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Monday, March 8, 2010

Why I like TCAS

Follower Doug R. sent me this modified picture from my last post. This picture was pre-TCAS days. The Navajo probably doesn't have it today although I assume (hope) they have MODE C. MODE C (or MODE S) allows my TCAS to interrogate the 'other' transponder to get an accurate altitude.

I've flown into the top ten busiest airports (movements) in the world with 9 out 10 airports located in the U.S. See the table. Note the three New York airports (EWR, LGA, JFK) don't make the cut, but the airspace is littered with airplanes criss-crossing the skies.

I don't know how we safely flew without the system. A true marvel and one of the top aviation innovations as far as I'm concerned.


Rank Airport Location Code
1. United States Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta, Georgia, United States ATL/KATL 978,824 1.6%
2. United States O'Hare International Airport Chicago, Illinois, United States ORD/KORD 881,566 4.9%
3. United States Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, United States DFW/KDFW 656,310 4.3%
4. United States Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California, United States LAX/KLAX 622,506 8.6%
5. United States Denver International Airport Denver, Colorado, United States DEN/KDEN 619,503 0.9%
6. United States McCarran International Airport Las Vegas, Nevada, United States LAS/KLAS 578,949 5.0%
7. United States George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Texas, United States IAH/KIAH 576,062 4.6%
8. France Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Seine-et-Marne/Seine-Saint-Denis/Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France,France CDG/LFPG 559,816 1.3%
9. United States Charlotte/Douglas International Airport Charlotte, North Carolina, United States CLT/KCLT 536,253 1 2.6%
10. United States Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix, Arizona, United States PHX/KPHX 502,499 1 6.8%


Anonymous said...

9 out of 10 - Now I know why it's so busy! How I miss the quieter trips to Rouyn, Val-D'Or, Sidney, Yarmouth, Sudbury, ...

From the Flight Deck said...

Anon. Yes, keep your heads up. It's busy down there.

Tomorrow I fly to Calgary from Toronto. I like flying the Canadian route because it's quieter on the radios.

Captain Doug

Mike said...


Great blog from a Canadian Aviation perspective. Enjoy reading it.

I'm a skipper with Monarch over in the UK and follow the Scotsman (who I know incidentally - and the mask he uses is a big improvement sorry Ian!).

Your wait for a command at AC seems long - even by BA's standards. We're small, so you can get excellent command prospects in less than a decade. I'm currently on the A300-603Rs - but heading onto the side-sticks shortly. You'll have to give me some handy hints!

All the best Mike

From the Flight Deck said...

Hi Mike. Thanks for the kind words. Funny Ian just posted on my blog. He's a wealth of knowledge. The mask thing is keeping everyone on their toes - including me.

Command upgrades at Air Canada can be a short wait as well. I had the opportunity to go left seat on the DC-9, but I didn't want to go back to "steam driven" instruments.
Plus I could have gone left seat on the A320 sooner, but I commuted so I denied the opportunity for a few years. The right seat on the A340 was a little less pay than captain on the A320.

I see Monarch has some A320s, A321s and a couple of A330s. Are you going on the big bus?

Thanks for the post!

Captain Doug

Andrew said...

No heathrow?

From the Flight Deck said...

Andrew. I see LHR (Heathrow) now ranks second as far as passengers moved in 2009. It was ranked third in passengers travelled in 2008.

My list was for aircraft movements.

Good eye though.

Captain Doug