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User currently offlineRyanams From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 29 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4108 times:

I`ve noticed that more people tend to take photos of landing aircraft than aircraft taking off, especially at LHR. Is this just a preference choice or a practical choice? Especially when you consider the access problems at LHR.

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User currently offlineFireguy274 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 299 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4067 times:

Its alot easier to get shots at Boston of planes landing because they are lower outside the airport.......Artie

User currently offlineIwantaBBJ From Switzerland, joined Jun 2002, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4011 times:
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Same at LHR: Most spotters will gather under the approaches to RWY's 27L/R and 09L... Spots to take departure-pictures at LHR are rare and not easily accessible from the outside.


User currently offlineMia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3980 times:

I wish take off pictures were more available at MIA. Most of the shots you see are either planes departing (taxing out and initial take-off roll) or arriving. Unless you have ramp access, your only hope is to stand on top a tall car at the 94th Aerosquadron restaurant and get them going off of runway 12 but other than that, it's hard!

User currently offlineF4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3928 times:

Landing planes are on a glide path of 3 degrees meaning they loose 300 feet for every nautical mile traveled. This is based on the 1 in 60 rule. Climb gradients approximate 10 degrees so if you are spotting 1 mile from the end of the runway, your subject may be a thousand or more feet above you. The climb gradient starts from liftoff which may only be halfway down the runway and even further from your vantage point.

All planes plan to touchdown at the same spot so you can get consistent results from one spot. Takeoff varies by type and how loaded the plane is so it is tough to find one spot to photograph all the departures.

Landing planes are slowing down to 120-130 knots whereas departures are accelerating to 250 knots. It is easier to pan the landings.
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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3926 times:

I find taking landing pictures to be more exciting personally...just something about takeoffs that I don't like to take photos...


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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3894 times:

I tried taking take off pictures at LHR last week. It is not that bad, but most of the time you can only shoot heavies, as the narrowbodies take off way earlier, and so are a bit too far away for pictures.

Landing shots are easier, as all the aircraft are roughly at the same distance(logically)


User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 3869 times:

Just wait until I edit some of my Renaissance Hotel pictures.
Then you shall (les eaux) see some takeoff shots.


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