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User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1516 times:

what do airports do when the wind changes and they have to switch the runways?

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User currently offlineFlyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

They have planes circle until a determined plane has landed and cleared the runway. Then they start a new line up and start the landing process over again.


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User currently offlineFlairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1483 times:

what about for take off

User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1457 times:

I can attest for at least Concorde...

have been sitting on/or in line for the threshold when we were suddenly turned around and rolled to the opposite end due to wind change at CDG.

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1426 times:

The flow of planes simply changes runways when the winds changes.

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User currently offlineViflyer From US Virgin Islands, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1419 times:

At ORD if your inbound and in the air ATC either slow you down, put you in a hold, and/or give you radar vectors to slow down the arrivals which they switch runways. If your inbound and on the ground usually your given a specific takeoff time (aka. wheels up time) by ATC, which if it's short (less than 45 min and delays due to the wind shifting are usually short, 5-15 min) and your still at the gate most crews opt to board and wait for the time to expire at the end of the runway. If it's long (more than 1 hour or so) most tend to hold off boarding until some time expires.

As for outbound the just have the aircraft on the ground taxi to the new runway they're using. It's suppose to be in order but I've done flights where we lucked out because we were at the end of the line and when they switched runway, since we were the closest to the new runway we got out before everyone else.

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User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

This happened just this morning at my local airport. There were 5 jets inbound on a STAR for runway 23- 2 QF 737's, 2 DJ 737's and a CX 747-400. The DJ 737 took the 4 kt tailwind component and landed on 23, whilst the other 4 were vectored around for RWY 05 overflying my house in the process.

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