Jawed
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How To Determine Landing Runway At MSP?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:10 am

How do I figure out on which runway (and from which direction) planes land, so I know where to go spotting?

At MSP for example I've been taking pictures of FedEx flight 728, an MD-11 which very often comes from the south and lands on runway 17/35. I've gotten great pictures of planes landing on this runway.

(MSP runway map)

But other times when I've waited there, the plane comes from the west and lands on 12R/30L.

How do I know where to go? Flightaware.com tells me WHEN the flight arrives, but not WHERE it will land. Today for example I checked the weather forecast and it said winds from the NW, so I was quite sure the MD-11 would land on 17/35, since it would then go almost directly into the wind. But it landed on 12R/30L anyway.

Because the spotting locations for different runways are quite far apart, I would have to know 30 minutes in advance of the landing which runway will be used.

What is the proper way to do this?

Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

[Edited 2008-08-30 00:11:13]
 
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RE: How To Determine Landing Runway At MSP?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:41 am



Quoting Jawed (Thread starter):
What is the proper way to do this?

There is no such thing as a "proper" way. Perhaps you should call MSP tower and tell them to direct aircraft your way so you can take a photo?

It's part of the game we play. Surely you've figured that out by now.

C'mon man.
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RE: How To Determine Landing Runway At MSP?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:42 am

Have you tried listening to MSP ATIS on your scanner or even calling the ATIS phone service?

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RE: How To Determine Landing Runway At MSP?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 2:41 pm



Quoting StealthZ (Reply 2):
Have you tried listening to MSP ATIS on your scanner or even calling the ATIS phone service?

This. I always call ATIS before going out to Logan airport so I know the right place to go, since it can take a long amount of time to go between active spotting areas.

If you have a Smartphone like a blackberry or iPhone you can also have FlightAware loaded and watch the radar maps and see where the aircraft are heading to.
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RE: How To Determine Landing Runway At MSP?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 2:55 pm

A scanner tuned to approach should narrow it down for you. But like Chris said its all part of the game.
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RE: How To Determine Landing Runway At MSP?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:17 pm

For me its pretty simple. When they built the new 17/35 runway, planes began flying DIRECTLY over my house in Apple Valley. I have found that when the wind is out of the north or any direction near that, Planes often land on 35, while the majority of the takeoffs occur on the 30's. If the wind is out of the South, The very large majority of takeoffs will occur off 17, except for the daily 744 and A333's will still usually use 12R.

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RE: How To Determine Landing Runway At MSP?

Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:34 am



Quoting NWA783 (Reply 5):
For me its pretty simple.

Me too. Just one runway here!

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