Re: interesting landing - runway switch at 800ft

From: (Larry Stone)
Organization: InterServe Communications, Inc.
Date:         29 Jul 96 02:29:40 
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In article <airliners.1996.1410@ohare.Chicago.COM>, "Doug Snow (HUF)"
<> wrote:

>At least here in the states, it depends on the distance between the
>runways.  At airports like SFO where there is a very narrow distance
>between the runways, the sidestep landing minimums are pretty low (if
>sidestep is allowed at all at SFO, dont know just an example).  Most
>sidestep minimums arent much higher than normal circling minimums.

You obviously meant "lower" than circling minimums, not "higher".
Sidesteps are in between straight-in and circles.

For SFO, the ILS Rwy 28R has a straight-in decision altitude of 211',
side-step to 28L minimum descent altitude (MDA) is 460' (which is also the
straight-in localizer-only/glide slope out minimum for 28R), and circling
MDA's are 740' to 1260' depending on approach speed.

Also keep in mind that these are the minimums for the instrument approach.
If a visual approach is assigned, a side-step is always legal (because
technically you aren't side-stepping, you're just doing a visual to the
other runway). Also if no side-step minimums are published, circling
minimums apply for a side-step.

-- Larry Stone ---
   Belmont, CA, USA
   My opinions, not United's.