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FedEx DEN-MEM Routing On Flt1311  
User currently offlineABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 851 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

For the past year I have noticed FDX1311 leaving DEN and taking a long route via Dove Creek-St. Johns-Deming-El Paso-Wink-Abilene-Ranger(DFW)-Texarkana and on in. There are usually a SKW and an RPA flt that leave at the same time and they fly direct towards MEM. Is there a purpose to this routing for FDX? Anyone have a clue?
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/FDX1311
JD


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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

Why is it currently heading directly south into New Mexico??


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User currently offlineABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 851 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2335 times:

Yeah if you notice it leaves DEN and has to go over the Rockies to Dove Creek and south to Deming in the southwest corner of NM then back to the east. If it was terrain issues, then they would head east out of DEN.
JD
On the other hand RPA4746 is going south to PUB then SE to ICT and MEM.
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/RPA4746

[Edited 2008-05-06 19:13:13]


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User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

This was discussed just within the last couple of weeks, and the concensus was that this flight is a "sweep" aircraft that is launched with plenty of fuel and no cargo. It flies the route it does so as to be readily and immediately available to drop into a variety of FDX cities in the event the "regular" flight from one of those cities were to be grounded with a mechanical issue. The "sweep" aircraft drops in, rescues the payload, and manages to make the sort in MEM.

Found this:



Check out the last page in this Powerpoint presentation....

[Edited 2008-05-06 19:27:19]

User currently offlineChiGB1973 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2303 times:

This was discussed a short time ago. I know searches are not too good on here. I'll look and post the link.

M

Here we go:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/3915721/

M

[Edited 2008-05-06 19:20:18]

User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2226 times:

Thanks for the input, OPNL. Makes alot more sense now. I didnt know FX does this kind of thing. Flightaware says its now past ELP.


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User currently offlineUPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2178 times:



Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 5):
Flightaware says its now past ELP.

Not for long.... Looks like they're using the flight tonight  Smile Now shows diverted to ELP and it's flipped a 180


User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2159 times:



Quoting UPS707 (Reply 6):
Not for long.... Looks like they're using the flight tonight Now shows diverted to ELP and it's flipped a 180

Indeed...



User currently offlineFdxco From United States of America, joined May 2008, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

I did the w & b on this flight last night in DEN and can tell you that it is indeed a sweep flight and covers the routing mentioned. It did get diverted to ELP last night to recover a broken bus there. The flight is almost always empty when it departs DEN, maybe a few empty cans or non priority freight on it and almost always tanked full of gas.

User currently offlineABQopsHP From United States of America, joined May 2006, 851 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1893 times:

Thank you everyone. And yes the search missed the previous discussion.
JD



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User currently offlineB4REAL From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2644 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (6 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1864 times:

Joke: I think the pilot is paid by the mile  Smile


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