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O'Hare Runways

Mon Oct 30, 2000 1:09 pm

I flew out of O'Hare this morning and I'm a little confused. As we taxied for take off the American Airlines pilot informed us that we would be departing on runway 32L. Even after we were climbing out he repeated that we departed from 32L. I don't think we used that runway. We taxied past the United terminal (#1) and took off in a north easterly heading. I believe it was 04L. If we used 32L we would of had to taxi in the opposite direction that we did and would not even have seen the United terminal. Am I nuts or should I have been concerned with my pilots sense of direction?

RE: O'Hare Runways

Mon Oct 30, 2000 1:43 pm

Well, one would think the pilot would have the runway number right because of ATC instructions, but maybe he was tired and not thinking straight... I know I've done that before. I don't know the layout of ORD, so I can't help you there...
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RE: O'Hare Runways

Mon Oct 30, 2000 2:32 pm

Here is a map of the ORD runway layout...

From the sound of things you did take-off from 4L.
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RE: O'Hare Runways

Mon Oct 30, 2000 2:47 pm

Depends upon which direction you turned leaving the AA ramp areas. If you turned right, good possibility you would have seen the UA ramp/terminals as the normal routing takes you right by them on your way to 32L-T10 intersection. If you turned left from AA ramps, you would have taxied past most of the UA ramp/terminal area on your way to 32L-T10 intersection.

FWIW, you would definitely have taxied past UA ramp/terminal area going to 32L, 04L and 09L. Good chance of doing so going to 14L/R and 09R as well. ya just never know at ORD.  
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RE: O'Hare Runways

Mon Oct 30, 2000 3:11 pm

AAR90 has the right idea. I really dont think your pilot would goof on what runway he said you took off on. If you ask me im almost positive you took off from the T10 intersection on 32L. That is a highly used intersection for departing aircraft that do not need the entire length of the runway. The T-10 intersection would take you near the United terminals.
Hope this helps,

RE: O'Hare Runways

Mon Oct 30, 2000 3:12 pm

What aircraft and routing was it?

Its possible (not likely) that you were cleared for a 32L departure from intersection T10/T9.
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RE: O'Hare Runways

Tue Oct 31, 2000 2:01 am

Wishihadalife----Im just wondering why you say its NOT LIKELY that he departed from T-10? I live about 10 miles from ORD and fly out from there all the time. The T-10 intersection is used probably more than any other runway at ORD. Im just trying to clear this up.

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