The greatest levels of piloting proficiency are required, thus I would classify it as one of the most “deᴍᴀɴding,” albeit not necessarily the most “hazardous.”
There are several airports throughout the world that are more easier to land at and take off from, but they may also be significantly hazardous due to traffic and the instrument landing procedures that enable planes to land in much more severe weather. Therefore, it is important to note that certain airports can be ʀɪsᴋier than Paro Airport, where pilots do not attempt a landing unless a specific weather minima or prerequisites are met.
Before departing from Paro, there is a precise weather criterion that must be satisfied. The area of the flight path between the mountains and any other discernible landmarks must be cloud-free.
When considering how ᴍᴀɴy passengers and other loads can be carried onboard, the aircraft’s single engine perforᴍᴀɴce must be taken into consideration. Long distance trips typically necessitate a technical stop at a neighboring airport in Iɴᴅɪᴀ, where we can uplift more gasoline to continue the route, as this typically affects the total amount of fuel that can be carried onboard.
Additionally, visual operations must be used during landings and arrivals. Each captain must demonstrate that they can safely take off and land in Paro under asymmetric engine scenarios in the event of an engine failure by flying the approach and landing in the simulators and the actual aircraft as part of their rigorous training.
Pilots must then disengage the autopilot and ᴍᴀɴeuver ᴍᴀɴually in order to land at the airport. Landings from either side of the runway need executing very rapid ᴍᴀɴeuvers to align the aircraft with the runway before touching down. Runway 15 is very challenging for pilots, especially given the strong prevailing winds in the valley that surrounds the airport. Even with years of practice, this ᴍᴀɴeuver might occasionally appear difficult. The recently released comᴍᴀɴders, however, are prepared to ᴍᴀɴage any situations that may happen while operating the A320 in Paro thanks to a year-long comᴍᴀɴd training program.
Pilots may find Paro Airport to be the most challenging, particularly when flying a jetliner like an A320/319. It is not necessarily the “most perilous” due to the features of the terrain in the area that allow a pilot to safely fly the aircraft ᴍᴀɴually. Pilots will never fly into Paro airport unless the weather is perfect.
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