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SFO ATC-Why Wouldn't This Work?  
User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3127 times:

God knows that SFO has some MASSIVE ATC problems, be it for fog reasons or whatever, but their air traffic problems due to their intersecting runways are terrible...why doesn't SFO use, say, 10R and 28R for departures, and 1R and 19R for arrivals...either that, or use 28R for heavies/narrows taking off and 10R for heavies/narrows landing, and use 1R for RJ's/props taking off and 19R for RJ's/props landing...this would seem to help out the ATC problems enormously...am I wrong?


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6896 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3071 times:

Is the disclaimer at the bottom of the post supposed to apply?

User currently offlineWilco From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

Use 1R for arrivals?!!??!?! Are you nuts! I have seen this happen twice, both times 747s with Kai-Tak-expereinced flight crews. It practically stopped traffic on 101 and had every Millbrae resident ducking for cover.

Keep in mind SFO is not the only airport in the area. A lot of the setup has to do with what is best for the entire region. (When you change arrivals at SFO you also have to change OAK, SJC, etc)



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User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

Timz: First, for that comment alone, you have earned yourself a spot on my Respected Users list...expect to see an RR bump...

That said, I don't understand why, rather than delay every single flight to and from SFO by closing two runways, they can't simply have the flights operate from runways in opposite directions, as the runways are obviously far enough apart that under normal conditions, both can be used...and planes aren't going to hit each other on the ground unless one skids off the runway...



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User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

Wilco...I wasn't trying to specifically suggest using 1R for arrivals (and I don't know the neighborhood around SFO at all), rather, I was suggesting that they use the runways in opposite directions, rather than force two of the four runways to shut down, as they do in FLOW circumstances


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User currently offlineWilco From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

Understood... but with FLOW conditions you generally have some sort of wind conditions that would favor one-direction for landing/take-off (not opposite directions). All I am saying is that you can't just arbitrarily pick runway configs w/o considering wind, area traffic and things like the big hill enroute to 1R/1L.


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User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2965 times:

Wilco-I chose 10R and 28R for departures because they are longer runways...


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User currently offlineMeister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 973 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2961 times:

I quite frankly like the idea of using 1R, simply b/c of the hill in the way and the interesting approach it creates  Wink/being sarcastic. Someone call me the next time it happens and I'll book it out there. Sounds like fun.

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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6896 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

Is it true that most (all?) airliners are not certificated to land or take off with a tailwind component exceeding 10 knots?

[Edited 2004-03-05 01:39:27]

User currently offlineAtcboy73 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

Timz

I think AMR Eagle has that 10 knot rule.

I think the biggest problem with SFO is the fact that thier runways are too close together.


User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

Atcboy-Which is why I suggest that they have the operations from opposite directions, specifically during FLOW conditions, so that both parallel sets of runways could still be used (obviously, Land and Hold Short must be used by the ATC's)


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User currently offlineAs739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6187 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2777 times:

Oh SHUPirate where do I begin. Well lets start with this:There are only 3 runways at SFO with an ILS approach. That leaves out your plan right there. Only 28L 28R 19L have an ILS approach. 10L 10R are used at little as possible for arrivals and only have VOR and GPS approachs. 1L 1R have a very difficult approach with a circle over the hills and my house. The pattern to 1L 1R is actually the same approach as 28L 28R. The only difference is at 6 dme they begin a visual circle to land.
I could go on forever, but there is just no option. You also have to remember the winds are mainly from the west and northwest and in the summer get quite strong. Airplane have to land of course going into the wind and some have very limit ability with landing with a tailwind or crosswind. If you have any more questions let me know. I can explain more to you. Take care.
ASSFO



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User currently offlineWilco From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 355 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2742 times:

I think you aren't hearing me. Its not JUST the best ground traffic scenario that is a factor... you have to look at weather and other traffic. If you have strong winds you simply can not take off in opposing directions. Secondly... if you have aircraft arriving SFO from two opposing directions and departing SFO from two opposing directions then SFO would have a monopoly in the bay skies. OAK needs airspace as does San Carlos, SJC etc.

I got to be honest. I love the idea. But practically it just won't work. Also, arrivals on 1R are pretty much the coolest thing you will ever see at SFO. Happens 1-2 times a year.

Regards...



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User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2686 times:

Wilco-OK, fair enough...just figured I'd throw out something to the SFO traffic controllers, and I didn't realize the ILS thing (I was looking at airnav, but obviously not hard enough) and totally forgot about Oakland and San Jose...DUH!


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2690 times:

>>>SFO has some MASSIVE ATC problems, be it for fog reasons or whatever, but their air traffic problems due to their intersecting runways are terrible

>>>as the runways are obviously far enough apart that under normal conditions, both can be used

It was 3 years ago today that SWA operated its last flight at SFO (after 19 years there) so SFO delays are a subject I know well.

The use of intersecting runways is -NOT- what drives the delay situation there at SFO. The real "whatever" reason is in your second statement, i.e. the runway centerlines are fine for normal conditions (VMC), but for anything less than VMC, the delays come.

SFO's ability to handle traffic (airport acceptance rate, AAR) is usally about 60 per hour, and that's based on an optimum runway configuration of visual approaches to 28L and 28R, and departing on 01L and 01R. The ATC folks there do a masterful job of synching departures with arrivals, and it's pretty damn impressive. They'll have 2 aircraft position-and-hold on 01L/R (cocked) and just as soon as the two landing on 28L/R clear the intersection, ATC will launch the two departures off 01L/R with diverging turns once airborne. It's almost like watching cat shots on a carrier--it's so well orchestrated.

The problems start when aircraft approaching 28L/R lose the ability to shoot visual approaches, and the trigger for this is anything lower than about a 2,500 foot ceiling and/or 5 miles of visibility. Once they lose visuals (VAPs), you'd think the alternative is to simply go to ILS approaches to 28L and 28R, since they both have them installed. Problem is, to shoot parallel ILS approaches, you need a minimum of 2,500 feet between the runway centerlines, and 4,300 feet if shooting simultaneous ILS approaches. At SFO, you can't do either, since the 28L/R centerlines are only 600-700 feet apart.

When you lose the ability to do VAPs, SFO essentially becomes a single runway airport for landing, and the 60 AAR drops (rather suddenly) to 28-30. If they lose VAPs with 60 aircraft in the air, half of them are going to have to hold (or maybe divert) and anything that hasn't left it's departure point will get held on the ground (at LAX, PHX, wherever) until revised slot times are determined.

The old DEN Stapleton had the same sort of problem with 17R/35L and 17L/35R in IMC conditions, and they solved the problem by building the new airport on about 80 gazillion acres where runway separation is no longer a problem. There's been some discussion about moving SFO's 10L/28R further north, out onto new land they'd have to reclaim from the Bay, but that's years away, if ever.







User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 46
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

The ATC folks there do a masterful job of synching departures with arrivals, and it's pretty damn impressive. They'll have 2 aircraft position-and-hold on 01L/R (cocked) and just as soon as the two landing on 28L/R clear the intersection, ATC will launch the two departures off 01L/R with diverging turns once airborne. It's almost like watching cat shots on a carrier--it's so well orchestrated.

Not really, but a pretty neat analogy for those with no CV experience.  Wink/being sarcastic

The problems start when aircraft approaching 28L/R lose the ability to shoot visual approaches, and the trigger for this is anything lower than about a 2,500 foot ceiling and/or 5 miles of visibility.

No, its a lot higher than that. We need to be visual the entire approach path to keep visual separation from the aircraft on the parallel approach. While it might be VFR at the field, if we can't keep visual separation with other traffic ATC is required to provide separation and the only way to do that is fore/aft spacing which screws up the departure timing you mentioned earlier. Virtually all pilots will "push it" to keep visual sight of each other so as to allow SFO the max capacity, but one can only "push it" so far and then.....  Crying




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User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2740 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2606 times:

Keep in mind that the runway centerlines are only 700 feet apart.

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

>>>Not really, but a pretty neat analogy for those with no CV experience.

That's why I said "almost"  Big grin


>>>No, its a lot higher than that.

The mins associated with the San Mateo AWOS were the ones I was recalling...  Big grin

http://www.myairplane.com/databases/approach/index.php Then KSFO and look for the Quiet Bridge...

[Edited 2004-03-05 07:15:54]

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2501 times:

Keep in mind SFO is not the only airport in the area. A lot of the setup has to do with what is best for the entire region. (When you change arrivals at SFO you also have to change OAK, SJC, etc)

Same thing applies with SEA and BFI since they are both 15 miles within each other.



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User currently offlineLondoncenter From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

I have only flown into SFO once and cant really remember it but from an ATC point of view what your suggesting seems absolutely insane. Especially in bad weather, fog creates so many difficulties for ATC and having traffic arriving and departing on runways that face each other sounds plain crazy (no pun intended). That would mean an aircraft climbing out would do so directly towards the path of an arrival, and what about the missed approach procedures? An aircraft going around would point right at one descending, thats just not safe!

I'm sorry, but from where I'm standing, this sounds crazy!


User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3481 posts, RR: 46
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

OPNLguy, what you're citing are the FAA published minimums. ATC and pilots try to operate to those minimums [the "push it" I mentioned] but seldom can do so because we can not maintain visual contact with other traffic the entire arrival...which starts much higher than those minimums. While the airport might be reporting wx at/above those published minimums, the arrival route might be much worse. ATC tries, and they do a darn good job, but SFO seldom operates at max capacity with wx at the published mins.


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User currently offlineAtcboy73 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2364 times:

SHUP

Sorry I haven't been following the conversation so please excuse me if this has already been covered.

ATC cant use land and hold short with military, air taxi or commercial air craft.

At least that was the last briefing I got.


User currently offlineSmithfly114 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

I live in the bay area and am fascinated by the idea of 1R for arrival's! What were the conditions that required its use? When was the last time it happened? And lastly will someone please call/text message/email/fax/page me next time it happens! I wouldn't miss that for the world!

User currently offlineSHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

Londoncenter-Not quite...each runway pair would be used for either arrivals or departures (ie 1R and 19R for departures, 10R and 28R for arrivals), so a departure would never be coming at an arrival...additionally, as far as missed approach proceedures, a plane missing runway 28R could simply turn right, join the 1R departure stream, and then circle back around for either a 10R or 28R arrival...not as complicated as it sounds...

Atcboy-Are you sure? They use LAHSO at LGA all the time...



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User currently offlineOnTheFly From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

I've been spotting at SFO for over 10 years and have only seen 01R arrivals once. There was a stiff east wind that morning (a rarity in the Bay Area) and I assume that was the reason, along with VFR conditions. It's really amazing - the planes come in as if they're heading for 28L or 28R and make a sharp left turn over the peninsula and then a hard right to line up for 01R. Imagine a huge 744 roaring over your head at a couple of hundred feet! This was pre-9/11 so the old observation area was still open.

25 Wilco : I have seen this as recent as last year. I got some bad pics of it (me in the foreground giving a dorky wave). But nonetheless a good pic if you want
26 Timz : How often are jets landing on SFO 1R? I'd say an average of less than once a year. In any given year I'd say it's 50/50 it won't happen at all. Same w
27 Wilco : Timz- good info. Just to add one thing: The very few times the 10s are used for arrivals it is usally for a good amount of flights since it requires a
28 Timz : They were landing on the 10s during the morning of the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in 2002; I haven't seen it since. Anybody know of a date and time i
29 Post contains links and images OPNLguy : Saw this on another message thread on a.net and hopefully it clarifies what's being discussed here. Check out: http://www.sfba.org/sfo/runways.htm whi
30 Timz : Just for the record, though: when they're using the 1s for arrivals and most departures, even then nonstops to Asia might well use 28, or even 10 with
31 Post contains images AAR90 : OPNLguy, ...understand what you're trying to say as far as minimums versus reality. I know you understand, but I wasn't sure about others...
32 Post contains images OPNLguy : I understand that you understand that I understand, understand? (Glad we cleared -that- up....)
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