Long Hauls; Planned Arrival Runway

October, 22, 2020 by ,

When planning long hauls, it’s difficult to know which runway you’ll arrive on. Winds can change, the ATIS can change, and traffic can change. There are many independent variables to take into account, but must you think about them before departure? Maybe next time, you can plan in a way that allows you to change your arrival runway at the last minute. Here are a few tips to aid you in doing just that.

  1. Check out windy.com for wind forecasts up to a week in advance.
  2. Choose a STAR that works for all runways so that you may quickly change your approach.
  3. Be alert when arriving to combat any changes to the ATIS.
  4. You can always receive vectors from Approach rather than following a STAR. Simply request an approach without a valid FPL.
Luca Caviness is an editor for the IFATC Education Group and an IFATC Supervisor. He is also a real-world student pilot.