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What Is The "Penalty Box"?  
User currently offlineFirstclasser From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 116 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 14173 times:

What is the purpose? What has a pilot done to deserve holding a plane?

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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2699 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 14148 times:

There is probably a ground stop for all aircraft going to a particular airport. If the delay is not too long and there are planes waiting for gates then they can push back, free up the gate, and hold there for a bit. It is also possible that the delay popped up after pushback.

There could also be a departure delay for a certain fix or airway. All aircraft going to XYZ VOR, sit on the ground for 30 minutes because there are storms over XYZ.

Nick


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 14097 times:

Quoting Firstclasser (Thread starter):
What is the purpose? What has a pilot done to deserve holding a plane?


It has nothing to do with anything disciplinary in nature, it's just the nickname for a spot/area on the airport where aircraft taxi to and wait out delays for ATC/WX, etc...


User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3868 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 14055 times:

What has a pilot done to deserve holding a plane?

5 min. minor penalty for cutting in line

10 min. major for landing without clearance

  Wink

[Edited 2005-03-09 01:28:44]


Ain't I a stinker?
User currently offlineIowa744Fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 13962 times:

Firstclasser,

The penalty box is just the name that they use. As mentioned, if flights are in ground delay and other planes are waiting to use the gates, they may push back and park in this area so as to free up the gate. Similarly, when planes arrive early at some major airports or a delayed flight is still using the jetway, then the arriving flight is often sent to the penalty box to wait for the jetway to become available. Basically, it is an area that is "out of the way" (not meaning placed in some far off area of the airport) where a plane can park without blocking an active taxiway and inconveniencing other flights. For example, at O'Hare Airport, there is a penalty box just west of United's C concourse between taxiway A4 and A5 or A6. It is a small parking area that planes can pull into and wait so as not to block other aircraft.

Confuscius,

Very amusing!  Smile


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