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YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#1 Post by target » Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:36 am

Just would like to understand how there are 2 hour delays with both the 33's available and VFR weather? Winds right down the runways
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#2 Post by iflyroads » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:44 am

When they use 24s and 23 they can use 3 runways for more movements. Mainly 2 for landing, one for launching. They can also run longer final approaches.

With the 33s there are only 2 runways to use, and they are limited to how long their finals are, and how far they can vector ppl around. There is also requirements with weather and ceiling also. Attached is a doc that best explains this at YYZ

https://extranetapps.navcanada.ca/ois/A ... ?icao=CYYZ
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#3 Post by cossack » Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:01 pm

<sarcasm>You complain about the crosswind so we go to the 33s and then you complain about the delays.</sarcasm>
If you reduce the arrival rate from 56 to 36 and push 20/hour into the following hour and then again hour after hour, you end up with at least 2 hour delays. The more arrivals that are offloaded onto the departure runway, slows the departure rate and increases congestion and complexity, especially if you're deicing as well.
Yes there are two 33s but if you want to land 60+/hour on them, don't expect to have many departures. The possibility of dual arrive/depart 33s has been considered at great length but it makes ground incredibly complex and departures would need to be turned immediately which the airport won't entertain.
This is why we operate up to and sometimes over the 25kt limit.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#4 Post by Married a Canadian » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:53 am

Arrival rate in a dual operation is about 50 odd, give or take.
Arrival rate in a triple operation can be up to 70 odd
Arrival rate on the 33s BEFORE offloads is up to 36 aircraft, and then that depends on how many heavies there are in the picture.

The numbers don't lie. You can't honestly expect there to be no delay on a 33 operation at peak arrival periods. "dual" operations on the 33s are a LONG way off on both sides.

We went to the 24s yesterday morning when the winds were "borderline" to try to help speed up departures. Most aircraft in arrival started complaining about the crosswind and then the overshoots started. You can't win sometimes. We ended up back on the 33s for the rest of the morning and a good portion of the afternoon.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#5 Post by atphat » Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:13 pm

Married a Canadian wrote:
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:53 am
You can't honestly expect there to be no delay on a 33 operation at peak arrival periods. "dual" operations on the 33s are a LONG way off on both sides.
Why? Honest question. Is it airport layout? Restrictions imposed by Nav Canada? The GTAA?

There is no doubt Pearson is getting worse. Quite a bit worse.

Is this just a “it is the way it is” situation or is there a drumbeat behind the scene to find solutions.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#6 Post by DrSpaceman » Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:16 pm

Why can't we have PRM approaches for the 33s? Pearson has 5 runways, let's use them.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#7 Post by cossack » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:50 pm

So when we dual arrive on the 33s (no PRM required for that BTW) what runway(s) would you like to depart from and how many departures an hour do you envisage? LAHSO is no longer permitted.

Some of the reasons we can't dual on the 33s:
Noise abatement: Simultaneous departures need to diverge and the airport will not allow all aircraft to turn on departure from any runway;
Layout: The terminals are in the wrong place. Departures from 33L would need to taxi through the approach to 33R, arrivals from 33L would either need to cross 33R (big impact to rate and safety) or taxi end around, either opposite direction to the departures through the 33R approach, or end around on a yet unbuilt loop taxiway upwind of 33R;
Location of deicing.
The benefit of a few extra movements over what we can do now is not worth the $$$$ needed to make it happen.

The best solution is to dig up both 33s and build 05R/23L. If you don't like the crosswind, go to another airport. :wink:
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#8 Post by Married a Canadian » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:39 am

Why? Honest question. Is it airport layout? Restrictions imposed by Nav Canada? The GTAA?
From the arrival side?
Simple numbers. I gave you the flow rates as the example. If we are talking PEAK arrival periods (which is what we are talking about from the days in question on the 33s). A triple rate can be up to 70 aircraft. A dual rate will be anything up to 56 depending on winds and visuals. On the 33s IF the tower can accept offloads (and they usually do up to a certain point) we can run up to 46 aircraft an hour on the 33s (usually by offloading the heavy aircraft onto 33R) which allows us to jam 33L.

70 aircraft against 56 against 46. One hour on the 33s reduces the arrivals by 10 aircraft for a dual and 24 arrivals for a triple.

Cossack has explained the limitations on the ground. The limitations in the air are the closeness of the parallels, and the rules that are required to establish aircraft on their respective ILS's. If we are not visualling on the 33s then offloading becomes more complicated, and there is no ILS monitor position. Remember also that when you coast in over the shoreline, you are in close proximity to YTZ with Porter departures and a VFR route running east/west. There are not enough altitudes to go around.

For once in this case there is no "YYZ is getting worse". We are talking about a small percentage of time that we have to use the North/South runways. The logistics of trying to push more aircraft through this operation require them to build more infrastructure (which won't happen). Visual departures "help" to a certain point for the tower, and visual heavy offloads help for us in the terminal...but you can't change that "46" arrival number into anything close to the "70" that a triple operation will allow.
I agree with Cossack that they won't spend the $millions for an operation that we do probably 15% of the time. 46 arrivals an hour is still a respectable rate (more than Heathrow), it is not as though the airport shuts down on a 33/15 operation. Having the option of the crosswind runway means that YYZ has stayed open in bad weather or high winds when other airports would have shut down.

Also be aware that the controllers KNOW that there will be delays on the North/South. I was working on the Friday morning and the winds were 330/20 gusting up to 25kts. We started the morning on the 33s but knew as it approached 8am (with aircraft deicing) that departures would start becoming an issue and it gets VERY complicated in ground control. Winds steadied at around 330/20 so we attempted to go to the 24s in order to expedite the departures. The minute we did this, the gusts picked up to 25kts again, aircraft in arrival started "informing" us of the crosswind (complaining in some cases) and then an American civil jet overshot because the crosswind component was too high. Back to the 33s and hello ground delays.
Not a lot we can do about that. I am not going to argue with a pilot about crosswind and tailwind components.

Sorry there isn't a better answer for you, but I don't accept this as a stick to beat Nav Canada and the GTAA with. The numbers don't lie either on a capacity side, or in the amount of times we do this operation.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#9 Post by fish4life » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:50 am

This isn’t meant to be a shot at you guys but when I see an airport layout like KBOS and then see that they have a published arrival rate and departure rate of 116-125/hr I get confused how they can push that many aircraft and YYZ can’t.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#10 Post by cossack » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:54 am

BOS lists its capacity in ideal weather conditions as 120/hr and 60/hr in poor weather. Yes they have an interesting layout and have come up with some good solutions but they involve a lot of cross-runway operations. Do they still LAHSO? We cannot.

http://www.massport.com/logan-airport/a ... -operates/

In a full on snow event at YYZ we are usually still around 60/hour total movements from just two runways while the snow clearing circuit is under way. In "poor" weather (which I take to mean <3 miles and/or ceiling <1000ft) we still operate at a 56 arrival rate in a dual (slightly more in the triple) giving a total in "poor" weather of over 112/hr.

There will be a GDP into BOS whenever the weather is "poor" but not into YYZ. Still think YYZ is slacking?
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#11 Post by J31 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:56 am

target wrote:
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:36 am
Just would like to understand how there are 2 hour delays with both the 33's available and VFR weather? Winds right down the runways
So this guy pipes in and wants to know, answers are provided. But will we hear from him again........?
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#12 Post by J31 » Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:24 pm

atphat wrote:
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:13 pm
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Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:53 am
There is no doubt Pearson is getting worse. Quite a bit worse.
Very uniformed comment which could not be further from the truth.

With over 20 years flying all over the US in and out Toronto, YYZ is one of the best.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#13 Post by Married a Canadian » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:54 pm

but when I see an airport layout like KBOS and then see that they have a published arrival rate and departure rate of 116-125/hr I get confused how they can push that many aircraft and YYZ can’t.
Interesting reading on KBOS. It is always good to see how other airports do things, and how they do it with different runway configurations.

However BOS might not be the best comparison. Their annual movements are around 391000 odd. YYZ at present has around 456000.
The hourly movements you mention (as has already been pointed out) are in good weather. In poor weather they reduce to 60 on a "single runway" rate. Our 33 operation alone allows for higher input/output. Our hourly movements when the weather is fine will be comparable or more than Boston.

There will always be cases in ATC/Aviation where there are procedures and operations that are better elsewhere, or can be learned from. However this particular thread is about an operation at YYZ that is used in less than ideal weather conditions (usually howling winds from the north), and we are still able to move probably close to 80 movements an hour (if not more). The comparison with other airports HAS to be when we are talking about poor weather or maximum crosswind components allowed.
My understanding for New York and Boston (among other US airports) is that when weather hits or the visibility is reduced (low ceilings) the GDPs are pretty impressive!
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#14 Post by RexKrammer » Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:55 pm

I understand the need and desire for 05R/23L to be built, but (ignoring the practicalities of current buildings in the way, land ownership rights) would constructing a 32/14 (33L a bit more) runway help with the arrival rate on the 33s?
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#15 Post by cossack » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:46 pm

RexKrammer wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:55 pm
I understand the need and desire for 05R/23L to be built, but (ignoring the practicalities of current buildings in the way, land ownership rights) would constructing a 32/14 (33L a bit more) runway help with the arrival rate on the 33s?
It could only be left just a little bit maybe where Courtneypark is. Arrivals on that runway (call it 33L) would probably have to cross 33C as there would be no room for a taxiway in between. It would probably be about the same distance as between 06L & R at 1000 feet between centrelines. It could be run like SFO's 28s leaving 33R for departures. A combined arrival rate would certainly be close to 60/hour.

There would also be environmental issues there with Etobicoke Creek running alongside Courtneypark and the land here is considerably lower than the rest of the airport.

As for 05R/23L, I believe 05R would be arrivals and 23L departures. There would need to be some relocation of AC hangars to provide obstacle clearance for a 05R missed approach.

The noise lobby to the south of the airport probably wouldn't be too impressed either.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#16 Post by JTrain » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:13 pm

Hi Cossack -

Enjoyed your YYZ perspectives from the ATC tower re the 33 operation in high winds. I was flying on some of the days you mentioned and found it interesting how you guys handled thing. I was also flying earlier this month the day there were three A380s on the ground in YYZ due to high winds everywhere in the NE.

A couple questions for you.

How come when we land on 33L, you guys would exit the aircraft at F2, then taxi them south on F, then C4 to 24R to C1 to get around 33R. Perhaps for the AC traffic it makes sense but for those utilizing T3, a quick N hold short 33R, and then cross the aircraft in the gap between someone being airborne off 33R while another lines up and wait. If anything, YYZ ATC to me seems to err on the conservative side, and I do get why we do that long, awkward taxi. That being said, industry standard at airports with parallels (ie LAX, EWR, LAS etc....) is almost always landing on the outside runway, then getting the just-landed aircraft to hold short of the inner runway until a gap comes, and not taxi for 15 minutes around it.

Also - how come in the morning shift, say from 7-10 AM, you guys rarely utilize 24L / 6R. There is nothing worse than being #5 for takeoff on 24R, and yet watching / waiting while landing traffic is going in on 24R also. I notice you guys do tend to utilize 24L / 6R more in the afternoon / evening banks, but the mornings can get pretty back up. Runways cost billions to build....how come we aren't using it when it is there.

Thanks for your insights!

JT
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#17 Post by RexKrammer » Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:48 pm

cossack wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:46 pm
It could only be left just a little bit maybe where Courtneypark is. Arrivals on that runway (call it 33L) would probably have to cross 33C as there would be no room for a taxiway in between. It would probably be about the same distance as between 06L & R at 1000 feet between centrelines. It could be run like SFO's 28s leaving 33R for departures. An combined arrival rate would certainly be close to 60/hour.
That makes sense. I envisioned that if ever an additional 33 runway got built, it would be similar to 06L/R in terms of spacing between the runways.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#18 Post by cossack » Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:52 pm

JTrain wrote:
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:13 pm
Hi Cossack -

Enjoyed your YYZ perspectives from the ATC tower re the 33 operation in high winds. I was flying on some of the days you mentioned and found it interesting how you guys handled thing. I was also flying earlier this month the day there were three A380s on the ground in YYZ due to high winds everywhere in the NE.

A couple questions for you.

How come when we land on 33L, you guys would exit the aircraft at F2, then taxi them south on F, then C4 to 24R to C1 to get around 33R. Perhaps for the AC traffic it makes sense but for those utilizing T3, a quick N hold short 33R, and then cross the aircraft in the gap between someone being airborne off 33R while another lines up and wait. If anything, YYZ ATC to me seems to err on the conservative side, and I do get why we do that long, awkward taxi. That being said, industry standard at airports with parallels (ie LAX, EWR, LAS etc....) is almost always landing on the outside runway, then getting the just-landed aircraft to hold short of the inner runway until a gap comes, and not taxi for 15 minutes around it.

Also - how come in the morning shift, say from 7-10 AM, you guys rarely utilize 24L / 6R. There is nothing worse than being #5 for takeoff on 24R, and yet watching / waiting while landing traffic is going in on 24R also. I notice you guys do tend to utilize 24L / 6R more in the afternoon / evening banks, but the mornings can get pretty back up. Runways cost billions to build....how come we aren't using it when it is there.

Thanks for your insights!

JT
We use the end around on the 33s to keep traffic moving and if you taxi at a reasonable speed it shouldn't take you 15 minutes. ;) The only time you would stop on the end around is if there happens to be an arrival on 33R when you get there.

Now that we are using visual departures, there isn't really any space to cross 33R unless there is a Heavy departure and even then, that's often followed by an arrival. So when its busy, its the end around for all. If its quieter, then you may get cut across. No fun going across on N then sitting and waiting 10 minutes there. 33R is a runway and anything we can do to avoid crossing it is good for overall capacity and safety. Don't get me started on all the tows than want to cross it though!

I don't work in the morning but I know that the 06R/24L is often used at 0630 but won't be used after that due lack of staff or planned maintenance which they avoid doing in the busier afternoon/evening.
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#19 Post by av8ts » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:21 am

Simple numbers. I gave you the flow rates as
Also be aware that the controllers KNOW that there will be delays on the North/South. I was working on the Friday morning and the winds were 330/20 gusting up to 25kts. We started the morning on the 33s but knew as it approached 8am (with aircraft deicing) that departures would start becoming an issue and it gets VERY complicated in ground control. Winds steadied at around 330/20 so we attempted to go to the 24s in order to expedite the departures. The minute we did this, the gusts picked up to 25kts again, aircraft in arrival started "informing" us of the crosswind (complaining in some cases) and then an American civil jet overshot because the crosswind component was too high. Back to the 33s and hello ground delays.
If a few planes an hour can’t handle the crosswind would it not still be more productive numbers wise to stay with the crosswind runway?
Who make the call to switch to the 33’s?
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#20 Post by cossack » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:46 am

av8ts wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:21 am
If a few planes an hour can’t handle the crosswind would it not still be more productive numbers wise to stay with the crosswind runway?
Who make the call to switch to the 33’s?
Our rules say that when the crosswind component, including gusts, exceeds 25kt on a dry runway or 15kt on a contaminated one, we must use the into wind runways.
In reality we watch the winds for a long time hoping to avoid what often turns out to be inevitable. In this watching period, the gusts may give a higher crosswind component than 25/15 but it sometimes doesn't last longer than the 10 minutes our equipment displays a gust for. It might have only been one gust, but because of the 10 minute sustain on our equipment, it may seem that it is windier than it actually is. Make sense?
If we switched when it went above then immediately went back once it dropped, we'd look like fools and it would be more detrimental to the overall operation. There are times when we are forced to go end for end by winds that flip-flop between 310/20 and 360/20. We'd love to avoid this by just operating on the 33s instead, but its all about capacity. So we'll go end for end four times in two hours, and that's no fun at all.
The tower will coordinate with terminal and the shift manager. Those higher up the food chain are sometimes reluctant to change because of the delays that it produces and the phone calls of complaint that follow. Either way, the tower can't win. We're either operating at or above the crosswind limit in our rules, or we're delaying traffic by operating into wind. The delay, as has been explained earlier, are unavoidable due to the runway configurations available.
If you take away the crosswind runways...
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#21 Post by av8ts » Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:34 am

Makes sense. Thanks for the reply
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#22 Post by OscarKilo » Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:35 am

DC, when did they kill LAHSO?
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Re: YYZ 2 hr arrival delays due wind

#23 Post by cossack » Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:05 pm

OscarKilo wrote:
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:35 am
DC, when did they kill LAHSO?
Not sure of the exact date, but last year sometime. With the configurations we mainly use, it was very rarely used anyway. Handy for those sneaky 33R departures when landing 05, but that was about it.
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