Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3516 posts, RR: 42 Posted (10 years 6 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2855 times:
AA and CO diverted what must have been 15-20 planes to AUS from origins such as SAN, LAX, SNA, MEM, JAX, SJU, SJD, SEA, ELP, among others bound for IAH and DFW. As soon as the gate hold was lifted at IAH there was a mad scramble for the runway (per the scanner) It was pretty exciting...I saw a CO 757 landing and was wondering why, just driving through town, because the CO 757 doesn't come in until late...about now actually. And then about 10 other planes in 5 minutes (parallel runways in use) and was really surprised. It was exciting.
The phrase he meant to say was 'Ground Stop'. Which means no takeoff or landing.... Hence the need to divert should fuel need require. The words 'Gate Hold' would more properly be used to refer to an IAHATL flight being delayed by ATC because of an ATL WX Ground Stop. Also, aircraft are not diverted for lack of gate space.... They land anyway and just sit until a gate opens up.
Jtamu97 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 666 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2528 times:
Quoting DTManiac (Reply 3): Thank you for the clarification. Do you know the reasons for the ground stops in IAH and DFW? Why couldnt the planes fly to their planned destination?
IAH has been plagued with rounds of severe thunderstorms all day. Most of these have been a line, not just an isolated storm. We had part of a line here in Beaumont about 90 miles away which strethced into Houston which had 60 mph winds on the ground. Plus I just heard on the scanner there are many huge cells on the arrival paths coming from the West.
Haha, don't get me started on the Aggies. Reggie is a good QB though, it'll be a fun season for the Ags.
Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 6): It was amazing to drive on the I-35 and see those planes come in low to Mueller.
Agreed! Especially back when AA flew DC-10s in here. Mueller was just such a bad airport though. It was so outdated by the time it closed. I will miss it though. .
Quoting Jdaniel001 (Reply 5): That's the bad thing about AUS. It doesn't take much to get aviation people excited there. It was better about 10 years ago though. I liked Mueller better.
I like Mueller from a historical perspective, but Bergstrom is just a much better airport. I love how they tried not to just make it another airport, but add a home-town feel to it, which they did very well with the home-town restaurants and shops.
And when compared to our normal traffic, 10 planes in 10 minutes is exciting, of course when compared to DFW or IAH or any of the NYC airports, its not, but its all a matter of perspective.
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3568 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2428 times:
Quoting DTManiac (Reply 3): Do you know the reasons for the ground stops in IAH and DFW? Why couldnt the planes fly to their planned destination?
Don't know about IAH as I was very concentrated on DFW which had a line of thunderstorms north of the field with the last cell sitting on the field itself...not moving or moving v e r y s l o w l y. First ATC holds had 30 minute delays which quickly grew to 60+ minutes. Being near the front of the line our initial 30 minute hold eventually grew to 47 minutes. We had 25 minutes holding fuel planned with SHV as the second alternate (DAL got socked as well). Quite a bit of mad scrambling in the cockpit, but I eventually negotiated w/dispatcher to use AFW and we had enough to stick around. Others were not so lucky (persistant, or whatever) while some decided to divert early to be first in line for fuel/services at their chosen alternate. This was one of those days an airline pilot knows he's earned his monthly salary...on that one flight!
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