Thursday, May 12, 2005

Springtime in Montana

Was snowing like mad in Billings yesterday. We almost didn't get in. Despite taking off from Seattle with a full load of fuel (11800 lbs), about 6200 lbs of it was alternate & reserve fuel. When we were approaching Billings, the weather was below minimums and we had 7000 lbs fuel remaining, giving us only a few minutes' holding time. Fortunately the weather came back above minimums before I did any holding, and ended up breaking out of the clouds right at decision altitude on the ILS. There was 1/2 mile visibility in snow and a crosswind gusting to 29 knots. Just another day at ABC Co!