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Juneau Airport. Is It That Misty?  
User currently offlineMUTLEY From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 26 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4248 times:

I was reading a travel guide on Alaska, and it mentions that Juneau airport is a tough place to land in bad weather. It also says that you may actually end up somewhere else(another airport due to the weather). The book says that locals say when this happens, it's called : "To OVERHEAD".
Has anyone actually flew into Juneau or familiar with this airport. How often do airplanes bypass the Juneau airport because of the weather?

Thank you

[Edited 2006-03-12 23:05:02]

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User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4241 times:

While I have been a passenger in JNU, I have never made the approach myself, but it is widely known to have among the more difficult ones due to surrounding mountains and swirling winds etc.
The weather can be very socked in there. Of the two times I have flown into there once we were rerouted through Sitka for a night. Southeast AK is known for having low clouds, heavy rains and gusty winds. So yes it is that misty. Yes they have more than thier fair share of re-routed airplanes.

User currently offlineMUTLEY From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4229 times:

Thank you. It sounds like a place not to have definite plans for the evening when flying into!

User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4204 times:

JNU has it's share of weather - and couple with the rugged approach . . . either right up the Gastineau Channel with high mountains on both sides from the south or over water not aligned with the runwy until the last mile or so from the north. And when it's socked in there - it's damn well socked in. It's rather sporty on a good day.

The photo on this page shows looking south - you can see the low hanging clouds - and the mountain beyond the end of the runway . . . .


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