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Low Level Take Off.

Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:18 pm

I have lived on the Southerly side of PVD for 44 years. This morning, while sitting on my porch, I heard an approaching aircraft heading towards my house, the noise was very alarming to me, I knew this was not normal, I jumped up, just in time to see a large jet, twin engine, private, or at least that is my impression, go by just over the trees to the side. In all my years here, I have never witnessed such a low altitude take off. There was a low ceiling, no doubt, but why would he stay so low, for such a distance. It was very unnerving. I live about 1/2 mile from the Southerly end of the main runway.

[Edited 2011-08-14 16:20:42]
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RE: Low Level Take Off.

Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:06 am

He may have been departing VFR. Delays in the northeast were exceeding three hours today, and a VFR departure would avoid holdups associated with his IFR clearance. Of course, in most cases ATC is not very happy about this--once airborne, they are probably goign to try and pick up their clearance, and there are reasons ATC wanted to delay the flight in the first place. Depending on their workload, he could find himself stuck VFR below the clouds for a while.
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RE: Low Level Take Off.

Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:41 am

Quoting dw747400 (Reply 1):
He may have been departing VFR. Delays in the northeast were exceeding three hours today, and a VFR departure would avoid holdups associated with his IFR clearance. Of course, in most cases ATC is not very happy about this--once airborne, they are probably goign to try and pick up their clearance, and there are reasons ATC wanted to delay the flight in the first place. Depending on their workload, he could find himself stuck VFR below the clouds for a while.

I thank you for the information.
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