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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:15 PM

MUST SEE VIDEO: Airplanes landing in a Timely Fashion

Two months ago, an aviation filming fanatic known on YouTube as cargospotter uploaded this footage of London Heathrow. By running the footage at high speed, he reveals how tightly the planes are packed together into a landing queue. It's also interesting to see how much the wind buffets each plane on its way in—they look like insects trying to navigate a breeze:

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Reply MUST SEE VIDEO: Airplanes landing in a Timely Fashion (Original post)
Agschmid Dec 2012 OP
karmaqueen Dec 2012 #1
trocar Dec 2012 #2
DemoTex Dec 2012 #3
Major Nikon Dec 2012 #5
Surya Gayatri Dec 2012 #7
Atman Dec 2012 #4
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #6
chalky Dec 2012 #8

Response to Agschmid (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:29 PM

1. Wow! That is amazing. Thanks :) n/t

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Response to Agschmid (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 09:52 PM

2. VERY cool n/t

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Response to Agschmid (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:09 PM

3. Landing LHR or LAX, you had best be ON the assigned speed, exactly.

The entire visual approach sequence is predicated on precise speed control. One jerk flying +10 knots (or -10 knots) will throw a monkeywrench into the whole exquisitely choreographed ballet. Been there, done that (many times) .. and loved every hair-raising minute of it!

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:08 AM

5. Is LAX the only stateside airport that assigns speed restrictions to aircraft on visual approaches?

I've never heard this for DFW, but with 4 landing runways I suspect there's not nearly as much need.

I've landed at a few big airports in my plane, but my speed restriction is usually comprised of something along the lines of "peddle faster".

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Response to DemoTex (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:44 AM

7. Have you ever had a real hair-raiser, DemoTex...

where you could feel the "breath" of another plane on your nose or tail? What they so euphemistically call a "near-miss"?

At such busy hubs as LHR, it must happen more than the authorities care to make public.

I give major props to these pilots--it has to take nerves of steel to fly with such razor-thin safety margins.

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Response to Agschmid (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 10:20 PM

4. You'd probably get arrested for filming that in the U.S.

Suspicious activity!

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Response to Agschmid (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:57 AM

6. What an interesting idea this guy had.

One can get sort of the same idea by watching any online airport tracker, but seeing the real thing is more fascinating.
Apparently filming planes in London does not carry the same penalty as it would here....

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Response to Agschmid (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:34 PM

8. Even though I know this footage is at high speed

I still would not have wanted to be on that third plane starting at the 2:40 mark.
I was getting queasy just watching it.

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