Luxair

Luxair Bombardier Q400 in Innsbruck

In the heart of the austrian Alps, Innsbruck is an amazing place. Pilots need a special training to be able to operate to/from Innsbruck, due to the high terrain around and special approach and departure procedures. This is where the Luxair Q400’s undergo their C check. Those pictures are from my second flight there, in January 2018. For my first flight, I did a video of the approach and landing that you can see here. One of the most beautiful approach I have ever flown…

Luxair Bombardier Q400 in Innsbruck - mycockpitview

Luxair Bombardier Q400 in Innsbruck - mycockpitview

Luxair Bombardier Q400 in Innsbruck - mycockpitview

Luxair Bombardier Q400 in Innsbruck - mycockpitview

Low visibility approach

Some days, you see the runway only a few seconds before touching down. This is an approach with 200 meters of runway visual range, which is the minimum we need to fly it. The red/withe/red lights are part of the high intensity approach lights, and the green lights are the beginning of the runway. It's always challenging to fly to the ground with so little visual clues. The approach has to be flown manually using the headup guidance system, and with great precision as a small deviation on the loc, on the glide or on the speed will trigger an "approach warning" forcing the crew to go around... Mycockpitview

Some days, you see the runway only a few seconds before touching down. This is an approach with 200 meters of runway visual range, which is the minimum we need to fly it. The red/withe/red lights are part of the high intensity approach lights, and the green lights are the beginning of the runway. It’s always challenging to fly to the ground with so little visual clues. The approach has to be flown manually using the headup guidance system, and with great precision as a small deviation on the loc, on the glide or on the speed will trigger an “approach warning” forcing the crew to go around…