Ilovenz From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 149 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5285 times:
I read a few years ago about arrival and departure runway assignments at ORD. It was in an article describing funny ATC terms and jargon (Squirrels, Flibs, Mad-dog bang right, etc.) Apparently two of the arrival/departure layouts are called "Plan Weird" and "Plan Strange". Are these the only two layouts ORD ATC uses, or are they abnormal layouts that are seldom used?
Ckfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5637 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5144 times:
I don't know any of the specifics about what you've described. There are patterns that are very uncommon, such as arrivals on 22L, because of the long taxi to the terminals, and arrivals on 32L, which involves an intersection with 9L/27R and flying over 4R/22L about 2000 feet from the end of the runway.
It usually takes very gusty winds to get either of those runways into use for arrivals.
SLUAviator From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 357 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4916 times:
If you want to check out the various runway configurations and conditons when they are used at O'Hare, check out www.bigairport.com. Its a pretty cool website with all kinds of info on the airport. I don't think they give the name of the actual plans, but it does give the runway numbers.
CWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 698 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4628 times:
TRIP is the use of a third arrival runway. It will typically give an
arrival rate of 96-100 an hour depending on the configuration.
When gusty winds or wet runways preclude the use of a third
arrival runway, the rate goes to 80 (less with wet or certain
configurations) and then watch out...here come the delays.