The challenges of approaching Innsbruck Airport

The challenges of approaching Innsbruck Airport


Hello. My name is Paul. I’am here as an operations
controller at Austrian Airlines and fully responsible for the whole flight
operations today so for the operations plan, which will be monitored here in the Integrated Operations Control Center.. The most challenging thing is that we have to make decisions in a very short time. If we come on to duty, we don’t know what we have to expect on that day. Innsbruck is a very interesting destination, as it is very challenging from an operations perspective. You have the mountains here on the left and on the right. And therefore we have to consider the performance of the aircraft. So not every aircraft is going to Innsbruck. My name is Florian Rutz. I’ve been flying the Embraer 195 of Austrian Airlines since two years now. My name is Michael Margreiter. I like the view of the mountains when they are covered with fresh snow like today. You will see that. I like it also in the summer season and I like the challenge to fly to Innsbruck. It’s always a bit different to other airports we are going to, like Kyiv or Munich or whatever. Because there are some quite interesting weather phenomena taking place, like southerly winds strong winds we call it Foehn wind For example foggy situations, where you can’t see the whole valley at all and if you go to the minimum you are in the conditions and that makes it special. Concerning the weather today, we got our forecast has improved. We recently had so called “Foehn”, which is a type of heavy wind coming from Southeast Innsbruck, which can be rather challenging and turbulent for the day’s flight we do not expect that kind of wind. So it’s rather nice. Today we only have a few clouds, 10 degrees Celsius, and only a few light winds from the Southeast. You have a special education for Innsbruck than means you have to do a ground test. Then you have to go through the simulator. Do an exam. And then the first time you fly to Innsbruck, you’ll be accompanied by a flight with a flight instructor. Engine started. Start engine two. – Engine started. Set flaps five. Flight controls checked. – Left side clear. – Right side clear. – OS901, wind 110 degrees, 3 knots, cleared for takeoff RWY16 – Cleared for takeoff RWY16, OS901 – Ready? – Ready. – Take off. – Check thrust. – Fast checked. – 80 knots. – Checked. – V1. – Rotate. – Positive rate. – Gear up. Because of the location it makes it difficult to have any exact reports. Because if you have a
report before you go there but it certainly changes and that what makes it interesting. If you have the wind coming from the South we have the advantage that visibility will be very good, but we have very strong winds and turbulence, of course.

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