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Strong Wind And Mechanical Turbulence Makes For Tough Landings

Madeira Airport in Portugal is famous for having part of its runway built on a platform. (check out the picture below). But most pilots who fly here know the airport for something else: strong winds and mechanical turbulence off the nearby mountains. And just how close are those mountains? Check out the video - they're just left of the PAPI lights for runway 05.

Madeira Airport Platform Runway Extension


Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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