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2013-02-23 10:49:01 PM
holy sheeeeeeet
 
2013-02-23 11:01:53 PM
That's nuckin futs. Jeez.
 
2013-02-24 12:26:46 AM
Worst case scenario: you take off.
 
2013-02-24 12:40:21 AM
Yeah, at least there's not much decision making going on here. Brakes released and you're taking off, no matter what. Just hope you did the math right.

Landing would make departures seem like a walk in the park. The view on approach:
img89.imageshack.us
..is butt-clinchingly terrifying.

/least the runway appears to be smoother than Courchevel
 
2013-02-24 12:43:08 AM
The little 228s got their asses kicked by that Twin Otter.

The vodka burner is still the best takeoff video.
 
2013-02-24 12:54:07 AM
Four flights in four minutes from a tiny remote Nepalese village 10,000 feet up the side of a mountain?
 
2013-02-24 01:21:19 AM
And of course, there's no radar. The airport gets a call from Kathmandu saying there's a plane on the way and that's it.

I guess if they want a longer runway in Lukla the Madeirans' solution won't work:
farm2.staticflickr.com
The runway is longer than it a piers...

But at least at Lukla they don't have to worry about traffic, as in Gibraltar:
www.hoax-slayer.com

Or highrise apartments, like they used to in Hong Kong:
howzit-hongkong.com
 
2013-02-24 01:45:57 AM
I wonder if that's better or worse than living next to train tracks. I would guess worse
 
2013-02-24 01:48:42 AM

Paris1127: The runway is longer than it a piers...


latimesblogs.latimes.com
 
2013-02-24 01:50:47 AM
www.projections-movies.com
 
2013-02-24 01:50:58 AM
 
2013-02-24 01:54:12 AM

Charlie Freak: The little 228s got their asses kicked by that Twin Otter.

The vodka burner is still the best takeoff video.


When I was learning ATC we had a guy at the airport that made his living modding Twin Otters for Alaskan bush pilots.

Now, my airport was only at about 1700 ASL, but he was still doing 400 foot takeoffs on calm days. He'd also fly above FL200 on bottled oxygen. That Twin Otter was a hot rod amongst airplanes.

Okay, we had a real hot rod at the airport, used a liquid fuel rocket for propulsion. You start to think of the ten thousand foot runway as a little thing, then you watch the rocket fire in silence and the sound reaches you in the tower after a surprisingly long delay.
 
2013-02-24 01:57:08 AM
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2013-02-24 02:00:06 AM

Charlie Freak: The little 228s got their asses kicked by that Twin Otter.

The vodka burner is still the best takeoff video.


Holy crap! Holy effin' crap.
 
2013-02-24 02:01:16 AM

dj_bigbird: That's nuckin futs. Jeez.


o.O  these were the exact words i was just thinking
 
Ehh
2013-02-24 02:01:49 AM
I'm OK with not doing that.
 
2013-02-24 02:01:57 AM

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You people are drunk. Extremely drunk.
 
2013-02-24 02:04:27 AM
Sharing more love for the Twin Otter. I have 500+ skydives out Twin Otters; it's an amazing jump plane.
 
2013-02-24 02:08:41 AM
Yep.. Lukla..That video doesn't do the strip justice..

One of the best videos of what it's like to land there:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqop17wUiDk
 
2013-02-24 02:11:39 AM
STOLs. But still cool...that's what they're made for.
 
2013-02-24 02:18:37 AM
Courcheval's sloped runway for the win!
 
2013-02-24 02:19:50 AM

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You people are drunk. Extremely drunk.



Why can't we comment on featured partner links like other links..I think some of the headlines would be great to comment and discuss..25 cereals of our childhoods is a fun topic..Sunny Boy, Red River, Cream of Wheat..then we could go into how the Toys back then were WAY better than they are now!:-)

ok, back on topic:

I'd have a heart attack if I had to land in a plane at Lukla like in that video styckx posted.  It looks like you basically have to almost slam into the side of a mountain and hope to god the brakes work. not for me thanks, I'll walk down to the bottom.
 
2013-02-24 02:19:56 AM
Also, St. Bart's runway at the bottom of a hill for second place.
 
2013-02-24 02:20:17 AM

Charlie Freak: The little 228s got their asses kicked by that Twin Otter.

The vodka burner is still the best takeoff video.


That was awesome thanks
 
2013-02-24 02:22:27 AM
Fark, I've seen bigger airports in Walmart parking lots!
 
2013-02-24 02:22:42 AM
Also scary: the ditch between the parking area and the runway isn't very well covered.  That first plane looked like it was going to catch a tire on the edge.
 
2013-02-24 02:23:26 AM
Here's something to make your jaw drop, that's a paved runway in a town with no roads leading to it.
 
2013-02-24 02:23:45 AM

strutin: Acharne: Featured Partner: ($$$)  [i563.photobucket.com image 54x11]   One Mobile Service Ad Reimagined As a Fark Link    (Featured Partner)

You people are drunk. Extremely drunk.


Why can't we comment on featured partner links like other links..I think some of the headlines would be great to comment and discuss..25 cereals of our childhoods is a fun topic..Sunny Boy, Red River, Cream of Wheat..then we could go into how the Toys back then were WAY better than they are now!:-)

ok, back on topic:

I'd have a heart attack if I had to land in a plane at Lukla like in that video styckx posted.  It looks like you basically have to almost slam into the side of a mountain and hope to god the brakes work. not for me thanks, I'll walk down to the bottom.


Because we'd shiat all over the sponsor as we rightfully should.

Thankfully Adblock also works on featured sponsor links and I never see them so there is ZERO chance of me accidentally clicking them.
 
2013-02-24 02:23:52 AM
That runway is downhill - its difficult to see in the photo, but it is fairly steep downhill.
 
2013-02-24 02:24:17 AM
Looked like a Lego plane. Which direction do they land?
 
2013-02-24 02:26:12 AM
The takeoff isn't as bad as it looks. On a shorter runway, you hold the plane down until the last minute. Sure, there isn't exactly room to abort, but that that's not really completely unusual for bigger planes or smaller airports or both (respectively speaking).

Besides, those little CASA C-212s have 10 to 1 wings and uncomfortable amounts of lift on takeoff. Really, if you don't hold them down, you just pogo down the runway. As for the runway, its 460m. Bare minimum for the Casa at full weight is 400m. Takeoff is within tolerances. That said, landing looks like serious brown-pants time.
 
2013-02-24 02:30:38 AM

Charlie Freak: The little 228s got their asses kicked by that Twin Otter.

The vodka burner is still the best takeoff video.


"You'll have to go faster than that..."
"You can lift up any time you like..."
"That'd be good.."
"I'm almost out of film. I hope I have enough to film the crash..."

Lol. Thanks for that.
 
2013-02-24 02:31:53 AM
Can you use electronics immediately after takeoff from there?
 
2013-02-24 02:40:07 AM

Mock26: Als

o, St. Bart's Toncontín's runway at the bottom of a hill for second place.

FTFY
 
2013-02-24 02:52:48 AM
pfffft.  the take offs are a cinch compared to the landings at that runway.
 
2013-02-24 02:53:13 AM

costermonger: Yeah, at least there's not much decision making going on here. Brakes released and you're taking off, no matter what. Just hope you did the math right.

Landing would make departures seem like a walk in the park. The view on approach:
[img89.imageshack.us image 850x568]
..is butt-clinchingly terrifying.

/least the runway appears to be smoother than Courchevel


Was thinking the same thing. I lost braking on one side during a landing once. No drama, really, because I had several thousand feet of *flat* runway to use the remaining brake plus every bit of flap/elevator/rudder/aileron/crosswind drag I could muster to bring the plane to a halt.

If same thing happened on a short, heavily inclined runway with no "good" turn-off area and maybe a bit of ice to make things interesting? I'm not seeing it end well.
 
2013-02-24 02:54:15 AM
They could always strip down an old aircraft carrier flight deck and use it for launch and capture. I don't know what the girly squeals are for.but they were all air borne before the end of the strip. You don't want a hiccup in an engine but from the looks of the drop off you have plenty of room to get up airspeed anyway.
 
2013-02-24 02:55:44 AM

Charlie Freak: The vodka burner is still the best takeoff video.


That is unbeloyvable.
 
2013-02-24 02:58:59 AM
That's not so bad - if you run off the end, well, you're in the air. Long as you're not just putting along.

Someone already posted a Courchevel takeoff vid, but how about landing on a farking ski jump?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pK9uqF4y7c
 
2013-02-24 03:01:12 AM

Paris1127: And of course, there's no radar. The airport gets a call from Kathmandu saying there's a plane on the way and that's it.

I guess if they want a longer runway in Lukla the Madeirans' solution won't work:
[farm2.staticflickr.com image 640x362]
The runway is longer than it a piers...

But at least at Lukla they don't have to worry about traffic, as in Gibraltar:
[www.hoax-slayer.com image 550x825]

Or highrise apartments, like they used to in Hong Kong:
[howzit-hongkong.com image 750x501]


Or a beach:

dumbimages.net
(links to video)
 
2013-02-24 03:04:53 AM

styckx: Yep.. Lukla..That video doesn't do the strip justice..

One of the best videos of what it's like to land there:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqop17wUiDk


Fark that.  Fark that with a flaming cactus.  Watching him run out of runway and have to roll straight into a small parking lot and then maneuver until he ran out of momentum made me shiat diamonds.

/On the bright side, free diamonds.
 
2013-02-24 03:07:19 AM

styckx: strutin: Acharne: Featured Partner: ($$$)  [i563.photobucket.com image 54x11]   One Mobile Service Ad Reimagined As a Fark Link    (Featured Partner)

You people are drunk. Extremely drunk.


Why can't we comment on featured partner links like other links..I think some of the headlines would be great to comment and discuss..25 cereals of our childhoods is a fun topic..Sunny Boy, Red River, Cream of Wheat..then we could go into how the Toys back then were WAY better than they are now!:-)

ok, back on topic:

I'd have a heart attack if I had to land in a plane at Lukla like in that video styckx posted.  It looks like you basically have to almost slam into the side of a mountain and hope to god the brakes work. not for me thanks, I'll walk down to the bottom.

Because we'd shiat all over the sponsor as we rightfully should.

Thankfully Adblock also works on featured sponsor links and I never see them so there is ZERO chance of me accidentally clicking them.


I never said I was clicking them - I refuse to click anything sponsored, or any examiner link for that matter.. I buy totalfark a couple times a year, and I figure that and all the page ads must be plenty outta me..

/wish they'd make adblock for my bloatware of choice.
 
2013-02-24 03:07:27 AM
wildcardjack:

When I was learning ATC we had a guy at the airport that made his living modding Twin Otters for Alaskan bush pilots.

The stuff those guys do with Super Cubs is unreal.
 
2013-02-24 03:14:10 AM
Am I the only one that was expecting the planes to drop off the end and get to the final bit of airspeed needed in a dive?
 
2013-02-24 03:17:07 AM

Psychopusher: styckx: Yep.. Lukla..That video doesn't do the strip justice..

One of the best videos of what it's like to land there:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqop17wUiDk

Fark that.  Fark that with a flaming cactus.  Watching him run out of runway and have to roll straight into a small parking lot and then maneuver until he ran out of momentum made me shiat diamonds.

/On the bright side, free diamonds.


Oh my.  Thanks for that!
 
2013-02-24 03:29:59 AM
With a few exceptions I've never been on a plane outside of the US and if the FAA does anything right it has been to make flying safer than driving so I have never ever been concerned or even slightly worried that we would crash, not even in a storm with bad turbulence.

Nepal might concern me a bit more, but they probably fly planes out of that airport all the time without incident and that alone would alleviate most of my concerns. From the looks of it, the only problem is that if the pilot has to abort take off he is going to crash in a big way.

OTOH, an aborted take off probably is going to be messy no matter where you are and I've never been on a plane that aborted take off. Once we aborted a landing but that just means I got a few extra frequent flyer miles. Okay, not really, but the plane waitresses weren't amused when I asked if that meant I got more miles. Humorless biatches. I was only kidding.
 
2013-02-24 03:49:02 AM
I've flown there into Lukla about a dozen times.  Was slightly apprehensive the first time, but after that, not so much.  There have been a few crashes there, though nepal's recent crashes were ironically near ktm and i think the other one was at pokhara.

the problem with lukla is the weather.  anybody and everybody gets stuck there with delays, and it's a bit hilarious watching the idiots who booked their flight out of ktm for the same day that they were going to fly back from lukla.

there's actually an airport higher than lukla - it's in syangboche.    i'm a pilot and from my estimation that one's arguably more difficult to land in because of the terrain, winds, altitude, and lack of thrust reversers.  it's a 4-6 minute flight from lukla, but it can save 2 days of hiking.  however, nobody takes this except for japanese tourists staying at the nearby japanese hotel as those two days are needed for acclimatization assuming you're going higher, as almost everybody is.
 
2013-02-24 03:55:05 AM

strutin: I never said I was clicking them - I refuse to click anything sponsored, or any examiner link for that matter.. I buy totalfark a couple times a year, and I figure that and all the page ads must be plenty outta me..

/wish they'd make adblock for my bloatware of choice.


Adblock has its uses, but it pales in comparison to the power of Hostsman. Check it out (assuming Windows something), you might be surprised how great it is to not have your bandwidth leeched by as many things as you may have running now.


http://www.abelhadigital.com/hostsman
 
2013-02-24 03:58:05 AM
 
2013-02-24 04:01:32 AM
Happy Hours: the only problem is that if the pilot has to abort take off he is going to crash in a big way.

I always take heart in the fact that the pilot's life is on the line as much as mine, if not more because they have a front seat view.
 
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