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User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4425 times:

At O'Hare Airport, what frequencies are used before approach...where the pilots are told which runway to expect??

Thanks in advance!!


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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8897 posts, RR: 76
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4416 times:
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Quoting Maestra80 (Thread starter):
At O'Hare Airport, what frequencies are used before approach

Don't know, but could look it up. BUt I am not home.

Quoting Maestra80 (Thread starter):
where the pilots are told which runway to expect??

Yes, the ATIS broadcasts the runways in use and ATC will assign a runway. But you can request another runway if necessary due to performance, then you might get it. Usually you do if possible.

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User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4404 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 1):
Yes, the ATIS broadcasts the runways in use and ATC will assign a runway. But you can request another runway if necessary due to performance, then you might get it. Usually you do if possible.

Well, the problem is...when I am spotting at ORD and trying to catch a particular plane, I find out what runway they are landing on when I listen to the approach frequency and they pass the outer marker and get cleared for landing on a particular runway. But...if I am near a different runway then I have like 2 minutes to get to the right one before the plane lands, and that is impossible.

So, is there a frequency I can listen to before the plane gets to the outer marker... so I have more time to get to the right runway before the plane lands??



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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8897 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4403 times:
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Quoting Maestra80 (Reply 2):
So, is there a frequency I can listen to before the plane gets to the outer marker... so I have more time to get to the right runway before the plane lands??

Listen to the ATIS frequency. Then you hear which runways are in use. Usually at first contact with ORD approach you will get a runway assigned if there are more than one in use. If they only land on 28, then the controller will not tell every airplane which runway to expect. Only if it changes.
However the crew can request a different runway. If the runway in use is too short because of performance reasons, then you do that at first contact with ORD approach as well.
I guess ORD has several approach frequencies as it is a big airport and it depends from where you are coming.

wilco737



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User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4399 times:

Thanks for your help Wilco!!  Smile

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 3):
Usually at first contact with ORD approach you will get a runway assigned if there are more than one in use.

When I listen to ORD approach, all I hear is the pilots reporting that they are passing the outer marker, and then the controller clears them for landing on a runway. Is that the pilot's first contact with ORD approach?? If it isn't, is there a different frequency or something else that I am missing?



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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8897 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 4398 times:
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Quoting Maestra80 (Reply 4):
When I listen to ORD approach, all I hear is the pilots reporting that they are passing the outer marker, and then the controller clears them for landing on a runway. Is that the pilot's first contact with ORD approach?? If it isn't, is there a different frequency or something else that I am missing?

You are not listenting to Approach then. ONLY the tower clears airplanes to land on the runways. If you are at the outer marker, then you usually are on the tower frequency already.
The approach you call around 40-50NM out. Depends on the airspace structure at the airport.
Maybe you can find some frequencies for approach on the internet. I guess there are plenty. It should read "APP" for approach.

wilco737



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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8897 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4394 times:
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Here are some ORD approach frequencies:

119.000 133.625 128.450

That's the frequencies I could find for ORD approach.

ATIS is on 135.400.

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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21085 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4394 times:

CHICAGO APPROACH: 119.0, 133.625, 121.15, 124.35, 125.7

But if I were you, I wouldn't rely on those - there are just too many of them, and you never know which one you need to be listening to. I'd try to learn the landing patterns, and figure out which airplanes go to which runways. That way, you can call up the ATIS, see what configuration the airport is in, and then you can figure out where you need to be.

For example, if the airport is landing on 22R, 27L and 28, and you know that arrivals from the northeast that don't require a longer runway tend to go to 22R in that configuration, if you want to see a JetBlue flight from JFK, you can go camp out under the approach for 22R. This does require some trial-and-error in order to figure things out, but it's more effective in the long run.

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User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 4274 times:



Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 5):
You are not listenting to Approach then. ONLY the tower clears airplanes to land on the runways. If you are at the outer marker, then you usually are on the tower frequency already.

Thanks for clarifying that, I guess I had it confused  Wink

Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
I'd try to learn the landing patterns, and figure out which airplanes go to which runways. That way, you can call up the ATIS, see what configuration the airport is in, and then you can figure out where you need to be.

Thanks for your advice and example underneath it. I've thought through stuff like that before, but sometimes planes land on runways that they don't usually land on, so I was hoping there was a way to find out the runway, like over the ATC frequencies, ahead of time. But I guess if I miss it, that just gives me an excuse to go back to ORD for some more spotting fun!!


Thanks to both of you for the approach frequencies, I will try those out the next time i go to ORD  Smile



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 22299 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4246 times:



Quoting Maestra80 (Reply 8):
Thanks for your advice and example underneath it. I've thought through stuff like that before, but sometimes planes land on runways that they don't usually land on, so I was hoping there was a way to find out the runway, like over the ATC frequencies, ahead of time.

My experience is that that's not generally the case at ORD. In five years of flying into ORD from the southeast continually, when the weather was nice (i.e. no snow), I can easily count on one hand the number of times I landed on something besides 4R or 28.



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User currently offlineInnocuousFox From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2805 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4187 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 7):
But if I were you, I wouldn't rely on those - there are just too many of them, and you never know which one you need to be listening to.

That's not entirely correct. The approach frequencies have particular zones. If the specific a/c he is expecting is coming from a particular direction (i.e. from Center) he will be dealing with a specific approach zone first. It would be a little work to figure out which approach frequency is where, but they rarely change after that.



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User currently offlineTjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2380 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4087 times:

ORD Airport Communications

UNICOM: 122.95
O HARE GROUND: 121.675
O HARE TOWER: 127.925
CHICAGO APPROACH: 119.0(360-179) 133.625(180-359) 284.0(180-359) 349.0(SOUTH) 393.1(360-179) 121.15 124.35 125.7(180-359)
CHICAGO DEPARTURE: 125.0(340-159) 125.4(220-339) 126.625(160-219) 269.5(160-219) 307.2(220-339) 337.4(340-159) 349.0(SOUTH)
CLEARANCE DELIVERY: 119.25
ALCP: 252.1
CLASS B: 120.55(NORTH) 133.5(SOUTH) 133.625(180-359) 284.0(180-359) 290.2(NORTH)
CLASS B IC: 119.0(360-179) 393.1(360-179)
CLASS B/S: 134.4
CLNC DEL/P: 121.6
D-ATIS: 135.4(773-601-8921) 282.225
EMERG: 121.5 243.0
METERING: 121.675
O'HARE TWR CENTER GND/P: 121.75(OBND) 121.9(IBND) 348.6
O'HARE TWR CENTER LCL/P: 120.75 126.9 132.7 390.9
O'HARE TWR NORTH GC/P: 124.125
O'HARE TWR NORTH LCL/P: 128.15
PTC/S: 119.25
VFR ADV: 126.8



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User currently offlineMaestra80 From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3822 times:

Thanks again for your help with the approach frequencies guys!! I tried it out the last time I was at ORD and I was able to figure out ahead of time what runways certain planes were landing on, and it was exactly what I was looking for!  cloudnine 

Quoting Tjwgrr (Reply 11):

Woah, thanks dude!!  Smile



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