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Landing On A Crooked Runway  
User currently offlineBio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 6
Posted (14 years 9 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3297 times:

I saw a post weeks ago about a crooked runway, and nobody payed much attention. That seems a big deal to me! Why is a two-segment runway even permitted? Even if it is just for light aircraft, the runway should be straightened.

Are there any considerations for a pilot to take when landing on such a runway? And is there any sort of authority that can generate a safety issue about this to reconstruct the runway?

Here's the diagram:


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User currently offlineBio15 From Colombia, joined Mar 2001, 1089 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3181 times:

I forgot to mention that the runway numbers are proper for a straight runway (08/26), why is that?

User currently offlineMonocleman From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 22 hours ago) and read 3139 times:

I don't know about any airport in Denmark, but I discovered an airport called Yankee Creek 2, in Alaska, that has a continually crooked runway - I think it has 5 segments that are each about 600' long. I am trying to find pictures of it, if anyone can contribute please do so.


User currently offlineRendezvous From New Zealand, joined May 2001, 536 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 19 hours ago) and read 3119 times:

Well I certainly wouldn't like to try take-off from a crooked runway! Obviously it's permitted by authorities, as it exists, but what were they thinking?

User currently offlineTop Gun From Canada, joined May 1999, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

I think the diagram is trying to illistrate that runway isn't level. There seems to be a nice rise 2/3 down 08.

Just my two cents.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 3106 times:

It doesn't. That would have been numbers at the tresholds.
Adding up the directions gives a total of 340 degrees. Normal deviations would lead to 350 at most (5 degrees of on each end), so there looks to be a bend in it somewhere.

I wish I were flying
User currently offlineDufo From Slovenia, joined May 1999, 837 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (14 years 9 months 11 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

I've also scanned some other interesing stuff from my airfield manuals. Enjoy  Smile

click here


I seriously think I just creamed my pants without any influence from any outside variables.
User currently offlineMit From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 9 months 7 hours ago) and read 3042 times:

The reason that a some airports exist with crooked runways is that the terrain and money available did not permit a straight one. Very simple.

Clearly the airports are safe, if not ideal. Otherwise you would hear about the rash of crashes.

I don't think such airports are built anymore for public use. Those already around were grandfathered in.

User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3034 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (14 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 3025 times:

I wonder how pilots takeoff from this crooked runway. I guess they would try to find a straight line, instead of staying in the middle of the runway, and having to make a turn somewhere. However, if this airfield is used by small planes, I think these small planes should be able to turn during their takeoff roll without too much problems, or am I wrong?


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User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (14 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

it really doesn't matter at an airport like that that sees only a few flights per day with very very small planes and gliders.

User currently offlineTop Gun From Canada, joined May 1999, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (14 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2978 times:


I'm not following you when you add up the numbers
(080+260=340) what does that have to do with anything?


Those are just the direction the runway is oriented
either T or M.

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