lax888
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Taca Vs LAN Pilots For Domestic Flights In Peru

Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:29 am

Hi all,

I read on some forums that LAN pilots and their planes are better trained/certified for trips within Peru (specifically the LIM-CUZ route) in comparison to other Peruvian airlines, which means LAN can still fly if the weather is no longer that good and other airlines cancel the flights.

As I only found this out after I booked my TACA flights (and they are non refundable) I just want to find out if this is really true?

Both airlines use the A319 and A320 for these routes and I find it strange that one airline can use their Airbus for these route because they are certified and the other cannot. Also how are pilots trained for an airport and others are not? Is it not a safety hazard if TACA pilots are not trained to fly in adverse weather?


Also is it true that Cusco airport closes in the afternoon? Can flights still depart if lets say the flight is delayed until 5pm for exmple?

thanks for any valuable feedback. I am a bit worried as I am flying in Peru in February and apparently delays and cancellations are very common.
 
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RE: Taca Vs LAN Pilots For Domestic Flights In Peru

Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:14 pm

I don't think that CUZ actually closes in the afternoon but I believe most, if not all flights are schedule to operate in the morning. And I believe the reason for that is that weather conditions in the afternoon - namely temperature if I am not wrong - make it unsuitable to fly. Remember that because of the airport altitude, the slightest variation in temperature will have an impact on runway distance requirements, etc.

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RE: Taca Vs LAN Pilots For Domestic Flights In Peru

Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:19 pm

Quoting lax888 (Thread starter):

Both airlines use the A319 and A320 for these routes and I find it strange that one airline can use their Airbus for these route because they are certified and the other cannot. Also how are pilots trained for an airport and others are not?

It is entirely possible. It depends on what is in each airline's operating specifications. Some carriers elect not to use all the capabilities of the aircraft to avoid the very expensive training expenses for everyone involved and the increased maintenance requirements. Totally common.

Quoting lax888 (Thread starter):
Is it not a safety hazard if TACA pilots are not trained to fly in adverse weather?

I know nothing about LAN or TACA training programs or ops specs, but each set of pilots will operate in compliance with their ops specs; if TACA is more restrictive their pilots will be bound by what's in their procedures. They will be adequately trained to fly in whatever weather they fly in.
 
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RE: Taca Vs LAN Pilots For Domestic Flights In Peru

Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:54 pm

LAN has paid for and is certified for an RNP approach which I presume Taca isn't.

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