Friday, July 16, 2010

KLM St. Maarten

This KLM low arrival picture got my attention some time ago. I’ve always been uneasy with airport approaches that bring you in low over water. From the pilot’s viewpoint, there’s not much to it; but, as you may know, when you’re looking out the side of a passenger cabin you have no spatial frame of reference with which to judge your relative position—all you see is that water below getting real close.

This 30-second clip of a very low approach to the infamous St. Maarten airport effectively complements the picture—if you’re not one of the previous 7.1 million viewers, hang on to your hat:

Ground control to Major Tom….

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