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Heathrow runway resurfacing

Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:43 pm

How will Heathrow maintain operations when the runway needs to be resurfaced ?Just wondering after reading about Milan and Dubai
 
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:57 pm

It’s done one at at time between the hours of 0000-0500... effectively reducing the airport to single runway ops between these times.
 
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:01 pm

LHR has a nightly curfew. Runway resurfacing will typically be done (in segments) during these off-hours
 
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:30 pm

As was done in FRA recently. No big deal.
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 1:41 pm

As has been said above thanks to the nightly curfew they as a rule will do it in sections of X metres per night, it’s a very effective ballet of machines, manpower and time

This is a time lapse from a few years ago but worth seeing

https://youtu.be/MsSKsFOAScY

From time to time serious defects will need attention right away, then operations will be suspended there briefly for a temporary patch using a rapid set material that allow rapid return to ops and then come the night time a crew will come in for a permanent fix
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:35 pm

doylebob wrote:
LHR has a nightly curfew. Runway resurfacing will typically be done (in segments) during these off-hours


Heathrow does not have a night curfew.
 
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:50 pm

Nicoeddf wrote:
As was done in FRA recently. No big deal.

I wouldn't say it's not a big deal. It's a much bigger deal than at airports that can just close the runway for a month.
Doing the work at night costs more money, lasts longer, and it puts tremendous pressure on everything to be done and out by 5am.
 
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:55 pm

In some places they close down half the runway length. Then operate on the other half which is still long enough for most narrowbody flights. And then switch.
 
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:21 pm

airbazar wrote:
Nicoeddf wrote:
As was done in FRA recently. No big deal.

I wouldn't say it's not a big deal. It's a much bigger deal than at airports that can just close the runway for a month.
Doing the work at night costs more money, lasts longer, and it puts tremendous pressure on everything to be done and out by 5am.


Yes, some serious planning involved as well as good logistics.

But hardly anything that would bring modern construction to anything like the edge of capability.
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:24 pm

CarbonFibre wrote:
doylebob wrote:
LHR has a nightly curfew. Runway resurfacing will typically be done (in segments) during these off-hours


Heathrow does not have a night curfew.


Yes, it does.
 
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:28 pm

CarbonFibre wrote:
doylebob wrote:
LHR has a nightly curfew. Runway resurfacing will typically be done (in segments) during these off-hours


Heathrow does not have a night curfew.


I'm sure that your familiar with the night time curfews at LHR but I'll leave it to someone else more informed on the subject who can explain it better than myself!
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:35 pm

Yes, it does.


No it doesnt. What are you blabbering about? It only has a quota/noise limit.
 
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:11 pm

LOT767301ER wrote:
Yes, it does.


No it doesnt. What are you blabbering about? It only has a quota/noise limit.


Which is commonly known as a curfew, this is purely a difference of word definition, in English-GB usage there's plenty of use of the word curfew where it's not an absolute ban on something, but simply different regulations, including describing LHR's noise regulations as a curfew. Please don't police language, everyone knew what was being discussed.
 
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Re: Heathrow runway resurfacing

Mon Nov 04, 2019 5:46 pm

When I worked at LHR, we had a flight leaving at 10pm every night. If there was a delay for whatever reason (late passengers, mechanical problem, etc) the airline had to get special permission to take off after 11pm. I think getting that permission depends on the aircraft type, weight etc. Anyway, let's just say that having 1 runway open is more than enough for LHR during the night and so they can work on it during those times.

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