Yeah, interesting indeed! We passed BUD this early morning on LX147 to ZRH and all of Budapest was in the clear, yet the METAR we requested showed CAT III conditions so bad thatnwe couldn't use it as an emergency aerodrome
I'm sure it happens at every airline. One time on the ramp at PHL you couldn't see 15Ft in front of you. We were completely fogged in and waiting for the final flight to land from Vegas. The plane had to divert to KPIT to pick up another pilot because the captain was not qualified to land CatIII. This was working for WN.
adriaticflight From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 541 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 12987 times:
I just flew over Budapest two hours ago and landed in Belgrade. It looked quite clear over the city, certainly at 11:30am all of the city and airport seemed visible. It was extremely turbulent over Hungary however. Belgrade is shrouded in deep fog however
KL911 From Netherlands, joined Jul 2003, 5500 posts, RR: 16
Reply 17, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 12624 times:
Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 14): Yeah, interesting indeed! We passed BUD this early morning on LX147 to ZRH and all of Budapest was in the clear, yet the METAR we requested showed CAT III conditions so bad thatnwe couldn't use it as an emergency aerodrome
I flew LX last week, BUD-ZRH-AMS and was wondering if you were crew before I noticed you are flying the big birds now, congrats! Enjoying it?
Funny thing is that now the fog is really thick inside the city, and the airport receives planes without problems.
Could be an RVR limitation as well. If the RVR is below CAT III A minimums (less than 600ft, so roughly 200m, which according to the METAR at the time, very well could have been), even a CAT III certified pilot and aircraft don't necessarily have permission to try the approach.
[Edited 2012-12-31 08:43:28]
us Air Traffic Controllers have a good record, we haven't left one up there yet !!
DAL763ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 727 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 9950 times:
How does the different landing category certification work? Why can a pilot not be certified to land in a certain weather category? Can he not just use the autoland? Apologies if the questions seem odd, but I've always wondered about this.
mm320cap From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 242 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 9441 times:
At least in the USA, Captains that are newly checked out are considered "Hi Minimums" for a period of time. Those minimums gradually improve as time in the seat increases, and culminates after reaching the minimum number of hours required and conducting 2 CATIII approaches in the airplane. Additionally, if this is a Captains FIRST upgrade seat, the times are different (higher)