Aircraft approaching the runway at Melbourne Airport...

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by googlegroups, May 3, 2005.

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    googlegroups Guest

    I noticed today that passenger aircraft flying over the east-west
    runway markers were consistently sliding sideways as they approached.
    They started offset from the line of markers but by the time they
    passed over me (just before Sunbury Rd) they were lined up perfectly.
    It looked pretty freaky, is that normal?

    Here's a couple of pics from the bottom of one of the marker poles. The
    second one was a fluke - almost perfectly lined up and captured at the
    right moment.
    googlegroups, May 3, 2005
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    Hosko Guest

    It is normal to make your heading (where the nose is pointed) directly
    into the wind if there is a crosswind or else the aircraft will drift.
    Your tracking (where the aircraft is moving in relation to the ground)
    will still be in a straight line down the runway.
    Hosko, May 3, 2005
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  3. Quite normal. Depends on the wind, etc. Seen the same at LAX where they
    come straight over the Hertz car lot, and if there is a strong wind you
    can clearly see the sideways slip.
    John Phillips, May 3, 2005
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    Warmingup Guest

    perfectly normal for cross wind as long as the pilot doesn't
    have to look out the side windows at the keys it should all be
    should start to get concerned when the pilot also dips his windward wing as
    Warmingup, May 3, 2005
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    Bruce Graham Guest

    I'm no pilot, but I thought that at the last moment before touchdown you
    needed to straighten up and dip the windward wing. I remember landing at
    Wellington years ago and we sailed half way down the runway with the
    wingtip nearly on the ground before the pilot went around again. The
    Maori football team that had been doing the haka mostly started spewing
    into bags then - quite funny at the time.
    Bruce Graham, May 3, 2005
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    Chris D Guest

    Chris D, May 4, 2005
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    Clicker Guest

    I don't know what it is about these images that gets me. Looking at
    them I am bothered by the composition.. I think. There's just something
    about them I can't put my finger on, and then something else. They just
    don't sit easy with me. Having said that though, they've been open in
    my browser for about 30min's now. Every time I go to close the windows,
    I leave them again. There is some odd pull, where I guess somewhere
    deep in my psychie I can't stop looking at them.

    If I had taken them, they'd be printed and hanging on a wall in my
    office. Well done.

    Clicker, May 4, 2005
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    googlegroups Guest

    I was half expecting to see an official looking vehicle drive up from
    somewhere. :) It's a public area, just not obviously public if you're
    driving along the road (I was on the other side of a wildlife fence)

    A 747 approached just as I got back to the car. That's what I had been
    waiting for, and I missed it...
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    Warmingup Guest

    I'm no psycho-analyst but I'll hazard a guess.....the tower is OBVIOUSLY
    phallic...and you are drawn to
    the phallus as part of a deep-seated mating urge innate in all
    females.......unless of course
    you're a bloke and it's just that you like photos of planes!

    Warmingup, May 4, 2005
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    googlegroups Guest

    Thanks for your kind words. It sounds odd, but I feel the same way. I
    chose those two images out of about 20, but was debating whether they
    were even worth posting publically. I thought they looked a little too
    drab - white, black, grey, blue. I kept coming back to them though, and
    eventually decided to put them up.

    Absolute composition was somewhat difficult due to the extreme speed
    and low height of a landing aircraft. ;) I almost fell backwards a
    couple of times, trying to get one more shot in.

    Now all I need is for a nice big 747 to come along. I might move a
    couple of poles further towards the runway as well.
    googlegroups, May 4, 2005
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    googlegroups Guest

    Perhaps the appearance of the pole poking the plane's naughty bits does
    something for him. ;)
    googlegroups, May 4, 2005
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    Chris D Guest

    That's what did it for me :-D

    Oh, and aren't females allowed to like photos of planes?
    Chris D, May 4, 2005
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    Chris D Guest

    On 3 May 2005 20:28:21 -0700
    And look even more like a terrorist! :D

    -Chris D
    Chris D, May 4, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    Go and have a look at Hong Kong airport if you want really scary.
    Pete D, May 4, 2005
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    chrlz Guest

    chrlz, May 4, 2005
  16. I think you mean the old (no longer used) Kai Tak airport?
    John Phillips, May 4, 2005
  17. I think the sky looks great in the second shot - I love silhouettes on

    I really wish the jet was just past the tower - that would make it for
    me. Kinda looks like it's hooked on the tower...

    you must've broken your back taking them - or did you tripod it??

    Stephen Hearn, May 4, 2005
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    Clicker Guest

    Being a bloke, and not overly keen on planes, you've just made me feel
    very dirty.

    Clicker, May 4, 2005
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    Pete D Guest

    Yes. No longer used??? How sad, made for some great shots...
    Pete D, May 5, 2005
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    I have been to St Maarten's and while no landings took place while I was at
    the beach (huge bummer!!!) I did see planes landing as we cruised past in
    the ship.... even from there it was amazing!

    A big note to those guys thinking of going...... LEAVE THE WIFE BEHIND!!!
    St Maarten's is the best place on earth for diamonds and tanzanite and
    having my wife there cost me a flipp'n fortune!!!
, May 11, 2005
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