Spotting Spots: St. Maarten, Saba & St. Barth’s
Last month I wrote an article about the spotting opportunities at St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport in the Caribbean. (See post: Spotting Spot: Maho Beach, St. Maarten) Andy Cruickshank was there last November and spent an afternoon watching the various approach techniques. He was nice enough to send in some really great pictures he took while visiting St. Maarten as well as information and photos of two great nearby spotting locations, Saba & St. Barth's. There are two airports close by to St. Maarten that are definitely worth a visit. The islands of Saba and St. Barth's are just a 10-15 minute flight from SXM. YouTube videoout there of a botched landing and the aircraft is still parked at the airport. You can walk from the terminal up the hill and watch the arrivals from there. Flights are about $60 each way in to either place and all connections are through STM. For aviation enthusiasts having three dramatic airports so close together can make for a great vacation in it's own right. Special thanks to Andy Cruickshank for all of his information and photos making this article possible.