Radelow From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 426 posts, RR: 3 Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3501 times:
I was thinking back on flights I have taken and I seem to recall sitting in a holding pattern over LHR (coming from LAX) for an hour or so. From what I remember we had an especially strong tailwind and arrived early.
What was the longest time you have sat in a holding pattern?
Also had a rather long hold coming back from CPT a couple of months ago. We circled somewhere over SE London and the again to the west of the airfield. The cabin had been secured for landing so PTVs were stowed which meant I was completely disorientated. My curiousity got the better of me and I ended up getting it out again very discretely. BA First: LHR-CPT-LHR (w/pics + Video) (by Fbgdavidson Feb 23 2006 in Trip Reports)
Quoting Radelow (Thread starter): I was thinking back on flights I have taken and I seem to recall sitting in a holding pattern over LHR (coming from LAX) for an hour or so.
It is so inevitable on the US-UK that this happens. You arrive early but never make it out the airport any quicker due to:
-ATC weren't expecting you so you circle somewhere over the outskirts of London as it is too busy to fit you in.
-Terminal Ops aren't expecting you so there are no gates available so you end up being parked on a remote stand
-What you've arrived early? We'll need to send busses...but they are dealing with other flights
On a few flights out of IAD projected crossing time has been faster than scheduled so the pilot informed up BA Ops asked for the aircraft to sit on the stand for 40 mins killing time! One time a number of passengers grumbled about it but the fact is they are going to be on the aircraft for the same amount of time either way whether it be in the ground or in the air or a holding pattern...
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2357 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3429 times:
About a year ago we held near MCI for an hour due to thunderstorms in the area. We ended up diverting to STL for fuel, then returned to MCI. I didn't mind because I was on a DL 732, most likely my last 732 flight before they are retired.
LouA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 384 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3398 times:
An early morning LHR arrival from ACC was when I had the longest. We circled around for about 45 minutes before comming in to land. It was quite interesting because there were quite alot of aircrafts also in pattern and you could see them all going round in the pattern. I got to see BA 774 up close as it was directly underneath us as we made one of the turns. The captain even made an announcement that if we saw other aircrafts flying very close to us that we should not panic because there was nothing wrong lol. Was quite amusing.
IDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3377 times:
Some 5 years ago, coming back from ARN to MXP we had to hold a pattern for some 30 minutes. Captain reported bad weather on ground and in fact landing was quite bumpy with strong gusting winds.
A/C was an M82 and I remember my hears seemed to explode, I hate flying in those machines!!
Skydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 918 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3352 times:
About 15 years ago flying into YYZ on Air Canada B767. In a hold pattern over Lake Ontario for about an hour. Thunderstorms were all around the area, the sky was just about green and there were miserable dark clouds and lightening was visible all around. Most of the flight had been pretty rough, but the hold pattern combined with turbulence and looking out the window at the rotten sky while flying over the water was more than I could take and I threw up several times. It may have only been 50 or 60 minutes, but it seemed like it would never end!
Scott0305 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3279 times:
Quoting LouA340 (Reply 6): I got to see BA 774 up close as it was directly underneath us as we made one of the turns. The captain even made an announcement that if we saw other aircrafts flying very close to us that we should not panic because there was nothing wrong lol. Was quite amusing.
Had a similar situation while holding for about 30 mins coming into LHR after the daytime flight from IAD on a BA 777. It was dark by that time and you could see a whole load of other aircraft in the pattern, lights flashing, then suddenly, as we're making a turn a BA 763 a step lower than us came around right next to us making the same turn but tighter. You could clearly make out the BA livery and the fact it was a 767. Many people let out a gasp as they saw it and the captain came on and said not to worry, ATC had it all under control!
LawrenceMck From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3277 times:
Coming into LHR from JFK last year in a United 777 we were told by the captain that we would expect to be in a holding pattern for about 45 minutes. Luckily it turnes out we were only in the pattern for about 25 minutes.
Last weekend also we were in a holding pattern for about 15 mins outside LHR coming in from MAN in a BA A319.
Thepilot From Canada, joined Jan 2010, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3262 times:
On PBI-CVG, we sat in the holding pattern at CVG for a good hour and fifteen minutes before diverting to LEX. We then spent another 45 minutes on the way back to CVG, and just barely made the connection to SEA. Good thing for the long layover!
747LUVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 394 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3251 times:
Several years ago, flying FLL-CLE during a whiteout, we held for an hour and a 1/2 (!!!!) on a 735...decided to put us down in CLE, after we landed they reclosed the airport, we were the ONLY a/c at the airport...was wierd to see it empty-but once we got off the a/c...the terminals were beyond packed. was crazy. it took me almost 4 hours to make the 30 mile trip home the weather was so bad. GLAD TO LIVE IN ORLANDO NOW!! no snow.