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MD-80 very low & “wrongway” takeoff video #177707
12/10/2018 08:24 PM
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Re: MD-80 very low & “wrongway” takeoff video [Re: PelicanPirate] #177717
12/10/2018 11:05 PM
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Think it was the angle and wide screen that makes it appear that way

Re: MD-80 very low & “wrongway” takeoff video [Re: PelicanPirate] #177720
12/11/2018 12:03 AM
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Normally don’t planes take off heading away from the water? Is this something new to avoid people and cars getting hit by the jet blast during takeoff?

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Re: MD-80 very low & “wrongway” takeoff video [Re: mdldgl] #177723
12/11/2018 12:15 AM
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No. It's the pilots option on which direction they take off. Sometimes its the load weight or fuel load. Seen it that way many times in the past.

Re: MD-80 very low & “wrongway” takeoff video [Re: PelicanPirate] #177725
12/11/2018 05:22 AM
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Wind direction and speed also play a factor in this decision. When we were there the end of October, there were a lot more taking off in that direction than usual.

Re: MD-80 very low & “wrongway” takeoff video [Re: Wingman] #177727
12/11/2018 06:18 AM
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Yup...I've seen MANY take off over the water...mostly in the late afternoon/evening when the incoming flights are minimal

Re: MD-80 very low & “wrongway” takeoff video [Re: PelicanPirate] #177731
12/11/2018 07:27 AM
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See them frequently. Typically when there is little to no wind.


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Re: MD-80 very low & “wrongway” takeoff video [Re: PelicanPirate] #177762
12/11/2018 11:49 AM
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As a retired photographer, you can tell by the curving photo he was using a very wide angle lens that distorts the picture. the plane was no lower than when they take off in the regular direction.

Re: MD-80 very low & “wrongway” takeoff video [Re: PelicanPirate] #177766
12/11/2018 12:20 PM
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If the wind is calm, the pilot can request a take off from either direction of the runway and the tower will accommodate, if able to balance traffic with arrivals and departures. Normally, most airports and some airlines allow you take take off with a maximum 10 kt tailwind, though some airlines require 5-6 kt max tailwind. Pretty much everywhere a 30kt crosswind is the limit too. I have seen many takeoffs from 28 in St. Maarten. My son informed me that one airline pre-Irma, I think it was Nui or Nuit, only did take offs from 28. But to land on 28 is restricted to smaller aircraft. I got to experience a landing on 28 3 years ago on a small twin turboprop, but it’s rare. It’s also interesting to note that most airports in the Caribbean have east/west landings because of the wind pattern. Many runways are 28/10. Or very close. Insel was famous for doing low landings and takeoffs. I imagine the MD 80’s and B 757’s will be phased out soon as most of these planes are 30-40 years old. B 777 and 767 will be soon replaced as well for passenger service. I remember when the 777 was new! Makes me feel old!

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