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A/C Than Can Operate Out Of El Alto Airport

Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:11 am

Hello.

I was reading an article in issue 102 of Airliners magazine about El Alto International Airport. At 13,325 feet above sea level, the fact that this airport is one of the highest in the world posses many challenges for aviation. The thinner air means higher approach speeds, long roll-outs, tricky cabin pressurisation, high rotate speeds (sometimes approaching that of the manufacturer's tire speed limit) and weight restrictions.

It's a very interesting article but it does not mention anything about the types of aircraft than can and do operate out of this airport. Therefore, can someone let me know as to which commercial aircraft that can/do operate out of this airport.

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RE: A/C Than Can Operate Out Of El Alto Airport

Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:35 am

Quoting YULspotter (Thread starter):
can someone let me know as to which commercial aircraft that can/do operate out of this airport.

A good start would be to do an A.net Photo Search using the location of Bolivia, La Paz Airport. When I did the search, it yielded 107 aircraft photos.

http://www.airliners.net/search/index.main

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RE: A/C Than Can Operate Out Of El Alto Airport

Wed Jan 03, 2007 10:10 am

Quoting YULspotter (Thread starter):
The thinner air means higher approach speeds, long roll-outs, tricky cabin pressurisation, high rotate speeds (sometimes approaching that of the manufacturer's tire speed limit) and weight restrictions.

I believe approach and takeoff speeds are technically the same, because they're indicated air speed, not true air speed. It's the true air speed and subsequently, the ground speed, which increases. Nevertheless, pilots usually use only the indicated air speed for navigation. Due to the high ground speed, aircraft do have to use high speed tyres which if I'm not mistaken have a max tyre speed of up to 230 mph.

The approach itself doesn't seem that tricky to me, except for obstacle clearance. LPB has an ILS according to worldaerodata.com and landings, according to that side, are done exclusively on Runway 10, while departures are from Runway 28 (I guess it's due to the mountain which may be just dead ahead when departing from 10).

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RE: A/C Than Can Operate Out Of El Alto Airport

Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:58 am

Quoting CitationJet (Reply 1):
A good start would be to do an A.net Photo Search using the location of Bolivia, La Paz Airport. When I did the search, it yielded 107 aircraft photos.

Now why the heck didn't I think of that.  banghead 

After doing the search, looks like the 727 is the most frequent visitor along with a few A319's & 733's.

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RE: A/C Than Can Operate Out Of El Alto Airport

Thu Jan 04, 2007 11:33 am

Quoting YULspotter (Reply 3):
After doing the search, looks like the 727 is the most frequent visitor along with a few A319's & 733's.

747s can also operate out of LPB (at least 742s, like LH once did, don't know about 744s). Plus, sometimes LPB is used for testing aircraft in high altitudes. If it wasn't for the cramped ramp space and airport related operational issues, the A380 just might have come to LPB for high altitude testing, and not to MDE like it did. Boeing once had a 757 up in LPB for high altitude trials in 1997.

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