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User currently offlineJohn From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Posted (11 years 6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

....how often will you have a tail wind, since you technically can only land on that runway in one direction, due to the obstructions (hills) on the opposite end. What is the normal prevailing wind at STT? Also, are strong crosswinds common?

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User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

I used to fly DC-3's on a scheduled basis to STT, and yes, there can be tailwinds landing to the east, but generally not very strong...usually 5 knots or less.

However, there CAN be significant turbulance/windshear while landing, if the wind is from the north, due to the rather high bluffs on the north side of the airport.

Up until the runway was extended, most airlines operating turbojet equipment classified STT as a 'Captains only' landing airfield.

Don't know about now.

User currently offlineEjaymd11 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2311 times:

Hey I'm from Saint Thomas so I'll give this a try. During the summer what I noticed is that the winds were normally out of the east cause that is just how the winds flow normally, especially during the summer patterns. Also when the tail winds are strong like this time of the year I think they may divert to San Juan and Saint Croix. But I think the winds are normally out of the east.


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