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Busiest Class C And Class D Airport  
User currently offlineFlyMKG From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 184 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7483 times:

In the US, what are the busiest class C and class D airports in terms of arrivals and departures per day? Also what is the least busy class B airport in terms of arrivals and departures per day?

For the busiest class C my guess is PDX, MKE, or MDW and for the busiest class D my guess is TEB or VNY. For the least busy class B I'd have to guess MSY or MCI.

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User currently offlineAv8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7390 times:

I think the busiest class D is probably APA (Centennial in Denver). SNA in Socal is a pretty busy class C.

User currently offlineSsides From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4059 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7381 times:

Definitions? I have no idea what Class C and Class D airports are.


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User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7393 times:

Actually VNY is in fact the busiest non-commercial airport in the country if not the world. BUR is also pretty busy as it has flight coming and going every hour

[Edited 2005-01-17 21:05:09]

User currently offlineAv8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7353 times:

Class D is an airport with a control tower. It is the most basic towered airspace, usually with no radar (I think). Just a tower. Class C is a bit more complex, for bigger airports with bigger and faster traffic. It has tower, but then also an approach radar control to sequence planes, etc. Class B is almost the same as class C, but much bigger and a bit more complex. That is a very basic run-down of the surface-based towered airspaces. There is also class E airspace which is everywhere in the US at or above 1200' AGL, with it sometimes down to 700' AGL. This is controlled airspace (ie. you should be able to contact ATC for services if needed). Class G is completely uncontrolled and goes from the surface up to the floor of the class E. Class E goes up to 17999' MSL, where at 18000' and above is all class A. All the different types of airspace have various entry require,ents and weather minimums for VFR traffic.

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7352 times:

"Definitions? I have no idea what Class C and Class D airports are."

Class C and D are classes of controlled airspace over an airport...Class B is also used in this way but is for the really busy airports...

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User currently offlineAv8 From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 37 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7348 times:

Ahh, yes, forgot about VNY.

User currently offlineDbo861 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 888 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 7293 times:

For Class C, I'll have to say BNA. That's like a hub for WN, and the last time I flew in there(as PIC, not pax on an airline) they were using all 3 parallel runways at the same time. It was crazy busy, but only a Class C airport.

User currently offlineRaggi From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 1001 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 7205 times:

RDU is pretty busy for a class C.
Dunno about D, but I used to work at Scottsdale AZ, and that was pretty
busy


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User currently offlineWingnutMN From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 643 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 7123 times:

I know that GFK is always one of the top airports in the country in terms of takeoffs and landings with all of the UND flights. I think last year they were #19 or #20. Gotta love UND!

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User currently offlineFlyMKG From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 7076 times:

So does anybody have an idea about the least busy class B?

FlyMKG



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User currently offlineCOEWR777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 7063 times:

Tpa isnt to busy im sure thats a class b.

User currently offlineLymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7032 times:

SFB is like #20 in the country for movements, though that info may be a few years old. It's class D.


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User currently offlineAirgeek12 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7016 times:

In my oppion..

For class C= RDU

not sure about D..i'll have to ponder on that one


User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13608 posts, RR: 61
Reply 14, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7002 times:
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Busiest Class D is probably DVT (Phoenix, AZ - Deer Valley Airport)

[Edited 2005-01-18 02:58:10]


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User currently offlineCbphoto From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1555 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6970 times:

I know PRC is like the 34th busiest in the nation in takeoffs, and landing. So I would presume it is up there in the busiest class D's. You can thanks ERAU for making PRC what it is!


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User currently offlineMu2 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6966 times:

FPR is a crazy class D. I was number 11 for landing before and number 7 for takeoff.

User currently offlineCOEWR777 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 428 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6963 times:

Is there a site with a list?

User currently offlineLoggat From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6939 times:

Maybe STL is the least busiest Class B nowadays


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User currently offlineKaputt From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 6918 times:

ORF is a pretty busy class C


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User currently offlineAv8trxx From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 657 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 6861 times:

"For the busiest class C my guess is PDX, MKE, or MDW and for the busiest class D my guess is TEB or VNY. "

Here's a list of airports with Class C airspace-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_C_Airports

Here's the Top 50 airports 'Ranked By Passenger Enplanments' in the U.S.-
http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/2004/html/table_01_41.html

Looks like MDW is the busiest Class C based on enplanement criteria. Haven't located a 2004 ranking for airport operations to confirm on that criteria.

I'd also agree on VNY because I have heard it's the busiest GA airport, although again, I can't yet find a chart including GA ops too so it can be confirmed statistically.

"Van Nuys Airport (VNY) is ranked as the world's busiest general aviation airport. VNY averages nearly one-half million takeoffs and landings annually, with 466,449 total operations in 2003."

http://www.lawa.org/vny/generalDescription.cfm

"For the least busy class B I'd have to guess MSY or MCI."
HOU is actually the lowest on the Top 50 list at #45 . MSY is #38 & MCI ranks #36.


User currently offlineEchster From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 399 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 8 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6726 times:

I have total numer of movements for the centers, towers, and approaches for 2004 if someone could post them. I tried to post but all the facilities and numbers ran together. I tried to get them to align but they wouldn't.

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