timz
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Current Pacific Etops Alternates?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:33 am

Somebody on Pprune said Wake Island isn't an allowed ETOPS alternate. So what do Hawaii-Japan twins use instead? They have to have something between Hawaii and Guam/Saipan.

Did Midway not expire after all?

Is Majuro still available?

Failing them, about all that's left is Kwajelein's 6700-ft runway.

Looking at the schedules even the 767s don't seem to be detouring too much, even tho they're only allowed 180 minutes-- right? So is it true about Wake?
 
ha763
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RE: Current Pacific Etops Alternates?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:10 pm

The only reason I can think of is that Wake Island was slammed by Super Typhoon Ioke back in August, which extensively damaged most of the facilities. Before that, it was closed due to repaving of the runways.

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A0097/06 - AERODROME WAKE ISLAND IS CURRENTLY CLSD TO ALL ACFT EXCEPT APPROVED FLIGHTS AND AMC CHANNEL MISSIONS DIRECTLY SUPPORTING RECONSTITUTION EFFORTS. WAKE ISLAND SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR ETOPS PLANNING OR AS AN ALTN AIRFIELD. CONTACT AFLD MGR AT DSN 315-424-2316 OR COML 808-424-2316 FOR RECONSTITUTION FLT APPROVAL AND FURTHER INFO. AFLD HOURS FOR FLIGHTS DIRECTLY SUPPORTING RECONSTITUTION EFFORTS ARE MON-FRI 2000-0400 UTC. WIE UNTIL UFN SEE TEXT

https://www.notams.jcs.mil/distribution/query.html?locidl=PWAK

[Edited 2006-11-08 05:17:43]
 
modesto2
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RE: Current Pacific Etops Alternates?

Wed Nov 08, 2006 1:18 pm

Quoting Timz (Thread starter):
Did Midway not expire after all?

I can't speak about the other islands, but when I was jumpseating on a CO 777 NRT-IAH, the captain had diverted the 777 to Midway a few years ago. So, that should be good...at least to a few years ago.

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