Saturday, April 16, 2011

Crosswind





Something I've learned from YouTube this morning:









At  first  I  thought all aircraft landings require the nose of the plane directly facing the runway.  Turns out, its not the case all the time. Pardon my limited understanding of Physics but from what I learned, wind direction plays an important role in landing an aircraft. Not only does air pockets produce turbulence, gustiness can actually veer the craft off the runway as it lands.

The path towards enlightenment  began when I  tried searching for the most extreme airports in the world. My curiousity led  me to a plane-spotter's amateur video of an airplane trying to land at Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong.  What's unusual about the craft is that its fuselage was slanted sideways instead of the normal  nose up, body properly aligned to the runway. The jet-plane drifts as it  tries to realign itself towards the runway.  A few meters before touchdown, the large aircraft swerved again as its landing gear makes contact with the solid surface.

I  have seen extreme videos where crosswind maneuver resulted  in a plane's wing strike. Some clips, which  I won't share here reveals some breathtaking seconds where pilots make a mad dash to abort the landing and avoid the plane from crashing.

Some of  you may ask, what relevance does this entry have? Well  aside from being a filler, (and a nudge to my old friend, GripenManila) consider this an introduction to the very geek side of Mugen.  For some reasons, the urge to share this information has something to do with a little secret.

Enjoy the video for now and be amazed at how big the Airbus A380 is.    




12 comments:

Alter said...

hence the 'afterburner' in the URL, if i'm not mistaken.

Mr. Hush Hush said...

morning Mugen. I really thought that this clip is like Seconds from Disaster of NatGeo. hehehehe I was expecting blood!! hhahaahhaah xet :)

number_yuan said...

try to find and watch the video of PAL B777 landing in Vancouver.

:)

Chip said...

Nose pointed to the runway. Hmm. Nose-first landing? Actually, delikado yung ganun.

Ang daming nabukong Indian plane pilots na may fake licenses dahil diyan. You can read about it here: http://www.theage.com.au/travel/travel-news/fake-pilots-nosefirst-landing-unravels-fullblown-scandal-20110324-1c87d.html.

:)

Spiral Prince said...

Nat Geo and the History Channel has a lot of geeky treasures, Mugen! ;) From air crashes, to UFO's, to ghosts, I believe we all find bliss there.

Mu[g]en said...

Spiral Prince:

You speak my words kid. Hahaha. Nice nice.


Chip:

Thanks for pointing that out. Reworded my entry na. Hehehe.

Number Yuan:

That was a flawless landing! Ganda ah! Planespotter ka no?

Mu[g]en said...

Mr. Hush:

Narealize ko nga na masyadong softie yung entry ko. Dapat siguro yung Lufthansa Crosswind ang nilagay ko. Hehehe.

Alter:

Can't recall where I got that. Hehehe. Ganda nung blog entry sa iyo ni Dboy ah!

Kiks said...

na-excite ako sa landing... ;-)

Sean said...

lalo akong natakot lumipad. pero gusto ko i-try yung A380.

Louie said...

Ang lupit ng pag-landing Airbus A380, parang may intermission number muna bago ung talagang pag landing.

Para tuloy gusto kong sumakay jan, ngayon din! Hehe! :)

Midnight Orgasm said...

How interesting it is that you are interested in aircrafts. Physics is a great subject to understand, but today's world has already broken its laws.

Mu[g]en said...

Midnight Orgasm:

This is just the beginning of my entries about airplanes. What do you mean the world has already broken Physic's laws?

Louie:

A decade from now, may Airbus A380 na rin ang Cebu Pacific. Lolz.

Sean:

A few years ago, an A380 landed in Naia. Sayang nga eh, sa newspaper ko na lang nalaman.

Kiks:

Flawless na flawless no!