I was on CO75 HAM
yesterday, and seeing as how this pushes the limit of the 757, it was a longer roll than you normally get on a 757. We also did not have winglets, unlike the first few weeks of HAM
service. Now I believe Berlin gets winglets every day, as it is even further than HAM
Yesterday morning I spent some time spotting from the observation deck. All other flights (73X, A32X, F70, CRJ, AVRO) entered the take off runway at HAM
at the "normal" entry points, but our CO752 taxied to before the runway officially started, to what looked like a helicopter circle and started our roll from there. The first few seconds were bouncy because we were on the 'pre-runway' area, then when we rolled onto the runway, it smoothed out.
It was not warm, but the flight was completely full. HAM
has a long runway, but we seemed to use most of it. The 757, even fully loaded, doesn't need to use it all, but as others said, the pilots likely used it all for other reasons. We likely passed V1 long before we rotated, but they wanted to have good speed before lift off to quickly jump above the cloud layer around HAM
. At least that's my guess.
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