Risking some passengers life is cheaper than closing AGP at high season. Even if nobody will say this, it's true - it's true everywhere. Is it related to the wood fires next to Madrid? Malaga should be far away from the Spanish capital.
Looks like the wind is blowing the smoke away from the runway... if the smoke was blown by the wind INTO the runway then it would be a different story... From local experience, smoke can turn your VFR300days a year into 30 days of CATII when you only got CATI ILS...
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
Pictures like those may show things really close to each other. In real, the stuff is much more away from the foreground.
In the desert you see suddenly a mountain. It looks close. But you might work endless miles to reach the mountain. That's here more or less the same. Be assured, that there is enough distance.
Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 5): Is it related to the wood fires next to Madrid? Malaga should be far away from the Spanish capital.
Thankfully it's not related to the fires in Guadalajara (Castilla La Manch region), next to Madrid, as Madrid is approx. 500 km. south of Madrid. So most likely it's just another of the many forest fires which devestate the Spanish countryside every summer, and more so this year due to the sever drought the country is suffering from.
Yeah its the perspective for sure...in San Diego when we had the fires back in '03 and they opened the freeways back up, we could see the smoke and haze and some flames as we were driving along. This wasn't much of an issue. It was however, when they had to close TRACON because the fires were burning very close to it...that was chaos in terms of air travel in So-Cal.
I wouldn't be worried about landing and departing aircraft..... I would be worried about re-fueling aircraft and incandescent bits of ash and the sort. Having said this, im sure the fire is sufficiently far away!
Quoting Toulouse (Reply 9): Is it related to the wood fires next to Madrid?
There many fires in Spain in the Summer.
Many this year but many also not natural, the Guadalajara fire(controlled!! ) was caused by some people that didnt know what they were doing.
I cant even remember last time it rained, I think they said Spring 2004 on TV, this makes it a lot more easy for the fire to go fast.