Jmc1975 From Israel, joined Sep 2000, 3283 posts, RR: 15 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3030 times:
Last Monday evening, I was watching arrivals and departures at SFO from Gate 27 at Terminal 1. At approx. 7pm, I saw a LH A346 perform a missed approach on Runway 28. It was a rather spectacular sight. The timetable indicates it was probably flight #458 from MUC. It landed about 20 minutes later. Is this a common occurance at SFO?
As739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6153 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2860 times:
To answer your question in one word.....YES!
To explain. SFO seems to have a high amount of go-arounds due to the airports layout. With a/c departing to the north on 1L/R and arriving 28L/R there is a lot of crossing paths. Its very commom to see a departing plane not get rolling fast enough, and if the tower doesn't see them rolling till they have gain some good spped, the only option is to have the approaching a/c go-around. This consist of climbing to 3,000 feet and go straight out to the ocean. If 2 planes are on a parrallel approach, the 28L a/c will turn left 20 degrees to 260 and maintain 3,000, the 28R plane goes straight out.
From the words of a air traffic controller I know here at SFO, "ave more go-arounds per a/c movement then any other major airport" This doesn't meen we have more, but the most per planes moving.
"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"