I’m currently a CFI/CFII/MEI at a flight school based out of Falcon Field (KFFZ.) Falcon has a pair of runways, 4/22 R/L. When the tower closes, runway 4L/22R is closed.
During a training event this afternoon while approaching the airport (after CT closure,) the student (a new hire CFI) made pattern calls appropriately, however, would state “left downwind runway four,” etc. He stated that a previous instructor had “chewed him out” in the past for saying “runway four right” after the parallel runway had closed. The student in the backseat, who had a different instructor, corroborated the information and stated he was taught the same.
My initial reaction was: that’s ridiculous. The designation of a runway doesn’t change simply because the parallel is temporarily closed. However, my inner instructor wants to find some kind of actual reference to support an answer.
Has anyone heard of, or learned this, before? And if so, do you have a reference? I‘ve never heard of this before and was curious if anyone here has. Any information would be appreciated, if you’ve even heard of such a thing.