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Eastern Region – Mt. Holly Regional Aviation Conference. Rick Curtis Southwest Airlines 6/6/06 [email protected] SWA Facts. 3000+ daily flights from 61 airports - newest DEN – IAD starts 10/06 450+ Boeing 737 aircraft: -300’s -500’s -700’s Average flight length is 773 miles

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Eastern Region –Mt. Holly Regional Aviation Conference

Rick Curtis

Southwest Airlines

6/6/06

[email protected]


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SWA Facts

  • 3000+ daily flights from 61 airports - newest DEN – IAD starts 10/06

  • 450+ Boeing 737 aircraft: -300’s -500’s -700’s

  • Average flight length is 773 miles

    • Shortest: 133 miles - RSW-MCO

    • Longest: 2,510 miles - PHL - OAK

  • Southwest purchased 1.3 billion gallons of jet fuel in 2004.

  • Southwest offers the most domestic flights of any airline.



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SWA Weather

  • Rely solely on NWS TAFs for operational decisions.

  • Weather information is routinely used by: Dispatch, Pilots, Maintenance, Operations, Reservations, Crew Scheduling and Executive Office.

  • Intranet Weather System available to all SWA employees.

  • Integrate both government and private sector weather information sources into our applications.


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Alternate of SAT plus contingency (“just-in-case”) fuel nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

FAR reserve fuel is required to be carried in addition to enroute and alternate fuel.


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Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

  • PHL Operations

    • Runways 9R-27L, 9L-27R

    • Best ATOG 9R-27L (10506’)

      - 8 Gates – D1-D4, E8, E9, E10, and E12

    • 58 daily departures – 9 terminating flights

    • Usually need 600 RVR or 1/4 mile for departures.

    • Best approach is ILS 9R RVR 700’or ½ SM 50’ DA

    • Most other approaches require at least ½ SM – 200’ DA.


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Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

  • ISP Operations

    • Runways 6-24, 10-24, 15R-33L

    • Best ATOG 6-24 (7002’)

    • Runway 6 preferred for departures due to JFK traffic conflicts

      - 4 Gates – A5, A6, A7 and A8

    • 32 daily departures – 9 terminating flights

    • Usually need 1600 RVR or 1/4 mile for take offs

    • Best approach is 6-24 RVR 2400 or ½ SM 200’ DA


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Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

  • BWI Operations

    • Runways 10-28, 15R-33L, 4-22

    • Best ATOG 10-28 (10502’)

    • 21 Gates – A1-A11, B2, B4, B6, B8, B10- B15

    • 166 daily departures – 23 terminating flights

    • Usually need 600 RVR for departures

    • Best approach is ILS Runway 10 – RVR 700 DA 50’

    • Need at least ½ SM for other approaches

    • 2500+ SWA Employees around BWI


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Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

  • Strategic Impact – Major Snow Storms/Hurricanes

    • Employees

    • Passengers - “SODA”

    • Airport operations planning coordination

    • Determine station “close” time

    • After storm evaluate conditions, employee situation, infrastructure (bridges/tram, roads, NAVAIDs etc.)

    • Plan Recovery

    • Restore Operations


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Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

  • Routine Impacts – Thunderstorms/Snow/Ice Pellets

    • Extra contingency fuel

    • Required alternates

    • Flight Delays

    • Suspended Ramp Operations – “Code Red”

    • Diversions

    • Cancelled Operations


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Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

  • NWS WFO Specifics

    • AFDs and Aviation Sections

    • TAFs

    • GRIDs

    • Airport Weather Warnings

    • Local Weather Statements

    • Product Consistency

    • Telephone consults


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NWS Not-so Random Thoughts nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

  • Safety versus accuracy - importance

  • Watch how long you go out - extended periods of BR, TS etc.

  • NIL TAFs - we prefer the NO AMD TAFs when possible

  • Watch FAR.

  • TAFs - be specific (mush=bad, fortitude=good)

    • Know the airport minimums

    • Monitor time periods

FM0200Z 2-SN

TEMPO 0204 1/4 +SN


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NWS Not-so Random Thoughts nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

  • Area Forecast Discussion - Aviation

    • Very interested in FROPA, cross-winds and not just IFR/VFR

  • TAF verification - “impact verification” when it comes to operational verifications

    • Ceiling or vis or wx DID/DID NOT happen

    • Should they have been forecasted YES/NO

    • Interested in working w/NWS to compare w/current TAFVER

  • ASOS issues

  • Web Site Standardization within NWS and regions


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From everyone at Southwest Airlines nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

Thanks for all YOU do – YOU are appreciated!


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