The Twin Otter is shown above and to the left in St. Maarten immediately prior to our flight to Saba. The Twin Otter is a STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing)
vehicle. Only the Twin Otter and two other aircraft types are currently waivered to fly in/out of the Saba airport.
With only Melissa and I as passengers, our airspeed on takeoff and landing was around
50 knots. Our landing roll out in Saba was approximately 400 feet and our takeoff roll was approximately 700 feet. The Twin Otter can seat up to 20 passengers. Our pilots said that at maximum takeoff
weight the Twin Otter is flown straight off the end of the runway similar to an aircraft carrier takeoff. Likewise, at maximum takeoff weight, the roll out on landing requires most all of the runway