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Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 3:26 am

In the US, what are the busiest class C and class D airports in terms of arrivals and departures per day? Also what is the least busy class B airport in terms of arrivals and departures per day?

For the busiest class C my guess is PDX, MKE, or MDW and for the busiest class D my guess is TEB or VNY. For the least busy class B I'd have to guess MSY or MCI.

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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:00 am

I think the busiest class D is probably APA (Centennial in Denver). SNA in Socal is a pretty busy class C.
 
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:02 am

Definitions? I have no idea what Class C and Class D airports are.
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:04 am

Actually VNY is in fact the busiest non-commercial airport in the country if not the world. BUR is also pretty busy as it has flight coming and going every hour

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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:13 am

Class D is an airport with a control tower. It is the most basic towered airspace, usually with no radar (I think). Just a tower. Class C is a bit more complex, for bigger airports with bigger and faster traffic. It has tower, but then also an approach radar control to sequence planes, etc. Class B is almost the same as class C, but much bigger and a bit more complex. That is a very basic run-down of the surface-based towered airspaces. There is also class E airspace which is everywhere in the US at or above 1200' AGL, with it sometimes down to 700' AGL. This is controlled airspace (ie. you should be able to contact ATC for services if needed). Class G is completely uncontrolled and goes from the surface up to the floor of the class E. Class E goes up to 17999' MSL, where at 18000' and above is all class A. All the different types of airspace have various entry require,ents and weather minimums for VFR traffic.
 
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:13 am

"Definitions? I have no idea what Class C and Class D airports are."

Class C and D are classes of controlled airspace over an airport...Class B is also used in this way but is for the really busy airports...

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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:13 am

Ahh, yes, forgot about VNY.
 
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:47 am

For Class C, I'll have to say BNA. That's like a hub for WN, and the last time I flew in there(as PIC, not pax on an airline) they were using all 3 parallel runways at the same time. It was crazy busy, but only a Class C airport.
 
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 7:37 am

RDU is pretty busy for a class C.
Dunno about D, but I used to work at Scottsdale AZ, and that was pretty
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:47 am

I know that GFK is always one of the top airports in the country in terms of takeoffs and landings with all of the UND flights. I think last year they were #19 or #20. Gotta love UND!

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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:14 am

So does anybody have an idea about the least busy class B?

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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:17 am

Tpa isnt to busy im sure thats a class b.
 
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:39 am

SFB is like #20 in the country for movements, though that info may be a few years old. It's class D.
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:52 am

In my oppion..

For class C= RDU

not sure about D..i'll have to ponder on that one
 
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 10:57 am

Busiest Class D is probably DVT (Phoenix, AZ - Deer Valley Airport)

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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:20 am

I know PRC is like the 34th busiest in the nation in takeoffs, and landing. So I would presume it is up there in the busiest class D's. You can thanks ERAU for making PRC what it is!
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:25 am

FPR is a crazy class D. I was number 11 for landing before and number 7 for takeoff.
 
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:29 am

Is there a site with a list?
 
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 11:56 am

Maybe STL is the least busiest Class B nowadays
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:06 pm

ORF is a pretty busy class C
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Tue Jan 18, 2005 5:40 pm

"For the busiest class C my guess is PDX, MKE, or MDW and for the busiest class D my guess is TEB or VNY. "

Here's a list of airports with Class C airspace-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class_C_Airports

Here's the Top 50 airports 'Ranked By Passenger Enplanments' in the U.S.-
http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/2004/html/table_01_41.html

Looks like MDW is the busiest Class C based on enplanement criteria. Haven't located a 2004 ranking for airport operations to confirm on that criteria.

I'd also agree on VNY because I have heard it's the busiest GA airport, although again, I can't yet find a chart including GA ops too so it can be confirmed statistically.

"Van Nuys Airport (VNY) is ranked as the world's busiest general aviation airport. VNY averages nearly one-half million takeoffs and landings annually, with 466,449 total operations in 2003."

http://www.lawa.org/vny/generalDescription.cfm

"For the least busy class B I'd have to guess MSY or MCI."
HOU is actually the lowest on the Top 50 list at #45 . MSY is #38 & MCI ranks #36.
 
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RE: Busiest Class C And Class D Airport

Wed Jan 19, 2005 12:28 pm

I have total numer of movements for the centers, towers, and approaches for 2004 if someone could post them. I tried to post but all the facilities and numbers ran together. I tried to get them to align but they wouldn't.