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User currently offline2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

I understand that due to crosswinds in the afternoons, operations @ CUZ airport are almost none after 1300h.
But how about crosswinds at night?
If there are no crosswinds at night, could there be landings and take-offs between, lets say, 2200h and 0600h ?
LPB, another high-altitude airport, is ok for night-time operations.

I don't work for COPA Airlines!
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User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

I thought it was due to altitude and heat? At 11,000ft they certainly come in fast and use most of the runway for stopping; afternoon departures seem to have weight restrictions and our take-off was somewhat gentle despite lots of thrust.

Are you going there? It's a great place!

Geoff M.

User currently offline2travel2know From Panama, joined Apr 2005, 3580 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

At 11,000ft heat may not be the problem.
I would think all departures out of CUZ and LPB may have weight restrictions.
The main reason I hear CUZ only have morning operations (0600-1200h) is strong crosswinds in the afternoon. Don't know about crosswinds at night time.

I don't work for COPA Airlines!
User currently offlineFubar37 From Canada, joined May 2005, 105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1037 times:

CUZ is a hard airport to land at if memory serves me right. I went there about 5 years ago and it is a tough airport to land at because of the mountains. I think planes have to fly between some close mountains on final to land. I would say that night time landing would be difficult because of the terrain.

User currently offlineGeoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1044 times:

I'm only going by what the locals said! Heat may be a factor as it does get hot up there - 30 degrees C when I arrived.

I'm not suggesting you're wrong, but why would crosswinds only affect the airport after midday all year round? Weather is dynamic...

Note that there are several afternoon departures - I was on one of them.

Geoff M.

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