Aviation Photo #0911730 Rockwell 690A Turbo Commander - Untitled

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Dedicated to everyone who thought St. Maarten was the icon for low approaches over the beach. Enjoy!!
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    Luis A. Gabaldon
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    Rockwell 690A Turbo Commander
    Rockwell 690/695 Turbo Commander/Jetprop
    Rockwell 690/695 Turbo Commander/Jetprop
    Rockwell
    11245
    YV-69CP
    El Gran Roque (Los Roques)
    Venezuela
    August 9, 2005
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Comments (102)

Anonymous
14 years ago
Splendid
Anonymous
14 years ago
Great picture, i love turbocomanders either Los Roques, Los Roques is the most wonderful place in the world
Anonymous
14 years ago
Just like Lil´jon said: GET LOOOW!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Holy crap!
Anonymous
14 years ago
It´s a great photo!!! Los Roques national park is a beautiful place and the pilots enjoy the landing.
Anonymous
14 years ago
That is a low approach, alright!!!!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Every time you see a landing on TV from Los Roques there's a Commander...and What an approach!!!
Anonymous
14 years ago
What a fantastic shot!!! In an amazing place that unfortunately, most of the people din't know it
Anonymous
14 years ago
That's a great picture....that's very nice...I would like to land over there...but I'm in Costa Rica
Anonymous
14 years ago
Excellent shot. The low approach, the sun light, the sea...everything!!! Los Roques is just beautiful.
Anonymous
14 years ago
The best low approach I've ever seen.. And is on a beautiful place in my country like Los Roques!!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Great pilots job! Needs a lot of experience and knowledge about wind conditions in the Caribbean sea!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Awesome shot! You caught it at exactly the right moment, with the birds in the water and the boat in the background!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Very good
Anonymous
14 years ago
This is what I call a low approach!!!!!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Heh...Nice. Now if only someone was sleeping there when it flew over. heheh
Anonymous
14 years ago
Simply amazing. I wonder if all other aircraft make similar approaches?
Anonymous
14 years ago
Fabulous manfique
Anonymous
14 years ago
This is your captain speaking : we now fly at zero altitude !
Anonymous
14 years ago
I agree with the photographer...St. Marteen is no longer the king of low, beach approaches. Beautiful setting with a beautiful(in my opinion)twin...i want to try that approach now lol
Anonymous
14 years ago
Damn awesome
Anonymous
14 years ago
Can we get some 744s landing at that airport ;)?
Anonymous
14 years ago
Wow, low to low
Anonymous
14 years ago
Now that's a photo you don't asee everyday!
Anonymous
14 years ago
My favorite kind of approch LOW!
Anonymous
14 years ago
I have flown thousands of hours in both the 690 and the Aero Commander 500B. This photo brings back many happy memories, but I have never had to do an approach as low as this. Shake hands with the pilot !
Anonymous
14 years ago
Wow! Definitely the new standard for low approach photography.
Anonymous
14 years ago
This photo sure revised the standards of low approaches! I assume the airport has no fences around ? :)
Anonymous
14 years ago
It's the distance to the ground combined with the suggestion of speed that makes this a very special picture. One mistake or misjudgement and the pilot will land in the sea!
Anonymous
14 years ago
This low approach is so much better than at SXM...nice shot!...but where's the runway?
Anonymous
14 years ago
Lowrider
Anonymous
14 years ago
Wow! Did this plane come in short????? LOL!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Verry good
Anonymous
14 years ago
A good one! I'm wondering whether you could also go to the area which it is passing at the moment :)
Anonymous
14 years ago
That's a picture, what a great low approaches, Los Roques Rocks!!!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Wow! Wouldnt like to be building a sandcastle just there! Amazing shot.
Anonymous
14 years ago
To see a view on final app of this runway strip, go to www.lascatolablu.it/original_image.php?n=73
Anonymous
14 years ago
The quality is super good even the engine props are stopped.
Anonymous
14 years ago
Waaaaaaaah! Awesome!
I wonder what the people in the boat were thinking?
Anonymous
14 years ago
Low, low, low.
Please be more careful. :D
Anonymous
14 years ago
I particularly like the fact that the pilot isn't screaming and bracing for impact!
Anonymous
14 years ago
Great shot! Can he get away with flying that low?
Anonymous
14 years ago
Nice Argument!!!
Anonymous
14 years ago
I wonder if theres a sign saying 'beware low aircraft' at that beach. 'Wheres an aircraft? I dont see a...AAARRRGGG'. It must be cordoned off. Great shot too. I wonder if he has 4 reds on the PAPI...if there is one.
Anonymous
13 years ago
I love this one so much because it reminds me the "Matrix" effect. The subject is fixed, but everything around moves (e.g. the boat)... A perfect moment.

"Ô temps suspend ton vol !" disait Lamartine (French Poetry)
"Ô vol suspend le temps !", I would try... :)
Anonymous
13 years ago
That guy's gonna hit my head..LOL
Anonymous
13 years ago
No umbrellas allowed/needed on the beach!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Whoa! He's REALLY low! Makes SXM look like childs play!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Nice shot
Anonymous
13 years ago
Great!
Anonymous
13 years ago
I can describe this in 6 words: Wow, that is one low approach!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Below radar drug operations? ;)
Anonymous
13 years ago
Outstanding!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Good Details and espectacular aproach
Anonymous
13 years ago
That has to be the lowest approach I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Anonymous
13 years ago
Say Good Bye St. Maarteen, Welcome Los Roques.
¡¡Very Nice Low Approach!!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Unless there are factors unseen, that pilot should be grounded for pulling a stunt like that.
Anonymous
13 years ago
As a pilot myself, this shot perfectly encapsulates the act of making the best of an imperfect approach. I'm guessing the pilots, staring rigidly forward to the touchdown point rather than trying to crawl out the side windows, wish they had come in a little higher but are very aware of how short the field is - lesser of two evils. More flap, a shade more power and hands ready on the prop pitch lever. Great shot.
Anonymous
13 years ago
As an upcoming pilot........ A true pilot will always have one or more times where him and his plane try to do the dangerous stunts.......EXCELLENT! HEHA!!!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Is that even 5 feet above the ground.
Anonymous
13 years ago
I love Los Roques, i've been there many times, and thats how you are suposse to land when you only have 800 metter of runway, i have also seen some citations land there!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Am i seeing what im seeing wow are you allowed to that in a populated beach like that that should be restricted
Anonymous
13 years ago
Beautiful aircraft on such a low approach to the runaway over the beach.
Anonymous
13 years ago
Absolutely perfect as it reflects the many small airports in south America. There was no stunt pull by the pilots nor are they trying to show off. It is business as usual. Landing at Los Roques is just one of those moments you have to experience for yourself!! Not the entire world contains airports the size of O'Hare!!!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Wow. That's low. We gotta get more spotters to Los Roques.
Anonymous
13 years ago
Details: in St. Maarten you can see a 747 landing, and you see it right above you!
in Los Roques you CAN'T see a 747 really next to you and you CAN'T see the aircraft landing right next to you because of secutiry reasons...Anyway, thats a great pic and really great approach! =D
Anonymous
13 years ago
Simple Stunning shot, if you are loking for a picture of the airfield just click "more" and on page 1 there are shots of the airfield.
Anonymous
13 years ago
Muy buena!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Good pic
Anonymous
13 years ago
Fantastic south america!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Incredible :)
Anonymous
13 years ago
Kids, don't try this at home! Muy buena foto!!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Incredible
Anonymous
13 years ago
Landing anywhere in Venezuela is an adventure!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Watch your head!!! Its hard to believe their is a runway there. looks like its going to land on the beach.
Anonymous
13 years ago
HIT THE DECK!

Fantastic shot, that's absolutely wild!
Anonymous
13 years ago
Get Down!!
Anonymous
12 years ago
Now that's wut I call low!
Anonymous
12 years ago
This shot is awesome! I like the angle that you got of it.
Anonymous
12 years ago
That airport is amazing you can really feel you are on vacations!!!!! plus los roques is the most amazing place i have ever been, venezuela nice country hope ill go back some day
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow
Anonymous
11 years ago
Wow! if i were there i would like to throw a rock in to the plane! one question bothers me wheres the airport?
Anonymous
11 years ago
Very nice picture
Anonymous
10 years ago
Exelent Shot!
This airport is in Los Roques, At The nort of Caracas City
Congratulations of this photo!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Look at the little bird in the water :D
Anonymous
10 years ago
St.Maarten is still the best! goin back in less than a week.... ;)
Anonymous
10 years ago
I love this picture, I think i can touch the wheels if I where swiming, 5 for that.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Im guessing u cant vacatin at this beach!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot i love it. You would get really scared if you were just lying on this beach and didn't know about it. 5/5
Anonymous
10 years ago
Really good!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Can't think of anything lower !

Greetings from Argentina.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is a dangerous beach, be careful you can be killed for a commander 690 haha!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great
Anonymous
8 years ago
If the aircraft was little lower, it would have seemed like taxiing. Fantastic capture
Anonymous
8 years ago
''Whoo hoo!Whoa!Haha!Nooooooooo!SMACK!ohhhh...I think aplanes wheel hit my head!''
Anonymous
8 years ago
Dear Santa,
I want a trip to...
Anonymous
8 years ago
I absolutely love this picture!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Duck:"...Lets Duck!!!"
Anonymous
8 years ago
Bit lower and it wouldn't be a Turbo Commander any more, it would be a Sea Commander.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Good thing there wasn't anyone on the beach...
Anonymous
5 years ago
Congratulations to the Captain Dionel Gamboa for this Great Low Approach at the Los Roques Venezuela.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Not St Maarten, but an excellent guess. This Turbo Commander is flying so low that almost touches the sand. Excellent picture, BTW.

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