Boeingorbust From Canada, joined Oct 2011, 165 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4151 times:
I believe YVR doesn't use RWY 30 anymore. At least all the many many times I've flown in I've seen no traffic arriving or departing on it. I remember back in the late 90's it was used. Anyone know why they stopped? I imagine not viable as the have the 26L 26R available... Is 30 closed or just rarely used? Or perhaps used during RWY maintenance on other RWY's...
TheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3578 times:
Runway 12/30 was closed for a couple of months in 2010 due to some kind of construction project. From my understanding, it is used on a limited basis for now. During winter operations, when the departure management plan is in place, 12/30 usually serves as a taxiway only.
No matter how random things may appear, there's always a plan.
My16Sidedoffice From Canada, joined Dec 2011, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 23 hours ago) and read 3336 times:
In mid 2011 it was decided to stop using 12 for arrivals mainly from a safety and liability standpoint with the SIRO operation. During daylight hours, 12/30 is usually closed due to birds by NOTAM, although when the wind exceeds the crosswind component for 08 or 26, 12 will often become the primary runway. As for 30, it's still available to VFR aircraft but the benefits are next to nil and often not used.
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2622 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 3240 times:
It was certainly closed for a few months at the back end of 2011, I was told in relation to construction work involving new taxiway lighting and other projects which meant that there was an increased burden on controllers and increased risks during SIRO, so was easier just to use the parallels instead, particularly GA traffic is no where what it was a few years ago anyway to require its use.
I believe it is open now, I saw the lights on briefly the other day, but have not seen anything land on it for quite a while. I have seen it used for 737/320 size aircraft during a very strong crosswind, in fact saw the PR 343 use it for the LAS hop! That was years ago and have not seen it used in this way for a very long time. Doesnt mean its not, but its very rare.
Before closure, particularly in summer when the winds were light it was often used by the Jazz, 8P & 9M flights coming in from the north as well as the Navajo's, medevacs & Carson Metro's plus the odd bizjet & GA, again mostly originating from northern BC so they could get a straight path in. Suppose it reduced congestion in the hold pattern at peak times, particularly with slow aircraft like ho's and van's playing with 747's.
Yeah, a bird conservation area at the end of a runway at a major international airport is always a smart idea... I guess the feathered kind were there before the metal ones, but Im sure they could be "transferred" to Reifel or elsewhere if necessary.