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Why No More RWY 30 At YVR?  
User currently offlineBoeingorbust From Canada, joined Oct 2011, 165 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4068 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...

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User currently offlineBoeingorbust From Canada, joined Oct 2011, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 day ago) and read 3581 times:

Anyone have anything?

User currently offlineTheCol From Canada, joined Jan 2007, 2039 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (3 years 23 hours ago) and read 3495 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.

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26228 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (3 years 23 hours ago) and read 3483 times:

There's nothing in NavCanada's information on YVR to indicate that runway 30 is closed. If not mistaken, it also has no instrument landing system (runway 12 from the other end does).

User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5270 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (3 years 22 hours ago) and read 3396 times:

There are no NOTAMS indicating the runway is closed. There is an RNAV/GNSS IFR approach to runway 30.

That being said though, I haven't seen it used in years.

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User currently offlineMy16Sidedoffice From Canada, joined Dec 2011, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 19 hours ago) and read 3253 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.

User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2593 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 17 hours ago) and read 3157 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.

Quoting My16Sidedoffice (Reply 5):
12/30 is usually closed due to birds

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.

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User currently offlineBoeingorbust From Canada, joined Oct 2011, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 16 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Thanks for the feedback. I've flown into YVR as crew member many times and have never used it.

User currently offlineMy16Sidedoffice From Canada, joined Dec 2011, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 14 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

The last time I remember 12 being the active was Nov24, 2011. Here's the PAL A343 rotating after approx 3300feet of runway that day

User currently offlineBoeingorbust From Canada, joined Oct 2011, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 13 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

Thanks for the pic! I guess they use it for all a/c when winds are that extreme!

User currently offlinezbbylw From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 1995 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

At the end of November I arrived on 12 on a AC 77L from YYZ. It had been a long time since I landed on 12.

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