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During The Approach Of A Thrill

Pakyong Airport, Sikkim, India

India has a new airport: To just under 1400 meters of altitude on the 24. September 2018, the Pakyong Airport in Sikkim was opened. He is one of the most spectacular and highest of the sub-continent. To Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet border by the end of Sikkim is considered to be scenically the most attractive area of India, was so far, but only laboriously accessible by road. Thanks to the airport, 35 km from the provincial capital of Gangtok station, tourists can arrive easily from Delhi, Guwahati or Kolkata. You experience when landing in "the world's best slopes-view", as the British newspaper "the Telegraph" raved about.

Narsarsuaq, Greenland

The approach to the airport and Narsarsuaq, Greenland is a special experience. The panoramic views of the barren landscape and the fjords is guaranteed, because Narsarsuaq may only be in the daytime and only with a clear view to the city. There are no radar guidance is still an active flight monitoring. Narsarsuaq was built in 1941 by the US Department of defense for strategic reasons. He is considered to be dangerous due to the many fjords and strong winds.

Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten

The Princess Juliana International Airport on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten, bounded by sea and mountains, requires a special approach: as early as possible on the very short runway, to fly the machines in only ten to twenty meters in height above the beach, where the airport is located. The bathers, in spite of warning Signs, not from the spectacle to hold and To make diligent Selfies of the daring and departures, even if a lot of the air power of the Jet engines have been blown away, a couple of times with deadly consequences. Also, the so-called fence-surfing fight brackets – at the Start of a machine at the airport fence and against the turbine blasting has developed into a Sport.

Matekane airstrip, Lesotho

Google Earth calls him the "most dangerous airfield in the world". Even the most experienced pilot is likely to shoot at the Start of the Adrenalin into the blood: The almost 400-metre-long Piste on a mountain plateau ends abruptly at a 500 meters of sloping precipice. Small machines are trying to reach in free fall, the necessary speed. Only private planes land here; for commercial flights Matekane was closed ten years ago.

Tenzing-Hillary Airport, Lukla, Nepal

Who wants to be on Mount Everest, comes around to him: the Tenzing-Hillary Airport. This is from Kathmandu, several flights a day, but only by small aircraft, because the runway is short, only 527 meters. Your only uphill can be landed, and downhill started. To whom this thrill still is not enough: The slope ends abruptly; at its end it is 600 meters vertically into the depth.

Barra Airport, Scotland

The rather bumpy take-offs and landings at this airfield are only possible at low tide; at high tide it sinks in the water. Because instead of a paved runway, the pilots use the beach of the tiny Hebridean island of Barra. Of course, the Beach can be used to Airport only by small aircraft: machines of the type Twin Otter depart from Glasgow. No flight operations take place, is the beach for tourists and Locals open if it allows the Scottish weather.

Paro Airport, Bhutan

Paro is located in Bhutan's only international airport and 65 kilometers West of the capital city of Thimphu at an altitude of 2236 meters in a deep valley. Originally it had been built only for the helicopter; in 1990, the runway was extended in 1964 meters. You reach a sharp curve to the right, and the very challenging approach leads through the confusing terrain where the only visual flight is possible. Only a few pilots have the special permission to land here. After all, there are scheduled Connections to Delhi, Calcutta, Dhaka, Kathmandu and Bangkok.

Sea Ice Runway, McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

Also known as "The Ice", is this run actually made of ice. As soon as the Antarctic season is over and the ice melts, the land and the runway in the water. It needs to be rebuilt every year. According to a statement from the pilots to the runway when Landing feels similar to concrete. As soon as the plane comes to a standstill, however, some centimeters into the ice.

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport, Saba, Caribbean

Actually, should be built on the tiny, almost circular island with a diameter of just 4.5 miles, which belongs to the Netherlands, not the airport, because there was simply no suitable place to do it. However, in early 1959, the first plane landed in a breakneck maneuver on an improvised runway. At the beginning of the 1960s there was built an airport; today, there are regular flights from the neighboring Islands of Sint Maarten and Sint Eustatius. That no accident happened, almost a miracle: The runway is only 400 meters long; on one side it goes up the mountain, the front and rear directly to the cliffs.

Toncontin International Airport, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

the runway was extended some years ago and a hill in the approach path to be removed, but the Aeropuerto Internacional Toncontín international airport in the Honduran capital, is still one of the most demanding in the world. He is surrounded by high mountains and must be flown at a steeper angle than usual.

Gibraltar International Airport, Gibraltar

It is closely in Gibraltar and the Peninsula on the output of the Mediterranean sea, for 300 years a British possession and Spain claimed, is only inhabited for six and a half square kilometres in size and density. The runway of the airport had to be built directly on the port and transverse to the Winston Churchill Avenue, the road that leads to Spain. As in the case of a railway crossing the road must, at any or departure will be blocked.

aerodrome Courchevel, France

Two James Bond movies were filmed here, and a landing on the airfield of Courchevel looks like a movie stunt: He is not only good for 2000 meters in height, but only 537 metres long runway is vertically folded and has at the steepest part of a slope of almost 19%. Landed uphill must be, therefore, started downhill. A queasy feeling is delivered free of charge.

Funchal Airport, Madeira, Portugal

the airport of Madeira, officially Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo, are in need of pilots for a special training, because the landing is very, very dangerous. The slopes jut into the sea, and the pilot must compensate for treacherous winds and at the same time a sharp turn to fly. Passengers landing for the first Time on the Portuguese Atlantic island, wonder not only about the daring landing maneuver, but also the fact that you may be quite shaken up.

Congonhas Airport, São Paulo, Brazil

As of the Congonhas airport, in 1936, was opened, was in São Paulo a long time, the Mega-City of today. At that time, the airport was outside the city; today he is in the midst of a densely populated residential area. Today Congonhas is used only for domestic flights, and exclusively by Brazilian companies, since São Paulo operates since 1985, a further international airport. As dangerous Congonhas is, however, still.

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Created: 11.04.2019, 09:42 PM

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