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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : bos.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : a90.tracon|
tracon : sct.tracon
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||A319|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||landing : roll|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 150|
flight time total : 14800
flight time type : 3700
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Anomaly||non adherence : company policies|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other flight crewb
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
Flight Crew Human Performance
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
We were arriving bos and ATIS was advertising runway 27 for arrivals. On handoff; approach control asked if we could accept runway 32 for arrival. We reviewed the airport diagram and noted the runway length at 5;000 feet. Since we do operate into similarly short runways; often as a last minute change (runway 33 at dca); and the wind and runway conditions were favorable (straight down the runway at 20 knots and dry); we accepted the assignment. I noted afterward that the runway was also narrow. I recalled the recent flight manual change addressing parameters for operations on such runways. Since these parameters deal mainly with wind; runway conditions and aircraft steering and braking; and since none of these were an issue; we elected to continue. The landing and rollout were uneventful and the rate of deceleration was smooth and comfortable; thanks to the strong headwind. Minimal braking was employed and there was no subsequent hot brake. Afterward; we were able to review the information regarding narrow runway operations and we met all of the criteria. However; there was a footnote stating that operations onto narrow runways are not routine and require prior authorization.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FLT CREW OF A319 ACCEPTS LATE CHANGE TO RWY 32 VICE RWY 27 AT BOS. SUBSEQUENTLY LEARN THAT COMPANY POLICY RESTRICTED USE OF SUCH RWYS.
Narrative: WE WERE ARRIVING BOS AND ATIS WAS ADVERTISING RUNWAY 27 FOR ARRIVALS. ON HANDOFF; APPROACH CONTROL ASKED IF WE COULD ACCEPT RUNWAY 32 FOR ARRIVAL. WE REVIEWED THE AIRPORT DIAGRAM AND NOTED THE RUNWAY LENGTH AT 5;000 FEET. SINCE WE DO OPERATE INTO SIMILARLY SHORT RUNWAYS; OFTEN AS A LAST MINUTE CHANGE (RUNWAY 33 AT DCA); AND THE WIND AND RUNWAY CONDITIONS WERE FAVORABLE (STRAIGHT DOWN THE RUNWAY AT 20 KNOTS AND DRY); WE ACCEPTED THE ASSIGNMENT. I NOTED AFTERWARD THAT THE RUNWAY WAS ALSO NARROW. I RECALLED THE RECENT FLIGHT MANUAL CHANGE ADDRESSING PARAMETERS FOR OPERATIONS ON SUCH RUNWAYS. SINCE THESE PARAMETERS DEAL MAINLY WITH WIND; RUNWAY CONDITIONS AND AIRCRAFT STEERING AND BRAKING; AND SINCE NONE OF THESE WERE AN ISSUE; WE ELECTED TO CONTINUE. THE LANDING AND ROLLOUT WERE UNEVENTFUL AND THE RATE OF DECELERATION WAS SMOOTH AND COMFORTABLE; THANKS TO THE STRONG HEADWIND. MINIMAL BRAKING WAS EMPLOYED AND THERE WAS NO SUBSEQUENT HOT BRAKE. AFTERWARD; WE WERE ABLE TO REVIEW THE INFORMATION REGARDING NARROW RUNWAY OPERATIONS AND WE MET ALL OF THE CRITERIA. HOWEVER; THERE WAS A FOOTNOTE STATING THAT OPERATIONS ONTO NARROW RUNWAYS ARE NOT ROUTINE AND REQUIRE PRIOR AUTHORIZATION.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.