RFields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7635 posts, RR: 33
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5662 times:
No, not related to Hurricane Bill and Bermuda. Just a typical US flight pattern when lines of thunderstorms roll across.
Bermuda's closing is not due to the weather being so bad, but rather planning for safety. It is very normal for airports to be closed around the world in anticipation of a hurricane/ typhoon. Much better to be safe and cancel flights than to risk one aircraft IF the weather actually turns out that bad.
Plus, if the weather does turn out that bad, there is no place for the arriving pax to go. The roads in Bermuda would be closed, damaged. There would be no electrical power many places. That's all potentially worst case, but why risk it when in 24 hours the situation will be known.
TK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4506 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5633 times:
I have seen some strange final approach patterns here in NYC also. I saw few planes come flying North toward lower Manhattan as if they are going to LGA, and take a left turn over the Statue of Liberty and line up for EWR. I haven't seen that before.
Coming from the south, one has to transit Washington Center to get to New York Center, and sometimes, with weather like this, you have to practically (or actually) circumnavigate Washington Center and go via Atlanta, Indy, and Cleveland Centers and enter New York Center from a different direction.
OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 4578 times:
Quoting 744flyer (Reply 5): This is a pretty stupid question, but do those circles on the flightaware maps represent holding patterns??
Yes, and no. The ones on the EWR flight linked above look more like vectors for spacing since the tracks are not in the usual "racetrack" oval shape of a holding pattern, nor were they repeated a second time. Compare the EWR ones with this TUL-HOU flight trying to get into HOU the other day: