Lindy Field From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3072 posts, RR: 15 Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
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It may just be seasonal but for the time being there's a daily IAH-SAN-IAH run arriving SAN around 10:30AM and departing at approx. 11:30AM. Over the past few years SAN has only seen regular CO 757 service in December and those have usually been late night arrivals and early morning departures. I've tried to convince some of the SAN photogs to get photos but I hear the June gloom has been awful.
The usual missed approach pattern for SAN is a left turn and a big counter-clockwise circle back to rejoin the landing pattern. In cases where there is no close inbound traffic, the tower will, at its discretion, allow the plane to make a right turn over Banker's Hill/Hillcrest/North Park in a 360 turn to lose altitude rather than use fuel on a missed approach.
What we heard on that particular Saturday morning was a Continental 757 flying EXTREMELY low over our neighborhood (music to my ears!! ) that was re-aligning itself for another approach to runway 27 without having to do the whole missed approach thing.
Perhaps someone from the OB/Point Loma neighborhoods wouldn't think it was so low, but for our neighborhood of North Park, this was QUITE unusual. Not being the pilot, I couldn't tell you the altitude, but I do know it was low enough to be the talk of the neighborhood for the rest of the day!!
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