Thu, Nov 29, 2007
Agency Blames Runway Layout
At New York LaGuardia Airport on
Wednesday morning, skies were reported sunny and clear, winds from
the northwest at 11 to 14 miles per hour, and the forecast was for
things to get even calmer.
At the same time, the FAA was blaming 23-minute average arrival
delays on weather, reports Newsday. So, how come airliners are
being delayed for winds that are within the demonstrated crosswind
performance of the twitchiest 900-pound taildragger?
FAA spokesman Jim Peters told Newsday because LaGuardia has
runways which intersect rather than run parallel, spacing between
planes is increased on days with wind, to safely accommodate
It's the infrastructure," Peters said of the airport, which was
built in 1939. "The airport itself is from another time. Airports
are not built that way now. The optimum set-up is parallel runways
rather than intersecting.
"LaGuardia was a golf course," Peters added.
The FAA's traffic management program in the metro New York area
also may result in delays even when the entire area is VFR.
Moral of the story... even if it's sunny and calm, check with
your airline for the status of your flight through New York
airports before planning your day.
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