QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2047 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
Yow! Yikes, those are some bad winds. Yeah, LAX had some Santa Ana winds yesterday and parts of today. That is pretty rare. Speaking of rare, did LAX turn around to a 6L/R, 7L/R pattern at all? If so, I hope Paul Paulsen was out there
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OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2118 times:
When I pulled that LAX weather, ONT was actually only 30003. Tomorrow, they'll be 04015 with higher gusts, so the LLWS and turbulence ought to be quite sporting. It was these types of conditions that existed when the footage was shot of the UPS DC-8 on approach that weathervaned and then went around...
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3564 posts, RR: 44
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1837 times:
Only had a slight delay for us (AA1553; YYZ-LAX) with one turn in holding near PGS and then again near HEC. Socal Approach was not accepting any requests (someone was told to: "go where we say or go somewhere else"). 25L arrivals were reportedly considerably smoother than the 24R approaches (closer to the mountains) so naturally we got sent to the north side. Fairly smooth descent until we got below the tops of the mountains, then a bumpy (but not too terrible) ride to about 1000'. From 1000' AFL to about 75' AFL we encountered very strong gusts and a couple of wind shears. The FO was flying and he did an outstanding job all the way to a smooth landing --the showoff. Taxiing on the ground was difficult as the plane wanted to weathervane into the wind. Significant rudder and steering tiller input required just to stay on the taxiways.
I tell F/A's that pilots normally "earn" their monthly salary once or twice a month. Last night was one of those times where we earned our entire month's salary. But heck, that's what makes flying "fun."
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