Airfield Print option in slimbox / lytebox? (info)

The large flat saltpan with about 3 km diameter is an ideal airfield that provides excellent conditions to initiate outstanding glider flights.

  • The directions for take-offs and landings is chosen exactly according to the wind direction - the right runway for each and any wind.
  • Some runways are 3 km long.
  • Simultaneous take-offs and landings are no problem.
  • You choose your take-off time.
  • No traffic jams if there are late landings.
  • Concrete-topped runways adjacent to the pan guarantee safe operations during any weather.


Airview:

Standard Approach:

Because of blending sun it makes absolute sence to come from West to Bitterwasser PAN. If the wind situation is ok for that even to land on direction 09.
Short of sun set there is normally a lot of traffic and we make a safety and approved procedure vom West as follow.

- Fly a direct way from West into the main Windsock direction over the bushes
- over the Windsock report: "Short callsign for example PE, over the windsock for landing runway 09L"
- Altitude min. 1.700 Meter
- over Windsock make 90 degree turn to the left into the Hangar direction
- short behind Hangar make again 90 degree turn to the left into downwind and report: "PE, downwind 09L gear down         and   locked " - Altitude below 1.700 Meter to have a hight differentaition.
- fly straight until short of the Dune and again 90 degree turn to the left into base report: "PE, base runway 09L"
- do again a 90 degree turn into final and report: "PE, final runway 09L"

With this approach procedure you can also land and report for runway´s 09 Hangar, 09 PAN, 05 and 36.



Example Standard Approach for runway 36
 


 


Strong wind situation or low approach altitude etc. can be the reason for a varinace approach.
If you come from WEST  and runway 23 is in use, than ask for direct downwind for runway 23 and make the approach like this:
 



Approach from EAST:
Variation Approach from East for landing on 05 appropriate for 09 and 36 - do not fly over the Windsack!
If you come from East ask for direct downwind 09 and do the approach like this:


 



Approach from EAST:
Variation Approach from East for landing on 23 - do not fly over the Windsack!
If you come from East ask for direct final 23 (report over the street) and do the approach like this:

 



Approach from South:
Variation Approach from South for landing on 23 - do not fly over the Windsack!
If you come from South ask abeam crossroad Hoachanas for direct base 23 and do the approach like this:


 



Approach from South:
Variation Approach from South for landing on 09 Left - do not fly over the Windsack!

If you come from South ask abeam crossroad for direct long downwind for runway 09 L 
follow the street until abeam Hangars and report long downwind runway 09 and fly 90 degrees into the
Hangar direction.
Abeam Hangar report downwind runway 09 L gear down and locked...
approach like this:


 



Approach from North:
Variation Approach from North - do not fly over the Windsack!

The Dune from Northwest on the line to Bitterwasser will be the section line between North and West approach
every position west of the Dune = West approach
every position east of the Dune = East approach

West approach is standard procedure! - coming from West in a staight line over the pan, over the bushes to the
Windsock position - over Windsock report: over the Windsock and to downwind as already explained.

If you are coming from North and runway 09 or 05 or 36 is in use you can fly direct to downwind abeam Hangars - important to report by radio about your intention!
Use caution that your Altitude at Hangar Position will be below 1700 Meter to have differentiation from incoming
gliders from the WEST !

Example:

 



Approach from North:
Variation Approach from North - do not fly over the Windsack! - for landing on runway 23/27 or 31

If you come from North you can ask by radio for direct final


 



No confusion - Standard Approach is always from West - all these examples are just a variation of Standard Procedure,
especially if there is a lot of traffic short before sun set and to avoid to much traffic over the pan. 
Important to know that if you hear by radio a request for variation approach that you can imagine where will the other
glider be. Important because of the blinding sun.
In spite of FLARM and reports by Radio - look out - watch the airspace around you - this is one of the important facts to
avoid an accident.


Dieter Schwenk Flight Operation Director Oct. 2014