Monday night a lightning struck Clark’s navigation equipment. All flights of that night had been diverted to Ninoy Aquino Intercontinental Airport – Manila’s NAIA. But which is not all!
When filing a flight system, then pilots have to show an “Alternate Airport” in situation the location airport are unable to be reached or isn’t operational. The “Alternate Airport” for Manila (MNL/RPLL) is Clark (CRK/RPLC). What comes about, when this alternate airport is not operational?
A NOTAM is a “Notice to Airmen” an information distributed to all pilots for a specific area RPHI or an airport. Manila’s NAIA (MNL/RPLL) has issued this NOTAM:
B1081/15 NOTAMR B1076/15
Q) RPHI/QPIAU/I /NBO/A /000/999/1511N12034E005
A) RPLC B) 1505050632 C) 1505080800 EST
E) IAP ILS OR LOC RWY02R, ILS OR LOC RWY20L AND VOR RWY20L
SUSPENDED Because of DVOR U/S.
REF AIP PHILIPPINE Web pages RPLC Ad 2-28 TO 2-30 DTD 03 APR 14.
Established: 05 May well 2015 06:33:00
That means: Instrument method procedure ILS OR LOC RWY02R, ILS OR LOC RWY20L AND VOR RWY20L SUSPENDED Due Doppler VOR Unserviceable. Reference to AIP PHILIPPINE Internet pages Change Aerodrome 2-28 TO 2-30 DTD 03 April 14. Established: 05 Might 2015 06:33:00 Source: EUECYIYN
Very well, there are other airports all-around. A buddy experienced to fly from Hong Kong (HKG) to Manila (MNL). The flight planning software gave him a pretty odd “Alternate Airport”: HKG – Hong Kong! which means that he would have to fly back dwelling if Manila had problems. Funny, isn’t it.
But why not traveling to Cebu (CEB/RPVM)? Limited parking spot due to “Work in Progress” is the respond to. So what could be the following airport to fly to if Manila has difficulties. The only other airport in the Philippines that can accommodate flights in scenario Manila is down is – DAVAO (DVO/RPMD)! That is nice. Just some 550 miles south-east. The passengers would be happy.
We also checked Subic airport (SFS/RPLB that is genuinely in the vicinity of to Clark and Manila – much less than 30 miles south-west of Clark. Sorry Sir, closed throughout night. Laoag (LAO/RPLI) – the very same reply.
Visualize Manila Airport has one of their well acknowledged navigation blackouts (DVOR/DME down). There is absolutely no redundancy in Manila’s navigation devices. There is no backup gear and there is no alternate electric powered power offer. If it transpires then you will get pleasure from a South East Asia spherical-trip and learn new nations around the world.
Manila DVOR (Picture courtesy of philippineairspace.blogspot.com)
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