I`m Not Afraid Of Flying...

Submitted by: Lionhart2 7 years ago in

...but then I"ve never landed on Saba in the Caribbean. Damn that"s a short runway.
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Male 606
Yes, put the landing strip ACROSS the peninsula, not down it vertically!
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Male 6,693
Not the place for practice.
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Female 2,509
I want to see footage of the planes that almost made it and just went "plop" over the edge.
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Male 2,893
I was like, Wait, where the hell are they going to land?
OH SH*T.
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Male 98
DAYUM!
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Male 2,748
oh god, oh god, oh god... *pisses pants*
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Male 1,354
meh
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Male 487
Saba runway... 1300 ft

minimum required distance to land a cessna 172 at sea level over a 50ft obstacle = 1500 ft. With no obstacles distance required = 500 ft. That`s still drating tight considering that plane wasn`t stopped by the end.
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Male 451
I want to live there.
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Male 451
@harrybalzak: NOT, yes the st. maarten is short but NOTHING like this. NO COMPARISON
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Male 537
flown into this many times with flight simulator x...
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Male 1,590
This reminds me of the runway at St. Maarten, except they land jumbo jets there.
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Male 187
To be fair, it`s a small plane, so not quite that much of a deal. But I wouldn`t want to land on it either!
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Male 22
skill
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Female 856
It`s OK, I don`t wanna go away more, pull up, pull up, aarrgghhh!!
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Male 25,416
Wow thats so cool!
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Female 249
It`s a small plane. It`s not a jet. It does not need a very large run way. The runway at our country airport is not much longer then this (and most of the time they land on the dirt strip anyway, weather permitting)

No, I don`t fly planes myself. I`ve had some lessons for poos and giggles though.
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Male 554
"damn that`s short"? that`s what she said
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Female 15,763
"That pilot earned his $$ that day."

Good, maybe he can buy a new pair of trousers then.
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Female 500
Fall in the water!
Fall!
Fall....
Fall..........
Damn. He stopped.
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Male 712
Is it a problem to just take a damn helicopter? perhaps something with VTOL?
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Male 329
meh, this plane could land in my driveway - and then takeoff. But a tailhook scenario COULD work. Yes, jets do have JETS to help take off again if they miss the tailhook, but if this plane came in for a landing at a much faster speed, and missed the tailhook, it could probably get airborne again.
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Male 154
id poop my pants
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Male 331
That pilot earned his $$ that day.
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Male 4,807
Its not really the size of the runway that matters... its how you use the runway that counts.
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Male 12,365
[quote]lol. That`s rather unsafe for a runway length... I`m surprised they land anything bigger than cesnas here.[/quote]

There`s a 20-seater plane (DHC-6 Twin Otter) that`s cleared to land there. It was designed to have a relatively low safe flying speed, so it requires relatively little space for take off and landing.
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Male 12,365
[quote]aircraft carriers have a cable running across for the tailhook of anything landing on it to get caught on to stop the plane instantly. sure aircraft carriers are short but length counts for nothing when you can stop instantly[/quote]

I thought that was obvious enough to not need explaining - it`s the reason why the fact that this runway is only a little longer is remarkable.
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Male 12,138
As the old joke goes, I`m not afraid of flying either... it`s the f*cking crashing that I`m afraid of.
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Male 8,300
The point isn`t whether you can land there with arrestor cables etc. Those are military planes. This is the world`s shortest COMMERCIAL-SERVICED runway. They not only land there, they run a regular passenger flight service.
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Male 10,440
lol. That`s rather unsafe for a runway length... I`m surprised they land anything bigger than cesnas here.
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Male 250
"meh.. all they`d need to do in put in some arresting gear, like on aircraft carriers. Of course the planes would also need to be equipped with the hooks"

arresting gear works for jets on a short runway because if they miss they have he power to quickly accelerate afterwards but normal singleprop/doubleprop aircraft dont have that instant thrust.

if that runway had cables and the planes had hooks, the would only have 1 shot or they`de be in the drink :P
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Male 35
meh.. all they`d need to do in put in some arresting gear, like on aircraft carriers. Of course the planes would also need to be equipped with the hooks..
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Male 250
"I just checked - this runway is only ~200 feet longer than the ones on the big USA aircraft carriers, and that`s measuring from cliff to cliff (there`s a 200 feet drop at both ends)"

aircraft carriers have a cable running across for the tailhook of anything landing on it to get caught on to stop the plane instantly. sure aircraft carriers are short but length counts for nothing when you can stop instantly

this runway though longer doesnt have that thus any pilot needs to come in exactly at the right speed and angle and to know when to release the throttle and apply the brakes

kudos to anyone who can land here :P
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Male 40,266
I`m not affraid of flying
It`s landing that scares the crap out of me
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Male 798
Pilot`s like pssh, its kind of short.
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Female 3,828
yikes
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Male 12,365
[quote]I don`t think the big jets would land there just the small ones[/quote]

According to the travel guide I looked at, the runway is by default closed to all planes and a special permit is required to land there. Those permits are only issued for a handful of small planes noted for requiring a short runway, none of which are jets.
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Male 497
I don`t think the big jets would land there just the small ones
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Male 12,365
That`s more of an elongated helicopter pad than a runway. I`ve seen bigger cul-de-sacs for half a dozen houses.

I just checked - this runway is only ~200 feet longer than the ones on the big USA aircraft carriers, and that`s measuring from cliff to cliff (there`s a 200 feet drop at both ends).
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Male 65
[email protected] sloth of doom
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Male 774
Isn`t that a map in Pilotwings 64?
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Male 554
I guess you only screw that up once!
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Male 2,033
Coming up next, planes landing in my driveway.
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Male 592
WHAT!? When the plane landed, it didn`t seem that
bad, but from afar, I`d be all;

You`re going to land on -THAT- ?

Scary. : O
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Male 637
I`d pee myself a little.
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Male 233
eff yes thats short!
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Male 8,300
Link: I`m Not Afraid Of Flying... [Rate Link] - ...but then I`ve never landed on Saba in the Caribbean. Damn that`s a short runway.
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