ourboeing
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IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:22 pm

All,

I live Ellicott City/Columbia Maryland area and from the past few months, I have been noticing a lot of heavies fly over my house. This never used to be the case.

This morning was an awesome way to begin my day. I was walking to my car in the driveway and I saw a South African Airways 346 flying really low. My first reaction was that it was a diversion to BWI, which is the closest airport to where I live, but the 346 was headed the opposite way.

My question is-

Were there any modifications made to the flight/glide path to and from IAD?

I am definitely not complaining as I get to see all sorts of interesting heavies and that makes me a very happy camper, especially when I can do this sitting by sitting on my deck Smile

OURBOEING
 
SA7700
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:00 pm

Look out on Friday morning... I will wave from an on-board window when SA207 comes in to land at IAD.  wave 


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pnqiad
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:06 pm

I read that recently (at least in the afternoon - trans-Atlantic rush hour) they have been changing over to RWY 1C and 19C. I am not sure if they are also using 1C/19C earlier in the day which may explain what you are seeing. I live on the other side under 1R/1C approach near IAD and haven't seen heavies in the morning last few days.
 
rscaife1682
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:44 pm



Quoting PNQIAD (Reply 2):
I read that recently (at least in the afternoon - trans-Atlantic rush hour) they have been changing over to RWY 1C and 19C. I am not sure if they are also using 1C/19C earlier in the day which may explain what you are seeing. I live on the other side under 1R/1C approach near IAD and haven't seen heavies in the morning last few days.

This would not effect the app path over the western baltimore suburbs area...

Is the SA207 the only heavy you saw....that a/c enters the DC airspace from the west it will make land fall over Delaware and then track just north of Baltimore towards MRB VOR from that point will start to receive vetors so depending on rwy config and traffic spacing it is very possible that you would see that a/c quite a bit.

As far ass the apps into KIAD they are still the same with most heavies using the HYPER2 arr

http://204.108.4.16/d-tpp/0811/05100HYPER.PDF

Other popular STARS into KIAD

http://204.108.4.16/d-tpp/0811/05100DELRO.PDF

http://204.108.4.16/d-tpp/0811/05100COATT.PDF

Where abouts do you live I use to live in north catonsville right next to the library...i live in glen burnie now 2 miles from the threshold of 33L right on the app it is perfect  Smile

Hope this helps

RYAN
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Profpete
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:23 pm

Ryan - you mean it enters from the EAST, right?

Anyhow - this makes a nice change from one WN 737 after another
that I usually see from my deck in Ellicott City (heading to BWI).
usually the biggest excitement is the late afternoon BA 767  bored 
 
panova98
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:42 pm

SA207 is scheduled to arrive at IAD at 600am, and typically is a little early. I think it's the only real heavy that early, and I can usually hear it over my house down-leg between 530 and 6 when using the northwest or north runways.

Today (Monday) is was running about an hour late and arrived around 7, the latest for quite awhile. Can't say I heard it. The regular route for 207 inbound from Dakar seems to be in over BAL. The rest of the north Atlantic IAD arrivals, as far as I know, still are coming down from Canada via Allentown, Reading, Lancaster, Thomasville, Frederick as they nearly always have.
 
rscaife1682
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:07 pm

My mistake yes i meant from the east  Yeah sure

I worked BWI ramp for signature and Airtran for 6 years and yes it is very boring plane spotting at BWI. Only excitement is BA777 while the 767 is in tech and of course with the AMC ops you can see some nice heavies every now and then but mostly World and Omni DC-10's. It is still nice the see and HEAR  Smile ATI's DC-8

RYAN
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flyiguy
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:21 pm



Quoting Panova98 (Reply 5):
SA207 is scheduled to arrive at IAD at 600am, and typically is a little early. I think it's the only real heavy that early, and I can usually hear it over my house down-leg between 530 and 6 when using the northwest or north runways.

Actually there are quite a few...981 from KWI, 977 from DXB, 860 from GRU, 871 from GIG, and 846 from EZE all arrive at or around 6am...

Just my 0.02
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ourboeing
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:43 pm

I leave for work at the same time but have not seen the SAA 346 fly so low over my house.
It is an absolutely gorgeous bird and in opinion the best looking aircraft Airbus has ever built.

Will look forward to seeing it tomorrow morning Smile

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panova98
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:47 pm



Quoting Flyiguy (Reply 7):
Actually there are quite a few...981 from KWI, 977 from DXB, 860 from GRU, 871 from GIG, and 846 from EZE all arrive at or around 6am...

Just my 0.02

You are so right. Can't blame all that noise on SAA!
 
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RE: IAD Flight Path

Tue Nov 11, 2008 3:33 am



Quoting Rscaife1682 (Reply 3):

Fun fact about the RNAV STARs into IAD...... It was actually UA that requested them and I guess the FAA/TERPS agreed and pretty much did overlays of the traditional ones.
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