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More: Australia - Victoria, February 18, 2006
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VH-IAC (cn 216-V417) I managed to take this after diving out of the way! Peter and Richard managed to get a bit closer to the action! We're not sure whether his landing gear went over or around the bicycle but either way, IT WAS CLOSE!!!
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A visitor from United States posted Thu May 23, 2013:
There's not a dangerous pilot, but some dangerous photographers.

A visitor from United States posted Wed December 19, 2012:
This is quite the dangerous photo. In my opinion the pilot was being reckless and violated Australian FAR 29.4.2, flying within 200 ft. of spectators.

A visitor from Slovenia posted Sat April 7, 2012:
Most known photo on a-net.

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 19, 2009:
This pic is bananas

A visitor from Singapore posted Fri April 10, 2009:
The pilot wanted to a a stunt: A plane riding a bike. Very funny picture

A visitor from Brazil posted Wed December 31, 2008:
Hahaha very funny!

A visitor from Spain posted Sat February 2, 2008:
Very nice pic. ralmente preciosa

A visitor from Belgium posted Sun January 21, 2007:
Maybe dangerous landing but this very nice photo give me a smell of the begin of the century when the population came to see the first airplanes flying.

A visitor from Serbia And Montenegro posted Fri November 24, 2006:
It's so dangerous flying, and this pilot isn't human.

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 6, 2006:
A brush with death, even on a day with the sock almost dead! remarkable how you managed to capture this shot while still saving your own life

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 23, 2006:
Awesome!

A visitor from Australia posted Sun July 23, 2006:
Being there for this very aproach, and knowing the photographer i can tell you that it was taken with a 17-40 lens on a 20D, so what you see in the image is for real, no compression!

It was a lower than usual approach, every pilot does misjudge them every now and then and this appeared to be the case. He indeed touched down before the threshold (i caught it with my camera) which isnt desireable.

there is no blame to be given to anyone; pilot for a probably rare misjudged approach, photographer or the people you see in the frame which are in a public area with no restrictions (apart from car parking).
Higher approaches still had people scattering!

its just a great photo showing something a little different which we should all enjoy immenseley!

A visitor from Norway posted Tue June 27, 2006:
Well, as a freelance photographer, I can tell you this, when the focal length reaches a certain value, the depth of the picture decreases. So if you are using a 200mm lense, and have aperature of f. ex. F/11 og something, you'l have a great depth sharpenes (DOF), and you can cheat the eye to se that the objects are closer than they actualy are. Sorry for my bad english:P

Nice pic. anyway!

A visitor from Greece posted Sun June 4, 2006:
Very brave fotographer .............

A visitor from Canada posted Tue May 30, 2006:
A very good way to get killed.

A visitor from Australia posted Wed May 24, 2006:
Great shot!

Also, just to clear somethings up, I regularly land at that airport (in a Cessna VH-TBL). And the spotters are breaking no rules, they are before the perimetre fence and a metre away from the road.

The road BTW, has trucks on it. The spotters aren't saucidal, the pilot simply chose a low approach (A little to low IMO)

That airport had an airshow, with P51s, amazing standing there watching them fly over you!

A visitor from Australia posted Thu May 18, 2006:
Thanks for taking a great photo on omy birthday

A visitor from United States posted Mon May 15, 2006:
This pilot did nothing wrong. He is allowed to come in as low or as flat as he wants. Having experience in aircraft similiar to this and other tailwheel aircraft i can say that he probably does not have and visibility directly forwards. He is relying on peripheral vision and vision directly down to his sides to keep the aircraft lined up.

A visitor from Poland posted Sun April 9, 2006:
Well done, but DO NOT try this kind of photos with jet aircraft. :P

A visitor from Australia posted Sat April 8, 2006:
Great photo,but lets analise it before condeming the pilot of dangerous flying.
Being familiar with the airport and the aircraft type I feel qualified to comment.
Firstly, everything appears much closer than it actually is.The brick wall is much further from the road than it appears. The aircraft is also further away, thus was also considerably higher when over the fence. These types and similar high performance monoplanes typically approach fairly low and flat at 75-80 knots, to suggest that it could touch down before the piano keys is very unlikely.
As for the suicidal turkeys who insist on distracting approaching aircraft,they where told to move by the police during the earlier practice session at the request of the airshow organisers,they must have short memories and extremely small I.Q,s .(reminds me of some of the not so smart spectators you see at the WRC rally champs) Please consider that I have met the pilot of the aircraft and can confirm that he is well respected in the industry and has _always_ demostrated the best "Airmanship" (A concept that many younger pilots would luv the experience;-)Please do not condemn him for somthing he does not and _did not_ do. The photographer certainly knows his craft !! Still think its a hell of a good pic !

A visitor from Sweden posted Tue March 28, 2006:
Yreah that was really close...but well done guys!!!

A visitor from Philippines posted Tue March 28, 2006:
Obviously some pilots who posted comments dont know their AIR LAW!!!! you arent suppose to touchdown by the arrows. hhmmmmm..... and yes pilots can make their own approach as long as it is safe. but not land before the touchdown zone. airlines have been fined heavily for doing such stupid landings.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed March 22, 2006:
"anyone need a haircut here?"

A visitor from Australia posted Tue March 21, 2006:
I was there for this very approach.

The area the photographer, and the two people in the photo were standing in, is open to the public with no restrictions on access. It is along a main road into Tyabb and trucks regularly pass along it. Nobody was inside the aerodrome perimiter, ie: "not in the runway area". Nobody who was along the road that day, from bystanders enjoying the action, to police officers were being 'nosy', whether photography or just watching!
Just because most airports have a greater distance from perimiter fence to threshold with the plane being subsequently higher over the fence, does not mean nothing is wrong with the photographers, people, pilot or aerodrome in this instance.

The pilot misjudged the approach and came in extremely low; there were at least two other of similar height that day. The point of touchdown was on the first of three arrows of the displaced threshold, with a subsequent bounce. The aircraft was lower than it 'SHOULD' have been.
You might like to note that in the photo, the plane is past the people, hence it would have been higher when passing over them.

The photographer and I are both licensed pilots and are well aware of the risks involved with standing in these areas.

Aircarft are still legally bound to approach according to rules. They should not be touching down before the threshold.

It is a great capture of something different, not necessarily illegal or irresponsible.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 21, 2006:
Nice one

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue March 21, 2006:
Just as well it was only a bicycle and not a high sided vehicle he had to clear. The displaced threshold is way down the tarmac, (due to the raod in the foreground), and it looks like he'll land well short of it. Either a poorly executed approach or reckless flying in trying to shake-up the people by the road. This sort of stuff can so easily end in tears.

A visitor from Australia posted Mon March 20, 2006:
Great shot, Julian. PF

A visitor from United States posted Sun March 19, 2006:
DUCK!!! That pilot must really not like people photographing his plane!!!

A visitor from Canada posted Sun March 19, 2006:
It's the spotters who are at fault...not the pilot...seems to me the spotters are suicidal

A visitor from United States posted Sun March 19, 2006:
Maybe you shouldn't sit so close...aircraft can approach how the pilots wants, you nosy photographers should learn to stay out of the runway areas for this very reason.

A visitor from Chile posted Sun March 19, 2006:
That pilot was a son of a .......
good photo, just 5 stars

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 18, 2006:
Plane Spotting And Photography, The 32935th Most Dangerous Job.

A visitor from United States posted Sat March 18, 2006:
Who said plane spotting wasn't a contact sport.

A visitor from Australia posted Sat March 18, 2006:
Does that pilot just hate plane spotters or somthing! lol

A visitor from Sweden posted Sat March 18, 2006:
Great photo and great action!

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Sat March 18, 2006:
MIND YOUR HEAD!

A visitor from Australia posted Sat March 18, 2006:
Fantastic shot mare.

A visitor from Australia posted Sat March 18, 2006:
Great shot there Julian! Keep it up!

A visitor from Singapore posted Sat March 18, 2006:
Great pic.....WOW!

A visitor from Germany posted Sat March 18, 2006:
Spotters live dangerous! ;-)

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 17, 2006:
I am glad that the Photographer in the picture did not bang his "L" glass on the ground. Nice Picture Julian.

A visitor from Australia posted Fri March 17, 2006:
Fantastic mate.
Wish i could have caught it from the side, but ah well, yours is more than enough to get the point across!
A great day, hope you liked that Staggerwing too!

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