The 5 most challenging runways in the world
Travelling by air is one of the most exciting and enjoyable ways to discover new and interesting places – and this often means that pilots can encounter some exceptionally challenging take offs and landings on your trip! Here are the five most challenging runways in the world, from Monmouth Executive Airport.
- Saba Airport: Located on Saba Island in the Caribbean, this airport is famous for having the world’s shortest commercial runway. Just 1,300 feet long, this runway is edged by cliffs on its extreme ends, and flanked by volcanic mountainside slopes on one length and the sea on the other.
- Toncontin Airport: This Honduras airport is extreme in many ways. Not only is it located in a windy valley 3,294 feet above sea level, it’s also surrounded by steep mountains. This means that aircraft have to achieve a stomach-clenching 45-degree bank during decent in order to reach the runway properly.
- MCAS Futenma: Located in Okinawa, Japan, this airport is utilized by the Navy and Marine Corps, some of whom have named it the most dangerous air station in the world. This is because instead of being located within a clear zone of open space, it is surrounded almost up to the runway by the homes, schools, businesses and hospitals of the area, as well as over 3,000 people.
- McMurdo Station: This runway in Antarctica is long, smooth… and completely made of ice. With weather conditions that can change quickly and severely, months of below-freezing temperatures and almost no support services (you have to land using night vision goggles during dark seasons), this is one of the most challenging runways for any pilot.
- Princess Juliana International Airport: Located on the island of St. Maarten in the popular Caribbean Islands, this runway is both hair-raising and busy. Pilots have to fly in incredibly low over a strip of beach, clearing a fence and landing on the fairly short 7,150-foot strip of tarmac. Although built for smaller aircraft, A340s and 747s do land here, making for a spectacular sight.
Land in comfort at Monmouth Executive Airport in NJ
At Monmouth Executive Airport, we’ve made service our differentiator. From a wide range of world-class FBO services and aircraft maintenance services to custom airplane hangar space and more, we set ourselves apart from the hassle and crowds of our competitors. In addition to offering the largest private runway in the country at over 7,300 feet, we also offer a secondary runway at 3512’ x 53’, ideal for most private jets, helicopters and piston aircraft – so you can always land in comfort.
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