I have reached a new low: Making a special trip to take photographs and video of aircraft at an airport.
I do have an excuse: Mike Targett the editor of Flightglobal asked me because he knew I would be in one of the best places in the world to do it, and he knows a lot of our Flightglobal audience love it.
And I’ve got to admit it was fine, especially as there was a beach, sun, beer and chips.
Here are the results, and we’ve got video which we’ll process shortly.
This first shot is the aircraft most people at Maho Beach in St Maarten were waiting for: an Air France A340. As you can see the beach is narrow and there is a sandy road in between the beach and the runway threshold fence.
The aircraft roar in just metres above the sun-seekers here at this Caribbean island. And the landing spectacle is clearly a popular local attraction.
There is an old surf board mounted in the sand telling the bar dwellers what time the aircraft are scheduled to arrive.
And it is not just jetliners of course. Here’s a Winair Twin Otter.
US Airways makes it in as well.
And notice those warning signs – here’s a close-up.
Flightblogger eat your heart out mate!