Even on a cloudy day, St. Maarten looks stunning.
We at Avgeekery love St. Maarten. We were pretty sure we’ve seen every avgeek video about St. Maarten…well except this one.
This video footage features a pilot’s perspective of an approach to St. Maarten in instrument conditions (aka IFR). The pilot flies a Cirrus SR-22. We’re pretty sure he felt like the luckiest guy in the world on this approach.
The pilot does not see anything other than grey clouds until about four minutes and twelve seconds into the footage. He’s in the soup. At about four minutes and forty seconds, ground begin to appear, as raindrops hit the plane’s windshield. At around the five minute mark, the pilot can spot the runway. He’s ‘visual’. As the pilot approaches the runway, he has to see the crowd below him, disappointed that it’s just a ‘prop job’ and not a giant airliner like the 747. Nonetheless, the plane comes in for a gentle landing.
About the Cirrus SR-22
The Cirrus SR-22 is a lightweight, single engine aircraft with four or five seats. It is a civil utility aircraft that has been in production since 2001. The Cirrus SR22 is manufactured by Cirrus Aircraft of Duluth, Minnesota. Since 2004, the SR22 is the world’s best selling single engine, four seater aircraft. This could be due to the SR22’s built in emergency parachute system. In fact, the SR22 has become known as “the plane with the parachute.”
As of 2013, there have been 4,365 Cirrus SR-22 aircraft manufactured. The per unit cost of the SR-22 is about half a million dollars.