I’m with you… I just finished a flight where the METAR shows the wind direction coming from heading 120. So with my initial flight plan of landing at RWY 27 I would be landing in a tailwind. So I changed my flight plan in the MCDU, set my runway to 09 instead so I can get a headwind.
Then I asked ATC for clearance with the new flight plan, they confirmed it, and I continue my descent. When I get close, the ATC assigns me runway 27 again. And when I responded with stand by and wanted to choose a different runway, it won’t let me. I can only choose a different approach.
So I request an RNAV 09 approach, they cleared me for that approach but circle to land 27. I mean, come on, I’m already on a headwind approach and they tell me to circle and land in a tailwind?
Eventually, I said screw it, I continue my approach, did a soft landing of -104 fpm into a headwind. But I got ATC telling me I’m not cleared to land. Unbelievable.
It’s just incosistent sometimes. Sometimes I can select a different runway and different approach together which is awesome. But most times, I’m only able to change approach, but I can’t change my runway forcing me to Circle to Land on the wrong runway.