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MesajSubiect: World's top 10 scariest airports   Sam 07 Feb 2009, 01:07

World's top 10 scariest airports


1. Paro Airport, Bhutan

Tucked into a tightly cropped valley and surrounded by 4900-metre-high Himalayan peaks, Bhutan's only airport is forbidding to fly into. It requires specially trained pilots to manoeuver and land through a channel of tree-covered hillsides.

2. Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten

The length of the runway is just 2180 metres which is fine for small or medium-size jets, but as the second-busiest airport in the Eastern Caribbean, it regularly welcomes wide-body jetliners like Boeing 747s and Airbus A340s which fly in low over Maho Beach and skim just over the perimeter fence.

3. Reagan National Airport, Washington, DC

Located smack in the center of two overlapping air-exclusion zones, Reagan National requires pilots flying the so-called River Visual into the airport to follow the Potomac while steering clear of sensitive sites such as the Pentagon and CIA headquarters. On taking off, pilots need to climb quickly and execute a steep left bank to avoid flying over the White House.

4. Gibraltar Airport, Gibraltar

Pinched in by the Mediterranean on its eastern flank and the Bay of Algeciras on its western side, the airport's truncated runway stretches just 1828 metres and requires pinpoint precision.

5. Matekane Air Strip, Lesotho

The 399-metre-long runway is perched at the edge of a couloir at 2300 metres. You drop down the face of a 609-metre cliff until you start flying. Says bush pilot Tom Claytor: "The rule in the mountains is that it is better to take off downwind and downhill than into wind and uphill, because in Lesotho, the hills will usually out-climb you."

6. Barra Airport, Barra, Scotland

The airport on the tiny Outer Hebridean Island of Barra is actually a wide shallow bay onto which scheduled planes land with the roughness of landings determined by how the tide went out.

7. Toncontin Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Having negotiated the rough-hewn mountainous terrain, pilots must execute a dramatic 45-degree, last-minute bank to the left just minutes prior to touching down in a bowl-shaped valley on a runway just 1862 metres in length. The airport, at an altitude of 1000 metres, can accommodate aircraft no larger than Boeing 757's.

8. John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York

Pilots have to avoid interfering with flights into New York's two other close-by airports, LaGuardia and Newark. Set up in 1964 as a noise-abatement measure, this approach forces pilots to have a reported 457-metre ceiling and a eight-kilometre visibility before lining up with runway 13L and the waters of Jamaica Bay.

9. Madeira Airport, Funchal, Madeira

Wedged in by mountains and the Atlantic, Madeira Airport requires a clockwise approach for which pilots are specially trained. Despite a unique elevated extension that was completed back in 2000 and now expands the runway length to what should be a comfortable 2743 metres, the approach to Runway 05 remains hair-raising. Pilots must first point their aircraft at the mountains and, at the last minute, bank right to the runway.

10. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba, Netherlands Antilles

Perched on a precipitous gale-battered peninsula on the island's northeastern corner, the airport requires pilots to tackle blustery trade winds, occasional spindrift, and their own uneasy constitutions as they maneuver in for a perfect landing on a runway that's just 396 metres long.

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MesajSubiect: Re: World's top 10 scariest airports   Sam 07 Feb 2009, 02:44

eu unul ma bucur ca a fost publicat articolul pentru ca am aflat despre unele din aceste aeroporturi dificile, despre care nu stiam nimic pana acum
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MesajSubiect: Re: World's top 10 scariest airports   Sam 07 Feb 2009, 08:36

Nu-mi vine sa cred ca pista din Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten e doar cu 80 de metri mai lunga decat cea din Cluj.Probabil ca pilotilor de wide-body care aterizeaza acolo le scrie in CV :"Trained to land on Princess Juliana Airport" Smile
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MesajSubiect: Re: World's top 10 scariest airports   Sam 07 Feb 2009, 08:41

Foarte interesant! Am citit pe net ca numai 8 piloti sunt calificati sa aterizeze pe aeroportul din Buthan Shocked
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MesajSubiect: Re: World's top 10 scariest airports   Sam 07 Feb 2009, 09:23

Articolul a fost publicat pe Reuters si publicata in SMH. Este un clasament care face obiectul unei stiri.

http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-feature/worlds-top-10-scariest-airports-20090203-7wix.html

Revenind la subiect, eu nu am fost decat pe JFK, care, sincer, nu ma asteptam sa fie in top. Sunt mai multe aeroporturi unde pista este marginita de apa si ma gandeam ca si astea ar putea fi in top dar nu-s, desi nu lasa loc de eroare.
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MesajSubiect: Re: World's top 10 scariest airports   Sam 07 Feb 2009, 10:51

@Boeing777-300 M-ai lamurit cu stirea asta de ce se aterizeaza in Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten de multe ori extrem de scurt sa zic asa, unele vin atat de jos ca ating mai mai sa dea cu coada de gard.......

P.S. Va rog sa nu mai postati pe langa subiect, este sau nu este stire, mi se pare interesant subiectul si chiar daca a fost plasat aiurea ( nu sunt sigur de afirmatia asta ). Voi sterge mesajul lui Hayabusa dar si voi cosmetiza raspunsurile urmatoare...... Va rog sa nu continuati discutiile pe langa .....

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MesajSubiect: Re: World's top 10 scariest airports   Sam 07 Feb 2009, 15:00

Da, si eu vedeam pozele alea pe airliners si jp cu B747, venind razant la aterizare si acum imi dau seama de ce. Din acest motiv, Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten a devenit o mare atractie ptr spotteri din toata lumea.
Pozele de pe acest aeroport sunt mereu in topuri, pentru ca sunt extrem de spectaculoase.

asta e un exemplu graitor, zic eu.
http://www.airliners.net/photo/Corsairfly/Boeing-747-422/1474117/L/
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MesajSubiect: Re: World's top 10 scariest airports   Dum 08 Feb 2009, 09:44

Și Lukla (VNLK/LUA) unde este? Dacă cel mai mare avion ce operează pe respectivul aeroport este "Twin Otter" atunci nu se pune la socoteală? Sau cei de la "Travel + Leisure" nu prea circulă prin zonă (nu s-ar zice, Paro fiind pe primul loc în topul lor). Pentru cei ce nu știu (încă):


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MesajSubiect: Re: World's top 10 scariest airports   Dum 08 Feb 2009, 10:19

Desi din cate imi dau eu seama ii mai mult unghiul de fotografiere asta mi se pare extrem de dramatica: http://www.airliners.net/photo/KLM---Royal/Boeing-747-406/1252724/L/
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