Junction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 778 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 7 months ago) and read 3766 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?
Warowl40 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 30 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3510 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.
LGAtoIND From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2830 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)?
Junction From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 778 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2621 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.
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2474 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?
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