Dulles International - Aircraft Procedures & Guidelines

What Arrival & Departure Procedures are Typically used at Dulles International?

The air traffic direction, North Flow or South Flow, is primarily based on airfield and enroute wind and weather conditions.  As a safety factor, aircraft arrive and depart into the wind to maximize aerodynamic lift.

Typical North Flow Operations (Figure 1)*:

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Click to see a regional depiction of Dulles International operations in North Flow (PDF file)

 

Typical South Flow Operations (Figure 2)*:

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Click to see a regional depiction of Dulles International operations in South Flow (PDF file)

 

*  FAA Procedures for Dulles International (IAD):

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