JBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3180 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3427 times:
Ive experienced that same EWR landing approach on a Continental Express ERJ-145XR PIT-EWR. We were lined up for a 22L approach and then at the very last moment turned off and landed on 29. However, the turn/loop was from the other direction, not over the statue.
I once saw a UPS 747-100 land on RWY 29- it made a swoop over the turnpike. It was mighty impressive
Im flying out of JFK a little bit later, into Buffalo. Hopefully the winds will calm down at JFK and the snow will stop in Buffalo!
Kohflot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3316 times:
Welcome to winter! =)
The 1R circle to land 30 maneuver at IAD is only used when the wind is too strong to use the 1s (too much of a crosswind component). It's pretty easy to predict when they'll be using that approach. A low tracks north of the area and the backside will bring those strong northwest winds. Some aircraft have a higher crosswind tolerance than others, but you can pretty much count on every aircraft using 30 when they gust above 25-30 knots. It may be fun to watch, but it's chaos for the airlines trying to maintain a schedule. IAD will go into a ground delay program (too much demand for one runway) with delays anywhere from 1 to 3 hours.. it's not pleasant.
Once in a great while, those winds will be strong enough to transport a little surprise... a lake effect snow shower. I've seen it happen twice..