The Kai Tak Throwback!
It’s about time I showed some love to my home’s old airport, which sadly I never got to see, which is, of course, the very famous Kai Tak airport. Known for its perilous “checkerboard approach” that took 747s just over the bustling city, pilots that flew here had to undergo special training before being allowed to land there. It also made for the most fascinating plane spotting location as eager aviation enthusiasts watched heavies make the sharp right turn before landing literally hundreds of feet above them. Of course, it was soon overcrowded and closed in 1998 to make way for the new airport today. Let’s throwback to one of the most popular routes (and still is one) of the time - Taipei to Kai Tak!
This is not going to be a flyout, instead is a group flight, as it wouldn’t showcase the true highlight of Kai Tak which is the approach :)
Route: RCTP - VHHX
Date and Time: 2020-01-05T00:00:00Z
Aircraft / LIvery: Cathay Pacific 744
NOTAM: This is an expert server event, so behave realistically and use unicom respectfully - I assume you know what that means. I would also HIGHLY recommend flying the checkerboard approach in casual/solo to practice first as it is VERY HARD!
Flight Time: Approx. 1hr
Route: RCTP ELATO MAGOG CH GOLF SL R288 RW VHXX (see chart below for approach)
Below 10,000: 250kts at 2500fpm
10,000ft to FL280: 310kts at 2000fpm
FL280 to FL360: M0.85 at 1500fpm
Begin at 170nm to destination
FL360 to FL280: M0.85 at -1600fpm
FL280 to 10,000ft: 310kts at -1600fpm
Below 10,000ft: 250kts at -1600fpm
*Must reach the “SL” NDB at approx 4000ft and 180kts.
GatesWe will use Apron B gates at RCTP, although more will be added if necesssary.
Remember to practice that approach before coming, but it’s always super fun and satisfying to fly! Hope to see you all there :))