In all of the writings on the cottonwood trees at the Troutdale Airport I have heard nothing about having the aircraft land from the west instead of the east. Since the prevailing winds come out of the east, this should be the normal landing position anyway. Can anyone shed some light on this matter? It would seem that landing from the west would solve the current problem and the process could follow the rules without an emergency being declared.
(Editor's note: Although it is possible to approach the runway from the west to aboid the trees, Port of Portland officials say it is more difficult to do so.)