Hey guys. Today I have a question regarding the after landing procedure at TNCM (st. Juliana). Sometimes TNCM can be packed with many planes lined up for approach.
Usually, the wind is blowing from the east, so you land from the west. After you land, though, you usually have to taxi down the runway to get to the gate. I’ve drawn some horrible pictures to represents this.
Suppose you have just landed, and there is a plane behind you on approach. You eyeball it and figure you don’t have enough time to taxi down the length of the runway to reach your gate. You pull off to the apron next to the end of the runway, and the plane lands. It pulls next to you, and you begin your taxi down the runway towards the gate.
But suppose there’s 15 planes up for landing. You obviously don’t want to be in their way to force a go around which quickly fills up the pattern, making it hard for ATC. What do you? You race down the runway, slam on the thrust reversers, and hang a right into the gate. The landing plane misses you by seconds, and waits in line with the other plane.
To avoid a traffic jam at the end of the runway, what would be the proper procedure for this kind of situation?