radelow
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Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:23 pm

I was thinking back on flights I have taken and I seem to recall sitting in a holding pattern over LHR (coming from LAX) for an hour or so. From what I remember we had an especially strong tailwind and arrived early.

What was the longest time you have sat in a holding pattern?
 
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:05 pm

Mine would've been coming into IAD from UA SFO-IAD early Jan. There had been some weather problems earlier, and inbound traffic was quite backed up.

We did quite a few figure-8 patterns around the airport for close to 30 minutes before finally being cleared to land. Luckily, I was in a 777 so I didn't mind too much.  Smile
 
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:50 am

About an hour - EDI-SOU on BA CitiExpress due to adverse weather conditions. After one go round and a second attempt we diverted to Birmingham about 100 miles away. Quest For £100 Note: BA SOU-EDI-(SOU)BHX (w/ Pics) (by Fbgdavidson Jul 28 2005 in Trip Reports)

Also had a rather long hold coming back from CPT a couple of months ago. We circled somewhere over SE London and the again to the west of the airfield. The cabin had been secured for landing so PTVs were stowed which meant I was completely disorientated. My curiousity got the better of me and I ended up getting it out again very discretely. BA First: LHR-CPT-LHR (w/pics + Video) (by Fbgdavidson Feb 23 2006 in Trip Reports)

Quoting Radelow (Thread starter):
I was thinking back on flights I have taken and I seem to recall sitting in a holding pattern over LHR (coming from LAX) for an hour or so.

It is so inevitable on the US-UK that this happens. You arrive early but never make it out the airport any quicker due to:
-ATC weren't expecting you so you circle somewhere over the outskirts of London as it is too busy to fit you in.
-Terminal Ops aren't expecting you so there are no gates available so you end up being parked on a remote stand
-What you've arrived early? We'll need to send busses...but they are dealing with other flights
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On a few flights out of IAD projected crossing time has been faster than scheduled so the pilot informed up BA Ops asked for the aircraft to sit on the stand for 40 mins killing time! One time a number of passengers grumbled about it but the fact is they are going to be on the aircraft for the same amount of time either way whether it be in the ground or in the air or a holding pattern...
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 6:57 am

The longest for me was sea-sfo we were in holding for about 45 min's.
 
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 7:12 am

An hour or so on SIA From SIN to CPH due to Blown tire on Sk Aircraft on Runway

also didn't mind as it was on a 772ER  Smile  Silly  Silly
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:59 am

About a year ago we held near MCI for an hour due to thunderstorms in the area. We ended up diverting to STL for fuel, then returned to MCI. I didn't mind because I was on a DL 732, most likely my last 732 flight before they are retired.
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:03 am

An early morning LHR arrival from ACC was when I had the longest. We circled around for about 45 minutes before comming in to land. It was quite interesting because there were quite alot of aircrafts also in pattern and you could see them all going round in the pattern. I got to see BA 774 up close as it was directly underneath us as we made one of the turns. The captain even made an announcement that if we saw other aircrafts flying very close to us that we should not panic because there was nothing wrong lol. Was quite amusing.
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:58 am

45 minutes trying to get into Heathrow in an A321.
 
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:02 am

Some 5 years ago, coming back from ARN to MXP we had to hold a pattern for some 30 minutes. Captain reported bad weather on ground and in fact landing was quite bumpy with strong gusting winds.
A/C was an M82 and I remember my hears seemed to explode, I hate flying in those machines!!

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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Fri Apr 28, 2006 2:27 am

JFK last summer, after an airport system malfunction, there were 40 aircraft in front of us. Took about an hour to finally take-off. This was a SONG flight JFK-SFO.

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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Fri Apr 28, 2006 4:01 am

About 30 mins EGCC-EGLL over BNN as we had a delayed departure due to the WX (a/c struck by lightning) and ended up arriving in the rush hour :O

Odd I've never been in a holding pattern for more than 30 mins :S
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:11 pm

About 15 years ago flying into YYZ on Air Canada B767. In a hold pattern over Lake Ontario for about an hour. Thunderstorms were all around the area, the sky was just about green and there were miserable dark clouds and lightening was visible all around. Most of the flight had been pretty rough, but the hold pattern combined with turbulence and looking out the window at the rotten sky while flying over the water was more than I could take and I threw up several times. It may have only been 50 or 60 minutes, but it seemed like it would never end!


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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Fri Apr 28, 2006 9:18 pm

About an hour or so, waiting to get into LHR along with all the other early morning traffic
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Tue May 02, 2006 3:35 am

Quoting LouA340 (Reply 6):
I got to see BA 774 up close as it was directly underneath us as we made one of the turns. The captain even made an announcement that if we saw other aircrafts flying very close to us that we should not panic because there was nothing wrong lol. Was quite amusing.

Had a similar situation while holding for about 30 mins coming into LHR after the daytime flight from IAD on a BA 777. It was dark by that time and you could see a whole load of other aircraft in the pattern, lights flashing, then suddenly, as we're making a turn a BA 763 a step lower than us came around right next to us making the same turn but tighter. You could clearly make out the BA livery and the fact it was a 767. Many people let out a gasp as they saw it and the captain came on and said not to worry, ATC had it all under control!
 
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Tue May 02, 2006 3:57 am

Coming into LHR from JFK last year in a United 777 we were told by the captain that we would expect to be in a holding pattern for about 45 minutes. Luckily it turnes out we were only in the pattern for about 25 minutes.
Last weekend also we were in a holding pattern for about 15 mins outside LHR coming in from MAN in a BA A319.

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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Tue May 02, 2006 12:00 pm

On PBI-CVG, we sat in the holding pattern at CVG for a good hour and fifteen minutes before diverting to LEX. We then spent another 45 minutes on the way back to CVG, and just barely made the connection to SEA. Good thing for the long layover!
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Wed May 03, 2006 2:18 am

Several years ago, flying FLL-CLE during a whiteout, we held for an hour and a 1/2 (!!!!) on a 735...decided to put us down in CLE, after we landed they reclosed the airport, we were the ONLY a/c at the airport...was wierd to see it empty-but once we got off the a/c...the terminals were beyond packed. was crazy. it took me almost 4 hours to make the 30 mile trip home the weather was so bad. GLAD TO LIVE IN ORLANDO NOW!! no snow.
 
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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Wed May 03, 2006 1:27 pm

Well...self imposed: 1 hour and 45 minutes

Airline imposed: 1.5 hours trying to get into ATL in a CRJ.

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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Thu May 04, 2006 7:18 am

JNB-IAD via ACC. We were in a holding pattern at IAD for about 50-60 minutes. I have never been that long in a holding pattern, even at LHR.


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RE: Longest Time In Holding Pattern?

Fri May 05, 2006 5:02 am

Longest holding pattern was for 35 minutes on a UA flight DEN-EWR B757... never experienced one before so it was kinda exciting.

Most recently we were on hold for about 20 minutes outside of London on a VS JFK-LHR B747-400.

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