witness actually, I saw the CO plane coming around and lining up for the runway when the little beast came from around the hotel and scooted in front. The 737 turned as if it was going to abort, but then lined itself back up again and kept going.

I tried to get a good shot of the CO 737 coming in, but just after I snapped first shot (the engines roared and the pilot aborted the landing. The 737 seemed to hover down the runway before making a very steep climb over the hills at the other end of SXM's famous runway. (Sorry I wasn't able to better picture, but I use a tourist-class camera and any good pics I take are the result of luck rather than skill!).



So that was my excitement in Maho. The flight home (AC Airbus 321) was very bumpy and we landed in a rain-snow storm, but otherwise uneventful.

I hope you enjoyed reading my first trip report.

If anyone has any other info about that CO flight, I'd be interested in hearing what happened.

G
 
Curtisman
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:02 pm

G!

What an amazing trip! Glad you had a good time - enjoyable trip report.

Great pics. I'm envious that you got to go to Maho Beach!

Cheers!
Len
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JAGflyer
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Mon Feb 06, 2006 1:29 pm

Very nice trip report and photos!
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Door5Right
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:17 pm

Great report. Such excitement! Lucky you to be there to witness it all. What is the DC3 aircraft - do you know where it came from and who the operator is?
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JAGflyer
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:35 pm

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 3):

I think it's a cargo flight.
Support the beer and soda can industry, your recycle old airplanes!
 
crjflyer35
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Tue Feb 07, 2006 4:29 am

Nice report, I'm going on a cruise in October for my Honeymoon, the prerequisite I made to my fiance was that it had to stop at SXM so I could get a day of famous spotting in. Glad you enjoyed!
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WA727
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Tue Feb 07, 2006 8:04 am

Nice report. Love the drink special for ladies posted on the surfboard.

 bouncy 
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yvrtoyyz
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:28 am

Quoting Crjflyer35 (Reply 5):
I'm going on a cruise in October for my Honeymoon, the prerequisite I made to my fiance was that it had to stop at SXM so I could get a day of famous spotting in.

I'm also booked for my honeymoon for West and East Caribbean cruise in August and one of my stipulations is that we go to SXM (I've been 3 times already) but its truly a unique experience for anyone, regardless of how they feel about aviation.

Thanks for the report Canuckspaxguy.

-YVRtoYYZ
 
VSlover
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Wed Feb 08, 2006 8:25 am

this was a fun report...though i'm usually psyched to read more details about your actual flight...this one was still pretty fun with your day at the beach included!
 
canuckpaxguy
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:37 am

Quoting VSLover (Reply 8):
i'm usually psyched to read more details about your actual flight

Sorry man, the flights were uneventful.
YYZ - MIA: Flying with Cessnapimp was fun. The food was --- um, pay-for-food only but I wasn't hungry. The flight was smooth. I can't remember what the movie was.
FLL - YYZ: VERY bumpy flight. The 321 was late arriving to pick us up due to major head-winds, which meant we got home in a rediculous 2 hours, 25 minutes due to tailwinds --- only to circle the airport in snowy conditions. The pilot apologized several times for the turbulence.

Quoting WA727 (Reply 6):
Love the drink special for ladies posted on the surfboard.

It's their motto I think. The girl I went with bought the hat and wore it all week on the cruise.

Can't wait to go back.
SXM would be a GREAT place for an a/net meet.

G
 
Logan22L
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:22 am

Do they have Tim Horton's on Maho beach?  Wink Fun report, G; hope you're doing well.
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ScarletHarlot
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:33 pm

Hey George, how cool! Greg was your FA? That is so neat. He needs to work the flight out to Seattle one day so I can say hello.

That's also so cool that you got to go to SXM. I swear, all of us A.nutters must dream of going there one day.

Hope to see you at the YYZ meet in April.
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Cessnapimp
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Sun Feb 12, 2006 6:42 am

Awesome trip report! Seems to me that the awesomely (sp?) professional F/A's at Air Canada have done it again!

Great to meet you on the flight and come on a less full flight next time so I can do something on UG'ing!

Cheers!
 
vaporlock
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:24 am

George, great trip report!!! The pics you've posted are also fantastic!!!

Quoting Canuckpaxguy (Thread starter):
fellow YYZ a.netter CESSNAPIMP.

Wow, and to have "CESSNAPIMP" as one of the FA's on the flight....very cool!!!

One of these days I'll have to plant my arse on that very beach!!!! The problem is I'd probably enjoy it so much I'd never want to go home!!!

Phyllis  bouncy 
 
captaink
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Fri Feb 17, 2006 2:05 pm

That was awesome man. I can't believe that I grew up in the caribbean, worked for the airline industry there and never went to SXM. Now i don't work in the industry and I live in Mexico. What a shame....

P.S. So cool to see LIAT.... Brings back some caribbean memories...
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captaingomes
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RE: YYZ To MIA & An Aborted Landing @ SXM.

Tue Feb 21, 2006 12:31 pm

G, sounds like you had an excellent time! I concur, I'd love to have a (small) a.net meet down in SXM, it would be a lot of fun!

Are you going to plan it???  Wink
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