Thursday, October 27, 2016
The Holding Pattern
Wow, when was the last time you were in a holding pattern in an airplane? I don't remember the last time I spent circling. The process these days, is, that if there is going to be a delay at the destination airport, they put a "ground stop" on the departing flight, and then release it so that when it arrives at its destination there won't be any delays. It saves a ton of fuel. The problem with my flight from Dallas to LaGuardia was that while were enroute, the winds increased at LaGuardia, and then they could only use only one runway for both takeoffs and landings. Imagine my surprise when the display on the seat back in front of me suddenly had a "hook" in the course! I thought "What?" About a minute later the captain came on the intercom and announced a hold of about 25 minutes. Three turns in the hold and twenty five minutes, and we were on our way to LaGuardia again.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:43 PM