From: email@example.com (Howard Sage) Date: 19 Jun 1995 18:33:09 GMT Organization: New York University References: 1
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A wonderful article, "The Turn," authored, I believe, by a pilot and published in _Atlantic Monthly_ sometime in 1994 tells the whole story about aircraft turns. It also appears in a volume called Best Essays of 1994 or some title close to that. Well worth the reading--a real education. Howard Sage firstname.lastname@example.org Christopher Stone (cbstone@flagstaff.Princeton.EDU) wrote: : Yesterday I landed on a TWA 727-200 at Albuquerque. As we approached the : airport, we made a steep turn to the right, then the left, then the right : again. Each turn was *very* steep -- it felt like we were tilting at : about 45%, although I'm sure it must have been less than that. During : the final turn, the nose was pointing rather sharply towards the group, : and we weren't that high up -- I could make the ground out quite clearly : out of the window, and it didn't look like the wing was that far from the : ground. : Usually I love flying, but I must admit that steep turns near the ground : -- right after takeoff, or before landing -- always make me a tad : nervous. Is this merely an irrational fear on my part? What are the : limits upon how steeply an aircraft such as a B-727 can turn? Is it any : more dangerous to turn near the ground than high up? Do pilots ever get : dioriented as a result of this sort of turning?