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Old 01-25-2010, 09:05 AM
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Originally Posted by FASTFJR View Post
We are having very high winds here. From my desk I can watch the glide path for runway 17 at Philadelphia International. The planes are bouncing around everywhere. Over the last 90 minutes we watched 7 aborted landings. Both large and small jets. When does the pilot make the call?

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=3...40298&t=h&z=15
In a nut shell: at any time. There were gust to 45 out of the south reported last hour, and reduced visibly at 2miles.. On 17, the published length is 6498'. ILS useable is 5070'. You have to assume the runway is wet as well....

Most carriers prohibit landings when a "windshear alert" is reported as well.

Not a good day at PHL....