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Wow thats a mad crosswind.. He almost cliped the wing off.Heh looks like fun:)

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Man, I'm glad he aborted in the end. What a maniac! Remind me not to fly TAP. Misha

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Well I am amazed!I don't know your background in aviation but I can't understand what's the point regarding this video!Ok, it's spectacular to see but all you can see there is perfecly normal so what's the point? Things like this happens every days around the world... Pilot did exactly what he should have done and the situation was perfectly safe!I also cannot understand the comment "...Man, I'm glad he aborted in the end. What a maniac! Remind me not to fly TAP..."! Why that can you please explain? Or do you know any airline that can control weather and gusting winds? Or did the pilot, in your opinion, made some mistake I'm failling to see or understand?Best regardsMiguel Branco da Silva

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Chill out! It's not about controlling gusts or winds, it's about recognizing that the situation is dangerous and aborting and diverting before you get so close to the ground that a little more wind would cause you to clip your wings. MK

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"What a maniac! Remind me not to fly TAP"----What an immature comment that is. What is your knowledge of real world aviation may i ask? JP-------The Sky is my Home

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Hi MishaI'm quite cool...If you "see" the video, you'll see that although under a moderate crosswind (and quite steady) the captian managed to do a good approach to the runway when, at about 50 ft above the runway, a severe gust hit the aircraft! To me the approach was made correctly and only the gust (unpredictable) avoid the landing!... I don't see any reason for the captain not to try the approach and, as I said before, a I cannot understand the comments made here since all was made perfectly safe...RegradsMiguel Branco da Silva

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Good call, Misha.Major airline pilots who decide to attempt a landing in conditions as severe as this have certainly made a poor decision.And fun??!! You've got to be joking!! That would've been absolutely terrifying!! Passengers could die in situations like that: heart attacks, flying objects in the cabin, etc.I'd feel like suing the airline for negligence and undue care myself!! Josh

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Don't get me wrong. I'm impressed by the pilot's skill in handling the situation. I just don't think he should have even done an approach in such conditions. Even at the beginning of the video his bank angle is pretty bad. He can do this all he likes in his own plane, but please not with passengers. I've seen aborted landings in far kinder weather conditions. I just think some pilots see it as a sign of weakness to request a go around. Misha

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Nice video, nothing unusual though, ask a passenger and a pilot how they experienced a goaround and you will get two very different stories.OHN

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Do you think those conditions exceed the maximum crosswind component for the approach?Looked like it but also recently read the gear is usually designed for a 45 degree offset landing and still not be damaged.Hard to believe that everything there was very normal, routine and safe??

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Yes i agree with Kispo that the gust hit the aircraft at about 50ft, up to this point the app was made using normal and usual procedures.Maybe some of you think that pilots control the weather! We are all trained for this conditions every 6 months, not only on practical terms but in theory as well. It was a good decision making as it says on the CRM.Congrats to the pilots excelent job.JP

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Hi,As far as I know that was the second attempt to land. After that missed approach they diverted back to Faro (LPFR)... their origin!Great job from the pilots!Reguards,Luis Florencio

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A routine "kai tak style" landing attempt..brings back memories!

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Should have? Shouldn't have? If you weren't there, you are UNQUALIFIED to make a judgement. Thanks for the video.

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Quoting Josh:>Major airline pilots who decide to attempt a landing in >conditions as severe as this have certainly made a poor >decision. It obviously looks that you, like Misha, don't know sh*t about airline flying, or about flying at all, i believe.May i quote the Airbus Operations Manual:The maximum tailwind component for take-off and landing is 10 knotsThe maximum crosswind component for takeoff is 29 knotsThe maximum crosswind component for landing is 33 knotsThe maximum gust is 38 knotsAs i recall from a metar report i have here from that day the wind was 17 knots gusting 29 with a direction of around 240 (it may have been at that particular time a bit different, but on those values, as it was more or less the same conditions the whole day)... The runway hdg is 208, so can you tell me where is the poor decision here ?? Only if not guessing the gusts! Or maybe you'd probably want for him to pause the plane and remove the gusts! Come on... Like someone said, if you weren't there you are not able to judge !!>I'd feel like suing the airline for negligence and undue >care myself!! This is just to laugh, right ?? Why don't you sue your own a*s for existing ?? You'd probably win ! DOH !! :~PSorry for the language, but stuff like this makes me nervous! :-fumeRegardsFrancisco Leit

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Whoa that would've been a ride! :( and OMG! it's sad, nobody can post anything it seems without being scrutinized about something... jeeze I think everone needs to CALM DOWN about things here... It's like poking at a bee's nest everytime you post something... there is always someone just waiting to start something and ##### someone off...:-roll Thanks for the video though :D Best Regards Derek Beal :-wavePROUD RUSSIAN/CANADIAN! :D

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>The maximum tailwind component for take-off and landing is >10 knots >The maximum crosswind component for takeoff is 29 knots >The maximum crosswind component for landing is 33 knots >The maximum gust is 38 knots HiJust to add some more details... The above values are indicated values by AIRBUS for pilot's reference. It doesn't means that landing with a crosswind componet below 33 knots the landing could be successfuly achieved nor that a landing with a crosswind component above 33 knots is impossible to do!BTW the approach we can see on the video was done with regular wind but when at about 50ft above the runway the aircraft was hit by a gust of about 50 knots... It was impossible for the piloto to do better and what he did was just perfect!RegardsMiguel Branco da Silva

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Hello All,Saw the vid, scarry stuff, to say the least . . . however, every pilot who is ATP certified has probably experienced this same type of landing. As some have stated, the approach was normal until hit by that huge gust, after that it was pilot skill and nerves of steel which diverted a diaster.It was obvious from the trained eye that immediately after the gust, the pilot was trying to abort and go around, and got hit again. Just for the record, way back when, returning from a mission in SEA, tired crew, bad weather in Guam and low fuel saw landings like this every day . . . that is why a B52 has landing gear which can be dialed in for 17-21 degree of crab . . . and yes, it is most strange to land, looking over your co-pilots shoulder, or out your left window. And yes, no matter how much your experience level, after a landing like that, you possibly may have to clean out your drillies.Best to all,Clayton T. DopkeMajor, USAF (retired)"Drac"B52Drivr@aol.com

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Ditto Major Dopke,Amazing to recover from that ... phew .. I watched, then immediately thought "Wow I would have a need to change my trousers once I landed safely." Then I read your post ... hahaha ... truly amazing.BTW, fascinating little info about the B52 gear ... I will have to go looking for some info about that ... what a neat business ... aviation.

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Gents,Amazing what a little wind can do a man's/woman's continence.A note to our new friend(s), if you have something to add to a discussion, you are best served to make your point in a civil and respectful manner.Everyone's opinion , no matter how off base, deserves to be heard. If you disagree with their stated opinion, challenge it with facts, but do not attack the person, as this makes you look foolish. It also weakens your argument, because as soon as I hear someone tell another to "sue themselves for existing", I immediately disregard the rest of their post.Play nice,Roger

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