corey07850
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DEN's 16000' 16R/34L

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:23 pm

I've searched but couldn't find any info...

Why is there a need for such a long runway? Most other runways around the world are around 10-12k feet, so why is there a need for almost an extra mile?

The only thing I can imagine is to just have extra distance in case of engine failures or system malfunctions, but if shorter runways suffice everywhere else, there doesn't seem like that much need for such a long runway
 
tripseven
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RE: DEN's 16000' 16R/34L

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:27 pm

At a mile high the air is thinner and DEN can get hot in the summer.
 
sprxflySWA
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RE: DEN's 16000' 16R/34L

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:28 pm

Due to Denver's altitude and their desire to have the capability of nonstop, intercontinental flights that are full operating year around.
The alt is near 5280', and temps in Summer can be in the 90F area.
 
ordpark
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RE: DEN's 16000' 16R/34L

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:28 pm

DEN is a "high and hot" airport during the summer....roughly 5000 feet above sea level and during the summer months, payload penalties occur. The 16000 ft will allow for longhaul nonstop operations even during the hottest days of the year.
 
Airbus Lover
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RE: DEN's 16000' 16R/34L

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:29 pm

Airport elevation...................................
 
N79969
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RE: DEN's 16000' 16R/34L

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:31 pm

This article seems to explain density altitude pretty well

http://www.aopa.org/special/weather/0307jw.html

Density altitude is why Denver's runways are so long and why home runs at Coors don't mean all that much.
 
corey07850
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RE: DEN's 16000' 16R/34L

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:32 pm

Thanks a lot guys, makes sense to me!
 
An-225
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RE: DEN's 16000' 16R/34L

Thu Feb 12, 2004 3:33 pm

A small correction - ALL of DEN's runways are 12000 feet, and 16R/34L is 16000. And everyone else has already answered your question.

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