The Design and Use of Flow-Through Hold Pads

by Douglas F. Goldberg, Landrum & Brown Incorp, Cincinnati, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: International Air Transportation: A New International Airport


The Chicago Delay Task Force recommended the construction of nine largescale, flow-through hold pads at Chicago O'Hare International Airport to reduce the potential for airfield gridlock. Each of the nine proposed hold pad locations will enable air traffic controllers to hold outbound aircraft awaiting departure clearance or inbound aircraft awaiting gate availability without interfering with the flow of airport surface traffic. The size of these hold pads, each capable of holding between five and ten wide-body aircraft, introduce not only significant construction costs, but also unique operational considerations. Use of each hold pad will reduce controller workload and will save the airlines as much as five million dollars annually in aircraft delay cost.

Subject Headings: Air traffic control | Aircraft and spacecraft | Traffic delay | Airports and airfields | Air traffic | Traffic flow | Construction costs | Traffic signals | Chicago | Illinois | United States

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