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Commercial Landing Vs Military Landings  
User currently offlineAT777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 193 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

Here in CLT, we have many C-130 flights. Something i've always noticed but never have asked, is why do military flights have special spacing. Example being today. Two C-130s landed today, but were very close to each other. One had just landed and not even half way down the runway when the other landed and both taxied to the very end of the runway.
Commercial flights are not allowed to have that kind of spacing. Example being the other day when a 757 just started his take off roll and a 737 was on a 2 mile final and I hear ATC tell the 737 that he might make them go around.
So my questions is why do military flights have different spacings than commercial spacings? Could someone help me on this one? Thanks in advance.

Ashley in CLT

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User currently offlineDualQual From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 792 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

Probably a formation flight in which case they can land so close together. As part of the same flight both aircraft are mutually accepting the risk of being so close together.

User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1945 times:



Quoting AT777 (Thread starter):
So my questions is why do military flights have different spacings than commercial spacings? Could someone help me on this one?

Short answer: different regulations.

Longer answer: the military weighs places a lot more value on close-proximity flight than commercial. There are safety risks associate with flying closer...for the military they are acceptable. For commercial service, they are not.

Tom.


User currently offlineAcey559 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1544 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1907 times:

General aviation planes can fly as part of a flight and are thus allowed to be on the runway together and have closer spacing. When we do our flight team practices and competitions, we fly as a flight and are allowed to all take off with about 5 seconds separation between planes. I don't know about other operators like Part 91 and 135.

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