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Airports And Winds

Sun May 11, 2003 5:30 am

what do airports do when the wind changes and they have to switch the runways?
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RE: Airports And Winds

Sun May 11, 2003 6:51 am

They have planes circle until a determined plane has landed and cleared the runway. Then they start a new line up and start the landing process over again.

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RE: Airports And Winds

Sun May 11, 2003 7:07 am

what about for take off
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RE: Airports And Winds

Sun May 11, 2003 9:10 am

I can attest for at least Concorde...

have been sitting on/or in line for the threshold when we were suddenly turned around and rolled to the opposite end due to wind change at CDG.
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RE: Airports And Winds

Sun May 11, 2003 11:20 am

The flow of planes simply changes runways when the winds changes.
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RE: Airports And Winds

Sun May 11, 2003 11:54 am

At ORD if your inbound and in the air ATC either slow you down, put you in a hold, and/or give you radar vectors to slow down the arrivals which they switch runways. If your inbound and on the ground usually your given a specific takeoff time (aka. wheels up time) by ATC, which if it's short (less than 45 min and delays due to the wind shifting are usually short, 5-15 min) and your still at the gate most crews opt to board and wait for the time to expire at the end of the runway. If it's long (more than 1 hour or so) most tend to hold off boarding until some time expires.

As for outbound the just have the aircraft on the ground taxi to the new runway they're using. It's suppose to be in order but I've done flights where we lucked out because we were at the end of the line and when they switched runway, since we were the closest to the new runway we got out before everyone else.
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RE: Airports And Winds

Sun May 11, 2003 12:17 pm

This happened just this morning at my local airport. There were 5 jets inbound on a STAR for runway 23- 2 QF 737's, 2 DJ 737's and a CX 747-400. The DJ 737 took the 4 kt tailwind component and landed on 23, whilst the other 4 were vectored around for RWY 05 overflying my house in the process.

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