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Old 5th Apr 2020, 11:42
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There is a difference of ten degrees in runway headings from when the first runway was laid until the replacement. The old runway has 04/22; the new runway has 03/wadda I write?---put a 2 and a 1 on it.
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There is a difference of ten degrees in runway headings from when the first runway was laid until the replacement. The old runway has 04/22; the new runway has 03/wadda I write?---put a 2 and a 1 on it.
Yes, as opposed to many runways that have changed designation over the years without shifting an inch ...

My protractor still says 11, though.
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Your protractor says true headings, runways magnetic.
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Your protractor says true headings, runways magnetic.
Er, the difference between the true headings of two intersecting runways is the same as the difference between their respective magnetic headings, is it not?
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Er, the difference between the true headings of two intersecting runways is the same as the difference between their respective magnetic headings, is it not?
Can I come clean?

The old runway was marked 04, i.e. 040 degrees. The reciprocal was marked 22, i.e. 220 degrees.

The new runway is marked 03, i.e. 030 degrees. The reciprocal should have been marked 21, i.e. 210 degrees.

IT WAS MARKED 12.
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Fareastdriver, suppose the runway been oriented 02/20...
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
The new runway is marked 03, i.e. 030 degrees. The reciprocal should have been marked 21, i.e. 210 degrees.

IT WAS MARKED 12.
No, it wasn't. It was marked 21.

The whole point about a reciprocal runway heading is that you're approaching it in the opposite direction:



Unless you're looking out of the back end of your helicopter as you cross the numbers.
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If you really read 12 you are likely to overshoot the runway!
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I agree with Portland John. Have done approaches there in the F4 and the Harrier, but I think to overshoot only. So fixed and rotary.
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Spadeadam?



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Aaaaaaaargh. I fell for it.

SORRY

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Mildenhall is still active, isn't it?
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Ret BA/BY,did you ever get the Chippy you were looking for ,years ago...?
Sadly, no.
Still looking but AFTER this CV tragedy.

Do remember going into Chetwynd, circa 1966 in the Bell 47, Sioux and in the Whirlwind 10 particularly at night using three torches as VASI
s ! !
Glorious grass airfield with wonderful mushroom crop !!
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RAF Spadeadam never had a runway !!
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I believe that Watton was being used by USAF until quite recently (within the last 5 years) for air-dropping.
Sculthorpe is still used most weekdays for USAF paradropping.
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Sculthorpe is still used most weekdays for USAF paradropping.
Yes, there was a bit of aggro some years ago between the USAF and RAF where low-flying Tornados from nearby Marham were (allegedly) endangering airdrops from MC-130s at Sculthorpe by flying underneath the Hercs.
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RAF Spadeadam never had a runway !!
Calm down dear, it's just a 'K' site associated with the Electronic Warfare range.
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As Yellow Sun has commented, RAF Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis should be included.

From 1960 to 1983, RAF Stornoway was home to No. 112 Signals Unit, an electronic countermeasures measurement and evaluation unit that measured multiple RF aspects of Handley Page Victor and Avro Vulcan bombers as they flew set courses. Although not the home base for any squadron, it remained an active airfield during this period. As a small sprog I lived there in the mid-sixties, eating the fresh fruit and veg flown in on Her Majesty's shilling!
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