LFKC / Calvi Sainte-Catherine / LCY
This page is intended to draw commercial and private pilots’ attention to the aeronautical context and main threats related to an aerodrome. They have been identified in a collaborative way by the main organisations operating, to, on the platform (airlines, airport operator, air navigation service provider, aero clubs, Meteo France…) by comparing items from their respective safety management systems (SMS). Such information has been validated by the members of the Local Safety Teams (LST) of the aerodromes.
Click on the titles of the contents to get more details on the identified threats.
Updated on 01 June 2016
GENERAL / ENVIRONMENT
Paragliders, parachutes, aircraft performing air training or touristic VFR planes fly in and around the CTR. Aeronautical activities are likely to be numerous and often increased by fire-fighting airtankers on fire mission (Turbo Firecats and Super Scoopers).
- In the CTR, close to E point (4 CTR intrusions reported in 2015) ;
- Outside but bordering CTR, to the South of E point as well as abeam the runway and to the East (FFVL non approved spots).
It is mandatory for airlines willing to create a new line to submit a file to the DSAC depending on the aircraft mass and on the number of passengers (see AD 2LFKC ADC TEXT01 $2).
- Crew rating earned by site reconnaissance or simulator training ;
- Procedure published on SIA website for runway 18 only. Airlines will have to submit a file ;
- Arrival runway 36 procedure must be described in a specific file with detailed instructions for the circling.
Strong wind from the West and South-West sectors and thunderstorms are the main phenomena.
- Possibility to be grounded when the surface wind takes a south component : the wind allows landings runway 18 but not the take-offs as this QFU requires complying with special conditions (to submit a file and to receive a DSAC approval). The take-off runway 36 is then subject to the tailwind limitation of each aircraft ;
- Turbulence and downdrafts at runway 18 threshold and nearby Marsolinu pass (end of left-hand downwind runway 36) ;
- Runway 36 left-hand base leg shortened due to the West wind that pushes the plane forwards.
The numerous high mountains around the airport and the extended visual phase of the approach increase the likelihood of a balked landing.
Video : LOC 18 circling 36 approach at Calvi (downloading may be slow)
Note : these are real tracks taken from commercial flights operated by airlines serving the airport and reproduced in a quasi-realistic environment (Google Earth). They have been optimized to focus on the specific threats of these approach paths.
- The circling requires special conditions : MDH 1500 ft, ceiling 2500 ft, horizontal visibility 8000 m, downwind at 1500 ft on the West side.
- The terrain located to the West of the runway shorten the base leg (especially with a strong West wind) and causes turbulence downdrafts and vertical windshear from the downwind to the short final.
Example 1 : Balked landing runway 18
Example 2 : Circling 36 according to the airline specifications
- The lights are placed 3° offset from the runway axis.
- It is forbidden to use the PAPI at a distance of more than 4 km from the displaced threshold (obstacle clearance is not assured).
- The PAPI is set for aircraft such as A320 flying over the threshold .
The number of planes per hour that can perform the approach successively is low (4 to 6). Thus it is possible to wait a long time in the hold (plan more fuel and an alternate airport).
The airport has a runway with a downward slope of 2% from runway 36 threshold to runway 18 threshold. This may cause the aircraft to land long runway 36, to brake hard and then to backtrack slowly the runway until the exit taxiway.
IFR CLEARANCE / TAXI
- The short taxi time between the aprons and the holding points on taxiways A, B and C may cause runway incursions.
- The lack of a taxiway leading to the northern threshold increases the runway occupation time (backtrack before take-off / after landing and crossing planes on the runway).
- Subject to minimum meteorological conditions (ceiling 1500 ft, visibility 8 km) ;
- Prior authorization needed for aircraft with 10 passengers or more or with a MTOW of 5700 kg or more.
This page has been produced with the help of Air Corsica, Air France, HOP ! and pilots of local flying clubs, who have provided their expertise and teaching aid.