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Old 24th Sep 2010, 09:37   #1 (permalink)
 
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Simultaneous opposite direction parallel runway operations

Can anybody tell about this prosidures.
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 10:36   #2 (permalink)
 
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Sodprops

Great photo!

Used at Sydney when there's not much downwind on either arrival or departure runways, and the ceiling is above 3000'. Arriving aircraft have to join final at least 8NM out; departing aircraft turn away from the inbound (mostly!). The runway centrelines at YSSY are separated by a bit over 1000m. Pilots of both aircraft get given traffic information by ATC but don't have to report sighting.

Its purpose here is to direct aircraft noise to the least populated side of the airport. As only one runway is used for arrival, it halves the arrival rate to 24/hr and can't be used in peak periods. The departure runway is much shorter than the arrival runway so some aircraft need to use the arrival runway for departure.
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Old 24th Sep 2010, 12:35   #3 (permalink)
 
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Used to do opposite direction ILS calibrations at Heathrow years ago... didn't need Ex-Lax that's for sure.
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Old 26th Sep 2010, 16:48   #4 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for explanation.
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Simultaneous opposite direction parallel runway operations

Hi,
Can you explain which kind of rules you refer to, to cope with ICAO DOC4444 and 9643 regulatory documents ?

Tks.
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Old 18th Nov 2010, 21:47   #6 (permalink)
 
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Simultaneous Opposite Direction Parallel Runway Operations

Taken from CASA webiste
10.4.8 Simultaneous Opposite Direction Parallel Runway Operations
10.4.8.1 Simultaneous Opposite Direction Parallel Runway Operations (SODPROPS) may be conducted subject to the following conditions:

(a) runway centrelines are separated by a minimum of 860 M;

(b) operations are conducted in meteorological conditions equal to, or
better than, the minimum radar vectoring level, or the lowest minimum
commencement level for instrument approaches to the arrival runway,
whichever is lower. (without prior approval, the minima shall not be less
than cloud base 2,500 FT and visibility 8 KM, in the arrival and departure sector concerned);

(c) traffic information is passed to conflicting aircraft;

(d) the departure runway course diverges by 15 degrees from the approach
course to the other runway.
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Old 18th Nov 2010, 22:29   #7 (permalink)
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I understand the circumstances under which such procedures would be allowable...

...but the nose (at least) of the BA aircraft looks 'shopped in the photo provided by the OP link.

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