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Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 12:11 am

Can someone explain the term Short Finals ? Thanx
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 1:03 am

Refers to a plane landing within approx. one mile of the runway.
 
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 1:12 am

So aircraft can be vectored in for finals within one mile of the threshold ? Hmmmm. I know its a basic question, but I was looking for some in depth info on the topic.
 
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 1:13 am

SoCalApch. Perhaps you could rephrase that? You just described a crash.
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 1:33 am

I've been told that short final is approx. 200 ft from the runway threshold, now this is have never been confirmed to me.
 
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 1:53 am

I know of no "official" definition of the phrase. I common usuage it refers to aircraft approaching the runway - less than about 1/2 mile out.
 
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 3:34 am

Jetguy said it best.
 
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 4:31 am

Passing through 300', waiting desperately for the landing clearance, even 1 mile qualifies as short final.
 
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 7:23 am

I don't call 1 mile short final, and neither do the controllers I've worked with. They'll call airplanes on 1/2 mile final "1/2 mile final". If you hear them say short final, their target is usually almost over the runway.
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 7:27 am

So i'm guessing after the last approach controller hands you off to the tower, the tower controller usually issues the landing clearance upon initial contact. If the clearance hasn't been received and your something like a mile out, u contact the tower again and inform them that your on "short" finals to remind them to give you the clearance ?
 
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 7:30 am

Ive usually heard short final being described as an airplane approaching the approach lights or threshold... around 1/2-1/4 mile you could say. Ive never heard an actual distance measurement for it...Id like to know if there is one.. Ive always assumed what it meant...basically landing iminent.
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RE: Short Finals

Mon Aug 20, 2001 2:39 pm

No, if you don't have, or want to confirm landing clearance, you shouldn't wait until you're "short final" you should call tower and say something like "am I cleared to land?" long before your nearly touching down. The term "short final" is generally used by the tower to point out one airplane to another, just a position report.

I don't believe there is any set distance for "short final" just whatever looks "short" to whoever is calling the "short final"  Big thumbs up
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