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Features October 2015 Issue

You Can’t Land on That

Displaced thresholds mean you canít land on the beginning of the runway. But, itís available for landing the other way, and takeoffs from either end. Watch for the subtle clues.

Meadows Field in Bakersfield, California (KBFL) lies at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. For purposes of instrument flight, we call this area a huge temperature inversion waiting to happen. And when it does, the minimal visibility means weíll want to know exactly where we should squeak the tires at the landing end of a precision approach. At KBFL, itís not where youíd expect at first glance.

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