Rabil, Cape Verde
NDB 21/Circling 03
Runway 21 slopes downhill.
The use of PAPIS on RWY 03 is restricted to 4.5nm (due to terrain), but are difficult to see until within 3nm.
Take-off from RWY 21 prohibited.
Night operations prohibited due to absence of runway lighting.
The island is small and terrain only reaches 1,280 ft asl. However, there is a ridge of high ground approximately 4 miles to the south of the airfield which crosses the approach to RWY03. Other islands in the group have high ground to nearly 9,300 ft asl.
The airfield is served by a NDB approach to RWY 21 only. There is no DME. Circling for RWY 03 (for the appropriate aircraft categories) is authorised to category C minima and only permitted to the West of the field. Downwind for RWY 03, the ridge to the south of the airfield will be relatively close. The high ground slopes down towards the runway throughout the final approach and creates an unusual visual aspect. Note that the use of PAPIS on RWY 03 is restricted to 4.5nm (due to terrain), but are difficult to see until within 3nm.
The go-around from RWY 03 will leave you close to any traffic that may be being vectored onto the ILS 01 at SAL; beware lack of coordination from ATC.
TAKE-OFF AND DEPARTURE
Take-off from RWY 21 is prohibited for all Cat C and D aircraft. It is likely that no vertical limit will be placed on the departure from RWY 03 until in contact with SAL. It is essential to contact SAL as soon as possible to ensure deconfliction with aircraft on approach to RWY 01 at SAL.
RUNWAY AND AIRPORT FACILITIES
There are no approach lights to either runway and no runway lighting, however, there are PAPIs set at 3 degrees at each end. Runway 21 slopes downhill.
NE trade winds predominate. The dry season is from Feb to Jul with mainly fine weather except for occasional early morning mist. The wet season is Aug to Oct with squally showers, however ceiling and visibility seldom drop below 1,000ft/3nm. Temperatures vary little during the year, being between 20°C and 27°C.