Windy Weather in UK - 8th Feb

Old Feb 8, 19, 8:26 am
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Windy Weather in UK - 8th Feb

It's a howling wind today - looks like LHR inbound aircraft are getting a very extended time in the holds at present, with some going on a bit of a magical mystery tour of the London area. Not sure if any diverted.

Hopefully not too many delays on the airfield itself and everyone gets away on time.
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Old Feb 8, 19, 8:31 am
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This was predicted a few days ago so I've been checking for Customer Guidelines, but so far nothing has been put out yet. There are 5 shorthaul cancellations (BSL/ABZ/GVA/FRA/MUC) plus the unrelated equipment shortage EWR cancellation done a few days ago. And plenty of delayed flights.
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Old Feb 8, 19, 8:36 am
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Gatwick seems OK, for now.
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Old Feb 8, 19, 8:36 am
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Just seen this from someone, today at LHR!

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Old Feb 8, 19, 8:37 am
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Yes this afternoons AMS rotation 446/447 showing a delay. Iíll be flying both on my first ever true B2B!
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Old Feb 8, 19, 8:49 am
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Oh joy. I'm on flight 164 and the pilot's told us we have to wait on the tarmac. It's a very lightly loaded flight though and the crew are doing a good job of looking after us. Even those of us in the cheap seats.
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Old Feb 8, 19, 9:16 am
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Flying on 404 tonight to BRU, donít mind delays but hoping we get out ok as itís the start of a much longer trip tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
(Else Iíll hit up the Eurostar asap)
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Old Feb 8, 19, 9:27 am
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BA 757 20:45 BSL to LHR cancelled 40 minutes ago due to adverse weather
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Old Feb 8, 19, 9:39 am
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Originally Posted by PETER01 View Post
Just seen this from someone, today at LHR!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdpRJ2eKfMo
All becomes clear...

Mattress pad adultee diaper

I notice they left the gear down... I wonder if it got damaged (or at least a warning), as it was a hell of a whack!
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Old Feb 8, 19, 10:02 am
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Originally Posted by DYKWIA View Post
All becomes clear...

Mattress pad adultee diaper

I notice they left the gear down... I wonder if it got damaged (or at least a warning), as it was a hell of a whack!
Certainly some whack and a real test of flying skills there. I'd imagine the Pilot flying would have been getting it stable before retracting the gear but of course I'm no Pilot and something they practise in the simulator as well as experiencing it in windy conditions wherever that may be on a certain given day.

Maybe a good question for ask the Staffer
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Old Feb 8, 19, 10:09 am
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From the amateur seats here, it all seems to be going OK until very low down, below the level of the adjacent hangars. Perhaps the hangar-induced turbulence was too great and that caused the bounce and go-around?

It looks very well handled from here, inside it may just have seemed like a slight wobble then a vrooom upwards and some looks around the cabin until one of the pilots says something about everything being fine and going round to try that again.
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Old Feb 8, 19, 10:12 am
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Originally Posted by PETER01 View Post
Certainly some whack and a real test of flying skills there. I'd imagine the Pilot flying would have been getting it stable before retracting the gear but of course I'm no Pilot and something they practise in the simulator as well as experiencing it in windy conditions wherever that may be on a certain given day.

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Indeed during wind shear no change in configuration should be made as the opening gear doors would increase drag.
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Old Feb 8, 19, 10:23 am
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Indeed during wind shear no change in configuration should be made as the opening gear doors would increase drag.
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Old Feb 8, 19, 10:27 am
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Originally Posted by PETER01 View Post
Certainly some whack and a real test of flying skills there. I'd imagine the Pilot flying would have been getting it stable before retracting the gear but of course I'm no Pilot and something they practise in the simulator as well as experiencing it in windy conditions wherever that may be on a certain given day.

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Indeed during wind shear no change in configuration should be made as the opening gear doors would increase drag.
Correct, no configuration changes in a windshear go-around and no turns either at LHR (no terrain concerns). LHR ATC will also assume that the aircraft will not adhere to the usual missed approach altitude of 3000ft and normally arrange a clearance with TC to 6000ft which will be available 99% of the time.
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Old Feb 8, 19, 10:27 am
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404's picked up about a 45 min delay so far tonight. I think there's a curfew in BRU so hoping that's as bad as it gets (and guessing mostly follow on from delays today).
Fingers crossed!
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