UOOO Norilsk 2014
Trip to UOOO, Norilsk in April 2014
Roughly 4 hrs flight time north-east of Moscow. And the time-zone is 4 hours east of Moscow. And flying at night won’t give you many ERAs (enroute alternate airports) due to operating hours and distance.
Lots of »nothing« in this area.
Cold and wild
Large areas of wilderness and no lights at dark.
Big snow piles behind our aircraft
There is some regular airline service to / from here.
Cold and dry climate.
Lots of hard-pressed and dry snow.
Old airport chart
In the old days the runway gradient for the first roughly 400m was 2,75% (way more than certifyable limit)
New airport chart
Easy solution: just »cut« first segment of the runway (with too steep a gradient) and you’re in limits now. Little shorter runway though.