Saab 2000 Returns to Lugano

 - February 2, 2007, 4:57 AM

Swiss International Air Lines may again fly its Saab 2000 turboprops into Switzerland’s Lugano Airport under a new indirect IFR approach procedure proposed by the flag carrier and charter operator and FBO chain Jet Aviation. The indirect approach serves as an alternative to the steep approach to Runway 01 imposed by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) since November. The new procedure uses the instrument approach to Runway 01 until a newly defined waypoint, then leads aircraft on the right side of the runway axis north of the airport, where they head toward Runway 19 after a 180-degree left turn for a VFR landing at a normal glide angle.

FOCA has approved the new procedure for a trial period, until June, but only for Swiss or Jet Aviation aircraft certified for glidepath angles up to 5.5 deg, including the Saab 2000. If no particular problems arise during the trial period, all of the airport users will be cleared to use the procedure.