Frequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1310 times:
I returned back to ORD from YYC last Saturday afternoon. Upon leaving the ORD area I saw UA an A319 taking off.
I watched this and couldn't understand to see that the landing gear wasn't up until it was well away from ORD and pretty high in altitude. It was a pretty clear day and this was quite visible. Afterwards I saw another A319 taking off but landing gear was retracted quickly after being airborne.
Popee From Pakistan, joined Feb 2001, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1235 times:
What u saw was not an abnormal phenomena. Its done when the wheel brakes are hot. The gears are kept extended to cool them before retraction. That particular aircraft may have applied hard brakes on landing an had short transit time.
747Forever From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1213 times:
aahhh, so thats what it is, when spotting at heathrow a few months ago an Air France A319 or A320 (can't remember) did exactly the same thing, thought i was about to see an emergency landing for a few minutes till they finally retracted it
Ts-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3551 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1187 times:
Commonly,gears are retracted five seconds after take off !!!
For technical reasons,a pilot may delay the retraction !!!
In an emergency landing,gears are downed even at high levels,and this is to expect landing at any time !!!
Gears may be downed to reduce speed at approach,with disturbing the air flow !!!