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PHX And DEN Landings

Tue Jun 06, 2000 7:58 pm

On a normal day, which direction are aircraft landing at PHX and DEN? How often are the east-west runways used at DEN?

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RE: PHX And DEN Landings

Wed Jun 07, 2000 1:35 am

I can't say that Denver landings are from the North or South more often than another. I would guess that landings from the East and West are the least common though.

The runways all seem to be pretty well utilized. I believe that the pinwheel layout plays a big part. As far as the east-west runways concern, 25 is used quite frequently for departures, as well as 8. 7 is also used quite a bit for landings, but I have yet to land on 26.
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RE: PHX And DEN Landings

Wed Jun 07, 2000 11:04 am

At PHX, generally morning operations move west to east, then it reverses about 1:30 or so. It's pretty consistent.
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RE: PHX And DEN Landings

Wed Jun 07, 2000 7:59 pm

Thank you both for your answers. I am used to LAX, SFO, and SJC where operations are normally toward the west. So I thought these other airports also had "normal" directions.

DEN was real puzzling with all those criss-crossing runways, although I had guessed north or south was the primary since three runways go that way.

So PHX reverses every afternoon, huh? Interesting.

Does anyone know about the main direction for SLC?

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RE: PHX And DEN Landings

Wed Jun 07, 2000 10:28 pm

Flew into SLC once and drove to the airport MANY times on that trip to pick up assorted passengers for a wedding party, and noticed that predominately the traffic goes South to North. This was in May though, and maybe seasonal changes affect this. I don't recall any North to South traffic.

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RE: PHX And DEN Landings

Wed Jun 07, 2000 11:25 pm

As far as I was told, BigGiraffe... DEN's runways never actually criscross... no intersections. They use a pinwheel layout instead.
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RE: PHX And DEN Landings

Thu Jun 08, 2000 12:43 am

Thanks for the SLC info!

OK, I admit I shouldn't have said criss-cross for DEN. Pinwheel is the right term? What I really meant was that the runways are spread out in an unusual way, but three run north-south and two run east-west.

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RE: PHX And DEN Landings

Fri Jun 09, 2000 12:59 pm

I think the runway switch occurs a bit earlier in the day at Sky Harbor... 10 or 11am... I have taken off at that time from the 26's. The reason for this are noise abatement procedures. Here's link that should help.
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