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High Winds & Heavy Aircraft At Narita  
User currently offlineEXUALFlyer From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3203 times:

I was on a SQ A380 flight on April 2, LAX-NRT-SIN, which was unable to land at Narita due to excessive winds... so after the 3rd try we diverted to Kansai, Osaka Airport.

Is this a common problem with large aircraft at NRT (ie; FedEx DC-10)? Is the A380 with full pax load more delicate on landing... therefore pilots use more caution in high wind conditions?

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User currently offlinetribird1011 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

Quoting EXUALFlyer (Thread starter):
Is this a common problem with large aircraft at NRT (ie; FedEx DC-10)? Is the A380 with full pax load more delicate on landing... therefore pilots use more caution in high wind conditions?

Generally speaking, the heavier the airplane is, the higher crosswind component that it can sustain, however when the wind exceeds those limits - whatever they are - you go someplace else!!

Yes, pilots usually are more cautious during high wind conditions, but it's not a problem only associated with NRT. Within the past week there was a Youtube video posted, and at least one thread here about some windy landings at BCN.

Now some airports are more prone to high winds than others, but at some point or other, they are all affected. One one the best I've seen is WLG :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpurK0gwC08

the video description says that about 20% of the footage is not from WLG... as for the rest!!!!

[Edited 2012-04-27 17:54:03]

User currently offlinecarpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2940 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2415 times:

There's no crosswind runway at NRT, so if an aircraft can't land, it's time to divert.
In recent years, yes, there have been an increase in extreme windy weather at NRT.


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