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Report - Kai Tak Airport A.S.D.E station, Hong Kong. June '15

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by drhowser, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. drhowser

    drhowser Bespectacled & irrelevant
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    As so often happens, I found this completely by chance. I'd heard stories of about a dozen TBM's currently working in Hong Kong and was spending the day trying to track them down.
    I suppose it was a success of sorts, even if I was a little early to that particular particular party.

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    To be honest my first guess was a water tower with maybe a beacon of sorts on top for the old airport just next door. Seeing as the gate was currently open I went for a closer look, which didn't seem to bother the men in vans too much. After a little while one of them came to see what I was up to and I managed to learn that this was something to do with the old airport, was decommissioned government property and that they definitely weren't going to let me inside.

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    A little research came up with the following -

    Airport Surface Detection System — Model X (ASDE-X) is a surveillance system using radar, multilateration and satellite technology that allows air traffic controllers to track surface movement of aircraft and vehicles. It was developed to help reduce critical Category A and B runway incursions.

    The ASDE-X alerts air traffic controllers of potential runway conflicts by providing detailed coverage of movement on runways and taxiways. By collecting data from a variety of sensors, ASDE-X is able to track non-transponder equipped and transponder equipped vehicles and aircraft on the airport movement area.


    It would make sense that what was ranked sixth in the list of worlds most dangerous airports would have everything possible in the way of safety systems.

    I've no idea when this was built and I can't find any information about it at all, but I guess it's safe to say it stopped being used in 1998 when the airport closed.
    It's pretty empty inside and all the tasty stuff has long since been stripped out, but it's not like anything I've seen before and there is a certain derpy charm to the interior. It's quite the Tardis too, it felt much bigger than it looked from the outside.

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    Downstairs has a variety of now empty rooms with the only thing of real interest being a decent sized Cummins turbo genny set.

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    The power is still on and the lights all worked, as did the lift, which I decided against using..

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    The stairs are worth taking the time to walk up anyway.

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    Once you're up to the top there's a few more rooms and a bit more stuff to see, but sadly none of the transmitting gear that would have once been there.
    There is still a fairly hefty fire suppression system though, which looked to still be charged. I didn't bother checking that too closely either.

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    Ta.​
     

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  2. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Saw theae on Flickr and was hoping you'd do a report!
    Looks nice, I enjoyed reading it. cheers for sharing :)
    Looking forward to the TBMs
     
  3. Cuuvin

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    Tis quite interesting & different ! :thumb

    Shades of
    Ham Mills, Stroud - 2005 :rolleyes:

    we'll let @Oxygen Thief check it out for ya! he does a good job! :D

    ..."Thinking they would obviously discharged, I pulled the handle and living hell broke loose, all the rooms were instantly filled with freezing CO2, and there was a non-explosive boom every time a bottle discharged. Funny as fuck, until a woman shouted over "what the fuck is going on ?????" etc etc." and started writing something in a notebook.

    She then called the police who swarmed all over the place, but I managed to hide for a while, then get away OK." .... :thumb What was the pucker factor on that, Mate? :rolleyes:
     
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    Looks epic that :thumb
     
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    Good stuff :thumb
     
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    Like it a lot!
    and baby TBMs!
     
  9. The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger Safety is paramount!
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    Very nice, looks as if it's out at Beacon Hill :thumb

    My memory of flying into the old airport is the plane had to turn that steeply the toilets empty themselves just before landing! Mind you the smell could have come from the asses of a few of the passengers looking out the window ;) Have rock climbed near this tower too and remember thinking how low the planes were at the time.
     
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    Bwa ha ha! Every fire suppression system is live the same way every gun is loaded but he knows that now :D
    Just living up to his nick I suppose.
     
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    I was the architect for this ASDE Tower and it was completed in 1985. Details are:
    The Client Department`s requirement was to enhance the operational flight safety for aircraft movements at Kai Tak International Airport. It was considered essential to provide an Airfield Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE) Tower to continuously monitor and display the positions and movements of all aircraft, vehicles and other objects on the airfield and of shipping in the South-East Approach Area. A tower of 40m height was required to mount the radar antennae and to house the ASDE, comprising the radar transmitting and receiving equipment, signal processing equipment and the radio link which relays the information to the ASDE display equipment in the Control Tower.

    As the station is unmanned, back-up facilities were required to ensure full 24-hour operation.
    Location Kai Tak International Airport

    Client Civil Aviation Department

    Completion April 1985

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  14. drhowser

    drhowser Bespectacled & irrelevant
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    Haha cool, I'm loving your work with the staircase then. The photos aren't showing by the way, what are they?

    Sad to say though, this has been demolished in the last few weeks, I went back with a friend recently to find about 10m left..
     
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    I posted my drawings and some photos, don't know why they don't show - maybe will try again!
     
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