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### Airport Classifcation

Hi I was woundering if could explane something for me.. In April's edtion of Airways magazine there is an artical on the 2 on Tenerife. In the artical it referes to (TFS/GCTS) as being a Category 4 E airport. What does mean and what other catagories are they?

Thanks

icna05e
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### RE: Airport Classifcation

Ooooops... I take an Airports exam on friday and I can't remember exactly... I guess I should'nt stay here and start studying!
Let me see...I think the letter E is referring to the wingspan of the largest plane which can land and taxi on the whole airfield: E for the likes of 747, and since recently F for A380 (I know MUC is 4F and CDG is 4E even if 1 or 2 runways and a bunch of taxiways are suitable for the A380); as for the number I will tell you by friday!

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### RE: Airport Classifcation

 Quoting Icna05e (Reply 1):as for the number I will tell you by friday!

Perhaps the max footprint weight?
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zeke
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### RE: Airport Classifcation

 Quoting Icna05e (Reply 1):as for the number I will tell you by friday!

Runway length

1 = up to 800m
2 = 800 to 1200
3 = 1200 to 1800
4 = > 1800m

E

Wing span maximum between 52-65m
Main wheel span between 9-14m

 Quoting Icna05e (Reply 1):E for the likes of 747

FYI with the 744 it was not Cat E either when it was introduced, Cat E was increased to include the 744 (64.9m).
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icna05e
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### RE: Airport Classifcation

Thanks Zeke, that saved me from searching into my lessons.
I am just about to start worrying for my exam. As soon as the Regulations one will be over... But it is good that now I can surf this site AND study at the same time!

a389
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### RE: Airport Classifcation

 Quoting Zeke (Reply 3):Runway length 1 = up to 800m 2 = 800 to 1200 3 = 1200 to 1800 4 = > 1800m

Not to be picky but the reference number is actually the aeroplane reference field and the lengths are those given by Zeke.

The code letter actually considers both wingspan and outer main gear wheel span but the latter may be a bit misleading particularly to the taxiway design as there are some code E as the likes of A346 and B77W to be as much demanding as the A388, but pilots know how to turn these long wheelbase aircraft in 'old' code E turns.

Good luck for your exam icna05e!

regards
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icna05e
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### RE: Airport Classifcation

 Quoting Zeke (Reply 4):E Wing span maximum between 52-65m Main wheel span between 9-14m

OK that's right; for F it is 65 to 80m and 14 to 16m respectively.

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