August 09, 2007

A pucker factor of 9 about sums it up

I can't imagine how you would even practice a landing at this airport.

Whatever they're paying that guy, it doesn't seem enough.

Posted in Random Debris by: Will at 12:44 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 How's he planning on taking off again?  That doesn't look like nearly enough runway to get that thing off the ground.  What is it, like five or six hundred yards?

Posted by: Mitch H. at August 10, 2007 07:41 AM (iTVQj)

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Good question. With only a partial fuel/passenger load, a running start from the taxiway, a little extra take-off flaps, and a whole lot of pull on the yoke, I think he can at least get off the ground in that distance.

The airport in Sedona, Arizona has the almost opposite problem. The ground drops away quickly from each end of the runway, and it's not very long. The biggest thing I've seen in there was a three-engine business jet. The large cliffs a short distance to the east don't help.

Posted by: Will at August 10, 2007 08:19 AM (olS40)

3 Geezus, I don't think they're paying THE PASSENGERS enough.

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 13, 2007 09:14 PM (VsLqr)

4

I could be wrong, but that looks like the runway 01 approach for Toncontin International in Tagucigalpa, Honduras.  The 757 is the largest airliner that can land there, and the airport is in a "bowl" made of mountains.  Here's what it's like to fly on that approach as a passenger in an Airbus 320  

The runway is only 6132 feet long.  In contrast, the shortest runway at Atlanta Hartsfield is 9000 feet and has no obstructions anywhere near the end of the runway.

Posted by: JT at September 09, 2007 12:06 PM (55vAB)

5

BTW, take the </a> off of the video's url to get it to play - my bad.

JT

Posted by: JT at September 10, 2007 12:47 PM (HO6Is)

6 I'll fix it if/when Pixy activates comment editing. The WYSIWYG editor can be trying at times.

Posted by: Will at September 10, 2007 01:10 PM (SOx9v)

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