RWY in use

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OAL463 Michael Bourekas
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RWY in use

Post by OAL463 Michael Bourekas »

It would be very helpful if we could have the active RWY known, for each airport , before planning our flight.

Am opening this topic hoping that colleagues will come up with more links :

Starting with our own airspace (Greece)
https://beta.briefing.hvacc.org/


EHAM , Amsterdam, Netherlands :https://en.lvnl.nl/environment/question ... runway-use

Let's see how the list will be populated specially for airports with more than 2 non parallel RWYs.
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Re: RWY in use

Post by OAL442 Orestis Doukas »

A good tool to check the active runway for an airport is Flightradar24 https://www.flightradar24.com. The problem is that sometimes the real world active runway is not solely dependent to wind direction (traffic load, TAF, Nearby airport traffic can also be a factor) so if you follow it sometimes you can be faced with opposite traffic due to FS pilots following wind direction only to decide but it is a good tool for big airports like KJFK, EHAM where there are multiple runways.
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Post by OAL109 Mike Ionas »

As Orestis mentioned, there are too many factors to take into account to make such an undertaking feasible worldwide. Do not forget that many airports have special rules like Heathrow where up to 8kts tailwind component the 27s will be preferred and the L/R rwy usage is depended on the time of the day and the week of the year. Not to factor many pilots that might ignore the weather or be bored to taxi to the far rwy or are just new and still getting to grips with flying..

The best thing to do before visiting another airport is to check the vACC responsible for any information regarding operations. Like HvACC many have detailed information about major airports in their area of responsibility.

Finally, and I cannot stress this enough, make sure you report your intentions in UNICOM (122.800) when in uncontrolled airspace, so others know your intentions. Many times, local pilots will be happy to provide useful information on their home airport procedures if they notice you are about to err ;-)
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Post by OAL463 Michael Bourekas »

Both comments offered by Orestis and Mike are absolutely true and correct.

Though Flightradar24 is providing you with real world RWYs in use which i have found it is not the case in our community. I have personally got "by surprise" a number of times even though I have checked in flightradar24 the active RWY before start descending.

Unfortunately not all vACCs give you the active RWY unless general info.
The HvACC does provide the correct ones as well as the EHAM link (which is only for the specific airport).

Thank You both for your comments.
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