JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3100 times:
You could always tell the ex-'vlammies' (SAAF fighter pilots) at SAA from the ex-Flossie Jockeys (SAAF Hercules pilots), just by watching them take off in a 737 - the ex-fighter pilots would haul it as steep as it would go and be at about 15000 ft by the time they crossed the fence, but the ex transport mob would scrape the hedge at the end of the runway, frightening the wits out of the drivers on the highway and causing tons of complaints from locals.
Motorhussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 2747 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2958 times:
It's a bit like the takeoff on the reef runway at HNL. There's a sign by the apron at the runway start saying something like "veer right after takeoff". I guess it's so as to avoid high-rises in Waikiki, but I do find it amusing how soon after takeoff some pilots "veer".
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1825 posts, RR: 62 Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2821 times:
There are two possible reasons for "strange" take off.
First one. I am a common visitor at Madrid Barajas airport (i live in the area) and I´ve noticed that many times when rwy 15 is being used for take off the big aircrafts make an early left turn...well, in this case it could be too early.
The other reason could be a strong wind gust. There is another picture in the database of an Airbus A340-600 taking off from the same runway the same day at about the same hour. It´s barely off the ground and you can see the effects of strong crosswinds we had at Madrid a few days ago.
Goingboeing From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 4875 posts, RR: 19 Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2792 times:
Several years ago, I was watching planes at MCI and the tower instructed a Continental MD80 to make a right turn to 270 "as soon as practical" after takeoff. The plane came up, and almost immediately started it's turn. The tower just said "Ex Air Force?" and the pilot replied with "yep".
I was on a flight out of Jackson Hole Wyoming on a Western 737 and the pilot came on the PA just prior to takeoff to tell us that we would be making a pretty steep turn after takeoff. The only reason he mentioned it was because we'd be pretty low to the ground and it could be somewhat disconcerting if you weren't expecting it (the reason was that going straight ahead would have put them on the mountain at Snow King). He wasn't kidding...almost immediately after the wheels left the ground, he put it into a really steep left turn - it was almost disconcerting even when you expected it. It was the most memorable takeoff I've ever experienced.
IBERIA747 From Spain, joined Aug 2003, 1825 posts, RR: 62 Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2645 times:
There is a mistake in my previous post...
The picture of the 747 was taken one day before than the other and it wasn´t raining then!!!...my sight is not working properly as I just had a few Jack Daniels with a client during a business lunch!!
Anyway, it´s seems to me that it was a strong crosswind.
AASilverbird From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 90 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2272 times:
Similar to what Goingboeing said in reagards to pilots making prior announcements.....I've flown out of SXM on AA a few times, and each time before departure, the pilot makes an announcement regarding a hard right turn after take-off. This too to avoid a small mountain. All departures out of SXM make this hard right. I always found it kind of fun!
PIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 7 Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2256 times:
B747Skipper, very true, i was on a PIA flight and the plane i think took off from 31L. As soon as it took off, it made a sharp left turn, REALLY got disorented. But it was fun! As soon as it made the left turn we were above water, and headed to EGCC. I will never forget the nosie of the engines of a 747 taking off. Man, that was exciting.