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User currently offlineSJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1292 times:

Do pilots ever look out the window, say at SJC runway 30L, just prior to position and hold? I know you have work to do, but do you ever see the photographers taking photos/videos and wonder what we are doing? Or is that a redundant question? Really, I'm just wondering if you see us.(Flash the lights once in a while... 

SJC Alien



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User currently offlineHeavyJet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

Apparently my first reply to you got lost in cyberspace.

Yes, we are always looking out the window and "yes", we see all the aviation enthusiast by the fence. Your not doing anything most of us haven't done, or still do. Occasionally we wave or flash the lights when not preoccupied with other task. I especially enjoy going into smaller airports where we could talk to the folks and show them the airplane when security permitted. I was always amazed to see people very early in the morning or very late at night lining the fences watching airplanes.

One time, going into Roanoke, Va (small airport in the US) in the B757, the fence near where we parked was lined with mostly young excited women who seemed thrilled at our arrival. I told the controller that I had never seen so many "freight groupies". He said not to get too excided as the rock group, "Guns and Roses" were due in after we leave and would be parking on our spot. Oh well, one can dream!    

Bill


User currently offlineSJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1019 times:

Ha Ha Ha...
good story.....

Ok, thanks. I 've only been waived to and lights flashed maybe 3 times in over 32 years of airliner photography. I figured you had better things to do than look for us.
Do pilots ever want to see any of their landings on video?
I have the video of the FedEX A300 that aborted the take-off in SJC on 30L about 3 years ago, just wondered if they care. Recently, there was an ATI/BAX DC-8 pilot who was doing some really strange landings at SJC as I usually video tape every morning at SJC from 630am till apprx 740am before I go to work. Just wondering if he was a new pilot or other factors were causing the variances in landings.

SJC Alien


User currently offlineBuzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 986 times:

Hi SJC Alien, Buzz here. I used to watch airplanes at SJC while waiting between classes at SJSU's Aero Dept. But then that was 20 years ago. Since then i've been a contented mechanic, who fixes and flies classic airplanes.
g'nite
Buzz Fuselsausage, Line Mechanic by night, DC-3 Crew Chief by choice


User currently offlineSJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 974 times:

It's(SJSU) still there...!
it's the last free parking area(evenings-weekends) around SJC...
the new runway is being built, and the old yellow terminal is gone. Quite busy around SJC these days.
What's new around Portland?

SJC Alien



User currently offlineHeavyJet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 958 times:

>>Do pilots ever want to see any of their landings on video?<<

And relive all that ugliness again?!? No thanks!  

>>Recently, there was an ATI/BAX DC-8 pilot who was doing some really strange landings at SJC as I usually video tape every morning at SJC from 630am till apprx 740am before I go to work. Just wondering if he was a new pilot or other factors were causing the variances in landings.<<

Your post sounds like he was doing multiple landings? If he was, it's quite possible he was new and was getting checked out.

I've witnessed many DC-8 landings from the comfort of the jumpseat and have come to the conclusion that the pilots are just spectators from 100 ft on down to the runway!    The DC-8 appears to be a real workout, especially in windy conditions and reqiures someone at the controls who's more man than I'll ever be!! I'm more in touch with my femine side and prefer the "easier on the controls" B757.  


User currently offlineSJC-Alien From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 919 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 960 times:

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha...
thanks for the clue....
ok, I'll keep the video's in the box for a while
yes, you were right,,,,the wind was a factor.
and this was a daily event,,,such as every morning, the DC-8's arrv and it seemed the Airborne Express DC-8's were almost boring with text book landings...but I could rest assured that the ATI/BAX would do something crazy and I wasn't disappointed for about a 2 week period. That driver would hit so hard and bounce back up, hit the nose gear and rise back up off the runway and back down again.....then things settled down for awhile to normal landings. This normally happened with a, I think is a -62F. Just for fun, here, I'm not trying to burn anybody.
SJC Alien


User currently offlineHP-873 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 889 times:

yes, it's strange to see an ATP waving at people and at the same time going thru checklists, watching what the first officer is doing "wrong", and listening at the classic rush hour tower frequency. But, how often you guys/gals up there on those high cockpits (737s and taller) salute each other ?

User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 865 times:

As a matter of fact, there is a picture in the archives taken in Sydney, Oz. I matched the aircraft registration with the time the photographer said he/she took the picture, and it was my flight, with me front and centre (albeit a long shot) in the frame! We had just landed and were rolling to a taxiway. Sorry, can't find it again, but I used the postcard option and sent it to all my friends! Both of them!!

So now I smile ALL the time!

Best Regards,

Buff


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