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|Locale Reference||airport : jfk.airport|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
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As a concerned person at jfk, I feel safety was jeopardized for the sake of efficiency on 12/sat/00. With IMC WX and winds of 110 degree at 24 KTS, we were forced to lnd and depart runway 4R and left instead of runway 13L and right because the 13 runway set up causes delays at teb. Traffic management at new york will constantly place jfk on runway set ups that are not the safest available, for the sake of delays. The wind direction and speed on 12/sat/00 exceeded the maximum allowable wind for wet runways per our runway selection chart. The ILS 13 is always the very last report runway set up, and we are being placed in a situation where eventually if you push the safety envelope it will break. Traffic management will continue not to use the ILS 13 and we will continue to use runway's not aligned with the wind. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: callback revealed that the new york TRACON sets the runway use based on needs of the airports in the area and the wind conditions. This particular day of the week teb, which the use of runway 13 causes the most problems, usually has little IFR traffic. The runway 13 ILS should have been used because of the wind conditions and the inability to use the VOR runway 13 because of the low reported ceilings. There were numerous complaints from flight crews about the runway selection that resulted in high crosswind components.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RWY IN USE AT JFK CHOSEN BY TRACON IN THE RWY SET PROC IS BEYOND THE XWIND GUIDELINES FOR A WET RWY.
Narrative: AS A CONCERNED PERSON AT JFK, I FEEL SAFETY WAS JEOPARDIZED FOR THE SAKE OF EFFICIENCY ON 12/SAT/00. WITH IMC WX AND WINDS OF 110 DEG AT 24 KTS, WE WERE FORCED TO LND AND DEPART RWY 4R AND L INSTEAD OF RWY 13L AND R BECAUSE THE 13 RWY SET UP CAUSES DELAYS AT TEB. TFC MGMNT AT NEW YORK WILL CONSTANTLY PLACE JFK ON RWY SET UPS THAT ARE NOT THE SAFEST AVAILABLE, FOR THE SAKE OF DELAYS. THE WIND DIRECTION AND SPEED ON 12/SAT/00 EXCEEDED THE MAX ALLOWABLE WIND FOR WET RWYS PER OUR RWY SELECTION CHART. THE ILS 13 IS ALWAYS THE VERY LAST RPT RWY SET UP, AND WE ARE BEING PLACED IN A SIT WHERE EVENTUALLY IF YOU PUSH THE SAFETY ENVELOPE IT WILL BREAK. TFC MGMNT WILL CONTINUE NOT TO USE THE ILS 13 AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO USE RWY'S NOT ALIGNED WITH THE WIND. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: CALLBACK REVEALED THAT THE NEW YORK TRACON SETS THE RWY USE BASED ON NEEDS OF THE ARPTS IN THE AREA AND THE WIND CONDITIONS. THIS PARTICULAR DAY OF THE WEEK TEB, WHICH THE USE OF RWY 13 CAUSES THE MOST PROBS, USUALLY HAS LITTLE IFR TFC. THE RWY 13 ILS SHOULD HAVE BEEN USED BECAUSE OF THE WIND CONDITIONS AND THE INABILITY TO USE THE VOR RWY 13 BECAUSE OF THE LOW RPTED CEILINGS. THERE WERE NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS FROM FLIGHT CREWS ABOUT THE RWY SELECTION THAT RESULTED IN HIGH XWIND COMPONENTS.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.