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User currently offlineEWR Spotter From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 63 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2241 times:

I know that some days EWR uses 29 for landings but it is very rare. I know when they do because the planes pass right over my block. Does anyone know why or under what conditions they decide to use 29?

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User currently offlineRyaneverest From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2178 times:

I don't live in Newark, so I'm just guessing.

Perhaps there's something under the approach path of 29 that makes something else the runway of preference. Probably 29 will not be used even when a headwind is there to make it the optimal runway. If the above are correct, then 29 will be used when this headwind is really blowing strongly and at the right direction.

Somebody "in the know" please add to it? Or maybe I'm completely wrong.

User currently offlineEWRSpotter From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

Generally, they use 29 for the ERJ and ATR landings during peak hours, when 4R or 22L is clogged with traffic. You can usually see an occasional landing in the 5-9 pm time frame... of course, wind conditions must be right.

It also may have to do with the JFK and LGA conditions... certain approach patterns at those two may prevent EWR 29 from being used... The best person to answer this question would be someone who works at New York Center...

-The other "EWRSpotter"

User currently offlineEWR Spotter From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 63 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2157 times:

Ryaneverest : I think you're partly right because a majority of the times there is a really strong wind blowing those days. Then there are times it can be calm and they just pass over too. As for 'EWRSpotter' the ATR's and other props pass over constantly almost every day. The ERJ's are not as frequent but I think they will increase because of Continental wanting to update to an all jet fleet. Both of you: Thanks for the info.

User currently offline777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

11/29 is used mainly for short-range turboprop and RJ services. 737's use it sparingly for landings only from close-in cities. Personally, I think the approach to 11/29 is nicer than 4 L/R or 22 L/R, but I haven't flown it in years. In fact, I think the last time I was on it was in a 727 from Manchester, NH in 1991. 4R/22L gets 85% of all landing traffic, while 4L/22R gets 99% of takeoff traffic. Of course, the remaining 15% of landings and 1% of takeoffs funnel through 11/29.

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