Questions from a Newbie...

Date:         16 Jun 98 02:15:23 
From: (GO PACK!)
Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
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Greetings. As one of about 15 members of the human race that would
actually spend an afternoon at Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport watching
planes land, I have a few questions regarding jet flight that I would
like to pose to this group. I apologize if they sound a little trite,
but believe me, I am really interested in the answers...

1.) How fast are typical jets going just before you take off. I
usually try to fly Delta's 767s out of Hartsfield for business, and
I've always wondered just how fast we are going down the runway.

2.) How about landing?

3.) Someone once said Hartsfield has one of the longest runways in the
world. How long does a runway have to be to accomodate a 767 to
landing? I understand there's a minimum, but on the average?

4.) Is it possible, as a layman, to see the cockpit during flight? I
do some free-lance writing and have been offered a story involving
business travel and nearly everyone I question about the story wants
to know if they can see the cockpit? Do they ask a flight attendant?
Write the airline in advance? Barge in during a coffee break? <g>

5.) I live in Northeast Atlanta and frequently see decending jets over
our apartment complex...although I can't tell how high they are...and
was wondering f they always use the same flight path when decending.
Once in while, I notice they don't seem to be flying over very