Essay on El Dorado International Airport

1859 Words Nov 7th, 2016 8 Pages
El Dorado International Airport Airside Analysis
El Dorado International airport was built in 1953 and since then, the airport has been renovated to adapt to the fast rhythm of aviation. The following paper will summarized important information regarding the airport 's airside and an analysis will be done to see if the current procedures and airport configuration is meeting the current and future needs as well as the capacity levels to operate in an efficient way.
El Dorado Airport Airside
Runways
Originally, El Dorado International Airport was planned with one runway. In 1995, the airport was at its full capacity so the government decided it was time to build a second runway. Currently, El Dorado has two runways: 13L/31R and 13R/31L.
Runway 13L/31R. This was the original runway built back in 1953. Its magnetic heading is 134/314 and it is 3,800 m long by 45 m wide (Aerocivil, 2016). The elevation of 13L is at 8,354 ft. and for 31R at s 8,358 ft (Aerocivil, 2016). This runway does not have stopways but it has clearways of 150 m long. It is constructed in asphalt as it is a flexible material that offers great advantages for airport such as smoothness, fast construction, low maintenance, less complexity than concrete and low initial and life-cycle costs (Minnesota Asphalt pavement association, 2012). The Pavement Classification Number (PCN) that indicates the strength of the runway is 104/F/D/W/T (Aerocivil, 2016).
Due to regulations, 13L/31L can be used to land or takeoff…

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