CDreier From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 68 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2140 times:
I'm sorry I couldn't think of a more specific title for the topic, but here's my question. Last Friday afternoon, Miami Air (flight 621-B738) flew the Arkansas football team charter from KXNA to KBHM. Apparently they deplaned the team at KBHM, and several hours later appeared to have deadheaded to KTCL where they waited until Saturday night for a return flight with the team from KTCL to KXNA. Why would they deplane in KBHM, but depart from KTCL? Why not deplane and depart from KTCL? Rwy length at KTCL is 6499 x 150. Thanks.
Dalb777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 2192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2128 times:
Quoting CDreier (Thread starter): Why would they deplane in KBHM, but depart from KTCL? Why not deplane and depart from KTCL?
Probably because the team spent Friday night at a hotel in Birmingham, and then played Bama in Tuscaloosa. They may have even had a practice in Birmingham. Instead of driving back to BHM, they just departed out of TCL. That's probably the reason for that, but maybe there were also others.
Geaux Tigers! Geaux Hornets! Geaux Saints! WHO DAT!!!
Pilotpip From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3153 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2050 times:
Could have also been a performance issue. KTCL could have a better balanced field length or something like that. Football teams bring a lot of junk along with them and the plane is usually pretty heavy.
Ednovak From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1884 times:
Quoting Pilotpip (Reply 3): Football teams bring a lot of junk along with them and the plane is usually pretty heavy.
Scariest takeoff Iv'e ever seen was an Alaska B727 taking the Seahawks back to Seattle from Milwaukee off of an 8010 ft runway. This was back in the days when the Packers would play half of their "home" games at Milwaukee's old County Stadium. I have no idea how he cleared the 7R approach lights.