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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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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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What precautions prevent 'insiders' from stealing a large aircraft, as in the Horizon Air Q400 incident?

For those who haven't heard it yet, a ground worker stole a Q400 at SeaTac this week, performing an unauthorized takeoff and going for a joyride before eventually crashing into an island. The plane ...
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What is the purpose of a walled area in the vicinity of Heathrow Airport?

Looking at a satellite map to the East of Heathrow Airport, there is a small passenger jet parked in a walled off area. Looking at the aerodrome chart the entire area is listed as Bealine Base, which ...
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Why so much ground time at Frankfurt Airport?

Disclaimer: Total layman here. I frequently fly into and out of Frankfurt Airport (FRA) with regional jets (flight time advertised as 45 minutes) and one thing that everyone is always annoyed about ...
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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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What happens to a large plane after a successful gear-up landing?

There are plenty of videos of non-fatal gear-up landings - even of airliners. I can find none that show the recovery of the aircraft after safe evacuation of crew and passengers and completion of ...
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How are procedures for curved-runway operations different from those for straight runways?

Runways having a significant curve between the two ends aren't exactly common, but they do exist, one good example being Elk City Airport's runway 14/35. When operating to or from an airport with a ...
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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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Why must a pilot enter “Upwind” when entering the traffic pattern for RWY 9 at Linden (LDJ) airport in New Jersey?

The chart supplement procedures require aircraft to enter the traffic pattern "Upwind" for Runway 9 at Linden (LDJ) airport in New Jersey. Question: Why is this required? Chart Supplement: New York ...
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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 ...
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USA: Why don't airports raise landing fees to make up for low passenger fees?

A question from travel.stackexchange.com about luggage carts prompted a discussion on the economics of airports. The gist was: American airports have much lower passenger service fees which are ...
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Why are follow-me cars used in Gran Canaria Airport in good visibility for incoming aircraft?

I've been at GCLP (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) a few weeks ago. I've observed that all incoming traffic was guided by a Follow Me while outgoing traffic went without one. I was curious about ...
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How are altitudes handled with airports near or above transition altitude?

Transition altitude refers to the altitude above which all altimeters are set to a standard pressure setting (typically 29.92 inHg) instead of to the local surface pressure, and altitudes are given in ...
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How are the runways operated at Toronto Pearson?

I have a sort of technical question regarding the operations of runway systems at larger airports, specifically at Toronto Pearson (satellite view here). As far as I can see, the airport has 5 runways:...
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Why does Brussels airport not inform passengers about gates details? (until the last moment) [migrated]

I was at Brussels airport yesterday and was surprised that gates information are not published until (exactly) 15 minutes before boarding time. The panel says Relax, gate info at 16:20 So I went ...
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Do any airports other than Mataveri restrict the number of airplanes that can fly within their sphere of influence at any one time?

Mataveri International Airport (SCIP), located on Rapa Nui (Easter Island; Isla de Pascua) in far southeastern Polynesia, somewhat famously, bans more than a single airplane from flying within the ...
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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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Why do simultaneous-ops parallel runways need to be so far apart?

In the answers to this question about Denver's widely-scattered pinwheel of runways and this question about Schiphol's runway out in the middle of nowhere, it's mentioned that parallel runways are ...
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Where can I find runway usage statistics of USA airports? [closed]

Ok I’m looking for stats and data of planes arriving at various airports and what runways they use most. I need to know the most used runways for arrivals in airports here in the States. Can anyone ...
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What are the specific side step minimums for an approach?

This question piques my curiosity a bit on this subject. In regards to circling approaches the AIM 5-4-19 states that a. ATC may authorize a standard instrument approach procedure which serves ...
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Do airports use automated ground operation systems?

I'm interested to know if any airports use an automated ground operation system guide planes between gates and vise/versa from/to landing strips/tarmacs.
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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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Are the jet blast fences positioned other way around in this video?

I was watching the following video, showing a 757 landing on Skiathos, Greece. If you take a look at the 8:26 mark, you'll clearly see that all jet blast fences are ...
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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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Compering between ILS / BARO-VNAV [closed]

my question concerning the Comparisons between the ILS/ Baro-VNAV approaching system from the view points of safety, technician ( infrastructure, installation,maintenance and ..eg) relation efficiency,...
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Berlin Tegel periodic runway direction switch [duplicate]

If you live in Berlin it's very easy to see airplanes approaching Tegel airport; sometimes you can see them approaching from East for a month and then suddenly approaching from West before switching ...
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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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Aerodrome category, certification?

I need to know how you tell the certification of new airport just built? how can you tell if airport is certified for International flights or not? approved for intl flights or not meeting ...
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What is DPI? How is it Useful? And How does it work?

I have heard of DPI (departure planning information) status for a flight. I wanted to know what is this Status for? How is it computed or determined? What are the different status for it if any and ...
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What is Remote Holding and what is the link between Remote Holding and De icing and Off block of flight?

I wanted to know the sequence events before the flight is taxi out to Runway? Can it have a request for Remote Holding ? If so when is it before Off Block ? For Deicing Is it requested before or after ...