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What the pilot sees Landing @ LAX (Twilight)

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  1. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

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    Did you ever wonder what the pilot sees when landing his/her aircraft at Los Angels? Here is a video to show you.


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    That was cool... That SIddie arrival was pretty interesting...
     
  3. wireguy

    wireguy TS Member

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    Here's a site where you can "watch" someones flight leave, travel and arrive.
     
  4. Chango2

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    FFF!!!

    Thanks
     
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    Great. Of course, every small aircraft sees the same confusing landscape when trying to land at night at a major airport. Some of the scariest and confusing landings I have sat in the passenger seat for have been in small planes at night trying to get into Reagan National in DC. I can't imagine going through that in a small plane in LA.
     
  6. quartering

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    c'mon guys. it's a computer generated fake beginning with how it gets darker the further west you fly and the lights from the ground being reflected onto the top of the cowling. still fun to watch though
     
  7. Jerry Parr

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    Eightbore...The Sadde 6 arrival to LAX is a STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival Route) which is a charted, mandatory track route which is based on ground based electronic radial navigation. A pilot may not see the ground at all till l/2 mile from runway CAT I ILS or till main gear touchdown CAT IIIa ILS. While there are visual approach procedures in use, including the River Visual to DCA, the majority of arrivals are flown by electronic course guidance from ground based VOR's or GPS referenced procedures. As far as getting 'darker' going west..I believe it is a time lapsed video...we saw about 20 min flying in 3 or 4.....Jerry
     
  8. pyrdek

    pyrdek Well-Known Member

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    Remember that the higher your elevation (or altitude) the more (longer) daylight you get. Also you get a lot less sky illumination if you are facing east at twilight compared to facing the western sky. When I see some of the LAX approach routes, it seems that they will fly north then turn east while descending before turning onto the actual runway heading. There is also probably some time compression in the video to make the overall running time less than the actual footage being shot.

    As for the cowling, if you hold a mirror so that you have the further away portion pointed down, check out what reflection you get. You will see what is in front of and below you. You would also NOT want an upward facing mirror (or cowling in this case) since that would reflect what is ABOVE you. How do like driving when you are looking into the sun. Not much fun is it.

    If you remember, LA has hills to its north and east so they would get more light than the flat (and lower) lands to the west.
     
  9. Ben P

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    Never been to L A, don't really want to go, but that is really cool. Ben
     
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