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Regular Opposite Direction Operations

Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:31 pm

I flew out of SAN yesterday morning and they were landing 9 and departing 27 because visibility was very poor and they needed the precision approach to 9. I know LAX will land east and depart west for nighttime noise abatement in some situations.

What other airports have this sort of operation on a semi-regular basis? Can anyone shed some light on how ATC manages this sort of operation, both off of a single runway like at SAN and where there are multiple options like at LAX? We waited for an arriving aircraft when we were number one for departure and it surprised me how relatively short the pause was.
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Re: Regular Opposite Direction Operations

Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:53 pm

ASE does it also as a standard operation.
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Re: Regular Opposite Direction Operations

Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:22 am

ASE runs opposite direction landing 15 and departing 33 when it’s VFR, because the tower points out traffic. When the departing aircraft calls landing traffic in sight on 8-9 mile final, the aircraft is cleared for takeoff. When ASE goes IMC, arrival and departure rates go down.
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Re: Regular Opposite Direction Operations

Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:18 am

Sarajevo, all the time. Limited due to the mountains.

ATC just has to adjust and limit the number of approaches and departures. Quite often they will alleviate it by giving radar vectors on departure or visual departures with instructions to turn as soon as possible, as opposed to following the SID.
 
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Re: Regular Opposite Direction Operations

Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:54 pm

When we used to fly into Subic Bay they did it there. Landing towards the mountains depart towards the water.
 
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Re: Regular Opposite Direction Operations

Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:24 pm

Woodreau wrote:
ASE runs opposite direction landing 15 and departing 33 when it’s VFR, because the tower points out traffic. When the departing aircraft calls landing traffic in sight on 8-9 mile final, the aircraft is cleared for takeoff. When ASE goes IMC, arrival and departure rates go down.


ASE was the first one I thought of - TEX, too.

Late thought, I've seen it done it done at SJO also.
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Re: Regular Opposite Direction Operations

Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:56 pm

A pretty obvious one might be Lukla in Nepal.
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Re: Regular Opposite Direction Operations

Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:15 pm

Cusco, Peru does this type of operation too due to high mountains to the west.

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