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Eastern Region – Mt. Holly Regional Aviation Conference Rick Curtis Southwest Airlines 6/6/06

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1 Eastern Region – Mt. Holly Regional Aviation Conference Rick Curtis Southwest Airlines 6/6/06

2 SWA Facts daily flights from 61 airports - newest DEN – IAD starts 10/ 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 Southwest offers the most domestic flights of any airline.

3 SWA Cities

4 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.

5 FAR reserve fuel is required to be carried in addition to enroute and alternate fuel. Alternate of SAT plus contingency (“just- in-case”) fuel nearly adds up to fuel required to get TO AUS from HOU

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7 Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting 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.

8 Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting 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

9 Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting BWI Operations –Runways 10-28, 15R-33L, 4-22 –Best ATOG (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

10 Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting 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

11 Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting Routine Impacts – Thunderstorms/Snow/Ice Pellets –Extra contingency fuel –Required alternates –Flight Delays –Suspended Ramp Operations – “Code Red” –Diversions –Cancelled Operations

12 Eastern Sub-Region Aviation Meeting NWS WFO Specifics –AFDs and Aviation Sections –TAFs –GRIDs –Airport Weather Warnings –Local Weather Statements –Product Consistency –Telephone consults

13 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 NWS Not-so Random Thoughts FM0200Z 2-SN TEMPO /4 +SN

14 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 NWS Not-so Random Thoughts

15 From everyone at Southwest Airlines Thanks for all YOU do – YOU are appreciated!


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