So KORD (O’hare) is going to be part of the ATC airport schedule this week, and to keep things as realistic as possible, I will make this guide for both ATC and pilots on the ground.
First off, I will address gates and parking for all airlines.
- Air Canada
- United Express
- American Eagle
- (any international airline)
Cargo is located north and south of the passenger terminals.
** Southwest and Allegiant do not fly to Chicago O’hare **
Next are the landing runways. If you are landing inbound from where ever, there are four runways possible to land on. You have 28C/10C , 27L/9R , 27R/9L . Only runway 28C/10C can be used for international aircraft. The fourth runway is generally used for connection flights, which is 10R/28L
For departing aircraft, there are only two runways possible. 28R/10L and 22L/4R. No matter the direction of the winds, 22L/4R will ALWAYS be open for departing aircraft. Only international aircraft may depart from 28R/10L. Runways that don’t exist: 32L/14R , 32R/14L , 27C/9C .
How to land: Enter straight in on any of the four runways, be prepared to exit the runway immediately.
How to takeoff: For runway 22L/4R, takeoff will always be directly to the South. A good VS to maintain is around +2500 or +3000. No matter what side of 28R/10L you are taking off from, you will rotate and prepare to immediately turn to HGD 355. You will always depart to the north from that runway. When you are about 7000 feet up, you can turn East West or North. No South departures from 28R/10L.
Next would be taxiway instructions, but since IF doesn’t have taxiway letters, I’m not gonna bother with that too much. Just know that in some places (American Terminal) it can get very congested. Just know the longer taxi can be the shorter one, as in go all the way around the airport once and then taxi to your runway or parking gate. It sounds weird, but that’s how you do it IRL.
I hope this helped for everyone.
Have fun flying at ORD.
(If you like these guides, I will do more for other American airports)