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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Is it permissible to walk along a taxiway at an uncontrolled airport to reach airport facilities?

I just got my PPL and am planning to take a short $300 hamburger trip tomorrow to a nearby uncontrolled field. Here's its taxiway diagram: I called the airport this morning to ask where transient ...
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What is this guy doing while walking along with the moving plane at the FRA airport?

While the aircraft was moving backwards (targeting takeoff), a guy was attached to it by a thread, probably "listening" to something, and was following the plane by walking at the same pace. ...
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Under what circumstances are passengers boarded onto buses at gates A10 and A4 at Heathrow Terminal 5?

In Why doesn't Heathrow T5 have stand 504? it was suggested that gates A4 and A10 are so-called "bus-gates" where passengers board a bus to get to the aircraft. Under what circumstances ...
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How is airline fuel hedging actually done?

When airlines refuel at the airport are they all billed at the same rate on the day? Similar to cars at a gas station? For example if Southwest has hedged and paying a dollar less per gallon than its ...
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What are dry and saturated lapse rates values or ranges for a rising or lowering parcel of air in degrees Celsius?

Environmental lapse rate average is rounded to 2 degrees celsius per 1000 ft.(Note that environmental lapse rate varies through the day).What about parcel of air lapse rate.? Dry lapse rate is a ...
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Do airports commonly have mogas for sale on campus?

The ICON A5 POH gently implies, and other sources outright claim, that its Rotax 120iS prefers a diet of 87 octane mogas, and I've found a couple of sources claiming that while it'll take 100LL, the ...
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What are flight check operations?

KDCA/DCA is currently experiencing delays in both arriving and departing aircraft, and several sites list variations of "Flight check operations" as the reason. The FAA itself provides the ...
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What happened to this plane during landing? Failed first time? [closed]

Hi I was checking flights at Heathrow on flightradar24.com the other day and found this plane a bit strange. It looked like the first landing wasn't successful. The plane may have touched down but ...
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Prediction of flight delay. What kind of information is available to a company at the moment of scheduled departure of a flight?

I am working on a data science task of trying to predict the departure delay of flights, but I don't have much knowledge of aviation itself. I have a dataset that contains some information of the ...
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What is SVC CTC on a chart supplement?

The chart supplement for KSNA mentions the following AIRSPACE: CLASS C svc ctc APP CON svc 1415–0700Z‡ other times CLASS G. I know that SVC means service. I've gathered that KSNA is class C from ...
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How is a new airport certified or approved to operate by international organizations?

I just read the news of a new airport in construction in Mexico (Mexico City). They seem to be starting operations in a few months. In this case, researching a bit, it seems domestic and a Venezuelan ...
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Why did KJFK keep using runways 22R/L here instead of switching to 13R/L?

In this YouTube video, one can see the arrival at KJFK, holding patterns, and eventual diversion to KPHL of LH400, an A380. When LH400 arrives in the New York area, the pilots request the use of ...
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Are there any U.S. airports that offer GCA (PAR/ASR) approaches?

Are there any U.S. Civilian or Joint-Use (military/civilian) airports that currently offer either/both a PAR (Precision Approach Radar) or an ASR (Airport Surveillance Radar) Ground Controlled ...
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What happened to ANA 66 on November 12, 2021? [closed]

Looking by the window I saw two planes approaching Haneda. It stroke me as a bit odd that one of the plane seemed to have stopped descent and might not have intended to land. I checked flight radar, ...
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Who Assigns Gates to Airliners?

When airliners arrive to major or medium airports, who is actually responsible for assigning gates and deciding who goes where? Is that up to Ground? The Airline? The Airport Authorities/Management?
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What options are there when in a base or final traffic pattern to allow higher priority traffic to take off? [duplicate]

Today, my instructor and I were practicing landings - touch and go's. We are at an untowered airport, KLGD. Wind was favoring runway 30. There's been some fires in the area; we checked the NOTAMs and ...
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Does the angled parking scheme of London City (LCY) increase the number of aircraft that can be parked in the small apron?

While going through some articles and videos, I chanced upon a video on LCY and was surprised to see that, unlike in Dortmund, LCY has aircraft parked diagonally. Does this increase the number of bays ...
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Are flights being shown as "hijacked" on airport departure screens in case they are? [closed]

In the movie The Net a flight appears as "hijacked" on a departure/arrival screen. Would these screens really show an airliner as hijacked when they are, and did this ever happen?
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How are bags transported from the terminal to the airplane? [closed]

I'm curious how bags are transported from the terminal sortation system to the aircraft. I'm mostly trying to understand the "average tarmac distance" a bag will travel. If anyone has direct ...
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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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