Over spring break 2012, my family travelled to Montego Bay, Jamaica. We had a great time and of course did something aviation along the way!

As many people have done before, we walked around the downed fence at the end of the runway. (from the beach). This allowed us to get just feet from the runway for the takeoffs and landings at MBJ. It was so much fun!

We stood there, very similarly to SXM airport in St. Maarten, with planes flying just 20-30 feet over our heads. It was crazy!

All of the pilots taking off waved to us as they were getting to the runway for their rollout… except one. Sadly for us, we think he turned us in. Shortly after his takeoff, the airport police came up and asked us (nicely) to leave.

Oh well, we weren’t there too long. It was definitely fun while it lasted! Once again, little excursions like this all contributed to my growing passion for aviation. I’m sure pilots enjoy having a layover here!!!

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8 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    Really cool! If I ever go to Jamaica, I’ll make sure to put this down on my list of things to do!

    You’ve been to some really cool places!

  2. APC

    Cool post Swayne. I’ve been to MBJ many times but never knew it was such a great plane spotting location!

    • Swayne Martin

      Yep, it was a lot of fun to go find something aviation to do! My family relaxed at Doctor’s Cover beach while I walked over to the airport.

      So cool!

  3. capnaux

    When I first flew in the Caribbean, I did a coupla St. Maarten charters. But mostly I flew next door into St. Bart’s, one of the most fun airports I’ve ever been in/out of! Smaller, but there’s a road right at the approach end of the runway, on a hill. Avoiding the cars and pedestrians, you gotta DIVE over the hill to touch down! 🙂

    • Swayne Martin

      I LOVE watching videos of planes coming in there… It’s an incredible airport. I had no idea you flew into that airport. Such a cool experience I bet. You’ve been all over the place!

      Swayne Martin

  4. Michael Opstelten

    Great blog dude! Everyday I enjoy reading new interesting material. Keep up the amazing work!:)


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