I no longer complain about the Wellington approach


Runway length of 525 metres with a gradient of 18.5%


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  • You haven’t lived until you landed at New Plymouth with a nice fresh westerly. Pilots frequently get applause for using all wheels at the same time.

    • jcpry

      Been there done that one. Looking out the window and seeing the runway at the wrong angle is not fun.

  • Agent BallSack

    Can anyone identify the plane? Looks to have a super low stall speed so at least plowing nose first into the ground may not kill everyone.

  • thor42

    Wow! Nasty!

    Anyway, a bit off-topic but speaking of “things Wellington” – I’ve just had an *excellent* sushi meal from a place called “The Catch”. AFAIK they’re the only sushi place in Wgtn that does deliveries in the evening.

    Very good. Here’s the link for anyone checking them out –

    I had the teriyaki chicken. Highly recommended.

  • Tude

    Is that Katmandu, James?

  • cows4me

    Do they hand out complimentary butt plugs?

    • Would you need them? I’d be puckered up so much I’d taste my own… I mean, I wouldn’t need one.

    • Mr_V4

      No, you have to pack it in your carry on.

      Oh and don’t leave it on your tray table, it will spoil others appetite.

  • metalnwood

    Surely Lukala in nepal, its a fair bit shorter, also needs some certification to land there, has lots to navigate and an awesome takeoff as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq_S_vAsiuo

    • James Howlett

      Love how cool the pilots are – like it ain’t no thang.

    • Agent BallSack

      The statue of Ganesh protects all

    • baw

      Agreed, Lukala is much more hazadous.

  • Michael

    Paro in Bhutan is another airport that is freaky to land at – not because of the runway, but because it is enclosed by mountains and there is literally no margin for error on approach and departure – stray just slightly off course and you’ll slam into a mountain.

  • Martin White

    Oar sum – very picturesque.