Frequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1366 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 Afterwards I saw another A319 taking off but landing gear was retracted quickly after being airborne.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 10 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1291 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 10 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1269 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, 3575 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1243 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 !!!