[UPDATED] Proper usage of runways at LSZH (Zurich)

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The proper usage of runways at LSZH (Zurich)

(based off of real world procedures)

Hello dear Infinite Flight community!
It has come to my attention that Zurich, the biggest and busiest airport in Switzerland has gotten very popular ever since the 21.4 update, which brought 3D buildings to Zurich.
As a Swiss IFC user and aviation enthusiast that ever so often goes spotting at Zurich, I know my way around the usual and unusual airport procedures.


For the sake of everyone, I will keep this as short, but also as informative as possible:

Standard runway usage: (Standard meaning the winds are below 8kts)
During the standard usage of runways following is used:
Runways 28 and 16 are used for takeoff, runway 14 is used for landings.

Now once it is 1830Z, the runway usage changes due to noise-restrictions in some places:
Runway 28 is used for landings and runway 32 is used for takeoffs.
Runway 16/34 is generally only used as taxiway for the arrivals from runway 28 at this time.
(These two runway usages are used almost always at Zurich)

Note: the wind direction does not influence the standard runway usage if the wind speeds remain under 8kts

Strong winds from the west: (Strong, meaning winds that are 8kts or stronger)
During strong winds from the west following is used:
Runway 28 is used for landings and runway 32 is used for takeoffs.
Runway 16/34 is generally only used as taxiway for the arrivals from runway 28 at this time, but can also be used as departure runway at pilots discretion if the aircraft is heavy.

Strong winds from the east (Strong, meaning winds that are 8kts or stronger)
During strong winds from the east following is used:
Runway 10 is used for takeoffs and runway 14 is used for landings.
Runway 16/34 is generally not used during this time.
(This usage of runways occurs very very rarely at Zurich)

Strong winds from the north: (Strong, meaning winds that are 8kts or stronger)
During strong winds from the north following is used:
Runway 32 is used for takeoffs and runway 34 is used for landings, although runway 34 can be used as departure runway at pilots discretion if the aircraft is heavy.
Runway 28/10 is generally not used during this time.

Strong winds from the south: (Strong meaning winds that are 8kts or stronger)
During strong winds from the south following is used:
Runway 16 is used for takeoffs and runway 14 is used for landings.
Runway 28/10 is generally not used during this time.

For the days Saturday and Sunday there are some more runway usages at different times due to noise restrictions in the area, but for now this should be enough haha!


In the end of the day it is up to ATC (when they are active) to use these runway usages in Infinite Flight, but I would certainly be glad to see this being used in Infinite Flight to add an even bigger realism factor.


If you’ve made it all the way until here, thanks for taking your time to read this and I hope you’ll use some of this in your future of flight-simulation :)
This is it from me for now, until then, stay safe, and until next time!
-Justin

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Thx Justin
I’ll keep this in my files !
See U in the air

Envoyé de monaillefone

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Great tutorial! I’m gonna use this now as I control it

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I absolutely love your tutorial! I hope people will use this as a resource for just a bit more realism when flying/controlling. Thanks for posting!

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Great tutorial. Used this earlier today and loved the flow. Thanks for putting it together.

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Great guide. Thanks for compiling it. Will aid realism.

Tried my hand at controlling here 2 days ago on the TS & yes, I did notice a significant spike in traffic over the last few. Interesting experience with the different runway layout.

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Glad you like it, thanks!

Glad this helped!

Great tutorial! Bookmarked this if I need it whenever I control at LSZH.

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Still see wrong (and inefficient) runway usages all the time, decided to bring this back up on the IFC again lol

Boomarked!

This is one of my fav airports, thank you so much for sharing this guide, I’ll be referring to this for my flights from now on!

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Great explanations. Thank you, Justin!

CONTENTS OF THE UPDATE


  • The wind speeds for all different runway usages has been reduced from 10kts or greater to 8kts or greater for.
  • For winds ≥8kts from the north and west: Runway 34 can be used for departure at pilots discretion if the aircraft is heavy.
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