Welcome to my first spotting topic on IFC!
Two Weeks ago, I visited the island of Sint Maarten (SXM/TNCM) for my yearly family vacation there. This year’s vacation was even better then usual though as not only did I make many new friends, but for Christmas I received a Canon EOS Rebel T6 and two awesome lenses & no better place to test them out than at SXM itself :)
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T6
Lenses: Canon EF 18-55mm & Canon EF 75-300mm
Location: My Resort (Royal Islander) & Maho Beach (SXM)
Let’s Get Into Things!
1.) First up we have a Air Canada B737 MAX-8’s (C-FSES) from Toronto.
2.) Here’s Trans Anguilla Airway’s Britten-Norman BN-2B-21 Islander (VP-AEW) from Anguilla.
3.) St. Maarten is very known for the immense amount of corporate charter traffic. Just like this Dassault-Falcon 7X (M-FALC) coming in.
4.) Following that we have a Gulfstream IV (N722NK) ready to takeoff on its way back up to the states.
5.) When aircraft takeoff from Runway 10, they end up burning a lot of fuel while going over the mountain. So when aircraft get the chance, its more efficient and cheaper for them to takeoff from Runway 28 and takeoff over the beach. Just like this American B737-800 (N940AN) did while on it’s way to Philadelphia!
6.) Who doesn’t love when a yellow Cessna 208B Grand Caravan flying over your head?! Here’s DHL’s C208B (N965HL)
7.) There’s nothing that feel’s more Caribbean like then a Manna Ray on the tail of a Seaborne Saab 340 (N336SA).
8.) This Piper PA-46 (PR-SFG) getting ready to take off to head down to South America. Always awesome to see propeller GA aircraft on the island.
9.) Close Up of this Winair DHC-6-300 Twin Otter (PJ-WIP) as it prepares to do a quick charter to the nearby island of St. Barths (SBH/TFFJ). Winair is owned by the Sint Maarten Government and has their FOB at SXM. They operate a total of 4 Twin Otters and lease 3 aircraft in the ATR Family from Air Antilles.
10.) Close up on N722NK (The Gulfstream IV)! Isn’t this a beautiful aircraft!?