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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #240 on: February 23, 2018, 12:13:19 AM »
Sure, as soon as I clear my own book backlog ;D

Make a DO out of it

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #241 on: May 24, 2018, 09:51:48 AM »
Flying into TGU has been on my bucket list forever, and I specifically planned my itinerary to take advantage of this opportunity. Tegucigalpa appears on pretty much every "10 most dangerous airports in the world" and similar lists, and for good reason. The approach is incredibly difficult, consisting of extreme drops and turns, and then proceeds extremely low over the surrounding buildings and terrain. Once you hit the ground, you find yourself on the shortest runway of any international airport in the world, which ends - because of course it does - in a steep cliff with a major roadway beneath it. Needless to say, there have been a number of serious accidents here over the years.

Another plane just overshot the runway and landed in the road:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rt.com/news/427485-honduras-plane-crash-broke-in-half/amp/

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=kOybx_1527027662

Supposedly the airport is slated to be shut and replaced with the air Force base in Comayagua, but that's been delayed over and over.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #242 on: May 24, 2018, 01:33:45 PM »
Supposedly the airport is slated to be shut and replaced with the air Force base in Comayagua, but that's been delayed over and over.

Hope those delays continue. Still need TGU checked off.

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #243 on: May 24, 2018, 01:39:15 PM »
Hope those delays continue. Still need TGU checked off.
looking to check off your bucket list going down a cliff in a plane?
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #244 on: May 24, 2018, 01:54:50 PM »
Another plane just overshot the runway and landed in the road:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.rt.com/news/427485-honduras-plane-crash-broke-in-half/amp/

https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=kOybx_1527027662

Supposedly the airport is slated to be shut and replaced with the air Force base in Comayagua, but that's been delayed over and over.
Sounds like it was a good thing you didn't go there with Jetsmarter.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #245 on: May 24, 2018, 02:28:24 PM »
Sounds like it was a good thing you didn't go there with Jetsmarter.

Indeed. The airlines have special rules regarding training and currency, but you gotta wonder if the private pilot here knew what he was getting into.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #246 on: May 24, 2018, 11:19:32 PM »
Indeed. The airlines have special rules regarding training and currency, but you gotta wonder if the private pilot here knew what he was getting into.

Here is what W0X0F had to say about TGU back in '09:

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I just checked Delta's schedule and we fly a 737 in there out of Atlanta once daily 4 to 6 days a week depending on the time of year. I checked the airport information that Delta puts out to pilots and there were some interesting nuggets there:

• B737-700 only authorized
• Captain will conduct all approaches and landings.
• Operations prohibited at night, or when runway is reported wet by tower.
• TWR may not allow take-off or landings with aircraft on taxiway due to close proximity to runway.
• Airport is a non-radar environment. Be prepared to provide position and altitude reports.
• Due to mountainous terrain, do not accept/request off course clearances unless obstruction clearance is assured.
• Anti-skid, APU electrical, auto speed brakes, and all thrust reversers must be operative.
• Rwy 02 is the preferred runway due to Rwy 20 rejected landing performance issues.
• Tegucigalpa is pronounced “Tay goose e galpa”. Do not say “Ta goose” for short on the PA. It is offensive to the passengers. (<--- I love this one!)

WARNING
Airport located in a valley surrounded by mountainous terrain in all quadrants.
Terrain rises above 5000’ MSL within 5 NM of airport.
Terrain rises above 7500’ MSL within 11 NM of airport.

[my note: the airport elevation is 3,297 ft MSL; the runway is 6,109 ft long...shorter than DCA by over 800 feet!]

CAUTION
Large birds on and in the vicinity of the airport.
Expect extensive VFR traffic in the area.
Use extreme caution if a decision is made to make a non-normal landing. Consider diversion to a suitable alternate, if feasible.

ARRIVAL
Arrival Procedures
• Cross TALAG at 210 KTS and expect to cross at 10000’ MSL or 11000’ MSL
• Recommend maximum flap setting for landing.
• Autobrakes 3 or higher. Do not hesitate to use maximum autobrakes any time there are questionable winds.
• Do not attempt go-around once spoilers/reversers are activated.

Rwy 02 Anticipated EGPWS Warning
• EGPWS warnings are likely during turn to short final RWY 02. Do not inhibit.
• PM will announce descent rate with all EGPWS aural warnings.


There's some other, more esoteric, information on our "green pages" but you get the idea from the above; it's an airport that you want to be on your game for.

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #247 on: October 21, 2018, 02:40:40 PM »
So, planned and planned, but plans fell through last year. I just booked the island for this January, with DW. Can't wait!
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #248 on: October 21, 2018, 02:48:03 PM »
So, planned and planned, but plans fell through last year. I just booked the island for this January, with DW. Can't wait!

That's awesome! We hope to go back soon as well.

The only real issue I had was that one warm night, so maybe ask Barry what he can do about a fan. Also speak to Alice, some new flights have been added to the area. You may be able to avoid the overnight in Roatan.

Also make sure that your snorkel gear fits properly before you go, otherwise it'll be a pain to get new ones once on the island. Any specific questions, ask away.

And of course, TROIDH ;D.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #249 on: October 21, 2018, 03:11:47 PM »
That's awesome! We hope to go back soon as well.

The only real issue I had was that one warm night, so maybe ask Barry what he can do about a fan. Also speak to Alice, some new flights have been added to the area. You may be able to avoid the overnight in Roatan.

Also make sure that your snorkel gear fits properly before you go, otherwise it'll be a pain to get new ones once on the island. Any specific questions, ask away.

And of course, TROIDH ;D.



I was a bit worried about it being too warm at night, I usually have my room below 70° at all times, but I think I'll be fine. I'll inquire about a fan. I don't plan on overnighting in RTB, as I'll be landing at 12:45 and will go directly to my charter. (I PMd you about that last year, and you said the overnight was avoidable.) No snorkel gear yet, but was wondering about that. I never snorkel, and am not sure if I'll ever use them again, is it not a good idea to rent? I did make note, and will skip the solar showers
I've read through your TR and others thoroughly, as well as PMd you a bunch, so I think I got most of my info, thank you! I'm not sure how I'm supposed to write a TR after yours, but I'll settle for POIDH
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #250 on: October 21, 2018, 08:49:57 PM »


I was a bit worried about it being too warm at night, I usually have my room below 70° at all times, but I think I'll be fine. I'll inquire about a fan. I don't plan on overnighting in RTB, as I'll be landing at 12:45 and will go directly to my charter. (I PMd you about that last year, and you said the overnight was avoidable.) No snorkel gear yet, but was wondering about that. I never snorkel, and am not sure if I'll ever use them again, is it not a good idea to rent? I did make note, and will skip the solar showers
I've read through your TR and others thoroughly, as well as PMd you a bunch, so I think I got most of my info, thank you! I'm not sure how I'm supposed to write a TR after yours, but I'll settle for POIDH

You could rent, but compare prices. A decent set of gear would not be terribly expensive. Just make sure to try it on first, preferably in a pool or something.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #251 on: October 22, 2018, 09:37:50 AM »
in a pool or something.
something = bath tub?

(or maybe in a convertible)

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #252 on: October 22, 2018, 02:41:21 PM »
..mikvah?

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #253 on: October 28, 2018, 11:18:24 PM »
Anything more than the usual domestic F available out of TGU or SAP?
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #254 on: October 28, 2018, 11:24:51 PM »
Anything more than the usual domestic F available out of TGU or SAP?

Nope. It's not be terribly long flight though.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #255 on: October 28, 2018, 11:28:43 PM »
Nope. It's not be terribly long flight though.
I know, just figured I'd throw it in if they had lie flats. Wish full thinking. Oh well. Bucket list aside, TGU or SAP?
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #256 on: October 29, 2018, 12:13:18 AM »
I know, just figured I'd throw it in if they had lie flats. Wish full thinking. Oh well. Bucket list aside, TGU or SAP?

SAP is closer and has way more flights.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #257 on: October 29, 2018, 11:36:12 AM »
SAP is closer and has way more flights.
Thanks, seemed to be the conclusion I was coming to as well. FYI, they have now started accepting PayPal as a form of payment for the Islands, but it needs to be a "friends" payment, not a business payment, so it will incur a fee if paid with a  credit card. Still better than Western Union, and it codes as travel IINM.
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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #258 on: December 26, 2018, 07:17:38 PM »
Breathtakingly Stunning! Ma Rabu Maasescha Hashem. Your pics are award winning

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Re: Private Island Paradise: Something Fishy's Anniversary Adventure
« Reply #259 on: December 26, 2018, 07:22:10 PM »
Here is what W0X0F had to say about TGU back in '09:

 :D Apparently this pilot didnt watch all those "10 most dangerous airports" you tube videos