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(YouTube)   We'd like to welcome our passengers aboard Balls of Steel Airlines. We'll be taking off from an altitude of 10,000 feet today   ( divider line
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2013-02-24 12:40:21 AM  
4 votes:
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:
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/least the runway appears to be smoother than Courchevel
2013-02-24 12:43:08 AM  
3 votes:
The little 228s got their asses kicked by that Twin Otter.

The vodka burner is still the best takeoff video.
2013-02-24 02:23:45 AM  
2 votes:

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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.

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2013-02-24 02:23:26 AM  
2 votes:
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 02:08:41 AM  
2 votes:
Yep.. Lukla..That video doesn't do the strip justice..

One of the best videos of what it's like to land there:
2013-02-24 01:57:08 AM  
2 votes:
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2013-02-24 01:21:19 AM  
2 votes:
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:
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The runway is longer than it a piers...

But at least at Lukla they don't have to worry about traffic, as in Gibraltar:
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Or highrise apartments, like they used to in Hong Kong:
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2013-02-24 12:26:46 AM  
2 votes:
Worst case scenario: you take off.
2013-02-24 03:04:53 AM  
1 vote:

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

One of the best videos of what it's like to land there:

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 02:55:44 AM  
1 vote:

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

That is unbeloyvable.
2013-02-24 02:26:12 AM  
1 vote:
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 02:11:39 AM  
1 vote:
STOLs. But still cool...that's what they're made for.
2013-02-24 01:50:47 AM  
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