Hobart/Cambridge Runway Selection Diagram - 1955
Similar charts were prepared for the other types of large aircraft operating scheduled services and different charts applied for operations by day or night, in wet or dry conditions. In the case of Cambridge, runway selection at night was particularly limited by terrain considerations.
Runway selection diagrams such as these were prepared for all controlled aerodromes in this period and were used by aircrews as well as Air Traffic Controllers. Later, operational runway selection became a matter for aircrews only in compliance with performance limitations for each individual aircraft type. ATC nominates a preferred runway (or runways) for all operations using general criteria which include crosswind and downwind limits, and noise abatement considerations.
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(Diagram: CAHS collection)
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