"The new runway will cost an estimated $350 million and will be 1,500 feet longer than the existing one, to ensure that a fully-loaded and fueled plane bound for Asia could safely take off."
RDU needs to build the longer runway for future growth. Asia will be flying more planes than the US by 2040, and I think RDU needs to be ready to make direct flights there.
not trying to be rude, but if the #2 guy at the airport says the new runway (that's been shortened by FAA) will be long enough for a fully-loaded and fully-fueled plane can take off for Asia from it, why are you saying it needs to be longer than what they're planning to build (that will allow them to take off for Asia) ? Or am I misunderstanding your post? Seems like you're saying the shorter length represents not planning for future growth somehow?
My point is that in high heat, as RDU takes on more flights, there may be a need for the full length of 11500, as full flights at MTOW still have to consider V1 rejection lengths, along with a margin for error. I think the 11500 foot length makes more sense if RDU and CLT do get Asia flights. It increases the margin for error, and allows for hiccups in procedure.
The FAA rejected the environmental studies, which I consider to be shortsighted. I could be wrong and 10,000 feet will be good forever,but on 100 + days that RDU and CLT sometime see, this could cause issues.
What do you do with Aviation Pkway and Aviation Station then?
The cost of what your asking is huge as well, and RDU is very tight on funds with all these projects.
The north end is very close to Umstead and cannot be used for airport development.
Aviation parkway is well below the level of the runway. They can build a bridge over the highway. Just look at ATL and the southern runway. it goes over 285.
Aviation station is too far to the east to be on the runway path.
RDU will have to find funds, but they have extra passengers to do it with. The current growth is far above projections, and the 2040 plan already calls for 5R to be 9000 feet.
The authority will have to balance it out, as growth and cost are issues, but without Runways, the growth will never happen.
I found the thread with the runway shortening. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1416657&start=50