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Tales from Kai Tak - 15 Years On

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Tales from Kai Tak - 15 Years On

Old 1st Jun 2021, 05:14
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Part of the 'sunset' for HK plan.
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Old 1st Jun 2021, 08:02
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Sea Eggs: It was Called the "Visual Step Down Approach" and could of course be done without the aid of NDBs since it was a visual procedure.
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Old 1st Jun 2021, 18:59
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"The Visual Step Down" according to G McB!
The object of the exercise was to "spool up" about 400ft final 13 and carry out a normal landing.
However, the start point was about Green Island at 330kts, 1,000ft in the L1011. Without using the speed brakes! So timing of closing the throttles was paramount.
Manoeuvring in the harbour was allowed but 1,000ft had to be maintained until inside Stonecutters. i.e. no climbing to loose speed!
And on another occasion, also with G McB. Unlimited vis. At 8,000ft around TH heading west, told we are number two, 5 miles behind ABC123 carrying out the full IGS. At this point we are at minimum clean speed, and G is rolling his eyes! Ask if there are any further traffic. Receiving a "negative" G requests a visual right hand downwind RW 13. "Cleared". This is going to be interesting!! G turns the L1011 to a point just inside Stonecutters, and with throttles at idle, drop gear and flaps, all within limits. Follow the contours of the north part of Hong Kong island. Carry out a continuous 180 degree onto final RW 13 and spool up the engines as per G's visual approach parameters! Having parked at the terminal and shut down, we were in time to see ABC123 cross the threshold of 13. Them days!!
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Old 2nd Jun 2021, 07:27
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Great story two three. Can you recall what year that was?
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Old 2nd Jun 2021, 10:08
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Interesting Idea, Could it make financial success ?

Originally Posted by Sea Eggs View Post
Hong Kong doesn't need an airport. Shut down CLK and sell the land to the developers. How many skyscrapers can they build at CLK? If anyone wants to travel, just use the airports in Shenzhen Bao'an and Macau.
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Old 2nd Jun 2021, 18:48
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'81 according to my log book.
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Old 3rd Jun 2021, 03:12
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For me the nostalgia associated with Kai Tak had to do more with happier days, great flying, amazing people and a fantastic city to live in or visit. Working for CX or KA was more than a job, it was a fantastic lifestyle. Sadly the rot started with the B scale and new age management hell bent on building a CV. Sad, but good things rarely last.
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Old 3rd Jun 2021, 06:15
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As slf, I always tried to book a seat on the rhs of the aircraft in the hope that it would be a 13 arrival, and it often was. Definitely a very special experience. As for the nullah, once smelled never forgotten. Paxboy, the new airport is very efficient, but you are missing nothing. It totally lacks that very unique character that was Kai Tak.

Deja vu, I agree those were great days as an expat in HK. Occasionally, though, good things do last. I met my now wife in the back of a CX flight from Oz to Kai Tak back in 1990. She was a local girl who travelled a lot in her work, and after over 30 very happy years together we are still going strong. We always used to meet up under the big arrivals board when either of us flew in to Kai Tak.

Happy days, indeed.

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