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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2604 times:

Hello everyone! I just joined the A.Net community and first would like to say Hello to fellow A.Netters!!

Now on to my question:

How do I find out which runway is being used at the airports for take off and landing? YYZ is my closest airport (still an hour drive) and sometimes I end up at the wrong end and can't take any good pictures. I've tried calling the airport info line but to no help. Any other ways? Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thanks


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User currently offlineAirTranTUS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

Does ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) have a phone number you can call. I know at many airports in the US, you can call up the ATIS recording which has the weather observation from the top of the hour along with runways in use. I don't know if Canada also has this. The numbers for US airports are in Airport Facilities Directories (AFD's) which can be bought at any flight school. Again, I don't know about Canadian private pilot resources, so it may or may not be there, if it is available by phone at all.

User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2485 times:

Welcome to A.net!

As AirTranTUS mentioned, probably the easiest way is to call the ATIS number if there is a phone number associated with it, or get a scanner and as you approach the airport listen to an approach control frequency or tower frequency to figure out which runways are being used for takeoff/landing. You should also be able to hear the ATIS broadcast as you approach the airport as well to get the active runway information.

Best of luck and again, welcome to A.net.



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User currently offlineYYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1089 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2465 times:
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Or you could listen to the APP/DEP/TWR channel on Live ATC, or get the weather report to see which way the winds are coming from. (Usually works for the East West rwys' but not so much for the North South, since they only use them when the winds are quite strong (+15K)

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User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2443 times:

A scanner is the cheapest and best purchase a spotter can make. You will want to program buttons for ATIS, the tower and approach frequencies. With gas prices today it only takes being at the wrong end a few times to make up the cost of the scanner.

Most airports and air spaces have a "light and variable winds" runway(s) which are used in wind conditions under 8 or 12 kts. The airport charts should tell you that information - or a section on the airport web site for GA pilots.

Turning an airport like CYYZ is a complex task which isn't done with every little wind shift. But with an hour drive to the airport, it can be turned from when you check the internet before you arrive. You really need a scanner.


User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

Thanks for the info guys! I'll get a scanner first! I'm quite new at this so still working out everything!
I really appreciate your help.



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User currently offlineBHD From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2334 times:

Any scanners recomended, perhaps at the lower end of the money scale?

Ta
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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

There's really only going to be 3 or 4 different patterns at CYYZ. Lick your finger and stick it up. They will run the pattern facing into the wind.


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User currently offlineOlympus69 From Canada, joined Jun 2002, 1737 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

Quoting InnocuousFox (Reply 7):
There's really only going to be 3 or 4 different patterns at CYYZ. Lick your finger and stick it up. They will run the pattern facing into the wind.

Not too reliable at YYZ. The E-W runways have preference over the N-S pair, and if winds are relatively light and in line with 33 or 15 they may still be using 05/06 or 23/24. Then there are different combinations of arrival and departure runways.


User currently offlineRFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Quoting BHD (Reply 6):
Any scanners recomended, perhaps at the lower end of the money scale?

Do they have Radio Shack in Canada?

That's the first place I'd recommend you look.


User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

You can usually find a ton of them on Ebay. Especially from people whose local fire and police are going to trunked systems thereby rendering typical scanners obsolete. That's how I got mine (Radio Shack Pro-89). Cost me $50 about 6 years back. There's a few out there right now.


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