Ryanams From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 29 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3500 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.
Mia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3372 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!
F4wso From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 974 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 3320 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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707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3286 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)