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User currently offlineHea01 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (17 years 10 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

I've just landed on runway 31 in Kai Tak (FS of course), it's much easier that a runway 13 landing. Why didn't they use runway 31 for landings?

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User currently offlineMD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (17 years 9 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

If there is a wind, then planes have to land so that the wind is a headwind, not a tailwind. At Kai Tak, it so happens that the wind usually comes in from such a direction that it would be a tailwind it hey landed on rwy 31. Therefore they had to land on rwy 13 most of the time.

User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9645 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (17 years 9 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

First of all, I'm not a pilot but I've seen landings done on 31 many years ago. I can't remember any take-offs - perhaps take-offs had to be on 13 due to noise regulations, I just can't remember. But, given the amount of traffic and how closely spaced the aircraft were, I'd imagine it would normally have been impossible to have take-offs and landings in opposite directions - there just wouldn't have been enough time or room.

User currently offlineLSZH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (17 years 4 hours ago) and read 1641 times:

As said, landings were according to the wind conditions. Prevailing winds however meant that 13 was used more often than not. On my first visit there the landing was on 13 but the take off was on 31, right over the city - also tremendously spectacular. Pity that it is now a part of history.

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