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    St. Maarten 4-16-15

    Following the prior day's beachside shooting at St. Thomas' Cyril E. King airport, the beautiful Allure of the Seas deposited us at the pier in Phillipsburg St. Maarten. Needless to say that this aviation enthusiast (geek) and my somewhat willing girlfriend were on the first cab heading to Maho Beach, the Sunset Beach Bar, and Princess Juliana International Airport.

    Being one of two people crazy enough to be using scanners on a crowded beach full of part time plane spotting wannabes (tourists), I found myself occasionally mobbed by people wondering when the "big plane" (nonexistant 747 flight) was coming in... "Umm... define "big"". With selfie sticks, iPads, and GoPros galore, the day started with many ruined shots (see the upcoming outtake post), but overall it's hard to complain about being in spotters paradise. I mean, great traffic, perfect weather, no police/"concerned citizen" harassment, pizzas just steps away, a cool refreshing breeze, and the ability to hop in the ocean whenever a heavy wasn't on final... what more could a spotter ask for?

    The surfboard (Flightaware for those of us without international data plans), being updated with the day's arrivals.
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    The traffic began as the typical SXM commuter flights for the first few hours.
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    This pair of sierra-hotel FedEx pilots won the Clipper (of the fence) Trophy for the day with this low approach
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    The big(er) arrivals started with Insel's Mad Dog coming in over a crowded beach
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    In my opinion, the guy in the left seat of this Turbo Centurion was the luckiest SOB on the face of the earth bringing that lovely Cessna in low over the beach
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    More to come in Part II later.

    Thanks for looking!

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    Very nice ... Definitely worth the cab ride
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    Absolutely worth the cab ride!

    Here's part 2:

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    The fence riders got a kick out of the Insel MD (which held the brakes for quite a while while running up the engines)
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    The bizjet traffic was down compared to prior visits, with this Lear being the sole business aircraft movement.
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    mb43 by Mark Kolanowski, on Flickr

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    The trip ended with this AAL B752 framed by the surfboard... I can't wait to return!
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    Very nice! I'm still waiting for the day I can make the trip down there.

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    Thanks Ryan! Take the chance as soon as you get it, just try and time it so you're not there on a busy cruise day (It gets crowded) or, if you go on a ship like I have, get there early.

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    Totally awesome stuff!! I really HAVE to get there someday!!!
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    Thanks Mark!
    It's well worth the trip, and a relatively short flight on B6 from FLL! (or NK if you're a contortionist who likes 28'' pitch non-reclining seats)

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    Awesome shots!!


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