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High winds result in LIAT flight cancellations
Published on December 18, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- LIAT has apologised to passengers travelling to/from St Vincent and Dominica for the inconvenience they have been experiencing due to an increase in cancelled flights and delayed baggage.

Acting chief executive officer Julie Reifer-Jones said the cancellations were due to high seasonal winds in Dominica and St Vincent.

She explained that the company’s aircraft have tailwind limitations set by the manufacturers during the certification process and therefore are not permitted to take off or land when the prevailing winds are beyond these limits. She added that the departure out of E. T. Joshua Airport and the night landings into Melville Hall are affected by tailwinds and therefore the decision to cancel flights is taken in the interest of the safety.

“While we will continue to do our best to provide our customers with a smooth travel experience, we must operate within the limitations set by the aircraft manufacturer and occasionally we will have no alternative but to cancel flights due to the high winds,” the acting CEO added.

“At this time of the year the wind conditions in St Vincent restrict the take-off weight of the aircraft and when this occurs, the company is obliged to restrict the number of bags that can be taken on the aircraft.”
 
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Comments:

Peter Binose:

At last I have got the wind limits on our new ATR aircraft.

The ATR42 Aircraft Flight Manual indicates that the tail wind limit of the ATR42 is 15 knots and also states:

"The capability of the airplane has been satisfactorily demonstrated for take off and manual landing with tailwinds up to 15 knots. This finding does not constitute operational approval to conduct take off and landing with tail wind components in excess of 10 knots."

But they are not recommending take off and landing with tail wind components in excess of 10 knots.

The American Eagle ATR 42/72 AOM states, under "Operation Limits", the limiting tailwind component to be 10 knots.

http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20001211X11530&ntsbno=CHI99LA055&akey=1

ATR operating manual states that in wet conditions it should not do so in cross winds above 25 knots.

A restriction imposed on doors, you may not operate cargo door with a cross wind component of more than 45 kt

Ten Knots and above are the norm for Argyle, and bursts of cross winds well inexcess of 25 kt also, know wonder Brunton did a runner, those wind speeds are fairly common at Arnos Vale at certain times of the year.

PEOPLE WE ARE IN THE DO DO.

MediaEye:

What is the operational tail wind limits of the Dash 8 and if its better than the ATR why have we gone to the ATR when DeHavilland offered us a deal on the new Dash 8 plus refurbishment of the old planes at a steal?


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