1 Lukla Airport, Lukla, Nepal
This airport, sits within the Himalaya mountains, and is where you must land if you want to climb Mount Everst. The 1,476 (one thousand four hundred and seventy six) foot runway slopes downward, Has a wall of mountains behind the higher end and a 2,000 ft drop below the lower end. All flights take off downhill, and if they are unable to use the runway to gain take off velocity (VR), they drop into the valley and use gravity as they dive in to the valley! All landings occur uphill. Going around is not an option! There is simply not enough space to manuevre and not enough performance to outclimb the mountains infront. Once in the valley you are committed to land!
- To Slope (verb)Inclinar
- DownwardsPara Baixo
- UpwardsPara Cima
- Occur (verb)Acontecer
- To GainGanhar
2 Barra, Outer Hebrides, Scotland
Here, planes take-off and land on the Traigh Mhor (pronounced Tray More), the Traigh Mhor is a beach. Wooden posts mark where each of the the three runways start and end. Operations at this airport are dependent upon the tide, as when the tide comes in, there is no runway! Airlines that operate here, including British Airways, have to take the daily tides of the sea in to account when scheduling.
- Wooden PostsPostes de Madeira
- Scheduling (gerund)Programando
3 Don Mueang International Airport Runway, Bangkok, Thailand
From an aviation perspective, there is little to say about this airport… EXCEPT THAT IT HAS A FULL 18 HOLE GOLF COURSE BETWEEN THE TWO RUNWAYS!
4 Courchevel, France
Appropriately, Courchevel Airport’s runway actually resembles a ski slope. The 1,700 (one thousand seven hundred) ft stretch of tarmac is on the short side, but the 18.5 (eighteen point five) per cent gradient will quickly slow down arriving aircraft. Pilots must obtain a special permit to land here. Like landing on a brick wall I imagine!
- ResemblesParecer-se com
- Ski SlopePista de Esqui
- Permit (Noun)Autorização
- Brick WallParede de Tijolo
- To ObtainObter
1 Congonhas, São Paulo, Brazil