I'm wondering why the 737 in the photo below is flying such a tight and low pattern while approaching to land on runway 29 at Oakland's International Airport? Also, is this a Standard Arrival (STAR) for rwy 29 at OAK.
The only reason I can think of is that the 737 is staying clear of San Francisco Intl's airspace. Is this the reason?
To me, the view from this 737 (that appears to be starting it's left turn for base leg) looks like it should be from a much smaller aircraft. It must be quite a ride into OAK on an airliner for rwy 29.
Photo © Bruce Leibowitz
Some shots of the airport.
Photo © Richard Silagi
Photo © Bill Moede
Where I live in Toronto, the airliners in the pattern for runways 23 and 24R normally turn onto their left base directly over my home, which is 15 nautical miles away from Toronto's Intl Airport.......much different than the rwy 29 approach at Oakland.
I'm used to a view like this from an airliner when flying in the pattern.
Photo © Bart Noëth