That’s just a GA airport. Biggest stuff there is usually the King Airs.
Lake Hood is mostly taildraggers and float planes, but that one is tucked
into a corner of the international airport.
On Sat, May 9, 2020 at 9:56 AM Chris Barker <ftog@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Yes, that looks daunting, Ken. I’d not want to mix it with the heavy
> stuff arriving and departing at that rate. Wake turbulence must pose a
> frequent risk.
> > On 8 May 2020, at 21:07, Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > It's really a fantastic time to be a plane spotter here in Alaska. Ted
> > Stevens International Airport has become the busiest airport in the
> > world thanks to passenger traffic collapsing everywhere else and the
> > need for cargo flights at an all time high. The string of jumbo jet
> > freighters coming through here reminds me of flying through Kennedy
> > (New York) back in the '90s when you could get a string of 747s lined
> > up on the taxiway for the entire length of the runway. Most of the
> > east-bounds pass over our house, and for the most part, all of them
> > are at max take-off weight.
> > If you want to take pictures of airplanes, no matter what size, shape
> > or speed, you'll find them here. I was just looking at the Anchorage
> > terminal chart, and there is an ominous note that will strike fear
> > into the hearts of every general aviation pilot:
> > CAUTION: HEAVY VFR TRAFFIC WITHIN THE MERRILL CLASS D WITH PEAK
> > OPERATIONS 150/200 MOVEMENTS PER HOUR
> > Merrill Field - PAMR
> > To put this into perspective, that's only slightly behind Oshkosh
> > "AirVenture". PAMR runs simultaneous right-hand and left-hand patterns
> > with three different base-legs each. During heavy operations there are
> > two aircraft on the runway at the same time. Insanity.
> > But for a photographer, Hooooo Waaaa!
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