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FedEx @ IND Aircraft Questions.

Thu Jan 20, 2005 12:31 am

I live on the NE side of Indy and with the airport being on the SW side of the city I am able to spot a lot of planes on their approach for landing, after 10:30 at night it is a constant stream of FX jets. Most appear to be A300 or A310 and 727, not many DC-10 as I seem to see those more during the daytime. Now to my questions. How can I tell if I am seeing an A300 or A310? Believe it or not, these planes often come over "pretty low" and if it is a cloudy night they are often below the clouds, I can usually get a good look at these planes with a pair good binoculars. Also, an article in the Indianapolis Star yesterday said that we can expect to see the A380 here in Indy with the second largest FedEx hub here, obviously gate and terminal size is not a concern, but what about runway length and weight? I know they are capable of a 747 as FedEx usually flies the F1 teams cars and equipment here for the U.S. Grand Prix on a 747. Finally, I have seen a few FedEx prop planes on the tarmac in Indy, how often are these used, if they still are and what would be examples of some cities they would fly to? What is this type of aircraft? My apologies if this has been covered in the forum before. Thank you in advance for any responses.
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RE: FedEx @ IND Aircraft Questions.

Thu Jan 20, 2005 4:21 am

The two parallel runways at IND shouldn't have too much of a problem handling the A380. The newest one 23R/5L is 11,200 feet long and 150ft wide. 23L/5R is only 10,000 feet. The A380 should not have too much trouble here. The only runway that it can't use is the crosswind runway 14/32 because it is only 7604ft. Of course due to noise abatement, the crosswind runway can't be used by jets after 7pm, so it is very unlikely that the A380 would even be at IND at that time of day.

As for your other questions, I am not the best to answer them. I can't tell an A310 vs A300 in the sky, because they most obvious difference which is length is hard to decipher.
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RE: FedEx @ IND Aircraft Questions.

Thu Jan 20, 2005 4:39 am

If IND can handle the An-124-100 (and it can), it can handle the A380.
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RE: FedEx @ IND Aircraft Questions.

Thu Jan 20, 2005 5:15 am

FedEx "prop" planes at IND

Columbus, OH Mountain Air Cargo 7331 12:18 AM Arrived
South Bend, IN Mountain Air Cargo 7852 12:21 AM Arrived
South Bend, IN Mountain Air Cargo 7329 12:41 AM Arrived
Nashville, TN Mountain Air Cargo 7201 01:02 AM Arrived

Mountain Air operates Fokker F-27's and Cessna C-208 Caravans on behalf of FedEx.

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RE: FedEx @ IND Aircraft Questions.

Thu Jan 20, 2005 6:33 am

How big is FedEx's facility at IND, in terms of square feet? I ask this because IND is FedEx's second largest hub and PHL is UPS' second largest hub, yet when you look at their respective flts IND has many more than PHL.

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