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What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Fri Feb 25, 2005 3:55 pm

With the thousands of new pictures uploaded to the database daily from AMS (the usual KLM fare, I don't know why we need so many pics, but they are usually nice), I noticed the usage of the word "polderbaan". Is this Dutch for runway, or something? Thanks.
 
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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:01 pm

It's the name of our fifth runway. We also have the Kaagbaan, Buitenveldertbaan, Zwanenburgbaan and Aalsmeerbaan

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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Fri Feb 25, 2005 4:03 pm

Is it common to name the runways? Is there any other airport with this? What do the words mean, or are they just names? Interesting.
 
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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:58 pm

"Polder" means land recovered from the sea by building dams and then pumping out the water between the dams. Such land is below sea-level.
From http://www.nattfamily.org/holland.htm

As a Danish non-Dutch speaking person my guess would be that baan in this case means runway. Am I right?

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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Fri Feb 25, 2005 8:06 pm

It's Dutch for "Brussels."  Smile

I've timed taxi times from the Polderbaan and it's typically 15-17 minutes to get to a gate (assuming no delays during the taxi).

Seems kinda odd when you arrive in on 35 minutes of flight time from Heathrow  Smile

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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Fri Feb 25, 2005 8:12 pm

JHSFan

Quoting JHSfan (reply 3):
As a Danish non-Dutch speaking person my guess would be that baan in this case means runway. Am I right?


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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Fri Feb 25, 2005 8:35 pm

Yes, "baan" in the wider sense means road, path, way.

The name of the "baan" relates to the name of the specific area (or village) where it is located. (i.e. Aalsmeer)
It is a lot more explicit than to call it 01-19 or whatever.

The definition of "polder" is incorrect, it applies to land which is below sea level.
The fact that there might be a dam or pumps is irrelevant.
 
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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Fri Feb 25, 2005 8:53 pm

The word "polder" means "dry-making". Actually, ALL of AMS is situated inside a dry-making (the former Haarlemmer lake), including the runways. So, naming the new runway the "Polderbaan" doesn't really make sense. However, the general public came up with that name (there was some sort of contest if I remember well) and Schiphol management respected the outcome.
 
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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Fri Feb 25, 2005 9:06 pm

Quoting Iakobos (reply 6):
The definition of "polder" is incorrect, it applies to land which is below sea level.
The fact that there might be a dam or pumps is irrelevant


You're wrong. The word polder under the Dutch definition is (and I quote our official dictionary, the Van Dale):
"door dijken omgeven stuk land, met beheersbare waterstand" or in English: A piece of land that is surrounded by dams and with a manageable water-level.

The general public here think of a polder as a former lake or (inner)sea that has been surrounded by dams and pumped dry.
 
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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:54 am

Just for the sake of the (short) argument:
the specifically Dutch definition of polder by Van Dale is in itself a polderisation of the Dutch language. (polder Dutch)

There are polders (low lying lands) in eg. France and Belgium, many of them have never seen a pump, and some of them are not surrounded by artificial dykes, still they are polders.

True however that in the Kingdom of The Netherlands a polder is de facto considered artificially (man-made) dried up land.
 
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RE: What Is The "polderbaan" (AMS)?

Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:12 am

long time ago the place where i live was a lake, but because of the danger the lake brought they decided to dry it. so were schiphol is right now, were fishes swiming a long time ago.

this is the polderbaan


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