Tupolev160 From Ukraine, joined Oct 2011, 412 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6406 times:
Which are the airports with runways in really poor condition that you've flown to and how was it? I've heard back in the 1990's that SVO and DEL were among the worse... Thank you for sharing your experience on this topic.
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FRA is pretty bad at times as well. There were times where we weren't allowed to begin the take off run at the beginning of runway 18 due to the very bad condition. Even a Condor 757 had to reject the take off due to the bad runway.
It is a little better now, but it feels still very rough.
Arniepie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1265 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6334 times:
Isn't one of the IST runways supposed to be rather dangerous, mostly because of bad surface+runway profile?
I seem to recall it being involved in more than one landing mishap, I think even one of the resident Anet pilots, who
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Zkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4749 posts, RR: 10 Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5497 times:
For a runway that was only recently rebuilt and being in a Western country, the runway at AKL is quite rough.
It is safe of course (no dogs running across it or potholes etc), but it is quite rough (I'm thinking perhaps it is slightly undulating and not completely level, and feels like you are banging down the centerline the whole time even if you are slightly off center). AKL does get its fair share of rain so perhaps that has something to do with it, but if the likes of SIN with its monsoons can have a smooth runway then I don't know why AKL can't.
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 20466 posts, RR: 56 Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5370 times:
Quoting RJSampson (Reply 7): What are your thoughts on responses to the OP's question in the US?
York, PA (THV) was pretty bad. Strangely, landing was fine. Takeoff...not so much. I don't know if they've resurfaced it or not (NOTAM about the rough runway isn't there anymore), but I was kind of surprised the nose gear held up on that one.
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Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4984 times:
Every nearly abandoned uncontrolled small town airport in the US I've been to has been pretty horrid. Caddo Mills TX comes to mind, the runway is like a washboard, has tons of weeds growing in between the cracks, and it actually changes width on some parts. Pretty ghetto.
jetpilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 30 Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4898 times:
Guatemal City has a pretty bad runway. It sloped downhill, the TDZ is covered with rubber. It's always raining there and there is slimy mold on top of the rubber. The far end of the runway has a cliff. Three planes in the last 15 years or so have gone off the end of the runway and through the houses at the bottom of the cliff.
musang From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2001, 793 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4690 times:
First couple of thousand feet of 22 at Verona (Italy) was rubbish until resurfaced recently. It was as if the rough bit was a badly built addition, as there was a massive jolt as you passed the end of it, onto the "original" section.
As a passenger I landed at Bahrain twice in 1974 and was amazed at how smooth the surface was. Next visit was in 1980 and it felt like a ploughed field. 747, 707 then 747 again. I wonder if it was heat-affected asphalt??
During Concorde flight testing, one spent a while at Singapore Paya Lebar (then the int'l airport) for rough runway trials ("Flying Concorde" by Brian Calvert).
longhauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4542 posts, RR: 36 Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4562 times:
I have always found HAV to be very rough.
To make matters worse, about halfway down the runway, there is a patch that looks exactly like an aircraft exiting the runway! Not until about a mile final do you realize it is just different coloured tar.
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