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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Can a deployable ILS operate in CAT II or CAT III?

Can a deployable ILS operate in CAT II or CAT III? As far as I know a deployable ILS can operate only in CAT I.
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...