|Quoting Ryu2 (Reply 8):|
From the flight plan, AF1 does indeed file an alternate...
Where exactly do you see that on the plan? I see departing ADW
up through Canadia, across the North Atlantic Y to Europe then destination Israel, but can't quite figure out where the alternate is.
That said, rules require filing alternates in certain weather conditions, and regardless of whether you actually plan on using it, you at least have to file it. It's not a bad idea to file one all the time anyway, but in this case, whether they file an alternate or not is useless info, no?
My guess about Tillman's statement is that they do fantastic flight planning, and if there is a good chance they can't make it into the destination airport, they won't go at the scheduled time. I'd rather land in one piece late than several pieces right on time...
Also, that documentary (the full version anyway...not sure what was shown that night..) mentions having a few extra teams sent to potential diversion points. They do plan for these things. Divert airports aren't secured near as much, but there is a US presence there just in case...no matter the reason; weather, security issues at the destination, illness, mechanical, political, etc.
I'm sure they have some fun stuff up front that helps in bad weather situations. Now THAT is a type rating I wouldn't mind having...although any type rating is nice