Finally! New landing procedure at SFO

SFO...on a clear day! (Photo Chris McGinnis)

SFO…on a clear day! (Photo Chris McGinnis)

Here’s some excellent news for TravelSkills Readers as we approach the rainy season…

SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT  – November 4, 2013 – The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the implementation of a new FAA procedure for arriving flights at SFO. The procedure, designed for airports with Closely-Spaced Parallel Runways (CSPR) like SFO, promises improved utilization of the airport’s landing runways during poor weather conditions.

“This new CSPR procedure promises reduced delays within our existing runway configuration,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “I appreciate the dedicated effort of FAA Administrator Huerta and his staff to improve the on-time performance at SFO.”

The new CSPR procedure allows both parallel runways to remain in use during reduced visibility, with arriving aircraft aligned in a staggered pattern. Prior to this enhancement, aircraft arriving at SFO during poor weather were required to approach in a single-file line. The FAA conducted extensive testing of this process prior to implementation.

“As the only airline headquartered in the Bay Area, we are already seeing improvements as a result of the new CSPR approach,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “We applaud SFO’s work to invest in more efficient approaches.”

The FAA implemented the new landing procedure at SFO on September 30, 2013. CSPR procedures are also in place at seven other airports around the U.S., including Newark, Boston, and Seattle.

In 2005, SFO launched a Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach (SOIA), with a similar objective to improve runway utilization during bad weather. While this process remains in effect, the new CSPR procedure is expected to be available under a wider range of weather conditions.

Chris McGinnis 

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  • Michael Mathews

    Yeah, I took many a shuttle flight in those days, and as a result spent many an hour waiting at some SoCal airport for a takeoff time to SFO.

  • thinker

    United tried this years ago with Shuttle by United (with mainline 737s, no less) and failed miserably, partly because of all the weather delays at SFO. It’ll be interesting to see if DL can pull this off with RJs.

  • Michael Mathews

    Especially when airlines like Delta start shuttle services with smaller planes – just what we don’t need on foggy, rainy days.

  • JM

    Nice to see CSPR come to frutation. On my last flight to SFO last week, I was held at DEN because of low visability at SFO.

    I do think that slot restrictions will come to SFO some day.

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  • thinker

    I suppose, though if the more than half the article is ads, am I coming here for the ads or the article?

  • http://www.travelskills.com/ Chris McGinnis

    Thanks for letting me know… but it’s a conundrum… no ads? Then no BAT! Would be great if you’d support the advertisers… cuz that way you are supporting The BAT. Thanks everyone! — chris

  • thinker

    I love The Bat, but the ads are getting a bit overboard, no? More than half of the article section is a Barclays ad or links to a bunch of unrelated articles.

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