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SLC Weather Closure Last Night  
User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 15
Posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2730 times:

What a fun night for aviation in SLC. Major winter snowstorn hit and ended up shutting down 3 runways for several hours, with aircraft diverted to alternates.

PIH got AA's MD-82. Wish I could have seen it: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/A...5/history/20081226/0400Z/KPIH/KSLC

Any of you other SLC area folks catch some diversion flights into nearby airports?


Radio said that SLC had to two mains up and running again in short order, but that 17/35 opened some hours later. At 2am I drove past the airport and found the approach lighting at the brightest I've ever seen it....was a beautiful sight.

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User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10432 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

I think my daughter was lucky. She was working a Skywest SLC-CDC-SLC flight and got back to SLC at about 4 p.m. She did say it was very windy, especially on the return. She white-knuckled it on both segments.


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User currently offlineNWAESC From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2648 times:

This piqued my interest...

How prepared is SLC for "normal" winter ops (yeah, I know that's an oxymoron)? Surely winter ops aren't a foreign concept to them... How much snow/ice/whatever does it take to close the place down?

By SLC, I mean the airport itself, and not necessarily the carriers serving it...



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User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5279 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2632 times:



Quoting NWAESC (Reply 2):
How prepared is SLC for "normal" winter ops (yeah, I know that's an oxymoron)? Surely winter ops aren't a foreign concept to them... How much snow/ice/whatever does it take to close the place down?

By SLC, I mean the airport itself, and not necessarily the carriers serving it...

Extremely well prepared. It is a very rare occurrence indeed that the airport ever closes due to adverse winter weather. SLC is plagued by far fewer weather-related issues than, say, DEN. In fact, SLC has won awards for its handling of winter weather conditions and its ability to avoid closure.



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User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
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In BOI, we got WN diverts from LAS, OAK (which was one of our terminators, so it came in, went to SLC, and then return here), and PHX. DL had a 752 from DCA, couple 738s, a MD90, and OO had a CR9 ,CR7, couple CR2. One from DFW, SEA, and dont know others. The DL terminating MD90 came in and the pax had to sit on it until DL was thru dealing with their diverts and it was about hour and half. But they kept taxiing around the apron, and seemed to be directed into the way a lot. Seemed like ground control here couldn't decide where to park anyone. I saw the 757 taxi by 3 times. lol.
One thing I like about foul wx other places is the diversity of a/c during these events.



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User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2501 times:
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Also Twin Falls had 7, 2 em2s from SGU, CR2 from ONT,SJC,SMF,OAK CR9 from SFO.
Grand Junction GJT had 8. UA 733 DEN, DL 752 JFK, 738 CUN,TPA; OO CR2 YVR, MCI, CR7 ORD, DL MD90 DEN.



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User currently offlineNZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2461 times:



Quoting Mayor (Reply 1):
She white-knuckled it on both segments.

Boy, I can vouch for this one!! I worked Frontier 586 yesterday SLC-DEN just as that weather system was coming in over the mountains, and our departure was indeed a white-knuckle experience! I'm usually pretty tolerant of turbulence, but this was quite a bit rougher than most. In fact, if it was that rough in an A319, I can't imagine the ride in an RJ.



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User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3008 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

I flew out on a Delta SLC-SFO flight last night at 5:15 pm just before the weather hit. I guess we were lucky to fly out! The takeoff was quite bumpy. Glad I wasn't stranded, that's all I can say.

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineJayDub From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2348 times:

Some Delta Connection flights didn't depart SLC 'til after 0330...with some landing at the destinations and becoming turns (instead of RON's) for the early morning flights.

Rough, rough day at SLC for pretty much everyone.


User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10432 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 21 hours ago) and read 2235 times:



Quoting NZblue (Reply 6):
In fact, if it was that rough in an A319, I can't imagine the ride in an RJ.

Worse yet she was in a Brasilia.



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User currently offlineAloha717200 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

What's the usual radius for weather diversions? BOI is something like an hour away by air or so, isn't it? I wonder how far a craft will fly for a diversion typically? One of those "never got around to asking" questions!

User currently offlineMtnWest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
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Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 10):
What's the usual radius for weather diversions? BOI is something like an hour away by air or so, isn't it? I wonder how far a craft will fly for a diversion typically? One of those "never got around to asking" questions!

Well it may depend on location of their holding pattern, or maybe make the diversion plan before they get near arrival location. And flying time, jetwise, bout 45 min, and less if plane already airborne,etc. And depends on ground support for their a/c too I suppose.



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User currently offlineCWAFlyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 669 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (5 years 9 months 3 hours ago) and read 1994 times:



Quoting Aloha717200 (Reply 10):
What's the usual radius for weather diversions?

It really depends on the weather at the alternate airports and whether we think we're actually going to divert a bunch of airplanes. It also depends on the airport. Having SLC for example need an alternate because the ceiling is forecast to be 1900 overcast at the time of arrival is not the same as SFO having the same forecast. It also depends on where airplanes are coming from too. The flights from Mexico going to SLC are very limited on where they can divert for customs purposes. If it's looks like a situation where we are likely to have diversions, we try to spread out where things are going to end up, but this time of year it isn't always possible. Last Monday, GJT was the only close alternate that was legal to use for SLC. Fortunately, during the day we didn't divert any inbounds to SLC.


User currently offlineMayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10432 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (5 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

I believe Western used to divert to Hill AFB quite often when necessary. Of course that brings up a whole other set of problems.


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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5682 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1839 times:



Quoting Mayor (Reply 13):
I believe Western used to divert to Hill AFB quite often when necessary. Of course that brings up a whole other set of problems.

Not into Hill AFB, but Ogden Municipal just a few miles beyond Hill. Then again, Western, back in the 30's did SLC-OGD-PIH-JAC, which slowly gave way to nonstops or one stops like SLC-IDA-JAC. They stopped scheduling Ogden in the 30s, but always kept it as an alternate to SLC during weather problems.



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