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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 ?

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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 16th Jul 2021, 22:19
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'81 according to my log book.
We're from the same era.
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Old 17th Jul 2021, 11:23
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GMcB was on the first course at Palmdale as an F/O and got his command in early 77, I think. He could get the 1011 to dance for him. His other unusual arrival was to get off the crew bus well before the Tokyo Prince Hotel and simply disappear into the night!
Another execution of the "Visual Stepdown" by PB in the 744 was less appreciated by the next in line on the IGS. HGA who was in the following 744 had to do a GA! There were a few terse words at the Aero Club.
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Old 17th Jul 2021, 13:49
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It's hard to think back and realise just how good we all had it, what with both the Aero Club and the CX Club...spoiled for choice, and happy days.
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Old 17th Jul 2021, 20:08
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Understatement of..... I was going to say, 'the century', before I stopped myself. Yes, the A-Scalers had it 'good'. Well above and beyond the Aero Club; the best of everything; and after you forced the company to give you another ten years beyond your contractual retirement age and then some, I think we can all agree the A-Scalers had it 'the best' in the history of aviation. And good for you!
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Old 18th Jul 2021, 03:42
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The B scalers did alright until November last year as well to be fair. Was a pretty good innings. Massive fall from grace now alas.

Time to move on. Cathay management can't destroy the memories at least.
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Old 18th Jul 2021, 12:20
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And now it's the race to the bottom. Pilot remuneration has fallen off a cliff. HK teachers get paid more than pilots and cabin crew paid no more than fast food workers.

That COS18 contract is written on toilet paper.
Reference Part 1, benefits and allowances. That first paragraph says it all, the company can change your money when it wants, however much it wants and they don't even need to tell you... just like when they cut panel doctors off the medical we had without telling any one. (And everyone thought clause 7 was bad in one of the previously turned down negotiations around COS16)

Aviation has become an industry where you start at the top and it's all downhill till you retire on less than you started... all for what?

What are we doing here.... ( if you don't like it leave right?)

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Old 18th Jul 2021, 16:03
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Just like the toilet paper our contracts are written on, we have to show them where to stick it. And many, many are. Either to jobs in the US or elsewhere, or to non-flying roles entirely, because the writing is on the wall.

Let's hope it's Cathay that ends up with a generous dose of egg on their face, and rightly so, the opportunistic psychopaths.

Don't you worry dabz, we are leaving in droves. It might get a bit interesting very soon....
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Old 9th Aug 2021, 12:53
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Interested in knowing which year the Checkerboard Approach was introduced and which types of aircraft of that era flew that approach to runway 13?

The restoration of the Checkerboard has taken place. Two sides South and West have been restored and painted .
South side is fire engine red / white. West side a burgundy / white
Did the west side serve a purpose for the 13 approach and why the darker red ?
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Old 9th Aug 2021, 13:44
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It's hard to answer the first question on internet research. I did come across this from the Civil Aviation Departments ArchiveIn 1962, a passenger terminal building was built. Turboprop aircraft were being replaced by jets such as the Boeing 707, DC8 and de Havilland comet. The first Boeing B747 arrived on 11 April 1970. In those days to use runway 13 pilots were required to have the runway in slight when the aircraft was near Cheung Chau Island.

In 1974, the visual approach was replaced by the Instrument Guidance System (IGS). With the aid of the IGS the runway could become visual to pilots when they were over the Kowloon Peninsula. This significantly increased the utilization of runway 13 under adverse weather conditions particularly during long periods of easterly prevailing winds.

Don't know the answer to the colour scheme questions though.
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Old 9th Aug 2021, 23:05
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I think you will find that the reason for the slightly different colour scheme for the two faces is nothing more than the paint they had available.

I have had two walls of the same room in Hong Kong painted a different white by the half wit who said that was all they had left in the shop.

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