2. PLANNING.Pick up at the hotel 65 minutes before departure. This will be the second day out of four. Schedule today: ESGG-EKCH, EKCH-EDDF, EDDF-EKCH, EKCH-ESGG (night stop).
We will get MET INFO, LATEST NEWS, FLIGHTPLAN, CREWLIST from our computer at the Airport.
Besides, we have our RM (Route Manual) containing everything we need to know about destinations, fuel planning and other goodies.
Let us start with the met info.
EKCH FC0312 24015KT 6000 OVC006 DZ TEMPO 0312 300
This is the Forecast, valid from 03.00 until 12.00. Wind from 240° 15 knots, visibility 6000 meters, overcast clouds at 600 ft, drizzle. Temporarily 300 M visibility.
Not to bad, we can expect ILS CATI or CATII RWY 22L.
Our flight is SK443 and our Aircraft SE-DIU, MD87 Torsten Viking. The flightplan is stored (that is filed by SAS for a longer period of time, 443 is a daily flight).
Zero fuel weight (everything onboard, except fuel) is estimated to 42.9 tons. We must have one alternate and EKYT looks fine. We enter the alternate and the computer will give us the flightplan, based on standard fuel. Itīs early in the morning and we know from experience that we can expect holdings inbound Copenhagen due to traffic. Our company suggests 15 minutes extra "Company fuel" for arrivals at this time of the day. 15 minutes with MD80 is 700 Kilos.
Weather requirement for selection of alternate.
There is no weather requirement for destination aerodrome. The weather at destination
however, determines the number of alternate aerodromes to be used in the planning
If weather reports or forecast, or any combination thereof for the destination
aerodrome indicate, that during a period commencing 1 hour before and ending 1 hour
after the estimated time of arrival (ETA), the weather conditions will be at or
above the following minima, only one alternate aerodrome is required. Otherwise
two alternate aerodromes are required.
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