Ewmahle From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 109 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7834 times:
I asked the same question when I was looking at the flightaware diversions earlier. They also sent a few flights to RIC. I am in Greensboro and saw the weather before Raleigh did. The storms were strong, but were not around for more than maybe 30-40 minutes. Obviously they could have built up a little more before they got to Raleigh, but my question is just how long is an aircraft fueled to be in a holding pattern? It seems like a hassle to divert to another airport if they storms are not around for hours.
Elcableguy77 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 523 posts, RR: 5 Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7809 times:
Apparently the weather stayed around RDU for quite a while, as AAL173 didn't leave here until 7, and I don't figure they'd leave until it was clear to do so, as it only takes 30 minutes for the trip.
And from what I understand, most aircraft have an hour's reserve on board. My guess is they felt it better to divert. They might have even bussed the passengers down to RDU, as it's only about a 3 hour drive from ORF.
[Edited 2006-06-03 02:44:58]
Former ZW F/A | "Wisconsin 72A, contact departure, see ya."
Flightaware isn't the best with dealing with diversions, since it usually can't tell which airport the plane diverts to, and only can tell after the plane takes off again, and sends a departure message.
Kaputt From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 169 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7639 times:
Quoting Ftrguy (Reply 13): I saw it take off and was very shocked to see it there.
Yea I managed to get my car back from my sister and tried to get to the airport as quickly as possible. As I was coming around on Miller Store Road the thing went rocketing over my head. Kind of dissapointing but also awesome at the same time.
We really are deprived of heavies here at ORF. This is evident by how excited we got over a 777 coming to Norfolk, somthing alot of airports see every hour.
Tg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7582 times:
Quoting Ewmahle (Reply 10): I am in Greensboro and saw the weather before Raleigh did.
I was out flying a Piper Arrow out of Winston Salem, at the time the storm hit the INT, GSO area. Our stormscope was like a christmas tree, but thanks to 25' 2500 rpm we made it back safely. ( storm never realy hit Winston)
Teixeim From United States of America, joined May 2005, 131 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 7059 times:
I saw nothing unusual at RIC at 9PM Friday night. I guess everything had cleared up and everyone went on their way. The airport terminal sure is in rough shape at the moment! I haven't seen it like this since 1985/1986 during the last complete terminal overhaul (not counting concourse extensions) when air side bridges were mounted.
AA61Hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 58 Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 6976 times:
Quoting Swatpamike (Reply 21): Anyone know how full these flights are from RDU-LGW and return???
I think, don't hold me to this, the LGW-RDU route goes from a 772 to a 763 in the fall and winter...I know there is some big company that does a lot of business with AA in RDU and that is one of the reasons why the route exists (especially with such a large plane)
Go big or go home
25 AA777223: i think the hub is a hold over from the TWA merger. I think the route primarily serves as a backup to connection traffic from all over the US to get
26 Daisywol: Negative AA used to have a large presence in RDU IIRC they have a contract with IBM or some other large company for service on the RDU-LGW route and t
27 ERJ170: RDU hub was not TWA contingent, but Eastern contingent. STL was TWA. Route primary is the Glaxo shuttle. Secondary as a backup for MIA and DFW.
28 JoCGN: Hi Quoting Elcableguy77 Reply 8: According to www.acarsd.org AA173 was operated by N772AN. Jo
29 ERJ170: I think the IBM shuttle, along with the SAS shuttle, was the Midway RDU-SJC flight.. which didn't last too long.
30 Dennism: Yes, but KNGU 5 miles away sees NA 763s, MD-11s, DC-10s, DC-8s, 742s.... and a variety of military heavies (C-5s, etc.)
31 Captaink: Yeah, JM is leasing a B752 from NA for the summer period. Anyone knows the particular routing of this 752 that landed at ORF?
32 Midway2airtran: Yea, storms were moving at slow pace at 25-30mph and training. Rainfall around an inch an hour in many spots with gusty winds. Very low visability to
33 NASOCEANA: I was at work when I saw an huge 777 land and taxi pass me. I nearly lost it! It was an awesome sight to stand just off taxiway C and watch it take of
34 TinkerBelle: What's up with the weather up North? My CO flight yesterday from TPA-IAH was delayed by 2 hours coz of weather thus had to fly AA TPA-DFW-SMF instead
35 NASOCEANA: Here are a few of the Heavy Diversions that were at ORF. Thursday DL 1842 B757 LAX - JFK/ORF Departed 2323 Friday AAL 173 B777 GAT - RDU/ORF Departed
36 Elcableguy77: It's been a while since DL has brought any 757s out here. I know last year they were running a round trip a day with a 752. A shame they replaced that