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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : iah|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 100|
flight time total : 11000
flight time type : 5000
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
non adherence : published procedure
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Approach control was giving vectors for landing on runway 14R from the west. I questioned the reason we weren't on vectors for runway 14L and the answer was they were using runway 14L for numerous departures. Runway 14R was not one of our usual runways. Recent changes to our landing airport analysis eliminated all reference to specific runways and considers now only runway length, temperature, altitude, etc. Our company also eliminated individual airport diagrams which show all not authorized runways. In replacement, pages are issued with a paragraph for restrictions and runway use at certain airports. This page for iah is on the back of the page which shows our gate and parking arrangement. After checking the airport page for weight restriction and our airport landing analysis for landing limits, I elected to land on runway 14R. After landing and further research of the company airport pages I realized that our company has a restriction against landing on runway 14R. To my knowledge there is no FAA violation on the landing procedure, and it is common for use with other airlines. The restriction is probably placed by our company because the runway is only 100' wide instead of the more common 150' wide usage. The company changes in the airport analysis and the elimination of company airport diagrams were brought about by desire for cost reduction. This was a case of a pilot trying to use all company and FAA procedures and at the same time attempt to eliminate costly radar vectoring to another runway.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ACR LGT LANDED ON A RWY NOT APPROVED BY COMPANY.
Narrative: APCH CTL WAS GIVING VECTORS FOR LNDG ON RWY 14R FROM THE WEST. I QUESTIONED THE REASON WE WEREN'T ON VECTORS FOR RWY 14L AND THE ANSWER WAS THEY WERE USING RWY 14L FOR NUMEROUS DEPS. RWY 14R WAS NOT ONE OF OUR USUAL RWYS. RECENT CHANGES TO OUR LNDG ARPT ANALYSIS ELIMINATED ALL REF TO SPECIFIC RWYS AND CONSIDERS NOW ONLY RWY LENGTH, TEMP, ALT, ETC. OUR COMPANY ALSO ELIMINATED INDIVIDUAL ARPT DIAGRAMS WHICH SHOW ALL NOT AUTHORIZED RWYS. IN REPLACEMENT, PAGES ARE ISSUED WITH A PARAGRAPH FOR RESTRICTIONS AND RWY USE AT CERTAIN ARPTS. THIS PAGE FOR IAH IS ON THE BACK OF THE PAGE WHICH SHOWS OUR GATE AND PARKING ARRANGEMENT. AFTER CHKING THE ARPT PAGE FOR WT RESTRICTION AND OUR ARPT LNDG ANALYSIS FOR LNDG LIMITS, I ELECTED TO LAND ON RWY 14R. AFTER LNDG AND FURTHER RESEARCH OF THE COMPANY ARPT PAGES I REALIZED THAT OUR COMPANY HAS A RESTRICTION AGAINST LNDG ON RWY 14R. TO MY KNOWLEDGE THERE IS NO FAA VIOLATION ON THE LNDG PROC, AND IT IS COMMON FOR USE WITH OTHER AIRLINES. THE RESTRICTION IS PROBABLY PLACED BY OUR COMPANY BECAUSE THE RWY IS ONLY 100' WIDE INSTEAD OF THE MORE COMMON 150' WIDE USAGE. THE COMPANY CHANGES IN THE ARPT ANALYSIS AND THE ELIMINATION OF COMPANY ARPT DIAGRAMS WERE BROUGHT ABOUT BY DESIRE FOR COST REDUCTION. THIS WAS A CASE OF A PLT TRYING TO USE ALL COMPANY AND FAA PROCS AND AT THE SAME TIME ATTEMPT TO ELIMINATE COSTLY RADAR VECTORING TO ANOTHER RWY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.