Old Feb 24, 05, 2:49 am
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WHBM
 
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Originally Posted by MIKESILV
we seem to have been travelling a fair time over the ocean before the final approach.
Procedure at LAX when landing Easterly is (simplistically) that landings on the north side runways are taken out over the ocean and turned onto final approach at 4,000 feet, from where they run in. Those on the south side are taken down to 2,000 feet and turned onto their parallel approach, then they fly level until they intercept their descent path. This is a standard practice so aircraft making the turns (which may well be in cloud of course and done on instruments), if they overshoot the approach path, are not a threat to aircraft headed for the opposite runways as they are at different heights. Hence thr resulting long run in.

On the rare occasions when there are simultaneous parallel approaches to the two runways at London Heathrow you see the same thing.
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