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2014-04-24 07:32:01 AM
I've landed at this airport in Sint Maartin. It's not bad at all, unless you're at that particular beach. As far as planes, you could do a lot worse having to emergency land on a bunch of fat, rich tourists.


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2014-04-24 09:10:20 AM
Until the TSA is disbanded, I plan on never flying again.

/the bus sucked too.
 
2014-04-24 09:14:47 AM
I've flown in and out of Kai Tak Airport.  A coont hair scary but way cool.
I'd do it again.
 
2014-04-24 09:16:57 AM
Me too, it was fun.
 
2014-04-24 09:19:03 AM
I've heard that flying in to Baghdad Iraq is a PITA too. I thought it would be listed.
 
2014-04-24 09:20:37 AM
LaGuardia isn't on the list?
 
2014-04-24 09:22:20 AM
Ever since the coach seating leg length got shorter than my femur every flight has been a bit of a fright.
 
2014-04-24 09:22:56 AM

ajgeek: Until the TSA is disbanded, I plan on never flying again.


Yea, airline ticket sales will double or triple on that day..
 
2014-04-24 09:23:29 AM
www.engrish.com
 
Skr
2014-04-24 09:26:22 AM
The extra packed underwear probably got put on the wrong plane anyways.
 
2014-04-24 09:29:09 AM

ajgeek: Until the TSA is disbanded, I plan on never flying again


Before the TSA, if any trip was longer than a 3 hour drive, I'd fly. Today? Only if I'm leaving North America.
 
2014-04-24 09:29:51 AM

learn2fly: LaGuardia isn't on the list?


This. Although looking at this list I guess LaGuardia isn't quite as bad.
 
2014-04-24 09:30:06 AM
Sweet that a free subway and commuter train tabloid tells you about scary other kinds of transport. Skymall's vintage issue on scary subway stops still gets great prices when it appears at a Sotheby's auction.
 
2014-04-24 09:32:18 AM
I don't fly much but landing in Vegas with a stiff crosswind was hairy enough for me.
 
2014-04-24 09:35:32 AM

WTFDYW: I've heard that flying in to Baghdad Iraq is a PITA too. I thought it would be listed.


The descent was rather memorable. Felt like you were going straight down, and then you leveled out at what seemed to be 20 feet above the runway.

I think the Air Force pilots did it for fun as much as anything.
 
2014-04-24 09:40:51 AM

WhoopAssWayne: ajgeek: Until the TSA is disbanded, I plan on never flying again

Before the TSA, if any trip was longer than a 3 hour drive, I'd fly. Today? Only if I'm leaving North America.


The TSA has added about one hour to every trip. That's about it. While I don't like superfluous delay, it has yet to reach that point where it's a factor in my decision making (save the extra hour of travel time, which is calculated in the drive vs fly assessment)

My bigger problem is the reduced quality of service provided by the airliners. The TSA is not all that significant.
 
2014-04-24 09:42:03 AM
Kai Tak hasn't been in operation for more than 15 years now; it's time to replace it on this list.

I nominate Luang Prabang, Laos.  Beautiful approach, into a deep and verdant valley.  But the closer you get to the runway, the nearer the hills on either side of you get.
 
2014-04-24 09:45:48 AM
I've flown to Barra, it's fun. This article has pics of the flight path and descent, it's really pretty.
 
2014-04-24 09:47:23 AM
A couple of those look like you'll be flying whether you're ready or not.
 
2014-04-24 09:50:19 AM
I prefer the runway at Santa Catalina island off the coast of L.A. It's at a high point on the island and crowns in the middle, so you can't see if someone is using the opposite direction til you get to the middle.
 
2014-04-24 09:51:44 AM

AbiNormal: A couple of those look like you'll be flying whether you're ready or not.


They look like you'll be flying, or not whether you are ready or not.
 
2014-04-24 09:55:40 AM
Flying into Lukla (Tenzing-Hillary) in Nepal was awesome. Cliff on one end, mountain on the other, and burnt out helicopter/plane carcasses on the side if they haven't tidied it up fast enough. It was by far the most exciting take-off i've ever been on. Also an added bonus is standing on the path up the mountain directly behind the planes as they floor it to take off and getting pummeled by the wash, and then everyone cheering when (if?) they make it.
 
2014-04-24 10:00:24 AM

stpauler: I've landed at this airport in Sint Maartin. It's not bad at all, unless you're at that particular beach. As far as planes, you could do a lot worse having to emergency land on a bunch of fat, rich pale tourists.


FTFM

I went here a few weeks ago.  Got some cool pics and video.  Best part was drinking the Carib beer at the bar that is there and laughing at the morons getting blown into the ocean from the jets taking off.  Was cool, cross it off the bucket list, not sure if would make a point to go back if/when in Sint Maartin again.
 
2014-04-24 10:11:06 AM

ajgeek: Until the TSA is disbanded, I plan on never flying again.

/the bus sucked too.


Sadly you will never fly again.
 
2014-04-24 10:51:48 AM
There was a show on History 2 (or somewhere) a few years ago that had the "top 10 scariest airports."  A few from the article were on the list.  Some are not.

San Diego was on the list because of the 5 story parking garage 2 blocks from start of the runway (San Diego is the busiest 1 runway airport in the USA) directly on the glide slope.   Why doesn't the city use eminent domain and get rid of it?  Ironically, it's an "airport parking" garage.

Another is in Gibraltar, because there is a main road that cuts right through the runway.  So they have to stop traffic for planes to land.

Forget the others, but all are rather interesting.
 
2014-04-24 10:58:36 AM
And yet the most difficult airport in the world to take off from and land on isn't listed: Paro Bhutan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzcwdYJ1ibE
 
2014-04-24 11:02:57 AM
Some of those look like the ones used for some Bond movies. #2 reminds me of the end of Octopussy and #6 of the beginning of Goldeneye.
 
2014-04-24 11:12:39 AM
The ice runway isn't all that bad - it's extremely thick ice, not something that'll crack if a plane crashes into it, and planes use engines that rely on air friction, not ground friction.  It's long enough that brakes don't look like they're even needed.
 
2014-04-24 11:36:21 AM

Gonz: WTFDYW: I've heard that flying in to Baghdad Iraq is a PITA too. I thought it would be listed.

The descent was rather memorable. Felt like you were going straight down, and then you leveled out at what seemed to be 20 feet above the runway.

I think the Air Force pilots did it for fun as much as anything.


This was pretty much my experience with it. There's Ramadi, there's Fallujah, shouldn't we be decending by now?... fwump.
 
2014-04-24 11:41:56 AM
Antarctica
Africa
Scotland
Caribbean (x2)
Brazil
France
Madeira
Nepal
Honk Kong

Yea - I don't think I'm going to have that hard of a time avoiding these...
 
2014-04-24 12:01:41 PM
The list fails. You can't fly into Hong Kong anymore because it closed in 1998. If you're looking to land at any one of these ten nine airports in near future pack some extra underwear.
 
2014-04-24 12:04:10 PM

suburbanguy: Antarctica
Africa
Scotland
Caribbean (x2)
Brazil
France
Madeira
Nepal
Honk Kong

Yea - I don't think I'm going to have that hard of a time avoiding these...


Do I need an armored bra for that one?
 
2014-04-24 12:08:01 PM
Good to see Lukla on the list, seeing as how I'm going there in a few months...
 
2014-04-24 12:38:11 PM

incawarrior: The ice runway isn't all that bad - it's extremely thick ice, not something that'll crack if a plane crashes into it, and planes use engines that rely on air friction, not ground friction.  It's long enough that brakes don't look like they're even needed.


This. It's like having a hundred mile runoff at the end of the runway. And nothing to hit on approach or takeoff. It must be one of the safest runways in the world in that respect.

/And the runway at the pole is on ice several miles thick. You're not going to go through that with a heavy landing...
 
2014-04-24 12:44:02 PM

landrin: Flying into Lukla (Tenzing-Hillary) in Nepal was awesome. Cliff on one end, mountain on the other, and burnt out helicopter/plane carcasses on the side if they haven't tidied it up fast enough. It was by far the most exciting take-off i've ever been on. Also an added bonus is standing on the path up the mountain directly behind the planes as they floor it to take off and getting pummeled by the wash, and then everyone cheering when (if?) they make it.


I've flow into and out of the Bhojpur airport in Nepal.  Similar to the Tenzing-Hillary airport except the runway is grass.  Only small airplanes use it.

Fun fact: the literal translation of "Bhojpur" is "Place of Celebration" or "Party Town."
 
2014-04-24 01:07:08 PM

mama2tnt: suburbanguy: Antarctica
Africa
Scotland
Caribbean (x2)
Brazil
France
Madeira
Nepal
Honk Kong

Yea - I don't think I'm going to have that hard of a time avoiding these...

Do I need an armored bra for that one?


Oops! Yea - I guess you might... :-)
 
2014-04-24 01:31:24 PM

had98c: Gonz: WTFDYW: I've heard that flying in to Baghdad Iraq is a PITA too. I thought it would be listed.

The descent was rather memorable. Felt like you were going straight down, and then you leveled out at what seemed to be 20 feet above the runway.

I think the Air Force pilots did it for fun as much as anything.

This was pretty much my experience with it. There's Ramadi, there's Fallujah, shouldn't we be decending by now?... fwump.


A few years back, I saw an interview with one of the guys who drove Air Force One, talking about flying out of Baghdad. Basically, you're in the most recognizable plane in the world, and carrying the one guy that any terrorist would really like to take out, so you're trying to get up and away as fast as possible.

He was trying to be professional, but you could tell that treating a 747 like a fighter jet was pretty much a highlight of his aviation career.
 
2014-04-24 01:50:20 PM

Gonz: A few years back, I saw an interview with one of the guys who drove Air Force One, talking about flying out of Baghdad. Basically, you're in the most recognizable plane in the world, and carrying the one guy that any terrorist would really like to take out, so you're trying to get up and away as fast as possible.

He was trying to be professional, but you could tell that treating a 747 like a fighter jet was pretty much a highlight of his aviation career.


Yeah, and they fly crazy patterns on approach - spiral - straight in, indirect. Best pilots we have, flying a huge aircraft, putting everything they have on the table, every approach.
 
2014-04-24 01:57:23 PM
The take off from John Wayne/Santa Ana (SNA) didn't make the list? The shortest runway at a major airport in the US with obscene sound restrictions on takeoff which basically requires the pilot to go to full power before releasing the brakes and getting as much altitude as possible to avoid setting off noise sensors on the ground. It wasn't until an adult that I realized that takeoffs weren't supposed to be a roller coaster ride.
 
2014-04-24 02:22:48 PM
I flew out of Tenzing/Lukla.  Was glad I chose to walk in.  When I flew out in '82 it was a grass runway lined with hulks.

Kai-Tak looks impressive because of photo angles and approach is over mostly water.

/look for the Checkerboard
//turn right...
 
2014-04-24 02:48:03 PM
I've flown in and out of Funchal. It is pretty scary. The airport was built in the 60s on the side of a mountain and there was just enough space to build the runway. When 747s came along, they had to extend the runway... on stilts... over the motorway. The main problem for pilots is that there's a lot of strong air currents pulling the plane all over the place.

But, as a Brit, that wasn't the scariest part. When we came in to land, the light behind the letter E in the 'Madeira' wasn't working.
 
2014-04-24 04:05:44 PM
Wouldn't you pack extra underwear no matter where you're flying? It seems silly to just fly with the underwear you're wearing.
 
2014-04-24 04:06:32 PM

learn2fly: LaGuardia isn't on the list?


This. I find takeoffs and landings at all three NYC airports to be somewhere between a rodeo and a roller coaster. I always feel like the plane is about to spiral into a crash, even though I know some of the climb procedures are pretty extreme (e.g., Canarsie at JFK). Add LGA's short runways, and you've got a real party.
 
2014-04-24 04:21:54 PM
Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong - i remember watching planes fly by my grandfather's place, i could easily wave to everyone on board. While not an airport design flaw or anything, the approach to Kilimanjaro International can be a little terrifying, especially when there are dust devil's everywhere
 
2014-04-24 04:43:40 PM

MBrady: There was a show on History 2 (or somewhere) a few years ago that had the "top 10 scariest airports."  A few from the article were on the list.  Some are not.

San Diego was on the list because of the 5 story parking garage 2 blocks from start of the runway (San Diego is the busiest 1 runway airport in the USA) directly on the glide slope.   Why doesn't the city use eminent domain and get rid of it?  Ironically, it's an "airport parking" garage.

Another is in Gibraltar, because there is a main road that cuts right through the runway.  So they have to stop traffic for planes to land.

Forget the others, but all are rather interesting.


Yeah, I think SD is definitely the top one in the U.S. , at least that I've landed into, as far as seeming to land in between a bunch of downtown buildings it seems like.
 
2014-04-24 07:55:47 PM

what the cat dragged in: Good to see Lukla on the list, seeing as how I'm going there in a few months...


Awesome. Trekking in the Khumbu region is awesome. You'll have a great time. Just avoid the Yak cheese. It's not pasteurized in that region so it's like drinking the water without boiling it first.
 
2014-04-25 12:10:42 AM

JackieRabbit: And yet the most difficult airport in the world to take off from and land on isn't listed: Paro Bhutan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzcwdYJ1ibE


That didn't look that bad until final.  That's one heck of a dogleg to do in an Airbus.
 
2014-04-25 03:56:59 AM
These are like the Action Park of airports. But they can't be the only ten. I'm curious about the ones that didn't make the list.
 
2014-04-25 02:54:41 PM

bill_01915: what the cat dragged in: Good to see Lukla on the list, seeing as how I'm going there in a few months...

Awesome. Trekking in the Khumbu region is awesome. You'll have a great time. Just avoid the Yak cheese. It's not pasteurized in that region so it's like drinking the water without boiling it first.


Thanks! I'll make a note of the gnarly cheese. From what I read though the food along the way is generally good and safe, unlike Kathmandu apparently.

For the rest of you, more about it here: http://besthike.com/asia/nepal/everest-base-camp-3-passes/
 
2014-04-25 03:53:22 PM

what the cat dragged in: From what I read though the food along the way is generally good and safe, unlike Kathmandu apparently.


It's been 14 years since I was there, but I don't recall any bad meals in K'du. Aside from the cheese thing, the food along the way was fine.

One more tip - make sure you have good hiking boots because the trail can be rocky in some areas. I had cheap boots with soft soles (like sneakers) and my feet were sore by the end.
 
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