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Old 04-08-2011, 08:36 AM   #40
J epworth
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Originally Posted by Bigtime View Post
Here is our YYC ATC'er talking about that point:

"When the parallel is completed, pilots will increasingly need to be 'players' and take the long ones despite Chinook winds, strictly for capacity reasons. There's so much pavement there to 'grease' a landing with a 20+ knots crosswind that it'll have to become the modus operandi of the airport and its tenants, unless we're talking about extreme conditions, which I'm not. Capacity will take 30-50% hit when we're forced to go to E-W ops. "
How often are the Chinook winds higher than 20 knots? Would this be a big problem, say if a big Chinook corresponded to a very busy period like Christmastime?
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