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DEN's 16000' 16R/34L  
User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2347 times:

I've searched but couldn't find any info...

Why is there a need for such a long runway? Most other runways around the world are around 10-12k feet, so why is there a need for almost an extra mile?

The only thing I can imagine is to just have extra distance in case of engine failures or system malfunctions, but if shorter runways suffice everywhere else, there doesn't seem like that much need for such a long runway

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User currently offlineTripseven From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2333 times:

At a mile high the air is thinner and DEN can get hot in the summer.

User currently offlineSprxflySWA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 597 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Due to Denver's altitude and their desire to have the capability of nonstop, intercontinental flights that are full operating year around.
The alt is near 5280', and temps in Summer can be in the 90F area.


User currently offlineOrdpark From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 574 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2329 times:
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DEN is a "high and hot" airport during the summer....roughly 5000 feet above sea level and during the summer months, payload penalties occur. The 16000 ft will allow for longhaul nonstop operations even during the hottest days of the year.

User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2328 times:

Airport elevation...................................

User currently offlineN79969 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

This article seems to explain density altitude pretty well

http://www.aopa.org/special/weather/0307jw.html

Density altitude is why Denver's runways are so long and why home runs at Coors don't mean all that much.


User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2314 times:

Thanks a lot guys, makes sense to me!

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

A small correction - ALL of DEN's runways are 12000 feet, and 16R/34L is 16000. And everyone else has already answered your question.

Alex.



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