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User currently offlineAWA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1050 times:

I heard (or read, don't remember) a while back that aircraft arriving and departing IAH are not speed controlled... the way I understood is that pilots don't have to follow certain speeds when departing and arriving or something.

I'm really interested in learning more about this, and for somebody to correct me if I'm explaining it wrong.

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User currently offlineThomacf From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

I know for a fact that this is true. I know a CO captian on a 737. There are no speed limits when planes are departing except to the south over the city. Other airports that bend the rule are places like Lax and SFO when they are departing over the ocean. There is a very gray area when it comes to this rule. This has been broken a lot more in the past years as delays are rising. I think 300 knots should be the rule below 10000ft rather than 250.

User currently offlineEWR757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 360 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (15 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1005 times:

Almost right. IAH is the only airport in the country where we can delete the 250 speed restriction if it is approved by departure control. It is not applicable to inbounds.

It is a test program that as far as I know everyone likes. I have gotten the deletion headed south, but not often.

Over the ocean (LAX SFO) you're refering to the 12 mile limit. Outside of this, below 10,000, there is no speed limit. No one bends the rule, it is where this 12 mile limit comes into play.

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