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Landing And Taking Off From MEX  
User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2924 times:

Mexico CIty is some 7000ft+ above sea level. I would like to know if pilots experience any major difference in operating from thier airports as compared to lower altitude airports?

As a spotter, are there any interesting landings and take-offs that you have seen due the unusually high altitute of the airport?

Basically, how does being 7000ft+ above sea affect the aircraft performance?


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User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2889 times:

I've flown in there four times. My first time, I went to idle thrust just before touchdown. We had a full load, and lots of cargo. I hit the RWY hard. My Captain said, " that wasn't a landing, it was an arrival". It takes a couple of flights to get use to it.

User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Due to the thinner air, take-off thrust is reduced while required take-off speed is increased. This makes take-offs at full load (compared to sea level) not possible.

I was on a full flight leaving MEX to YVR .... this was in the mid-70's, on a DC-8-60 series ..... we took of with reduced fuel and had to refuel in Guadelajara, which is almost at sea level, approximately one hour flying time from MEX. After refueling, we made it to YVR nonstop without any problem.

Pete


User currently offlineOsteogenesis From Germany, joined May 2003, 647 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Quoting Delta-flyer (reply 2):
Guadelajara, which is almost at sea level,


Guadalajara is not at sea level. It is at 4800 feet.


User currently offlineFlyhoss From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

Operating into and out of MEX is much like any other high altitude airports; the thinner air has many impacts. For example, the same (as at a lower altitude) indicated airspeed results in a higher true airspeed (actually moving through the air at a faster rate), thus landing distances are longer.
As for a issue specific to MEX, the preferred MATEO arrival to runway 5R requires a lot of planning and IMHO is the single most difficult issue regarding MEX ops.



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User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2797 times:

I agree with reply 4. The Mateo arrival requires some planning, but even with some planning, if you don't slow down quick, things start going downhill fast.

User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

HMM.. This is all rather interesting guys. Thanks for responding. I was playing flightsim (i know this is not real) and landed at MEX. The aircraft was moving so fast, I thought something was wrong, forgetting for a moment, my altitute. I am looking forward to flying into MEX, seeing how my pilots handling the aircraft.


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