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  • 2008 Heathrow runway rotation.

    Heathrow spotters may find this link useful for the runway rotation schedule this year.

    http://www.heathrowairport.com/asset...g_08.final.pdf
    If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !


  • #2
    Why do they do this?...it's simple...land into the wind...

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    • #3
      It's quite complex. Before 6am, flights will land on the designated night runway. Between 6am and 3pm if the winds are favouring a 27 approach, the landing runway is either 27L or 27R. It is then alternated at 3pm. In week 1, if 27L is the arrival runway in the morning period, then in week 2 27R becomes the arrivals runway. On easterlies, they do not tend to switch the runways at 3pm. This is primarliy done to spread the noise load around all of the neighbourhoods on the approach into Heathrow.










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      • #4
        Originally posted by McG
        It's quite complex. Before 6am, flights will land on the designated night runway. Between 6am and 3pm if the winds are favouring a 27 approach, the landing runway is either 27L or 27R. It is then alternated at 3pm. In week 1, if 27L is the arrival runway in the morning period, then in week 2 27R becomes the arrivals runway. On easterlies, they do not tend to switch the runways at 3pm. This is primarliy done to spread the noise load around all of the neighbourhoods on the approach into Heathrow.
        They do it at KSDF too during the nighttime cargo rush. They'll usually try to come in on the 35's as the 17's come in right over the city.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Crism
          Why do they do this?...it's simple...land into the wind...

          It's called Noise Abatement

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          • #6
            Why do they do this?...it's simple...land into the wind...
            It's called Noise Abatement
            It's also called "NIMBY'ism" (Not In My Back Yard)

            Practised by people who buy a house near an airport that's been there for years and years...and then complain about the noise !!
            If it 'ain't broken........ Don't try to mend it !

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            • #7
              do a google search for "Cranfield Agreement".

              Speed is life... Altitude is life insurance

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