This shot of the runway at Vagar, Faroe Islands is copied from Atlantic Airways’ inflight magazine Atlantic Review. It’s not a recent photograph, and things have changed since then. Not dramatically, but significantly.
This blog post complements the previous one which describes – in pictures – the first commercial operation into Vagar by Atlantic Airways’ new Airbus A319, using the new RNP-AR satellite-guided precision approach procedure.
Here we look at some of the enabling changes that led to the introduction of RNP, and the challenges faced by this airline that serves the Faroe Islands.
An Atlantic Airways shot (below) taken from above the approach to 30, also before the runway was lengthened, gives a good picture of the terrain aviators face approaching the other end – runway 12.
Vagar’s runway has been lengthened from 1,250m to 1,799m (5,847ft) by extending both ends on raised embankments. Here are the approach light stanchions for runway 12 in the shadow of the raised runway threshold…
Also evident in the magazine picture is that Atlantic’s entire fleet of BAE Systems Avro RJs had converged on Vagar that day. They didn’t have the A319 at the time. They still have some RJs now as well as the Airbus.
The approach to runway 12 is reckoned to be the more picturesque, but I didn’t get to fly it in the aeroplane.
Meanwhile, since that time Atlantic have sent me a beautiful picture of the 12 approach taken from above the inlet on a perfect day…
That picture was also taken before the runway was lengthened, but it gives a perfect picture of how the terrain intrudes on the left side of the approach path, forcing a right turn on short final for 12.
There is also some interesting terrain waiting for the unwary at the entrance to the inlet…