Questions tagged [airport-design]

Questions about the planning and design of airports: both the manoeuvring area itself, and the services and passenger facilities.

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Are these hangars?

I found an AFB in Germany that has some sort of hangars. Look: And here there are more but in other AFB: Are they hangars? If so, why are they covered with grass?
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How do passengers board the planes on this airport?

I found a quite "rare" layout on Munich airport. It has jetbridges but I don't see any terminal. Look: How do passengers make it to this point of the airport? By underground?
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What is the difference between a concourse and a pier?

Both are narrow buildings with aircraft parked on both sides, so what is the main difference? (image source)
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Why are the runways on Denver Int'l very separated from the terminals?

As you can see in the airport diagram the runways are very separated from the terminals: I've found a similar question about Schiphol runways and one of them is very separated because of the noise. ...
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What is the maximum slope for taxiing aircraft?

Every airport I have encountered has flat runways and taxiways. Of course this is not exactly true, as some other questions picked up, and it is also possible that I just happened to visit mostly ...
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What regulations or procedures address runway-taxiway interference for aircraft with large wingspan?

Are there cases of airports where a large wingspan aircraft on a taxiway can interfere with another aircraft on the runway? Or do the airport design parameters take care that the largest wingspan ...
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Can an aircraft be docked at the gate from the right seat?

Not all aircraft can be docked from the right seat, because they have a wheel tiller only on the captain's side, but some can (e.g. the B747-400 of the linked question). The usual docking system at ...
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Why have different departure hall and arrival hall locations? [closed]

For most of the newly built airport terminals I've seen, the arrival halls are located on the lower level and the departure halls are on the upper level. What is the benefit and disadvantage when: ...
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What are the specs for runways at international airports? [duplicate]

1) What are the materials that international airport runways are made of? If runways consists of several layers, what are they made of, and what is their depth and other specifications? 2) What are ...
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What's the reason for this frog finger shaped parking lots at Köln/Bonn airport (CGN)?

Most aprons of international airports are vast areas paved with asphalt or concrete. However, I noticed this structures in the south of Köln/Bonn airport (CGN) (Google maps link): Does anyone know ...
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Why is Denver International Airport runway 16R/34L rarely used?

From watching planes land at DIA on Flightradar24, none seem to ever land on 16R (longest runway in the US at a length of 16,000 ft), but instead land on a runway 4,000 ft shorter such as runway 16L (...
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How are unpaved strips created and maintained?

I'm under the impression that some large craft are rated for "unpaved strips", which appear to be either some sort of gravel or perhaps dirt. The 727, and this runway, being a good example of this: ...
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Why aren't airports built identically (like aircraft)?

Considering the delays and mishaps in super-projects (e.g. the new airport in Berlin), wouldn't it be rational to standardize airports in the same ways aircraft are: Building them all according to the ...
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What is that building in Suvarnabhumi Airport?

In Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) there is a building in aerodrome, next to the main terminal (Circle by red colour) . What is that?
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Why do farmers register their fields as airports?

(this seems to be primarily a US phenomenon) So in the vicinity of my parents' place (in a rural area in Indiana), there are several registered airports within several miles' radius. I remember when ...
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Does the size of code F aircraft parking apron enough for 2 code C plane?

When I look at Inner Thames Estuary Airport (Isle of Grain) masterplan, they shows a funny figure about the terminals layout. The report describes that It shows the ability for most stands to handle ...
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What airport proposal(s) has London seen after WWII?

Instead of Thames Estuary Airport from Maplin in 70s to the latest inner Thames Estuary Airport, is there any proposal airport(s) raised after WWII but cancel/rejected eventually? I know there is a ...
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Could New York build a new mega airport? [closed]

Both New York and London have insufficient air traffic capacity. One option for London is to build a new mega airport to replace LHR. However, this option is not discussed much in NY. Would it be ...
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How to build a 2 mile long runway on a 1 mile square island?

On Puzzling.SE I found this question: You have a 1 mile long x 1 mile wide private island that you wish to turn into a resort. A plane requires a 2-miles long runway to take off. What do you do?...
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Are zero visibility landings a possibility for the future of commercial aviation?

Airports usually close or slow down activities in fog conditions, e.g. this seems to be a significant problem in winter at Delhi airport. Large commercial aircraft would be able to land with no ...
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How flat does a runway need to be?

I always assumed that big runways are flat (or more specifically straight: they might have a slight slope in either direction), but while watching some crosswind landing footage shot at Birmingham ...
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What is the safe speed to use highspeed turnoff?

I understand that high speed turnoff is for the plane to exit the runway asap. What is its design specification and how fast can a plane use highspeed turnoff? Assuming only A320,737 and larger.
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Why does Schiphol Airport have such a long taxi?

I recently flew into Schiphol and experienced a very long taxi time (about 20 minutes) from landing to pulling into the pier at the terminal. Given that the flight was only 90 minutes from closing air ...
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Why do passenger embark on the left side of an aircraft?

I speak of passenger aircraft that can be found on large airports. The left side is used by passengers (and the crew) to embark/disembark (see the position of jet bridges) and the other side to embark/...
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How much force does a 747 land with?

I've been told before that the runways for large commercial aircraft have to be built to withstand a large amount of force. But I'm wondering exactly how much it is? When a 747 touches down, how ...

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