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Old 18-11-2007, 07:34 PM   #41
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St. Marteen is located above the Equator (18°02’25.71N - 63°06’33.15W) and SXM’s (Princess Juliana’s Intl) runway is facing East (E. by N. more precisely).
But, but, but... it sez 27 (270°) Hmm, my understanding of runway markings just went out the window.
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Old 18-11-2007, 07:53 PM   #42
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270° seems correct to me! (It’s measured clockwise from the magnetic North). But maybe Captain KF, AKA "Flywestjet" could shed come light on the subject?
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Old 18-11-2007, 08:21 PM   #43
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That B747 took-off from runway 09 (the other end of runway 27). I don’t think a take-off has never been done on the 27 side.
By the way, runway 27 is facing West, not East…sorry, my mistake!
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Old 18-11-2007, 09:43 PM   #44
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Default A look of Princess Juliana Intl through MS's FS9

If you’ve got Microsoft’s FS9 (or 10) installed, select St. Marteen for more spectacular views like the ones on these screen grabs. Please don’t ask about my landings...(yes, cartered all the way....)

Runway 09:






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Old 18-11-2007, 10:57 PM   #45
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I hear ya - I've been playing Falcon 4.0 on and off for seven years and I've yet to land it properly (full realism on)! Wiping-out after surviving a three hour (real time) sortie can be soul-destroying!
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Old 19-11-2007, 03:31 AM   #46
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Wow!

Side note... my boss was just telling me two days ago about watching a tv show which showed landings at St Maarten, and now we're discussing them here. Strange coincidence. (I believe he has flight sim software, too, though I don't know if it's the version Jorge showed screen caps from... I'll ask him if he ever tried landings at St Maarten!)
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Old 19-11-2007, 04:45 AM   #47
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This one looks like it would hurt a lot. The warning sign one sees at the end of the runway makes sense

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTLGs...eature=related
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Old 19-11-2007, 11:53 AM   #48
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I don't know if it's the version Jorge showed screen caps from...
I’m using FS9 (plus Fly Tampa and other and free/pay wares add-ons)
Here’s another lovely grab showing an A300-600 over SXM (from fs-freeware.net)



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Old 20-11-2007, 01:08 AM   #49
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Sad to see those two A340-600's in just two weeks, and especially to read the engine test crash injured several people. After seeing the cockpit and forward section draped over the barrier, I'm not surprised.

I've seen pictures of planes landing at the Princess Juliana’s Intl airport, and I always find them remarkable (never seen the one with the woman in it before, though ). I previously saw a few minute video spot on a TV show about it as well. I never saw the other angle, from the hill, of a plane taking off there.
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Old 20-11-2007, 01:09 PM   #50
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Almost like a Space Shuttle launch!



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Old 20-11-2007, 10:21 PM   #51
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Look at that... better than into those hills I suppose... where's the old Kenny Loggins' Top Gun music when we need it
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Old 21-11-2007, 12:10 AM   #52
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That angle's pretty severe - the passenger's will be feeling that!
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Old 21-11-2007, 09:10 AM   #53
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I had the chance to fly a MD-11 flight sim (the real one) from Swissair at the time when they still existed and it was absolutely amazing what angles these aircraft can take. The instructor flew between skyscrapers in Hong Kong - a thing you would normally not do with such a big bird, but apart from all the alarms that went off and the feeling of hanging in the seat belts, nothing happened...
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