Questions tagged [airport-operations]

Questions about how airports handle the transport of aircraft and passengers through and around them, and how this might be impacted by things external or internal to the airport itself.

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Do small or regional airports have maintenance staff or companies onsite?

Do small airports or regional airports with just a couple of flights per day, maybe even from different airlines all have on-site aircraft maintenance staff? It hardly seems economical to have ...
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Are there any airports with multi-level taxiways?

There are many airports where roads (and pedestrian walkways) are routed underneath taxiways, runways, etc. But are there any airports where airplane taxiways go under/over each other? I can't imagine ...
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How do airports detect drones?

Recently, there's been a lot of coverage in the news of drones disturbing operations at airports. Do airports have a method to detect drones? If yes, how does it work? If it's still an emerging ...
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How do FBOs Work?

As a student pilot, there are many things taught in training, but I've found that one of the things missing from training is "real world" flying. For example, I don't really know what you ...
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Are there any plans to develop remote area escalator aerobridges? [closed]

Are there any remote stand applied to any size of aircraft that uses the mechanical movement which allows the steps to transfer passengers safely down or up without any efforts? In other words, an ...
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According to ATFM terminology, when is a aircraft on the runway?

I am currently working trial writing a program capable of determining where a given aircraft is based on ATFM timestamps. My aviation background is pretty limited as I am only a mere IT developer. ...
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24 hour access at general aviation airport

I was doing a night flight with my kids and one had to go to the bathroom. I was happy that when I landing at an airport (KVLA) and they had a door code so I could get to the bathroom. Is there a ...
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What were the rules about night flights from LHR in the 80s?

I was just reading a question over on movies.SE: How could Ryan land in New York in early morning?, and the accepted answer suggests that Jack Ryan's plane takes off from LHR at about 4am. One of the ...
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Who is legally responsible for tiedown ropes?

When an airport has tie downs listed on their official FAA record, who is responsible for the ropes/chains. Is there any federal regulation or legal precedent for this or is it a case-by-case ...
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Why do most U.S. cities with multiple airports try to concentrate airline operations at just one airport instead of spreading out the load?

Many large metropoles around the world have multiple major airports with commercial airline service: London, famously, has six (EGLL, EGLC, EGKK, EGSS, EGGW, EGMC),1 although the latter four are far ...
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Do most airport use one and only one runway for landing?

Do most airports (especially busy ones) use only one runway at a time for landing? For example, I know Heathrow uses only one of its runways at a time (although they might switch to another half way ...
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Aborted take off. What happens next?

A rare -- as I was told -- situation of aborted take off for a large passenger jet. What is next? Everything goes as smudge as possible after getting jetliner to full stop. Plane clears the runway ...
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Is there any way for the baggage carrier to add some fake luggage?

For the sake of a story that I am writing, is there any way that a conspiracy luggage carrier could add some luggage to given aircraft? Specifically: Is there still a man power used for the purpose ...
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How does the luggage car's driver at the airport know what to do?

I would like to learn a little bit more about the work of luggage car's drivers. Specifically -- how do any of them know: which luggage car to ride next? which plane must they deliver this ...
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Does the jet blast from a large aircraft pose any risk for other aircraft nearby?

We know that the jet blast of jetliners - A320, B737 and bigger - are dangerous for people passing by, airport vehicles and even small planes, and we must always maintain a huge distance to avoid ...
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Why are some parked aircraft angled away from the taxiway center line?

With all the aircraft parking going on these days images like this one have made me wonder why the aircraft aren't just parked nose-to-tail: I realize that rotating the longitudinal axis can help in ...
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How big does an object in one of the ILS critical areas have to be to cause a problem?

ILS installations have a critical area extending some distance back from the glideslope antenna (primarily due to most glideslope transmitters’ needing to bounce one of their two beams off the ground ...
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What are those structures at Taif Regional Airport in Saudi Arabia?

I was looking at airports in Saudi Arabia and noticed a strange one. At Taif Regional Airport near Mecca there are a bunch of taxiways all seemingly randomly intersecting at different angles, each ...
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What do these numbers above the terminal jetway mean for pilots?

The sign above the terminal has numbers, I assume, to help the pilot park. What do they all mean?
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How much time does it takes to buy a landing slot?

According to Wikipedia, landing slots are sold for several million dollars at busy airports such as London Heathrow. Given this high value, such transactions may take weeks to conclude. Moreover, some ...
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Why isn't runway 4L/22R at KMDW available as an emergency runway?

Chicago-Midway (MDW/KMDW) has five runways, oriented along the diagonals of the square airport. The longest two (13C/31C [1988 x 46 m] and 4R/22L [1964 x 46 m]) are ILS-equipped, and serve as the ...
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Do airports have their own incident/accident investigation departments?

Do airports have their own incident/accident investigation departments? or they are restricted to the NCAA/Safety department only?
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Why don’t airports use jetways as an airlock to avoid having to repressurize the plane for every flight?

Seems like it could save money perhaps. Has this been considered in the past?
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How do airports in hot climates handle extremely high temperatures?

In June 2017 dozens of flights were cancelled in Phoenix, Arizona because of temperatures exceeding 120 degrees Fahrenheit/48.9 degrees Celsius.1,2 Hot air at a given air pressure is less dense, ...
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What was this mystery flash on an airport runway?

Recently I was onboard a commercial airliner and we had just landed and were headed for the gate. I cannot remember exactly which airport but it was either Schiphol(Amsterdam Airport) or Bristol. As ...
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What is required by and for flights that cross borders in terms of border control?

This can apply to countries that have water in between, like the UK-France or US-Canada. If an aircraft crosses into neighbouring country, does it need to go to a border-controlled airport (with ...
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Why do some AFBs have planes parked at 45 degrees to others?

I'm assuming this is just a matter of available space but it seems you could get 4 across all aligned but maybe there is another reason. The image is from McGuire AFB but I've seen this on other AFBs.
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What is the difference between en-route delays and airport delays?

ANSP performance is gathered an published online on https://ansperformance.eu. They monitor complexity, delays, efficiency and other operational data. I also noticed they have two ways of describing ...
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Would airline got charge for late on depart from the gate due to passenger boarding issue? If so, what is the charge like? [closed]

Airline wants the boarding be completed as quick as possible. I wonder what is the cost for any delay? On the other hand, I want get a dollar value for any delay and see the justification value for ...
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How can luggage be lost if it has a bag tag? [closed]

I lost a bag on a flight from BKK -> ARN -> CPH two weeks ago. I immediately filed a report at CPH when the bag hadn't arrived after more than an hour of waiting. Since then there has been no updates ...
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Is there a minimal approach speed for airliners during rush hour?

For busy airport, sequencing can be complexe. If the ATC put all aircraft in front of each other with the correct separation (which can be really small for busy airports) in final, if the airliners' ...
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How does density altitude affect Taxi-Out Time?

To keep things brief, for a data exploration project, I calculated density altitude for a couple airports and used flight statistics from https://www.transtats.bts.gov/ONTIME/Departures.aspx. I was ...
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Chicago O’Hare - Two Towers? [duplicate]

Why does ORD have two towers? I flew in there for a connecting flight this last weekend and saw two towers standing, one obviously larger than the other.
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Are there any privately owned large commercial airports?

Do any large, commercial airports exist that aren’t owned and run by the city government they exist in/near? To provide context, I’m talking major airports that handle commercial airline volume. Do ...
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Are Ground Crew Airline or Airport Personnel?

Are ground crews (baggage, tug operators, fuel, aircraft parking guides, etc.) hired by the airline or by the airport authority? I’ve always been curious. What are the norms worldwide vs US? Small ...
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Do all airports have the authority to impound aircraft for overdue fees?

In the 'Collapse' section of the Thomas Cook Wiki, it states that At around midnight on 23 September, airports in the UK began to impound Thomas Cook aircraft upon arrival, citing "default in ...
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Which busy commercial airports have a very large GA operation attached?

I was thinking about OAKland International, and how the General Aviation side of the field is much larger than the commercial side, but the commercial side is still very significant. How many others ...
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While waiting for a delayed outbound flight how can I guess where's the inbound plane?

This summer in Mykonos our flight back to FCO was delayed and nobody at the airport could communicate reliable estimates on when it would be. In that case I managed to find the FCO-JMK inbound flight ...
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Do visual docking systems improve safety?

Are there any studies that shows A-VDGS (Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System) is improving the safety of aircraft movements on airports?
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What is the minimum altitude over Egmond aan Zee when landing at Schiphol?

I live in Egmond aan Zee which is about 36 km flight distance from Schiphol. It seems that aircraft fly over Egmond when there is a southerly wind so they can make a landing approach to Polderbaan ...
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Is it possible that commercial airliners use an EMALS or other form of electric launch? [duplicate]

I am doing a big project for school over the summer, and was wondering if anyone can help? I just want a professional opinion on the idea. Is it possible or no?
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Why did this aircraft take off in the opposite direction compared to the one used by other flights right before/after it?

I recently took a weekend trip to Naples and went to admire the city from above at the Certosa di San Martino panoramic viewpoint which, it turned out, was also offering a distant view at NAP ...
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How long after the last departure shall the airport stay open for an emergency return?

For how long after the last take off for that day, will an airport stay open for emergency return of that last departed aircraft? Where can I find that recommendation? To clarify: an airport needs to ...
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Why isn't airport relocation done gradually?

Recently Istanbul airport (IST) was relocated from Atatürk over 2 days. Munich Franz Josef Strauss (MUC) was also moved overnight from Munich Riem. Doesn't it cause chaos, since most employees are new ...
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Did Kai Tak have a straight-in approach to runway 13 for higher-performance aircraft?

Runway 13 at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport (closed in 1998 and replaced by the current airport at Chek Lap Kok) had a hideously difficult approach in which pilots would fly in from the west, following ...
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What is the maximum holding time?

When arriving at a busy airport, airliners may be stacked in holding patterns, increasing flight time. I know airliners are required to carry extra fuel in case of rerouting (including a safety margin)...
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What are the FAA/CS requirements for rubber chocks?

What are the FAA/CS requirements for rubber chocks? Do they include material, manufacturing processes, etc.?
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pre-departure sequence, how to increase number of flights in the sequence

If I have number of flights ready to depart (valid TOBT) if I want to increase the number of flights in the queue by adding flights in the gaps between any 2 flights whats the minimum seperation that ...
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Is there a way for passengers to know which runways their flight will use?

When I fly, I like to see the airport when I take off and land. Is there a way I can know, in advance, which runway the plane is likely to depart/arrive from so I know which side of the plane to sit ...
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Can two opposite localizers to a single runway be on simultaneously?

In case of a single runway with two separate ILS systems (one in each end, facing localizers) operating on two different frequencies, can both localizers be on and transmitting at the same time, or ...