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Sun Jan 27, 2019, 04:11 PM

What it looks like landing at the Nuuk Greenland Airport


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Reply What it looks like landing at the Nuuk Greenland Airport (Original post)
demmiblue Jan 2019 OP
jpak Jan 2019 #1
EarnestPutz Jan 2019 #14
akraven Jan 2019 #2
volstork Jan 2019 #3
keithbvadu2 Jan 2019 #4
lillypaddle Jan 2019 #5
hunter Jan 2019 #6
rwsanders Jan 2019 #25
rsdsharp Jan 2019 #7
True Dough Jan 2019 #15
3Hotdogs Jan 2019 #8
Gumboot Jan 2019 #9
Major Nikon Jan 2019 #12
pangaia Jan 2019 #28
Major Nikon Jan 2019 #29
pangaia Jan 2019 #30
Major Nikon Jan 2019 #31
DoctorJoJo Jan 2019 #10
Major Nikon Jan 2019 #11
LTG Jan 2019 #13
Mopar151 Jan 2019 #16
LTG Jan 2019 #18
rsdsharp Jan 2019 #17
dem in texas Jan 2019 #21
GeoWilliam750 Jan 2019 #20
pangaia Jan 2019 #26
SunSeeker Jan 2019 #19
burrowowl Jan 2019 #22
pangaia Jan 2019 #27
marble falls Jan 2019 #23
Bob Loblaw Jan 2019 #24

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 04:26 PM

1. Landing a 737 in Dutch Harbor Alaska is about the same

or worse - depending on weather.

Spectacular place Greenland!

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Response to jpak (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 12:11 AM

14. Flying into Dutch Harbor also requires making a left hand turn..

...when you are a few hundred feet above the water and just as close to the rocky shoreline.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 05:08 PM

2. Old Man, Prospect, Coldfoot, Deitrich then back to Fairbanks.

Lots of great pilots out there!!!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 05:12 PM

3. SO cool!

Thanks for posting!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2019, 11:47 PM

4. Smooth landing

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 10:20 AM

5. Damn, that's scary

and cool! Wow.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 11:08 AM

6. You know what I'm nostalgic for already?

That orange glow of high pressure sodium street lamps.

Most of the street lighting in our city has already been replaced by "white" LEDs that are a little too blue for my taste, but not as bad as the ghastly bluish light of the mercury vapor lighting I remember as a kid.

In this video I can easily imagine getting off the plane into the cold and snow and ending up somewhere warm and cozy.

It's the orange city lights that do it for me.

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Response to hunter (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:38 PM

25. The new lights also contribute more to light pollution and are making it harder for astronomers.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 11:44 AM

7. So the runway is a half block long?

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 08:24 AM

15. Wouldn't want to overshoot it!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 03:49 PM

8. Only a real estate agent could have named it "Greenland."

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 04:27 PM

9. Yikes, that is almost a carrier deck landing!

Makes Chicago Midway look easy. And that one scares me silly every time.


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Response to Gumboot (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 08:46 PM

12. The runways the airlines use at Midway are about 6500'

Which isn't too bad, really. As a pilot who flies jets, takeoffs from shorter runways are a lot more nerve wrecking than landings. With less than 3,000' of runway to go, the centerline runway lights change from white to alternating red and white. If you aren't off the ground yet, the pucker factor goes way up even if you know everything is OK. If everything is not OK, there's a decent chance you are going to use every inch of that runway.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 11:30 PM

28. Is that a Dash-7 ?

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Response to pangaia (Reply #28)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 11:44 PM

29. Could be

Instruments look 80s vintage

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #29)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:21 AM

30. If so it is a STOL, right? Should make departure a might easier.

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Response to pangaia (Reply #30)

Thu Jan 31, 2019, 12:34 AM

31. Turboprops typically do better than turbojets with short runways

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 08:03 PM

10. Landed In Thule Several Times--Much Less Harrowing At AFB

 

But have seen planes slide off icy runways there, and also 30 below zero temps! Enjoy it now, as it melts away!

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Response to DoctorJoJo (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 08:19 PM

11. The harrowing part is the runway is painted white

But no terrain around it except for Dundas mountain, which is more like a hill.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2019, 11:04 PM

13. Kai Tak Heart Attack

Landings at the old Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong were known as a Kai Tak Heart Attack.

The airport sat in a bowl, studded with apartment buildings, surrounded by water and mountains. At the end of the approach was a low altitude 47 degree turn at 200 mph only 2 nautical miles from the airport. Beneath the plane, apartment buildings and lots of people.

It was especially exciting during high winds, crosswinds and typhoon season. Pilots had to fly this landing stick and rudder style. The exact opposite of the new airport on Lantau Island.

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/kai-tak-hong-kong-airport-scary-landing

(Sorry, no clue how to post articles or videos)

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Response to LTG (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 10:56 AM

16. I knew a Pan-Am co-pilot who flew that route

IIRC, he mentioned a target, painted on the side of a mountain, as the glide path marker.

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Response to Mopar151 (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 03:39 PM

18. IIRC

When you see the target on the mountain turn right. Pretty low tech and another thrill in heavy weather.

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Response to LTG (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 11:26 AM

17. I landed there --as a passenger.

You could look into apartment windows during the decent. I wonder how the occupants felt.

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 02:08 AM

21. I flew in there twice as a passenger

Scary, and yes, looking right in the apartment windows.

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Response to LTG (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 06:01 PM

20. Great video of the 747 coming in to Kai Tak

I used to love that approach and airport. It was always fun to ride it into Hong Kong, and it especially got your attention in bad weather.

Then it was just a 10 minute (when traffic was light) to Central. It was possible to land, clear immigration and customs (with a carry-on), and be in one's hotel room in about 15 minutes, or at least as I remember it. The Gurkhas for security, as well.

It is probably for the better that they moved the airport though.

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Response to LTG (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 11:26 PM

26. Ah the old checkerboard..

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2019, 05:20 PM

19. Wow.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 05:44 PM

22. No bad, seen worse!

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #22)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 11:27 PM

27. Lukla

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:24 PM

23. I want a flight simulator just like that one for my birthday. Hint, hint, hint.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2019, 10:23 PM

24. Didn't the Three Stooges film there?

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.

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