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Juneau Airport. Is It That Misty?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:04 am

I was reading a travel guide on Alaska, and it mentions that Juneau airport is a tough place to land in bad weather. It also says that you may actually end up somewhere else(another airport due to the weather). The book says that locals say when this happens, it's called : "To OVERHEAD".
Has anyone actually flew into Juneau or familiar with this airport. How often do airplanes bypass the Juneau airport because of the weather?

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RE: Juneau Airport. Is It That Misty?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 7:29 am

While I have been a passenger in JNU, I have never made the approach myself, but it is widely known to have among the more difficult ones due to surrounding mountains and swirling winds etc.
The weather can be very socked in there. Of the two times I have flown into there once we were rerouted through Sitka for a night. Southeast AK is known for having low clouds, heavy rains and gusty winds. So yes it is that misty. Yes they have more than thier fair share of re-routed airplanes.
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RE: Juneau Airport. Is It That Misty?

Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:52 am

Thank you. It sounds like a place not to have definite plans for the evening when flying into!
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RE: Juneau Airport. Is It That Misty?

Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:39 am

JNU has it's share of weather - and couple with the rugged approach . . . either right up the Gastineau Channel with high mountains on both sides from the south or over water not aligned with the runwy until the last mile or so from the north. And when it's socked in there - it's damn well socked in. It's rather sporty on a good day.

The photo on this page shows looking south - you can see the low hanging clouds - and the mountain beyond the end of the runway . . . .

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