Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013
The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the implementation of a new FAA procedure for arriving flights at SFO. The procedure, designed for airports with Closely-Spaced Parallel Runways (CSPR) like SFO, promises improved utilization of the airport’s landing runways during poor weather conditions.
“This new CSPR procedure promises reduced delays within our existing runway configuration,” said Airport Director John L. Martin. “I appreciate the dedicated effort of FAA Administrator Huerta and his staff to improve the on-time performance at SFO.”
The new CSPR procedure allows both parallel runways to remain in use during reduced visibility, with arriving aircraft aligned in a staggered pattern. Prior to this enhancement, aircraft arriving at SFO during poor weather were required to approach in a single-file line. The FAA conducted extensive testing of this process prior to implementation.
“As the only airline headquartered in the Bay Area, we are already seeing improvements as a result of the new CSPR approach,” said Virgin America President and CEO David Cush. “We applaud SFO’s work to invest in more efficient approaches.”
The FAA implemented the new landing procedure at SFO on September 30, 2013. CSPR procedures are also in place at seven other airports around the U.S., including Newark, Boston, and Seattle.
In 2005, SFO launched a Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach (SOIA), with a similar objective to improve runway utilization during bad weather. While this process remains in effect, the new CSPR procedure is expected to be available under a wider range of weather conditions.