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Question About Linear Concourse Structures...

Wed May 17, 2000 4:38 am

(This is in connection to the airport I'm designing...)

I can't figure this out: At a lot of airports (ORD, for example), the gates of each concourse are aranged along a long narrow structure every n feet. The problem, however, is that they'd have to be like 100 feet apart for the wingspans, and I can't figure out how that's possible since they don't seem that far apart and, as I design the seats, gate-agent desks, jetways themselves, and all the other little tidbits I can think of, I can't make 100 feet seem even near reasonable. So... what am I missing?
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RE: Question About Linear Concourse Structures...

Wed May 17, 2000 6:04 am

At some places large airplanes like the A340 and 747 can only park at every other gate, that way they can get the smaller planes in between, And at other places, they alternate the length and angle of the jetway, that way you can make the airplanes just fit.....
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RE: Question About Linear Concourse Structures...

Wed May 17, 2000 7:06 am

Often there are sets of 2 or 3 gates with a service center or something between sets. The outside gates will then be angled towards the outside. As a general idea, gates are usually angled somewhat. This decreases the wingspan length parallel to the terminal shorter. Sometime the wingtips will come very close (I've seen a 747's wing under a 777's at a gate in DEN once).

As a final note, gates are actually pretty far apart depending on the aircraft they service. Measure it off with footsteps or so sometime - you'll be suprised.
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RE: Question About Linear Concourse Structures...

Wed May 17, 2000 7:18 am

At some airports, the 747's, 757/67's park at the end of the concourse, angled or perpendicular to the planes on the sides of the concourse. If you design your concourse slightly curved (think CDG or the round terminals at DFW, MCI), you can accomodate planes better, as their footprint is actually triangular (think pieces of a pie).

Hopefully, this isn't coming across as patronizing. Not trying to insult anyone's intelligence!!
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RE: Question About Linear Concourse Structures...

Wed May 17, 2000 8:39 am

I think maybe a trip to the airport might be in order. Get a first hand look at how things fit out. Maybe try and contact the airport authority and see if you can get a tour or some maps or whatever you can get. It is worth a shot. I hope your project goes well.
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