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Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 12:40 am

I heard about a story last week in which an Air Canada 767 had to divert to Stephenville, Newfoundland during a CDG-YYZ flight. I checked my Canadian aviation handbook and it shows that Stephenville (YJT) has a 10000 ft x 200 ft runway. Does anyone know why such a major runway was built there (obviously Air Canada is thankful that they did)? I understand the reasons for Gander and St. John's but why Stephenville?

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RE: Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 12:51 am

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RE: Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 1:10 am

Stephenville is a former USAF base which closed in the mid-'60s. It has been run by Transport Canada since then.
 
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RE: Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Tue Feb 06, 2001 1:14 am

Thanks for the answer.

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Felix
 
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RE: Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Fri Feb 09, 2001 8:32 am

Hey,
This may come as a surprise to most, but Stephenville as well as Gander and St. John's are all alternate landing sites for the Space Shuttle should it have to abort its ascent into space if over eastern North America or the eastern atlantic.
Reps from NASA were at the three airports last year sizing up the runways and they found that all these places would be suitable for landing if the need ever arose.
This is something that I thought you might find interesting.
I can understand YSJ and YQX because they have long runways, but here at YYT, our longest runway is 8500ft.
Not that I would ever want anything to happen to endanger the crew or shuttle, but it would be really awesome if it ever had to abort and land here in Newfoundland.

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Another Airport W/ Long Runway

Fri Feb 09, 2001 9:11 am

Speaking of long runways. Why does GSO have a 10,001ft runway? The only widebodies that have ever flown there are for overhauls at Timco. But that wasn't started until well after the runway was built.
 
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RE: Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Fri Feb 09, 2001 9:16 am

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RyeFly/GSO

Fri Feb 09, 2001 9:26 am

Greensboro actually gets quite a few jumbos. The TIMCO flights, FedEx A300s/310s, and Tradewinds A300s and L1011s. In a few years, FedEx will have a hub there.

Every once in a while I come along an airport with a runway that just seems totally out of the ordinary. One such example would be Salina, KS (SLN). They have a 13,337ft runway. I'd assume it has to do with the military.
 
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RE: Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Fri Feb 09, 2001 2:36 pm

I believe until the arrival of the jumbo jets with their 10,000+ foot runway needs, most major airports didn't have that long of a runway--they were usually 7,000 to 8,000 feet long.

I think HNL back in the 1960's had a very long runway for its time because it shared runways with Hickam AFB.
 
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RE: Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Fri Feb 09, 2001 3:29 pm

I was wondering why AC_B777 mentioned YSJ as though it has a long runway??? We only have 2 runways here in Saint John, the longest being 7000 ft. THe other one is 5100 ft. St John's has longer runways than here by far!
 
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RE: Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Fri Feb 09, 2001 3:29 pm

It was actually called "Harmon AFB" and was home to several NORAD fighter interceptor squadrons on detachment during the fifties and early sixties.
 
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RE: AC330

Fri Feb 09, 2001 3:57 pm

Hey AC330,
Well, I mentioned YSJ which is Stephenville because it does have a 10,000ft runway. Also, it is a small airport. Really, the only thing that flies in there are Dash-8's, Metros, and some other small turboprop planes.
Here at YYT, our longest runway is 8500ft. This, for some reason, hardly seams long enough for the Space Shuttle.

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Flyf15...

Fri Feb 09, 2001 4:26 pm

Thanks for the info. I've seen the widebodies at GSO. Although wasn't the runway there long before TIMCO moved into the area? Or did they extend it for them? I don't remember how long its been 10,001ft. I've heard a lot about the Fed Ex hub but do you know where are they planning to put the new runway for the hub? On the other side of the hangers?
 
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RE: Stephenville, Nfld - Why A 10000ft Runway?

Fri Feb 09, 2001 10:02 pm

The Space Shuttle landing facility at Cape Canaveral has a 15,000 ft. runway, just for the shuttle-how can they expect it to stop in 10,000?

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RE: AC330

Fri Feb 09, 2001 11:25 pm

for the sake of clarity on those airport codes:
YSJ is St. John, New Brunswick...
YYT is St. John's, Newfoundland...
YJT is Stephenville, Newfoundland...
 
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RE: AC330

Sat Feb 10, 2001 7:18 am

Sorry bro,
I got my city codes messed up. I meant to say YJT not YSJ. My Bad!!

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