Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
Photo 4,260 of 4,263 by Steve Brimley
  • Julian Adams
    Untitled
    One Design DR-107
    Rihn DR-107 One Design
    Rihn DR-107 One Design
    216-V417
    VH-IAC
    Tyabb (Western Port)
    Victoria
    Australia
    February 18, 2006
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#1018814
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March 17, 2006
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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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Comments (42)

Anonymous
10 years ago
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!
Anonymous
10 years ago
I am glad that the Photographer in the picture did not bang his "L" glass on the ground. Nice Picture Julian.

Anonymous
10 years ago
Spotters live dangerous! ;-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great pic.....WOW!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot there Julian! Keep it up!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Fantastic shot mare.
Anonymous
10 years ago
MIND YOUR HEAD!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great photo and great action!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Does that pilot just hate plane spotters or somthing! lol
Anonymous
10 years ago
Who said plane spotting wasn't a contact sport.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Plane Spotting And Photography, The 32935th Most Dangerous Job.
Anonymous
10 years ago
That pilot was a son of a .......
good photo, just 5 stars
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
It's the spotters who are at fault...not the pilot...seems to me the spotters are suicidal
Anonymous
10 years ago
DUCK!!! That pilot must really not like people photographing his plane!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot, Julian. PF
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice one
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
"anyone need a haircut here?"
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Yreah that was really close...but well done guys!!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
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 !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Well done, but DO NOT try this kind of photos with jet aircraft. :P
Anonymous
10 years ago
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.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thanks for taking a great photo on omy birthday
Anonymous
10 years ago
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!
Anonymous
10 years ago
A very good way to get killed.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Very brave fotographer .............
Anonymous
10 years ago
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!
Anonymous
10 years ago
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!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Awesome!
Anonymous
9 years ago
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
Anonymous
9 years ago
It's so dangerous flying, and this pilot isn't human.
Anonymous
9 years ago
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.
Anonymous
8 years ago
Very nice pic. ralmente preciosa
Anonymous
7 years ago
Hahaha very funny!
Anonymous
7 years ago
The pilot wanted to a a stunt: A plane riding a bike. Very funny picture
Anonymous
7 years ago
This pic is bananas
Anonymous
4 years ago
Most known photo on a-net.
Anonymous
3 years ago
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.
Anonymous
3 years ago
There's not a dangerous pilot, but some dangerous photographers.