TS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3646 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4935 times:
Air Luxor / HiFly
Thomas Cook Beligum
Thomas Cook UK
Austrian / Lauda
BCAL From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 3384 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4914 times:
I heard a rumour many years ago that a British Charter airliner was taking off from Funchal's elevated runway and it appeared to the controller in the control tower that the airplane seemed like it fell off the end of the runway towards falling into the sea before climbing fast back into the sky. The controller reported the bad take off to the airline's chief pilot who replied it was he who was flying the plane and henceforth the airline would not be operating any further flights to Funchal as landing and takeoffs did not leave any room for error from the runway! The airline was either Britannia (UK) or Monarch. I have never been able to find if there was any truth to the story but neither Britannia (UK) nor Monarch seem to operate flights to Funchal.
The approach/take off from Funchal does require special licensed pilots to be flying the aircraft.
MOL on SRB's latest attack at BA: "It's like a little Chihuahua barking at a dying Labrador. Nobody cares."
Is there a certain degree of training to go through to be able to depart / land at FNC??
There sure used to be one for the landing (I am not sure about the take-off). I don't know if that is still in place or not (the runway not is not very short, however the airport remains in a rather awkward place).
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