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Increased commercial traffic and existing airspace

Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:07 pm

Good Day All, with the advent of KPAE commercial traffic and existing KBFI and KSEA traffic, has there been changes to approach/departure protocols needed? Especially with inclement weather? It looks to me the the traffic is "just" under the patterns into/out of KSEA. Perhaps it has always been this way..just curious.

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Re: Increased commercial traffic and existing airspace

Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:51 pm

Not too much. From my experience, departure sends the Paine traffic east or west pretty soon after departure to avoid conflicts. Check out some of the FR24 tracks and altitudes to get an idea.
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Re: Increased commercial traffic and existing airspace

Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:29 am

In every air traffic facility, there are standard operating procedures that cover departure and arrival procedures at every airport within their airspace. I’m not from the area but I’m assuming Paine Field is underneath Seattle approach control. There is a letter of agreement, or LOA, that spells out what the tower and radar controllers are responsible for. So, even though commercial traffic is using a new airport, there was some sort of pre-coordinated agreement. SOP’s and LOA’s are reviewed often and each facility can suggest changes. Generally, if an airport becomes significantly busier, both the tower and the TRACON will benefit from changes to decrease workload.

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