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Feb 20, 2013

Dancing the centre-line in wild winds at Sydney Airport

Let's show some style and dance for a while. Forever Young could have been music videod at Sydney Airport last Sunday.


Plane Talking is keen on reader videos and photos of interest to flyers, and under one of his monikers timjbo has posted the YouTube below of the wild centreline dancing caused by crosswind landings on the long runway 016R at Sydney on Sunday.

Note that these are not dangerous landings. They are incredibly skilled landings. They are landings that are safely supported by high standards of recurrent training, and when they are made, there is always a considered alternative course of action at hand in a go-around, or in some cases, a diversion.


Another thing to think about. Badgerys Creek doesn’t have such crosswinds as those generated along the coastal fringe of the Sydney basin.  It might have more fogs, but not wild coastal squally conditions.  And the two intended runways are oriented ENE-WSW, which is optimum for the prevailing westerly wind patterns normally seen in that part of the greater Sydney region.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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One thought on “Dancing the centre-line in wild winds at Sydney Airport

  1. jeremyp

    Strong southerly winds affect western Sydney during southerly changes and a runway oriented WSW would still have a strong crosswind with a wind from the due south. I am not sure the precise orientation of the planned runway, but suppose the WSW direction is 260º – a southerly wind from 180º means a crosswind of 80º which is almost a direct cross-wind. This is not a problem for modern jet types in the wind speeds normally encountered in the region, but I don’t agree it should be trotted out as a particular advantage of the Badgery’s Creek location.

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