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Incredible footage of an Airbus A380 hovering over Heathrow during storm Eunice

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LONDON, UK — YouTube aviation channel Speedbird TV filmed an incredible footage of a Qatar Airways A380's attempt landing at London Heathrow during Storm Eunice.The producer said it was "insane" and “intense”. “Never have I seen that, and I have been live-streaming aviation for 10 years!” (www.airlinerwatch.com) Más...

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ginbudjim21
ginbudjim21 24
Had a neighbor in windy western Kansas who would go up and fly his Piper Cub backwards over town.
adalbert29
adalbert29 5
Hahahaaaaa - I did the same on one of my last circuits before soloing in a C150. It became interesting on final - tower had some comments with traffic behind..... oops..
M5180C
M5180C 5
My kind of adventure! But it begs the question, how did he get back?
kevinlpatton
Kevin Patton 7
Simple, he just turned around. :)
tamjam75
tam nelson 1
adalbert29
adalbert29 1
Throttle back!
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
Trying to visualize the exact moment he switched from forward to backward movement. And I can't.
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 22
Compare the span of the wings to the features on the roof. It's obviously making substantial progress getting closer. The appearance of hovering can largely be attributed to foreshortening, changing of zoom, and parallax with respect to the direction the aircraft is pointing.
SkyAware123
SkyAware123 5
He might be making progress but it sure isn't a lot.
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 2
According the the track log the slowest speed was about 95 knots. That's slower than typical but not anywhere near to hovering. It's about double highway speed for many roads.
SkyAware123
SkyAware123 1
It was definitely less than that.
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 2
We don’t have it, but video taken from 90 degrees to the airplane’s course over ground would better tell the tale.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
Reminds me of that time in the movie The Graduate when Dustin Hoffman appeared to be running toward the camera, but not getting any closer.
KicksOnRoute66
Roger Anderson 22
Ah the power of depth of field.
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 8
You mean foreshortening.
btweston
btweston 10
Ah, the power of being smrt.
tedcannaday
Ted Cannaday 4
Much maligned nowadays
adalbert29
adalbert29 2
I think it's a 5G groundspeed issue
jdd125
Joe Daskalakis 5
That, sir, is a kite.
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 5
Compare the flight track and see how close to hovering it was. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/A7API/history/20220218/0430Z/OTHH/EGLL
LeftlySC
Stephen Leftly 3
Well it seems at one point it was still in the air at 89 knots. The landing speed of a A380 is ~130 -140 knots.
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 2
Yeah, about 100 mph faster than hovering.
SIERRA09
Ed Crist 5
Don't these A380 aircraft have an immense wing area, about the same area as oh, Rhode Island.
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 8
Early in my flight training (C150) my instructor had me turn into the wind, configure for slow flight, and look out my left side window.

We were definitely hovering. Cross winds were the best!
yr2012
matt jensen 2
Did that many times in a Beaver float plane in mountain passes. Also in Costa Rica in a C208
MikeMohle
Mike Mohle 2
Or going backward! Seemed that way on some X-Cs for sure.
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 3
Granted a 150's stall speed is only about 48 mph! Winds where I flew at 4500 - 5000 feet agl regularly topped 50 mph.
imtxsmoke
Jeffrey Bue 4
I wonder how that felt being a passenger.
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 1
There's another squawk from a passenger's perspective. Different plane, but they're all arriving at similar speeds, so probably similar. https://flightaware.com/squawks/view/linked/email/alert/88012/
scott523
Scott Heng 4
Lowest ground speed of 89kts at 2,000ft on 3rd/last attempt... impressive.
Geldridge
Gary Eldridge 4
Quite a HOLDING PATTERN
georgewilhelmsen
I've had this happen going into Cheyenne, Wyoming in my Bonanza. The wind from the west was so strong it took a while to land on Final. Downwind went really quick.

I didn't figure it out until I was taxiing back, and saw as I was moving at what I thought was a normal speed, my airspeed indicator coming on scale (the bottom of the scale is 40 knots) so I jammed on the brakes. And found that it was still up in the 40's.

So I taxiied carefully back to the hangar.

With regards to the above, that's an example of not understanding the physics. I'd have just increased speed - the ground speed was virtually nil. A few knots, and they could have landed safely.
gmrocket
Gregg Ludlam 3
Certainly not hovering but lots of pitch, yaw and rudder action going on. Cool…
sledogpilot
Duane Mader 2
Down to 102 kts at one point
shayfigzy
Sharon Figures 2
Wow! It hovered for a long time! Love to see the faces of the passengers during this helicopter-type moment.
fairchilddon
Don Fairchild 2
Considering the approach speed of an A380 (well above 100mph) that must have been one hell of a wind speed! Have to wonder about the validity of the video? Telephoto lens adds to the distortion as well.
SkyAware123
SkyAware123 2
It was a very strong storm with very high windspeeds.
fairchilddon
Don Fairchild 2
I once had the opposite effect while landing at MHT in a Cessna 182. Very strong tail wind as I entered the TCA, the tower ask me to slow down in the TCA! Had to laugh since that has never been asked before in a C-182!
SmittySmithsonite
I did this on my very first paramotor flight. Got up high in Wauchula, FL, made the turn to come back, and became what we call, PARA-parked! I had to descend to an uncomfortable level in order to make it back to the airport, hahaha! Took me a LONG time to get back! Was a great lesson in the effects of winds aloft.

To make the story even funnier, I had my iPhone set up in a Ram X-Grip mounted to the trike to film my very first takeoff. Well, the 2 X-mounts on either side of the phone apparently were able to press both side buttons at the exact same time, and somehow managed to dial 911! So as I was para-parked over a farm, the sheriff was over there talking to my instructor, lol! That earned me the callsign, "Smitty 911". Not so funny was my wife received a 911 alert on her phone showing my pinned location on a map of the airport, so she thought I had crashed & was hurt!

Story of my life - always an adventure, no matter what I do! :D
gmrocket
Gregg Ludlam 2
Ha - small world as I own property in the Wauchula/Bowling Green metropolitan area.🤣🤣🤣 I’ve seen you fly overhead!
SmittySmithsonite
Probably wasn't me - my instructor works out of Wauchula Muni (Florida Flight Sports), and has a constant stream of students there. I was there and took my 1st flight a year ago. I camped in Bowling Green while I was there. Loved the area!! I unfortunately live in the Northeast.
gmrocket
Gregg Ludlam 2
Ahhh - I own 2 RV lots at Torrey Oaks RV Resort off Bostick Road near the Bowling Green/Wauchula line, and when we're there, we occasionally see someone in an ultralight-type aircraft flying overhead. Thought maybe the world truly WAS that small!
SmittySmithsonite
Probably new students on some of their first flights, or my instructor and friends. Some times they have good sized fly-ins there where people come from all over the country.

I stayed at Hardee Lakes Park - I couldn't believe how cheap it was, even for an RV site! Prices up here are 5x higher. Sucked being in a tent, but was nice having water and electric. My air mattress melted from the heat, and swelled to 2x its original size, lol. I was sleeping like I was on a ramp, head down. Awful, hahaha! The 90° April days kept my mood very positive, though. :) Some day I want to move down there, but the wife isn't on board with that idea yet ...
WhiteKnight77
WhiteKnight77 2
What did the A380 say to the other airplanes? Watch what I can do! ;)
ravanviman
hal pushpak 2
Looking at Victor Engels track post, there probably was a strong crosswind component too. Then reminding oneself that you're looking at ground speed data in the track stats, it was a bit of a roller coaster! Some amazing spikes there. (The slowest it got was 108mph ground speed, followed by a helluva "negative gust" that took it a/c to 300+mph within seconds after that--a bit harrowing to say the least..)
ExCalbr
Victor Engel 2
Make sure you note the time stamps. The time between data points is inconsistent. Also, some of the items in the track log are stated as estimates.
Bonanza80DC
Richard Jacobs 2
I recall flying backwards in my Cherokee during primary training.
royhunte92
Roy Hunte 2
Angle of perspective
ABIII
ABIII 2
Hardly hovering
21voyageur
Dan Chiasson 3
Agreed. Interesting to watch but "word baiting" is a pain in the ()*(). A clear habit on this site.
mutrock
Mark Kortum 2
Agree. The headline is just another misleading one. Making skeptics of us all.
adalbert29
adalbert29 3
Oh stop and have some fun!!
linbb
linbb 1
Got that right an aircraft as large as that looks slow but isnt when close. Have been flying a cessna and had a 747 doing touch and goes not far off looked the same.
victorbravo77
victorbravo77 1
... after you initiate a go-around.
337OA2
Jim Isbell 1
On an early solo flight with less than 20 hours under my belt I went up in a Piper PA11 and when I returned an hour later the wind straight down the runway was 40+ MPH. I called my instructor on unicom after two attempts at landing and asked for instructions. He and a mechanic went out to the runway and as I set it down they ran over and grabbed the wing tips. I was too green to really grasp the seriousness of the situation. I thought it was fun.
flyerh
flyerh 1
Back in the '60's my xmilitary flight instructor told me of an occasion during world war II when a typhoon went through Hong Kong. The military put their fleet of bombers into the air and they flew stationary for several hours before landing once again. I have watched small aircraft going backwards over Toronto in a strong windstorm.
kiwipop
Geoff Arkley 1
Could bring a whole new meaning to the term "Boarding Ladder".
jamartinster
Jaime Martinez 1
Fantastico en sus maniobras
srobak
srobak 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO96qt0thJc
srobak
srobak 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3g2i4XDrug
harchh
Henry Hughes 1
What if the wind suddenly stopped? The A380 had very low ground speed. Would it not have fallen out of the sky?
AABABY
AABABY 1
My thought is: What if the wind had suddenly changed speed or direction? It would have been a really bad day for everyone.
meadowdrive5
meadowdrive5 1
Now that we’ve dissected this video, let’s talk for a moment about the passengers 💩 themselves.
DennisFernkes
Dennis Fernkes 1
I wonder what my blood pressure is after watching this!
DennisFernkes
Dennis Fernkes 1
Oops, wrong thread
mweiserny
Mark Weiser 1
Awwww c'mon guys you need rotary wings to get that buzz, as mentioned below, there is no feeling like "flying" forward or hovering while ground speed is s minus number - aka reverse. The "nam was the place for that!

Stay safe, it is a cool thought that a 380 could "hover" need a really lot of wind!!!!
tblazis99
Tony Blazis 0
If the wind that strong that an A380 would be hovering the person doing this video would not be able to stand.
SkyAware123
SkyAware123 1
The person is shielded by the buildings around him. Open your eyes and you can see he is not in the open.
flybd5juan
Juan Jimenez 0
I have to wonder what kind of an idiot even attempts such an approach in those conditions. And if you pay attention you can see birds who didn't have any problem with the wind, which makes the video suspect.
SkyAware123
SkyAware123 3
Where else would he go ? Planes land in storms every day. Don't be a noob.
AWAAlum
AWAAlum 1
Perhaps the winds were stronger at the plane's altitude than the birds.
briansfreeman
Brian Freeman 0
A shame it was taped in black and white...old school.
hulakai
Kevin Holly 4
Not black and white....just a very grey day. Trucks passing in front of the camera have colour on them.
SkyAware123
SkyAware123 1
With that weather you won't see much color anyways if you did.

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xtoler
Larry Toler 1
Maybe he didn't have a diversion airfield at the time? It does happen due to weather or maintenance issues.
A6SEA
Bill Butler 3
Well he went around twice. If he did have a divert he probably couldn't have made if he didn't make it on the third approach.
A6SEA
Bill Butler 0
That was my immediate question. It's not like this storm was a pop-up surprise.
coinflyer
coinflyer -6
He really was hovering. Never seen a final last that long. Proof is he couldn't get her down and finally decided to go around, because if he had reduced power further to increase his sink rate he'd have been going backwards. And reducing flaps was just too risky.
Propwash122
Peter Fuller 2
Not really understanding why, when a stiff headwind is prolonging the approach, pilots would want to increase the sink rate, but this was certainly an unstable approach so they did the right thing by going around.
ssmith3104
Stewart Smith -9
I'm not going to give your media player my credit card number just to play this video! Are you kidding? This is insulting.
NF2G
David Stark 7
Are you sure you clicked on the right video? It's on YouTube.

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