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User currently offlineAmericanPilot From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 36 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

What's up with all these private jets taking off from non active runways. When I am out spotting at CCR, LVK, OAK, and SFO I see private jets request for, and take off from non active runways with the wind at full X wind or tail wind. Is this safe? and why are they cleared to do this?

I think (and I stress think) that this is to make up for taxi time and not have to taxi all the way acrost the airport to take off. But IM not sure.

If u could answer this question that would be grate!

Fly safe and have fun!
-Chris  airplane 

Fly safe and have fun!
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User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17661 posts, RR: 65
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

As long as you are within the crosswind and tailwind limits AND within runway length requirements for your weight you can take off in any direction the runway points.

"There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots."
User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2627 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1073 times:

Starlionblue is correct. Also, this reduces the conjestion for the heavy iron using the active runways, and shortens the ground time for the biz jets.

Regarding maximum tailwinds, for example the maximum tailwind component for a Citation CJ3 business jet is 10 knots for takeoff and landing.

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