As I’m tying this I’m currently sitting at TNCM and watching people arrive/depart in the sim. Its just a pet peeve of mine when I see people try to climb over the huge mountain at the end of rwy 10. I understand that not everyone has been there but I just thought I’d share to the community that this is not how to properly depart the airport. Yes, its possible to climb over the terrain but for those who want the true feeling of departing from Princess Julianna Int’l then this shouldn’t be done.
From my personal experiences there (multiple times) it seems that all jets including airliners make a fairly sharp right turn a couple hundred feet after taking off. After the turn they can either go around the terrain from the back (like the Air France A340 does) and continue North or continue their departure route to the south, east, west.
For other aircraft including small turbo props and other single engines I have seen them both immediately turn left over the lagoon or make that right turn out over the bay.
I’ve included some very outdated but relevant departure plates (I couldn’t find any current ones) via Vatsim that should help give you guys a better idea of what I’m talking about along with a good ole Just Planes video of an airliner departing. Please let me know if this helps you guys feel more like you’re at piloting an aircraft out of TNCM!
I didn’t include the procedures for departing 28 because I simply couldn’t find any but for now that’s sort of irrelevant in IF.