JETBLUEATASW From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 56 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2398 times:
I was at a open house for the college i want to start may 21st which is Vaughn college of Aeronautics and Technology. Anyways they took us up in the observation deck for anyone who was interested in how air traffic control works. I noticed that for most of the morning until 2pm or so, runway 4 and 22 was actually closed and they had a large X on the runway i guess to indicate it was closed. All the departures were taking off runway 13 and arrivals were arriving runway 31. Is there any particular reason they would have everything operating only on runway, and if so, what made them open it around the mid-afternoon?
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DeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
There could be a ton of reasons. Airports do that frequently to perform maintenance, FOD sweeps, light checks, you name it. If it's a longer task then the X's would be hauled out. It's more common than you'd think.
They probably opened it in the afternoon for rush-hour traffic, so to speak.
Are you sure they were using this configuration..departing and arriving opposite ends of the rwy? On Sun, they were only using 13 for arrivals and departures. I have never seen any airport having planes arrive on one rwy and depart on the opposite. The only exception I have seen at LGA is that every so often on plane will depart the opposite of the rwy in use, but its usually just one plane, not all. I have never been able to figure that out either. This could have been what you saw.
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SilverComet From Mauritius, joined Apr 2007, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2288 times:
Quoting TinPusher007 (Reply 4): every so often on plane will depart the opposite of the rwy in use, but its usually just one plane, not all. I have never been able to figure that out either
It happens sometimes that an aircraft requests departure from the opposite rwy, if the wind and ATC allows it. This is done mostly for convenience and fuel savings issues. For example, if you're headed to a destination which is in a general south easterly direction, you would rather depart off rwy 13 than rwy 31 and then having to make a 180 turn somewhere. If you're a GA aircraft flying VFR this is not much of an issue, as you can turn at your convenience. But if you're an airliner flying a SID, taking off in the right direction can reduce your track miles significantly and save you lots of $$$.
Moose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2702 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2252 times:
Quoting JETBLUEATASW (Thread starter): I noticed that for most of the morning until 2pm or so, runway 4 and 22 was actually closed and they had a large X on the runway i guess to indicate it was closed.
LGA often does runway maintenence on the weekends, closing one runway for much of the day and operating up and down on the other. Last summer it was a weekly occurance.