Originally Posted by Bigtime
After arriving from YWG on Wednesday and seeing all the construction on the field in the daylight (and checking current NOTAM's), I am glad that I am not the poor ATC guy that gets to work ground control. So many closed taxiways and sections of taxiways closed, must be a lot of fun to work around it all!
Well, since you brought it up, yes, the poor ground guy may have had to work a little harder than under normal circumstances. Consequently, and to lessen his/her pain, we've been air sorting as much as we can. What, no "poor RayDar guy"?
All traffic for aprons 1 + 2 land on 10 as much as possible while all "southsiders" land 16. It sometimes makes for good shit storms when all inbound traffic from the east & southeast have to cross to the west to land 10... The impact of taxiway U being closed is not as great if we're on 34/28. Thankfully, just a few more years of this garbage. In 2016, it'll be a true parallel equipped airport.
The addition of ILS on 10 is nice. The minima will likely be higher (in the 250-300' range?) due to the hill. Not a big deal, either way, 'cause the weather isn't ever nasty when we're in 16/10 mode. It'll just eliminate pilots asking for 16 because they're not trained/certified/authorized to fly RNAV GNSS or NDB/DME approaches which is all we've currently got on 10. Now, if we could just find a way to eliminate the 30 knot tailwind on 10 to avoid fusing planes at the intersection....