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2013-02-24 04:05:56 AM

cmunic8r99: 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 image 850x470]
(links to video)


Or lava:
gorilla.wildlifedirect.org
 
2013-02-24 04:11:21 AM
The wings are so tiny compared with the fuselage--and yet they have no trouble taking off at 10,000 feet.  WTF?
 
2013-02-24 04:19:15 AM

Acharne: 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


That's pretty nifty and a lot easier than manual..(I only got as far as '127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net' and whatever else spybot stuck in there:-)
 
2013-02-24 04:19:43 AM
Well, you're getting in the air no matter what. It's more an issue of how long you spend in it.
 
2013-02-24 04:22:41 AM

LincolnLogolas: Well, you're getting in the air no matter what. It's more an issue of how long you spend in it.


It tends to need to have p2p added to the exception list.

My favourite feature is possibly just the fact that ads before google videos no longer load. I just get 'Video load error' and then my content loads.
 
2013-02-24 04:24:38 AM
It takes more courage to fly in a Boeing in perfect conditions than to fly in those planes in Nepal.
 
2013-02-24 04:26:35 AM
Goddamnit. Lemme try again:
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strutin: That's pretty nifty and a lot easier than manual..(I only got as far as '127.0.0.1 googleads.g.doubleclick.net' and whatever else spybot stuck in there:-)

Acharne: LincolnLogolas: Well, you're getting in the air no matter what. It's more an issue of how long you spend in it.


It tends to need to have p2p added to the exception list, just the sites. That's not a big deal though.

My favourite feature is possibly just the fact that ads before google videos no longer load. I just get 'Video load error' and then my content loads.
 
2013-02-24 05:04:08 AM

the_chief: Looked like a Lego plane. Which direction do they land?


The other way.  Take off RWY 24, land RWY 6. The term for that is "One way runway", where terrain or other obstacles prevent approach/departure on one side of the airport.

Runways like that usually have the note "go-arounds impossible" in the A/FD.

--Carlos V.
 
2013-02-24 05:10:00 AM
cmunic8r99: Or a beach:

Ahh St Maarten, I know it well :D

// sit at the Sunset Bar, watch planes land, shoot photos.

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And the airport on neighboring Saba island gets shut down due to wind on a regular basis.

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2013-02-24 05:34:11 AM

lordargent: cmunic8r99: Or a beach:

Ahh St Maarten, I know it well :D

// sit at the Sunset Bar, watch planes land, shoot photos.

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And the airport on neighboring Saba island gets shut down due to wind on a regular basis.

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The wildest rides down here are still St. Barts and Beef island for me.
Cyril E. King certainly made my list before they carved out the hill and extended the runway.

Now its practically tame...

dl.dropbox.com
 
2013-02-24 05:36:08 AM
Somehow, the list of "incidents and accidents" for this airport is completely and totally unsurprising.
 
2013-02-24 05:59:06 AM

dbirchall: Somehow, the list of "incidents and accidents" for this airport is completely and totally unsurprising.


The thing the I find surprising is that it is that short.  Even if it is only open part of the year (presumably)
 
2013-02-24 06:23:35 AM
Lukla airport is pretty fun. The best part is how they turn the planes around in about 5 minutes - more like a bus than a flight.

That said, I didn't find flying into or out of it particularly scary.
 
2013-02-24 06:37:38 AM
Let me see...I don't like heights at all, and I'm not a huge fan of flying.

Going to cross Lukla Airport off my list of travel destinations right now.
 
2013-02-24 06:50:17 AM
That "runway" is missing two things - Arrestor wires and a catapult.
 
2013-02-24 07:03:48 AM
Not a pilot, but if I was, before takeoff, I'd be tempted to get out and push the plane backwards until its tail touched that fence.

Of course its academic, because I would never land there.
 
2013-02-24 07:18:00 AM

UsikFark: costermonger: Courchevel

Deploy flaps!


Single engine piston ops in the Alps? No thank you.
 
2013-02-24 07:18:06 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:

The runway is longer than it a piers...

But at least at Lukla they don't have to worry about traffic, as in Gibraltar:


Or highrise apartments, like they used to in Hong Kong:


a piers? Really?

There was a show on Science channel or History channel "The 10 worst airports in the world." Those 3 are on the list. I don't remember them all, but San Diego, some small airport in Colorado are on the list.
 
2013-02-24 07:43:05 AM

mr_a: Not a pilot, but if I was, before takeoff, I'd be tempted to get out and push the plane backwards until its tail touched that fence.

Of course its academic, because I would never land there.


In aviation, there are 2 things you can't use: The fuel left in the truck and the runway behind you.
 
2013-02-24 07:52:26 AM

Archie Goodwin: That "runway" is missing two things - Arrestor wires and a catapult.


Came here to say that... that is one crazy airfield.

I wonder if they actually LAND on 24? If they do, they'd better provide replacement underwear for the passengers. Then again, the should so so even for landing on 6. Based on the picture above I'm not sure it would be even possible to do so unless you were flying some sort of purpose-built STOL craft.
 
2013-02-24 07:59:51 AM

cmunic8r99: 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 image 850x470]
(links to video)


The take offs look more fun - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qibBvpPB5sE
 
2013-02-24 08:02:50 AM

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

The vodka burner is still the best takeoff video.


We have Smirnoff.
 
2013-02-24 08:03:03 AM
All those people running around the flightline looks crazy, I wonder if they get many prop strikes?
 
2013-02-24 08:05:18 AM

Fubegra: purpose-built STOL craft


I misspelled VTOL.
 
2013-02-24 08:12:24 AM

Fubegra: Archie Goodwin: That "runway" is missing two things - Arrestor wires and a catapult.

Came here to say that... that is one crazy airfield.

I wonder if they actually LAND on 24? If they do, they'd better provide replacement underwear for the passengers. Then again, the should so so even for landing on 6. Based on the picture above I'm not sure it would be even possible to do so unless you were flying some sort of purpose-built STOL craft.


I doubt it. It's probably some rule that says it has to be marked regardless of whether it will ever be used.
 
2013-02-24 08:31:05 AM
Actually, the dangerous part here is for the landscaper who has to mow that thin strip of grass at the far en of the runway.,
 
2013-02-24 08:39:38 AM
Did the weather clear or something?  Interesting to watch everyone run to the planes.  4 departures in 5 minutes, not sure if Atlanta or Chicago are that quick
 
2013-02-24 08:43:34 AM
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2013-02-24 08:45:57 AM
i26.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-24 08:59:14 AM
I won

mjones73: cmunic8r99: 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 image 850x470]
(links to video)

The take offs look more fun - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qibBvpPB5sE


I wonder if Drew surfed the fence this week.
 
2013-02-24 09:00:03 AM

JohnCarter: Did the weather clear or something?  Interesting to watch everyone run to the planes.  4 departures in 5 minutes, not sure if Atlanta or Chicago are that quick


I can assure you Chicago is that quick

/once landed at O'Hare in one of these:

cdn-www.airliners.net

There were 3 jumbo jets trying to run us over.

That was in the '70s.
maybe I'm stretching the definition of jumbo jet, but there were 3 of them that were much bigger than that and it was interesting.
 
2013-02-24 09:08:53 AM

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

The vodka burner is still the best takeoff video.


Jeez! It musta have taken forever to reach V2
 
2013-02-24 09:13:49 AM

darklingscribe: 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.


"The pilot is always the first person at the scene of the accident"
 
2013-02-24 09:16:22 AM
Some people edit their videos.
 
2013-02-24 09:40:47 AM

Ranger677: 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?


This, and a herd of goats...
 
2013-02-24 09:45:19 AM
Oh and if you can track it down, History Channel has a special called "10 Most Extreme Airports", this one is on the list along with some other interesting ones.
 
2013-02-24 09:55:41 AM
way south: Cyril E. King certainly made my list before they carved out the hill and extended the runway.

Yeah, that's my home airport. I was just back there in December (for the first time in 16 years) and it was mostly the same as I remember it ... except everything seems smaller now.

I guess that's what happens when you go from a 14 mile long island to a 14 mile long commute.

This is the only shot of the runway that I have readily available.
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// Used to have to stop at Puerto Rico and catch an island hopper over. Not missing that at all.

// Still have to deplane using a gangway.
 
2013-02-24 10:14:56 AM

Mock26: Courcheval's sloped runway for the win!


do not forget the turn halfway down the runway.
 
2013-02-24 10:27:05 AM

iron_city_ap: mr_a: Not a pilot, but if I was, before takeoff, I'd be tempted to get out and push the plane backwards until its tail touched that fence.

Of course its academic, because I would never land there.

In aviation, there are 2 things you can't use: The fuel left in the truck and the runway behind you.


and Altitude above you
 
2013-02-24 10:55:50 AM

Liendral: iron_city_ap: mr_a: Not a pilot, but if I was, before takeoff, I'd be tempted to get out and push the plane backwards until its tail touched that fence.

Of course its academic, because I would never land there.

In aviation, there are 2 things you can't use: The fuel left in the truck and the runway behind you.

and Altitude above you


They may be holding themselves down/ground effecting for more speed rather than rotating ASAP - since they are going to run off a cliff and have instant altitude anyway.  The speed could be more important if it it windy/sheary there.
 
2013-02-24 11:30:42 AM

Archie Goodwin: That "runway" is missing two things - Arrestor wires and a catapult.


I bet the runway is sloped so you get a little extra accel from gravity on takeoff and a nice uphill deccel on landing.
 
2013-02-24 11:34:45 AM

noitsnot: Liendral: iron_city_ap: mr_a: Not a pilot, but if I was, before takeoff, I'd be tempted to get out and push the plane backwards until its tail touched that fence.

Of course its academic, because I would never land there.

In aviation, there are 2 things you can't use: The fuel left in the truck and the runway behind you.

and Altitude above you

They may be holding themselves down/ground effecting for more speed rather than rotating ASAP - since they are going to run off a cliff and have instant altitude anyway.  The speed could be more important if it it windy/sheary there.


If you're going to stay in ground effect, then get off the runway. The drag of the wheels on pavement will negate the benefit of ground effect, plus it can lead to other problems like porpoising or wheelbarrowing as all the tail up force starts the tail flying.
 
2013-02-24 12:00:19 PM
Here is where I learned
Landing is easy...takeoff can be butt-pucking
 
2013-02-24 12:06:42 PM

Paris1127: But at least at Lukla they don't have to worry about traffic, as in Gibraltar:


I've always wondered if they have to walk that section of the runway for random car debris every time.
 
2013-02-24 01:04:52 PM
1.096 feet USS Gerald Ford
w/steamcatapult

www.hightech-edge.com

1,500 feet
/gravity assist

www.simtours.net

Long string of words that will cause Mods to ban me forever. (+) No thank you.
 
2013-02-24 01:10:40 PM
I flew into Lukla in '98 BEFORE they had tarmac (I was surprised to see pavement).  Departures move quick in the AM because the clouds settle in fast and take offs are impossible once they do. Still doesn't look like there is a tower there and a instrument landing would be risky. My departure was canceled due to clouds (ie fog), which was followed by a very apologetic "well there's another option...but it costs extra".  Extra being $20, and the option being helicopter!  Heck, $20 extra for a ~hour long chopper ride?! sign me up!!
 
2013-02-24 01:14:57 PM

Bomb Head Mohammed: 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.


If one might ask ... how come you to fly into Tenzing-Hillary a few dozen times? Not prying, but am an inquisitive cowpoke ... climber? guide? pilot?
 
2013-02-24 01:15:30 PM

hunh: I flew into Lukla in '98 BEFORE they had tarmac (I was surprised to see pavement).  Departures move quick in the AM because the clouds settle in fast and take offs are impossible once they do. Still doesn't look like there is a tower there and a instrument landing would be risky. My departure was canceled due to clouds (ie fog), which was followed by a very apologetic "well there's another option...but it costs extra".  Extra being $20, and the option being helicopter!  Heck, $20 extra for a ~hour long chopper ride?! sign me up!!


There seems to be a tower opposite the runway from the ramp. A tower is mentioned on the Lukla wiki page.
 
2013-02-24 01:48:13 PM

Acharne: 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.


And this for the tower:

'I'm running out of film. I won't have enough to film the crash!'
 
2013-02-24 02:22:23 PM

Victoly: Mock26: Also, St. Bart's Toncontín's runway at the bottom of a hill for second place.

FTFY


Both at the bottom of a hill, but Tegucigalpa's hill was bulldozed in 2007 and the runway was lengthened in 2009. St. Bart's is muuuuch tougher.
 
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