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Aviation Photo #1493527 Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander - WinAir

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Let's say it was the most spectacular approach of the week...
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    Thomas Brackx
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    Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
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    Philipsburg / St. Maarten - Princess Juliana
    St. Maarten
    February 6, 2009
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Comments (64)

Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! I'd love to see a 744 try that at SXM
Anonymous
10 years ago
I'm still missing a Sign on the Beach Like this:
"Don't touch the Wings"
Anonymous
10 years ago
Awesome picture! nice view of the top side of the wing :-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
WOW, I can't believe my eyes!
Anonymous
10 years ago
What? That's crazy! You are a really well prepared photographer, thanks so much!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Iceman, the later years!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Best TNCM picture i have ever seen, love the blurry background, 5 stars !!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Approach, or aborted approach...? Anyway, great capture...!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Doubt it was a case of wind shear... Hotdogging like that over people in my company gets you an abrupt trip to the unemployment line. While it looks really cool, that's really foolish tipping a wing that close to people on an already low approach.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Ummmm go around time maybe?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! It is stunning.. but how safe was this action? In my opinion not very safe
Anonymous
10 years ago
What in the world called for an approach like that?
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow..so far this is the most interesting picture in sxm that ive seen..it`s so windy out there,look at leaves of the coconut trees in the background,thats the reason of abrupt banking of this bird.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This guy has balls, considering the Sunset Beach Bar is/was the favorite hangout spot of Winairs chief pilot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
That pilot has balls that clink. 5*
Anonymous
10 years ago
It would have been very interesting to see how the non-airplane geeks on Maho reacted when the pilot did this maneuver!
Anonymous
10 years ago
That is what i call last minute runway alignment :-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
No way this guy was doing some acrobatics for the amusement of the by-passers... must have been a go around...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Extremely spectacular! I believe this photo will become the most viewed photograph on Airliners.net
Anonymous
10 years ago
This Aircraft has the most views totally on the website with most of the photos featuring more than 1'000 views! Excellent piece of photography
Anonymous
10 years ago
Let's say it was the most spectacular approach of all time in SXM !!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Maybe the chief pilot is the pilot flying. :D
Anonymous
10 years ago
"My plane might not be so big, but I can do this, haha" =)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Maybe of the entire month!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Obviously demonstrating low wing crosswind technique... :D
Anonymous
10 years ago
Always there are new extremes... maybe they are bored of low approachs and now the want "wings close to the beach" :P. Congratulations Thomas, this shot is awesome.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Right time, very right place. Brilliant.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Extremely stunning photo.Go around or not it just can't get any better.
Anonymous
10 years ago
FS style approach XD
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great!!! love it, i would love to have one of those airports here in HONDURAS!!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Man, what an amazing approach!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Show-off ! ;)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Amazing photo, and great approach
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is one of the best shots on this site great shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Oh to be in one of the seats aboard that!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Beautiful.

thanks for the new desktop =]
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very nice mate!

max
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow.. does he think he's in a fighter jet ? 5* shot ;) Regards, Allen Azevedo
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! Just Incredible... Great Work Thomas
Anonymous
10 years ago
Stunning pilot level!
Leandro R Furlan
Anonymous
10 years ago
Wow! Must have had a really unstable approach! Really, I would have been scared to be on the beach when this plane came in...lol
Anonymous
10 years ago
Hot shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice place to practice steep turns...
Anonymous
10 years ago
I have seen that approach before, didn't think it was going to land while we were waiting to take off.
Anonymous
10 years ago
My mother-in-law must have been in the co-pilot seat. BA-BING!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I think the pilot really misses Kai Tak, here we see him (or her) re-enacting the checker flag turn.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Maybe he used to fly an F4U Corsair.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Is that the RedBull Air Race..? :o))
Anonymous
10 years ago
The co-pilot just asked the pilot to bank so he could look at the beautiful women on the beach
Anonymous
10 years ago
Mesmerizing!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Amazing perspective of how close the light aircraft get to the onlookers sometimes. Although I have to wonder if this is some sort of new game like "see who can hit the most people on the beach". LOL
Anonymous
9 years ago
No banking below 50 ft, that's what I learned...
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great shot! Must have been awkward to catch him that close but it's totally in focus. And for safety; it could be easily classifed as unsafe, but! He oviously uses excess speed and no flaps for agility and climb margin. To me it's a hell of a lot safer than that KLM 747 flaring over the water and barely making it over the fence.
Anonymous
9 years ago
Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Obviously he is coming from the baseleg and turning on final for a short approach, pretty normal for these aircraft, tower and yourself being okay with it. Just needs to straighten it out and get some energy out, pull the flaps and squuueeesh squuueeesh.

Love this doing this stuff.
P.S. you can still do a normal go-around
Anonymous
8 years ago
To the pilot; Next time do this in FSX - It's alot safer there! = doubleC Mw
Anonymous
8 years ago
Fitting name for an airline that does a crazy approach like this. WIN! =)
Anonymous
8 years ago
This is the first photo I see on A.net with an aircraft banking in this spot of SMX!!! Wow!!
Anonymous
7 years ago
These pilots fly into St Barts and Saba with this plane every day...watch some videos of those approaches, they make TNCM approach a piece of cake by comparison. Nice picture Mr Brackx.
Anonymous
7 years ago
3/4 of a mile, call the ball
Anonymous
7 years ago
If I did this in FSX, I would end up in the bay.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Beautiful shot of air hooliganism at its best!
Anonymous
5 years ago
5 stars!!! Looks like the pilot didn't set the flaps into landing position!
England, United Kingdom
1 year ago
That must have been a Loganair pilot, and he wasn't landing at St Maarten; he was taking off from Maho Beach.

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