727LOVER, here are some operational observations:
, when the airport is on a "south flow" operation, it is very common for aircraft to land on Runway 13R when arriving from the northwest (Bowie--UKW--arrival). In the past, Runway 13L was commonly used for turboprop departures; however, in the last couple of weeks, since American Eagle discontinued flying the ATR-72 out of DFW
, departures off of 13L are much less common. Reference departures off of 13L with flight operations at Dallas Love Field.
When on a "north flow" operation, aircraft occasionally land on 31R, but not very much. For the most part, Runway 35R is used to absorb overflow operations, instead of Runway 31R. For departures, 31L is used periodically, but as the case similar to 13L, it was used mostly for prop/turboprop operations. I haven't seen much departure activity on 31L since February 1. You might pose this question to KC135TopBoom as I think he works out at DFW
At Houston (IAH
), when the winds are from the south/southwest or light out of the west, the normal configuration is to conduct arrivals on 26L/R and 27 and departures off of 15L/R. This deconflicts departures from arrivals and is a standard configuration.
rarely uses Runways 9/27 because it seriously disrupts ground operations, particularly Runway 9L
/27R. When using this runway, there is considerable potential for runway incursion issues, and under normal circumstances, 9L
/27R is customarily used as a taxiway. Runway 9R
/27L is generally used only when the winds are so strong out of the west that they exceed aircraft crosswind limitations for landing on 22R or 21L. At DTW
, departures off of 22L/21R with arrivals on 22R/21L by far provide the smoothest, most consistent operation.
, the only time I have seen Runway 5/23 used consistently is for late night flights for noise abatement purposes. I have also seen it used when aircraft needed the longest available runway for takeoff (due to weight/climb limitations).
and finally, with reference to your comment, "and ORD
?....good Lord, what a mess!!"
Well, you're right, there are a lot of runways, but my experience has been that the ground controllers and local (tower) controllers at ORD
are absolutely the finest in the world. They take the complexity of the runway alignment and choreograph flight operations among them like a fine ballet. It is absolutely impressive.
Hope this helps.