Re: Fracturing the Pacific

Date:         20 Aug 97 02:38:37 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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>> In all the ETOPS literature I've read (early feasibility studies, UA
>> flight supplement, etc.), the only alternate in Greenland is Sondre
>> Stromfjord, <snip>

>Someone in the NG is bound to have more precise info, but understand
>that Thule has a failrly good sized runway. Prior to it being
>decommsioned as a US Air Force base, USAF ran some pretty heavy iron
>in there.

About a year ago, someone mentioned that Thule has a 10,000 foot
asphalt runway, along with ILS and other instrumentation (good for
reducing the probability of weather-induced unavailability) and
all the ground support and emergency lodging one could want.  (See for archives of the
sci.aeronautics.airliners newsgroup.)

Regarding my comment about Sondre Stromfjord being the only alternate
in Greenland, while editing I inadvertantly dropped an important
qualifier, namely, that I was looking at material related to flying
the North Atlantic between Europe and North America.  Thule seems to
be a fine alternate, but it's much too far north to be of interest
for the routes I was writing about.

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