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by atcdan
Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is this scaffolding for? (LAX)
Replies: 8
Views: 828

Re: What is this scaffolding for? (LAX)

No idea what it is, looks like it’s by gate 159, and I think it’s only been there a few weeks. Come to think of it, only narrow bodies have been parking on that gate lately so it may be something set up for construction. Historically that gate handles ADG-6 aircraft.

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by atcdan
Mon Jan 10, 2022 2:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters
Replies: 19
Views: 1664

Re: Do gate size restrictions matter for freighters

This is totally anecdotal but at LAX we will frequently have a B748 land and be taxiing to an open cargo gate and the LAWA ops will come on freq to tell ground that the B748 inbound cannot park until the adjacent cargo gate pushes. There’s definitely wingspan issues with cargo planes at certain airp...

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by atcdan
Thu Dec 30, 2021 3:44 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any possibility of WN adding LAX-BUF/CHS/FLL/BDL/JAX/MCO/RDU nonstop service to better compete against B6?
Replies: 3
Views: 902

Re: Any possibility of WN adding LAX-BUF/CHS/FLL/BDL/JAX/MCO/RDU nonstop service to better compete against B6?

To echo what Jaybrid said, DL has a substantial post midnight push out of LAX with multiple Central American and east coast red eyes. AA, NK, UA all do the same to a lesser extent. There are a TON of South and Central American flights out between midnight and 0200 local also. I think WN at LAX serve...

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by atcdan
Thu Dec 16, 2021 3:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SFO Connection Time
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: SFO Connection Time

If there is any kind of weather, no way. Usually, ATC will put a ground stop on all incoming flights that are short. I live in San Diego and anytime SFO gets backed up due to weather, SAN/SFO flights are delayed. LAS-SFO flights go in via a different fix to SFO than the rest of California. Not sayi...

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by atcdan
Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Virgin Atlantic announces service to Austin
Replies: 491
Views: 109884

Re: Virgin Atlantic to announce new US route

SAN is the eighth most populous city in the US and in the fifth most populous county. As a resident of Los Angeles I take several leisure trips to SAN annually. Lots of industry around too between medical, defense, manufacturing. I don’t see places like RDU, MSP or AUS offering much in the way of to...

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by atcdan
Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: International pax flights at LAX?
Replies: 9
Views: 2781

Re: International pax flights at LAX?

I can’t speak offhand regarding the exact flights, etc. but many of the flights from LAX on Asiana, Korean, Fiji, Air China, China Eastern etc have remarks on their ATC flight plan “cargo only”. Some of these flights depart TBIT/MSC. Also, KE has both 747-8F and -8i flights into LAX the last few wee...

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by atcdan
Tue Nov 16, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?
Replies: 34
Views: 3412

Re: Why is Jet fuel not more popular on SE aicrafts?

This is analogous to “I’m saving 70% on fuel by driving a Tesla, why doesn’t everyone own one?”

Most people cannot afford a brand new 50k car, and even when they can, the concerns about longevity, infrastructure, and changes in habits play a big role.

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by atcdan
Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington, D.C. Airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) Thread - 2021
Replies: 541
Views: 99223

Re: Washington, D.C. Airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) Thread - 2021

Interesting that they still are not yet ready to rename the concourses/terminals. I was watching the news on the project the other night and they were putting up directional signs in the new security lobby that had "Terminal 1" and "Terminal 2" designations on the signs, in addi...

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by atcdan
Thu Nov 11, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Washington, D.C. Airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) Thread - 2021
Replies: 541
Views: 99223

Re: Washington, D.C. Airports (BWI, DCA, IAD) Thread - 2021

Speaking of opening to passengers. The new security hall at Reagan opens in 6 hours. Just in time for the holidays. Should make the process a lot more efficient. https://dcist.com/story/21/11/08/dca-new-security-how-to-get-to-your-plane/ Interesting that they still are not yet ready to rename the c...

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by atcdan
Tue Oct 26, 2021 2:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 143
Views: 31722

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021

Why did they tear down the Terminal 5 FIS facility? Is the Terminal 3 rotunda still standing? No idea about T5 FIS, but to answer your question about T3 rotunda. The bottom level of T3 still has some of the underpinnings and steel framing of the original rotunda. The interior and exterior have been...

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by atcdan
Sun Oct 17, 2021 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 143
Views: 31722

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021

The new economy lot soft opened today, with formal opening on tue 19th, 4000+ spaces - station for the airport rail is being developed, but for now it's shuttles. This is also the first lot with the new revenue control/access system where you can prebook online for a guaranteed rate. The rates this...

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by atcdan
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2465

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

As an ATC I consider short final to be within 1 mile of the runway generally, when I’m issuing traffic.

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by atcdan
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 143
Views: 31722

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021

Parking rates at the terminal garages are increasing on Oct 19. $6/ first hour $7/ each additional $50/ per day max Also the airport will be charging fees for EV charging. $2 to hook up and $0.25 per kWh. I wonder how popular the EV charging will be now considering it’s more expensive than local res...

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by atcdan
Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?
Replies: 7
Views: 1235

Re: How much cargo can QF carry on LAX-SYD?

QF operates a B789 at least once a week LAX-SYD, may be more but I only see them on a certain shift. They park at the WAMA QF hangar/ramp.

UA and DL also operate almost daily overnight flights on the route as well, departing from their passenger gates.

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by atcdan
Thu Jul 29, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Unions File Grievance Over Lack of Hotel Availability
Replies: 159
Views: 20291

Re: AA Unions File Grievance Over Lack of Hotel Availability

Is it the airline's responsibility if all the hotel rooms in a "reasonable" radius are all occupied and none available? Yes, in fact, per the contracts the airlines agree to with their work groups, it IS the airlines responsibility to find hotel accommodations for overnight stays. So, the...

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by atcdan
Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3738

Re: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity

Did United or Continental ever use both jetways to board a 767-400 or a 767-300 at Gate 68A? Not sure but I’ve only seen Air Canada park there with heavies in recent years, b763. How many gates does Alaska share with Air Canada? Currently just 69 A/B regularly, they may share 64 at times as well bu...

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by atcdan
Tue Jul 06, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL
Replies: 391
Views: 95678

Re: Updated: 737 Freighter ditches in water off HNL

I don’t want to get into into bickering, but I will provide some more info regarding ATC tower’s handling of emergencies in the US. We absolutely request info on fuel, souls on board, and nature of the emergency. Every time. We have a phone in the tower that when we pick it up calls to 8-12 differen...

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by atcdan
Mon Jul 05, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3738

Re: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity

[threeid][/threeid] Actually gate 68A can handle B762/763 as well as narrow bodies. T2 has several gates (23, 25, 26) that can handle 2 ADG-III and smaller, or one ADG-IV or larger. I don’t know why that’s not done at T5/T6. Did United or Continental ever use both jetways to board a 767-400 or a 767...

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by atcdan
Tue Jun 29, 2021 4:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Control tower in uncontrolled airspace
Replies: 18
Views: 1841

Re: Control tower in uncontrolled airspace

JYO was uncontrolled until a few years ago and is operated as a remote tower. The airport wanted a control tower and the FAA did not want to pay or even share in the construction costs so they implemented a system built by Saab I believe to have the ATCs sit in a nearby office building and control f...

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by atcdan
Fri Jun 25, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Helicopter Pads
Replies: 11
Views: 2181

Re: LAX Helicopter Pads

The only helicopters that regularly operate in and out of LAX all land at either Atlantic or Signature, south of taxiway A. On average it’s maybe a couple per day that actually land at the airport. I don’t think I’ve ever worked a helicopter into any of the nearby buildings helipads, although I assu...

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by atcdan
Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Fleet, Network, and Discussion Thread - Q3 2021
Replies: 1313
Views: 299768

Re: United Adds Lewiston-DEN, and Seasonal Bishop- SFO, DEN, LAX (Skywest)

The only reason MMH was flown was because of the ski area subsidy, which now has been transferred to Bishop airport. This move was originally supposed to happen in October 2020, but COVID upended things. Shuttle service will be available to Mammoth Mountain ski resort. While Bishop will be operatio...

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by atcdan
Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 42
Views: 7295

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

Take a glimpse at KCLT (Charlotte, NC), at their peak hours. The line-up is massive. From Nation Guard C-17's to 777, A300, 737, A320, and the EMB-135/-145 and CRJ 700's Sure, but hopefully, it gets better. With progress on computer software, there will be more and more capacity-ahead planning on t...

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by atcdan
Mon Jun 14, 2021 6:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 42
Views: 7295

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

On that DFW airport diagram it bothers me that H turns onto the WF lane, and F turns into the WH lane. Just an odd intersection of naming convention. It would make more sense practically (and OCD) for H to turn into WH and F turn into WF. That would work for 18L. But then what would you name them f...

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by atcdan
Tue Jun 08, 2021 4:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"
Replies: 19
Views: 5236

Re: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"

It’s something ATC gets used to, the other day I Gad southwest do a long push all the way out of the alley so I could push a delta who called Roth after them into the alley. The thing was, knowing they are a max, I will adjust the plan accordingly.

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by atcdan
Wed Jun 02, 2021 12:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cleared to land
Replies: 16
Views: 2455

Re: Cleared to land

To chime in, as a controller in the US it means there exists a reasonable assurance that the runway will be clear when your aircraft crosses the landing threshold. The only times I would not issue a landing clearance is if I will be allowing a vehicle on the runway, have an aircraft taxiing on the r...

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by atcdan
Tue Jun 01, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 143
Views: 31722

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021

Interestingly, AS, B6, and even UA have had international arrivals to gates 137, 139, 141 over the past few weeks too. I assume this is due to CBP scheduling still. In regards to AS at TBIT their website states that all International arrivals will be at TBIT after May 20. This might have something ...

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by atcdan
Mon May 31, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021
Replies: 143
Views: 31722

Re: LAX Aviation Thread - 2021

Few questions regarding T2 and T3. With all the construction going on the schedule changes and the maps on google not being up to date, I was wondering if anyone had the latest construction timeline for the project. Also I believe T3 has been completely demolished (good riddance) anyone know when i...

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by atcdan
Thu May 27, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 33741

Re: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread

New mask MOU out for controllers today. Fully vaccinated personnel do not have to mask, non fully vaccinated personnel and all visitors will have to wear a mask in all common areas. The FAA will not require proof of vaccination. It seems like it’ll be on an honor system and of course the last part s...

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by atcdan
Tue May 25, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse
Replies: 147
Views: 37710

Re: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse

I walked through the terminal Saturday night on a break, it’s definitely not the awe inspiring architecture of the original TBIT from an interior perspective, but the overall experience is an open, light, and airy design as you walk through. Great spotting opportunities from the north end of the MSC...

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by atcdan
Wed May 12, 2021 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse
Replies: 147
Views: 37710

Re: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse

I believe that was partly the reason. One of the other reasons was the other capital projects going around the airport, specifically what's happening at Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 - maybe to some extent Terminals 5 and 6. The extra eight gates help provide flexibility to move airlines around while c...

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by atcdan
Wed May 12, 2021 5:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Biz jet ops at Major Airports
Replies: 28
Views: 3983

Re: Biz jet ops at Major Airports

I’ve always appreciated towers that seem to understand corporate/charter guys and gals are in there once or twice a year (or career!) vs. the airline (especially regional pilots) in a busy airport multiple times per week. Yeah, it was always interesting to land at KEWR or KORD and be bombarded with...

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by atcdan
Wed May 12, 2021 5:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The prevalence of MALSR approach lights in the US
Replies: 9
Views: 3186

Re: The prevalence of MALSR approach lights in the US

I don’t know all the technical aspects of these lights, but having worked at an airport with only CAT I and MALSR, when the lights were on step 3, they were extremely bright. To the point you would see the entire area/ road behind them illuminated as if it was daylight. Also, I don’t know that the d...

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by atcdan
Tue May 11, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Biz jet ops at Major Airports
Replies: 28
Views: 3983

Re: Biz jet ops at Major Airports

In response to the OP, these answers are all correct. Having worked at 2 major “core 5 airports” in the tower (working delivery, ground control, and local control) there is always something called a taxi plan. There is a position in the tower called a traffic management coordinator whose job it is t...

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by atcdan
Tue May 11, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 16945

Re: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?

The logical location for some big 24/7 LA airport would be the high desert away from the coast. Like Palmdale, Victorville or similar. Cheap space, no noise concerns and good weather. This would be where some hyper fast train would make sense. Sell LAX land and move inland. You do realize that this...

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by atcdan
Tue May 11, 2021 12:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 16945

Re: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?

Small correction to this, it's more convenient to get one mile outside of LAX because of the freeways. However, that last mile to LAX can easily take an hour to get through on a busy day. In terms of total travel time, I'd say about half the money is closer to BUR and half is closer to LAX. In my e...

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by atcdan
Sun May 09, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?
Replies: 127
Views: 16945

Re: Why is LAX so dominant in the LA Region?

Honestly I may be biased since I commute to LAX every day, know how to generally navigate the traffic, and can park for free right at the tower. All that being true, I think a lot of people coming to and from LA love the location, right by the beach. Within ten minutes driving you’re in Manhattan Be...

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by atcdan
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rapid Exit Taxiway / 777-8/9 folding wing tips (FWT)
Replies: 24
Views: 6449

Re: Rapid Exit Taxiway / 777-8/9 folding wing tips (

I guess the real question if there would be a failure is what routes around the airfield are available. There are presumably taxiways that would become unavailable to the 77X in the event of a failure? No different to the A380 really, but there are many issues with the A380 and its airfield restric...

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by atcdan
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN Pilot Goes on Anti-Bay Area Rant
Replies: 135
Views: 12450

Re: WN Pilot Goes on Anti-Bay Area Rant

I mean, if I said this at work, not keyed up, at the very least I would be reprimanded. On frequency it would be an unpaid suspension which is actual real trouble aka can lead to removal from service. The violation of sterile cockpit is bad, the content and particularly the tone make it a lot worse ...

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by atcdan
Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 2371
Views: 310071

Re: AS Adds ANC-MSP

That's false. Most of what is sold in economy is in the two lowest buckets. People rarely will book up to a higher class unless it's absolutely necessary and will go to another carrier instead if they have cheaper seats. No, it is not false....If you follow this site you will have seen many example...

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA close their BNA hub?
Replies: 149
Views: 20775

Re: Why did AA close their BNA hub?

Interestingly, AA was selling connections over BNA as late as 3 years ago, I saved 80 bucks by flying DCA-BNA-LAX versus connecting at DFW. Don’t know if they have changed or optimized their reservation systems since then, but it was certainly interesting to see. That's because you're going hub to ...

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 23, 2021 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did AA close their BNA hub?
Replies: 149
Views: 20775

Re: Why did AA close their BNA hub?

Interestingly, AA was selling connections over BNA as late as 3 years ago, I saved 80 bucks by flying DCA-BNA-LAX versus connecting at DFW.

Don’t know if they have changed or optimized their reservation systems since then, but it was certainly interesting to see.

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 16, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity
Replies: 15
Views: 3738

Re: LAX T5 and T6 Gate Capacity

Actually gate 68A can handle B762/763 as well as narrow bodies.

T2 has several gates (23, 25, 26) that can handle 2 ADG-III and smaller, or one ADG-IV or larger. I don’t know why that’s not done at T5/T6.

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Fleet/Network Thread - 2021
Replies: 3309
Views: 505504

Re: Southwest in COS

I think the COS-DEN is specifically targeted to people with existing reservations out of DEN who want to bracket their flights on either end for only $58. Versus driving, paying for parking, etc. can just have a friend drop you at COS and be on your way. I’m basing this only on the number of people ...

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by atcdan
Sat Mar 06, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse
Replies: 147
Views: 37710

Re: Status of LAX TBIT Midfield Concourse

I remember the original Gensler plans called for Parking Structure 3 and Parking Structure 4 (across the street from TBIT) to be torn down and made into a terminal area for check in and baggage claim. Wonder if that will still hold true. No - the APM stations being sited in the manner ultimately ch...

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by atcdan
Fri Mar 05, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: DFW Runway Operations

Fair. How about arriving 13R/18L/17C and departing 17R/17L? Why not just switch 18L and 17L in your sequence? That’s what they do now, without as another poster mentioned a 3 mile taxi from terminal B/D to 17L. Just makes no sense. Much better. It’s hard for me to believe that even down a runway th...

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by atcdan
Fri Mar 05, 2021 1:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: DFW Runway Operations

Assuming winds do not preclude use of the crosswind runways, can't they land 13R/18L/17L and depart 17C and 13L? It would affect the departure rate because the 13L departures would need to be coordinated with the 17L arrivals but it should allow a lot more than half of the usual departure rate. Sou...

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by atcdan
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: DFW Runway Operations

So, the decision to offload arrivals to 18L, which is one of two runways available for departures, has to be made hours in advance, when many of these arrivals are still on the ground at their departure points. If there are too many inbounds for the east side plus 13R to handle, using 18L for arriv...

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by atcdan
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: DFW Runway Operations

Who then determines how one or two aircraft from time to time are allowed to land on that runway? Is that a conversation between the controllers or can an approach controller assign that runway on his/her own if they feel things are stacking up? That would most likely be a conversation between the ...

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by atcdan
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: DFW Runway Operations

So, the decision to offload arrivals to 18L, which is one of two runways available for departures, has to be made hours in advance, when many of these arrivals are still on the ground at their departure points. If there are too many inbounds for the east side plus 13R to handle, using 18L for arriva...

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by atcdan
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 217
Views: 33741

Re: US ATC Impacts from Coronavirus Thread

There is a rumor (unconfirmed) out that the incoming administration will allocate vaccines directly to critical federal agencies such as TSA, law enforcement, ATC, nuclear plant operators, etc. As of yet the DOD is the only federal agency that’s been given their own pipeline. Everyone else has been ...

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