Robertmalpass From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2006, 46 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3030 times:
Does anyone know where to find out which runway at LHR is being used for landings on a given day? I'm going to the Myrtle Avenue spot and hope to do some spotting of planes landing on 27L, but would like to know before I get there which runway is going to be in use for landings. I know they swap during the day - and depending on incoming aircraft can land on both runway simultaneously - but anyone know the schedule of which runway is planned for landings today?
MH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1706 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2995 times:
Was there myself yesterday, after checking www.bbc.co.uk/weather: look for wind-direction and you can be pretty sure what runway(s) are in use.
27L was the landing runway up till about 3pm, than changed to 27R...
Theginge From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 1148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2939 times:
Quoting Robertmalpass (Reply 2): Thanks MH017 - so because it changed to 27R in the afternoon does that mean that 27L will be the landing runway again until 3pm today?
Yes, thats correct, but every week it swaps over on sunday night / monday morning so tomorrow it will be 27R will be the landing runway til 1500, then it swaps to 27L. Then the process is repeated end of next weekend.
Only when using 09's does it stay landing on 09L and takeoff on 09R.
VV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 8104 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2828 times:
If the wind is in the east at least 95 per cent of landings at LHR will be on 09Land 100 per cent of departures and possibly a small number of arrivals will be on 09R. 09L is never used for departing aircraft.
Photographs of aircraft arriving on 09L can be taken from a field just to the east of the north-south dual carriageway road on the west side of the airport just outside of the airport perimeter and just to the north of the north end of T5. The field should be approached from the south. Just after the road bridge linking T5 to the M25 and before the approach lights to 09L there is room to park a car on the pavement adjacent to the hedge separating the road from the field.
When the wind is in the west landings and take-offs will be on 27R and 27L. These runways will be used in preference to the reverse runways (09L and 09R). So they will be used when the wind is from due north, due south, in still conditions, when there is a variable light wind and when there is a very gentle easterly breeze.
When 27R and 27L are in use both are used in single mode only except for very early morning arrivals when arrivals may be on either runway prior to 6.20am local time. Affter then the runways are usewd in single mode. Except on very rare occasions the arrival runway becomes the departure runway at precisely 3.00pm local time. The actual dedication of 27L and 27R as either the arrival or departure runway is totally predictable. Last week and until the start of the night curfew later today (Sunday 13 April) arrivals were on 27L up until 3.00pm and on 27R from 3.00pm until the start of the night curfew. So aircraft of final approach to 27L could be photographed from the recreation ground at the end of Myrtle Avenue in the morning and early afternoon.
From tomorrow (Monday 14 April) morning arrivals into a westerly wind will be on 27L from 3.00pm until the start of the night curfew again giving the opportunity for photography from the Myrtle Avenue recreation ground bordering the Staines Road that runs along the southern edge of the airport.
Looking ahead it is not too difficult to calculate when photography from the end of Myrtle Avenue will be possible. Here is an example:
Thursday 22 May is exactly five weeks from next Thursday, April 17. Because this is an odd number of weeks, the runways in use will be the opposite to those in use on 17April. So since this coming week - see above - photography of arrivals at Myrtle Avenue will be in the second half of the afternoon and the early evening, on 22 May photography from Myrtle Avenue will be possible in the morning and early afternoon provided the wind is not in the east.
Obviously if the chosen date is an even number of weeks ahead of next week then Myrtle Avenue photography will be possible in the morning and early afternoon.