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LIKE INSURANCE, ALTERNATE PLANNING IS A NECESSITY YOU HOPE
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AFTER REVIEWING his voluminous logbooks, a good friend recently determined
that in more than 40 years of airline
and corporate flying, he's had to divert
just 21 times-only seven of which
were for ceilings or visibilities below
approach minimums. A couple more
were for excessive winds at single-runway airports-even transport-category
airplanes have crosswind (and tailwind)
limitations. But several were caused by
truly unforeseeable events: One airport
was closed after an earthquake cracked
its runway in two, another after rebel
forces erected barricades of burning tires
during an attempted coup, and a third
was shut down after a person jumped
into the number two engine of an idling
British Airways 747 awaiting its takeoff
clearance.
In each case his crew didn't waste
time or fuel figuring out what to do; those
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decisions had already been made. A suitable alternate airport had been identified
before departure taking into account
winds, weather, runway lengths, fuel
requirements, and availability of necessary services. With Plan A off the board,
they executed Plan B, landed safely, and
got a good night's sleep.
Earthquakes, volcanoes, and coups
d'├ętat might not be as much of an issue if
you only fly within the continental United
States, but that's no excuse for neglecting
alternate planning. Neither is going VFR,
since airports can always be closed on
short notice. AOPA's own home field in
Frederick, Maryland, has seen closures
for disabled aircraft at least four times
in the past 10 years (for a prop strike,
a noseover, blown tires, and a ground
loop). This being a presidential election
year, national security TFRs could pop
up anywhere on very short notice. If


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