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Mountain flying in France

Here's an interesting little movie by a fellow pilot landing at my 'home' airfield, Altiport de Méribel (LFKX).

He first flies over the runway to announce his arrival, then heads east towards Courchevel, turning north, west and then south again on final.

You'll notice how difficult the short runway is to spot. Actually the fairway of the golf course running down from the runway is a good indicator to line up with the runway.

Notice also there is no 'go-around' option with the slanted runway and the dike (and mountain) behind it.

The aircraft is a French Jodel, one of the most used aircraft of French flying club and after 30-somethng years still going strong. The Jodel's (various versions) are low-wing aircraft, most of them built as a wooden construction and much larger than a Cessna 152. They are very sturdy and can almost carry their own weight at high altitudes.

Enjoy !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zDAJ_oxixw

7 Responses to “Mountain flying in France”

  1. Jacques BEAUDEAUX Says:
    June 7th, 2009 at 4:31 am

    In my 45 years of flying as a military then airline pilot, my most rewarding experience was glacier landings in the Alps mountains.

    Don't forget to stop by Megeve (LFHM) which is my favorite spot

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