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Longest taxi times

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HiI have just flown the 737-900WL from EHAM to EGLL. Schiphol airport covers a massive area and FSX ATC is not the best so when I was given 19R for take off I knew I was in for a long taxi. In fact it was just over 17 mins. My flight time from starting my take off run to vacating 27R at Heathrow was 43 mins. I then had a 12 min taxi to my gate at T4. So that was 29 mins taxi time for a 43 min flight!That got me wondering what other airports have long taxi times (caused by the distance to taxi rather that heavy traffic). In Europe CDG, Madrid and Arlanda all cover vast areas.So it would be interesting to hear of other peoples experience of long taxi routes.

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I don't think they actually use 19R for departures. As far as I know, it's arrivals only on 19R, and departures only on 1L.ATC in real life generally assigns runways closer to the terminals if at all possible, as long as it fits SOP. As an example, there's 19R/L here at KIAD, but they avoid using it unless they really have to because of the taxi time.

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Ah, the infamous Polderbaan. I dont think there is any other runway known as well for just being so-effing-far...

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I assumed that in real life 19R would only be for arrivals as you have to back track to take off on it.Mind you having to taxi to 1L would take almost as long! Schiphol is not exactly compact, nor is CDG

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Two that I frequent that always seem to take forever to taxi over to...

  • 08R (the Reef runway) at PHNL Honolulu
  • 16L at YSSY Sydney - getting to or from it from the Intl cargo apron

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Rick, and to that, LCCs use western parts of the terminal, imagine you were to taxi to the D gates or so :)

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  • 16L at YSSY Sydney - getting to or from it from the Intl cargo apron

I have done that one many times as a PAX, and it does take a fair while to get there. I've also landed on the Polderbaan shortly after it was opened (after a long overnight flight from Kuala Lumpur), and it was interesting to look around the cabin as we made the trek to the terminal. People seemed really confused about the time it took.

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HiI have just flown the 737-900WL from EHAM to EGLL. Schiphol airport covers a massive area and FSX ATC is not the best so when I was given 19R for take off I knew I was in for a long taxi. In fact it was just over 17 mins. My flight time from starting my take off run to vacating 27R at Heathrow was 43 mins. I then had a 12 min taxi to my gate at T4. So that was 29 mins taxi time for a 43 min flight!That got me wondering what other airports have long taxi times (caused by the distance to taxi rather that heavy traffic). In Europe CDG, Madrid and Arlanda all cover vast areas.So it would be interesting to hear of other peoples experience of long taxi routes.
Assuming you have the latest AFCAD for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, 19R does not exist anymore. That would now be 18R. And indeed, it is never used for take off. Same goes for 36L, never used for landing. But indeed, it is a long way to go to/from the terminal. A/c with 3 or more engines are requested to switch one or two off for environmental reasons.I have multiple AFCAD´s of Ray Smith´s EHAM airport to make sure the right runways are assigned by FSX ATC since it easily makes mistakes. Not all runways are used for both take off and landing and so I can install the right AFCAD depending on the wind.To add some extra confusion; 06 and 27 are never used for take off and 24 and 09 only rarely used for landing. Menno

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EHAM runway 18R takes the cake for me, for arrivals of course. And vice versa, using 36L for takeoffs. Haven't taken the NGX to EHAM yet, but about a year ago I made frequent stops to EHAM in the PMDG MD-11 and 747, and used that runway about eighty % of the time.All my flights are based on real world routes/times/equipment. In fact, I used those runways, despite the long taxi times, because I had proof that the runways were being used IRL according to the following website.http://casperflights.com/As a side note, that website was free when I used it a while back to research past flights, now unfortunately, you are limited to only 2 hours prior real time. I miss those good ole days....

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At EGLL taxi from T5 to Rwy 27L/R uses up loads of fuel especially if one has to wait in the queue as well.vololiberista

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If you run RC4 you can ask for another one if you are not happy with the one they assign you first.

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I just remember my AF flight from EDDF to LFPG taking the scenic route from the gate to runway 18. It was Dec 27, 2010 and Europe had been blanketed with snow the days prior.Luis Linares

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Btw, the runway at EHAM is called 18R/36L. Usually, when the wind is coming from the southeast, runway 24 is used for takeoff, and 18R for landing. With wind from the north, 36L is used for takeoff (also very long taxi), and 36C/36R for landing. With eastern wind, 36L for takeoff, and 06 for landing. With western wind, 27 for landing, and 24 for takeoff.

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747 400's at Luxembourg use at least 1,400 litres of fuel to get to rwy 06!!!!!vololiberista

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I spent more than an hour taxiing from terminal 8 to rwy 22R once at KJFK. The traffic levels were incredibly heavy, to say the least.

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Colgan Air B-1900D, 2.5 from pushback KLGA to wheels up,Real life.99F with crappy vapor cycle air condtioner. Could smell melting flesh of PAX."La Garbage Conga Line".

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Even with minimal traffic, Rwy 10/28 in KATL takes a while. Problem is that it is only assigned when there's lots of traffic.

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This past Cross the Gulf leaving Miami was pretty long....about 30 minutes for me from the gate to wheels up......

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