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We Made Very Rare 33R Landing At IAH  
User currently offlineJunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 768 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3381 times:

I was finally on a flight that landed on runway 33 at IAH. I have been in Houston 13 years, and not only have I never landed on this runway, but have never even seen a plane land on this runway. I only know definitely of one case where a Russian freighter had to make an emergency approach to it earlier this year.
We came in last Saturday night on CO541 (a 733) at about 1130pm from LAX. We were over an hour late, and I am guessing the captain asked for this approach to avoid another 10 to 15 minute delay by going in over Lake Houston. We were also probably the last arrival of the evening.
My question for people who know IAH is just how often does runway 33 take arrivals? I thought this never happened unless it was an emergency?
Thanks

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User currently offlineDualQual From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

I have seen it occasionally. I have also departed off of the 33's once.

User currently offlineWarowl40 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3125 times:

I haven't seen it used very often. However, there were a few days last year that 33R was used due to very strong winds out of the north. I also saw a COEX CRJ make an emergency landing on 33R about a month ago. On another note, seems like the 15's are very rarely used for arrivals these days. I remember as kid landing on 15L all the time. I guess that was before 9/27 was constucted and 15R had not ben lengthened yet.

User currently offlineJunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 768 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 2868 times:

Thanks for the replies. I figured it was pretty rare. There are hardly even any tire marks. Guess I was lucky to be in a plane lading on it.

User currently offlineJunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 768 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 2865 times:



Quoting Warowl40 (Reply 2):
seems like the 15's are very rarely used for arrivals these days

I think you're right about this. The 15's are definitely used most days, but not nearly as much as they used to be. This is probably due to the opening of 18L.


User currently offlineDiscoverCSG From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 2773 times:

33
15
9
27
18

Surely these can't ALL be runways at IAH... they have two parallel NNW-SSE runways (15-33's) and three parallel E-W runways, right??

BTW, I departed from 33L in October (CO 735 gonig to AUS). I don't think it's rare to depart from there, is it?


User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6153 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 23 hours ago) and read 2728 times:



Quoting DiscoverCSG (Reply 5):

http://204.108.4.16/d-tpp/0712/05461AD.PDF

33L/R - 15L/R
27 - 9
26L/r - 8L/R

5 total runways

ASSFO



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User currently offlineJunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 768 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 2626 times:



Quoting DiscoverCSG (Reply 5):
departed from 33L in October (CO 735 gonig to AUS). I don't think it's rare to depart from there, is it?

Departures from 33 are not unusual at all in wind from the north, but arrivals are very rare at anytime.


User currently offlineJunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 768 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 2618 times:



Quoting AS739X (Reply 6):
5 total runways

and at least one more E-W runway planned.


User currently offlineRavel From Finland, joined Feb 2006, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

I see that they have three parallel runways. Why are they not named 8L/C/R but 8L/R and 9? (plus opposite directions, of course)

User currently offlineLGAtoIND From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 2445 times:



Quoting Junction (Thread starter):
We came in last Saturday night on CO541 (a 733) at about 1130pm from LAX. We were over an hour late, and I am guessing the captain asked for this approach to avoid another 10 to 15 minute delay by going in over Lake Houston. We were also probably the last arrival of the evening.

I have never been to Houston, but just out of curiosity, how would a flight coming from LAX ( The West-Northwest) be saving time by requesting to land on a 33 runway (towards the Northwest)?


User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5192 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 2428 times:

Well - 15s/33s are far west from the 26 and 27s.


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User currently offlineJunction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 768 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

Quoting LGAtoIND (Reply 10):
how would a flight coming from LAX ( The West-Northwest) be saving time by requesting to land on a 33 runway (towards the Northwest)?

The normal approach to IAH from LAX with a west/northwest wind blowing would have been to pass the airport to the south all the way past Lake Houston. Then come in from the east on 26 or 27. It actually does add at least 10 minutes to flights coming in from the west when you have to land toward the west here. In this case we dropped down fast just south of the airport, and immediately went hard left into 33R. I am only guessing since we were so late, and since it was late at night on a slow Saturday that they gave our flight the ok to just get it over with that way.

[Edited 2007-12-06 12:55:32]

User currently offlineFiveMileFinal From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

I'm used to doing the hook around Lake Houston being dropped on to the 26s from the east whenever I fly in there. The last time I flew there, though, they brought us straight onto 8R.

I remember a couple of times taking off from the 33s, but never landing. That's still a helluva taxi, particularly if you gate's in Terminal E.



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User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2089 times:



Quote:
I see that they have three parallel runways. Why are they not named 8L/C/R but 8L/R and 9? (plus opposite directions, of course)

In looking at the Google Satellite image of IAH, it appears to me that 8L/26R and 8R/26L are named such because they are on the north side of the terminals, while 9/27 is on the south side of the terminals. LAX has four exactly parallel runways, but they are indicated in pairs - one set north of the terminals, and one set south. At IAH, if a future southern runway parallel to 9/27 is built, then there would be a 9L/27R and a 9R/27L.

Further, in the threads here about ORD's new runway, they are not calling the three parallel runways L/C/R, but rather 9/27 L&R and 10/28, possibly to avoid confusion, and possibly due to future parallel runways being planned by Mayor Daley. Was that him on the bulldozer I saw when we flew in?  Wink



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