Delta B767 landing practice in BTL

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Delta B767 landing practice in BTL

Post by detpilot » 17 Feb 2010, 07:20

So we had a Delta 767 come in for a few trips in the pattern today in Battle Creek. They picked a good day for it- icing conditions were keeping most of our fleet on the ground. I could only imagine if the weather had been good- "Delta 9984 Heavy, number 4 behind a Cirrus, cleared for touch and go..." 8)
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Post by caps1237 » 17 Feb 2010, 15:05

:laugh: Man, that sounds awesome! Any reason for them doing patterns at Battle Creek instead of somewhere else?
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Post by Aaron Robinson » 17 Feb 2010, 15:30

They have been at Toledo and Rochester, MN as well. Training familiarization for (domestic?) Northwest 757 pilots. I was in some meetings on this over the last few months. Battle Creek is news to me though.
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Post by caps1237 » 17 Feb 2010, 16:29

Small world! Aaron sits in on the meetings and Brandon sees it out. :P
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Post by detpilot » 18 Feb 2010, 16:37

Any reason for them doing patterns at Battle Creek instead of somewhere else?
I heard they had been doing it at other places as well, my guess for Battle Creek is that they saw the 10,000 foot runway and figured it wasn't too busy. I'm sure they would have went somewhere else if the weather had been like today... When the weather is good we have up to 5 airplanes in the pattern just doing patternwork, plus others departing and arriving... it gets pretty hectic!


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Post by Aaron Robinson » 18 Feb 2010, 17:55

Battle Creek is somewhat unusual in that it is an offline station, so no personnel are around in case of a problem. We carried extra landing gear parts and stocked additional tires at DTW and MSP in preparation for additional cycles. We may also have carried a mechanic on board...
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Re: Delta B767 landing practice in BTL

Post by detpilot » 18 Feb 2010, 18:13

That makes sense- although there is a huge maint. facility at BTL, it sure isn't a Delta one.

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