Date: 25 Mar 97 03:38:09 From: email@example.com (Charles Platt) Organization: PANIX Public Access Internet and UNIX, NYC References: 1 2 Followups: 1
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Kenneth W. Saunders (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote: > Between 4300 ft and about 2000 ft, parallel approaches in the > US are run as dependent approaches in IMC. Dependent approaches use a single > set of approach controllers that stagger the positions of the aircraft, so > that if one aircraft deviated from the approach course, it would not come > near the aircraft in the other arrival stream. This puzzles me. Years ago, approaching Denver, our captain told us that we would attempt to land precisely side-by-side with another aircraft on the parallel runway. This struck me as odd; it sounded like a stunt, and I had not bought my air ticket on the understanding that I would be a passenger in some stunt maneuvers! Indeed we did make some unusually sharp turns and corrections during the final approach. And then, through my window, I saw the other aircraft touching down right alongside, on the parallel runway, as predicted. I suppose it's possible that the two parallel runways at Denver are more than 4000 feet apart, but it sure didn't look that way. Our pilot received a round of applause for his stunt, incidentally. But I didn't participate.