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Close Call... Nearly the biggest birdstrike ever...

Old 13th Jan 2011, 09:09
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Close Call... Nearly the biggest birdstrike ever...

New Years day, first flight of the year, central QLD.

Video says it all really....

Thanks to KINGRB who captured the footage.

EDIT - Video coming soon, I messed up the upload...

Edit #2 - YouTube - Close Call.wmv stupid internet

PS - Language warning. Some potty mouth may be experienced viewing this footage.


If anyone knows how to embed these properly, please feel free!

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Old 13th Jan 2011, 10:18
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you definitely needed to check the undies after that one!

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Old 13th Jan 2011, 10:24
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Great commentary.
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 10:31
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HOLY S*** that's close!

Loving the slow mo voices haha!
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 10:41
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That video is a classic. Send it off to Avweb, it will go viral!
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 10:52
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What a great video!

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PS: There is a reason that ForkAir SOPs dictate a "close" inspection of the strip for bush strip arrivals.

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Old 13th Jan 2011, 10:57
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HOLY S*** that's close!
Missed by the proverbial country mile!
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 10:58
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You cover the windows over with butchers paper?
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 10:59
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We did have someone on the ground do a quick drive by before we got there, and one pig was shot and escorted from the runway!!

Emu didn't get the radio call obviously!
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 11:20
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Ha Ha..
Chris's strip gets another pair (several pairs?) of dirty undies! !

You showed great skill in avoiding that chook!
I'm sure you'all had a good time there though.

FYI... Chris's definition of "mowing the strip" is generally 4 passes in the Toyota at 160km/h.

The touch down would have been smoother if you had landed on the strip..rather than the undershoot.
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 11:38
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Welcome back Beachie I've notice you have been busy of late.
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 11:43
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The touch down would have been smoother if you had landed on the strip..rather than the undershoot.
That was a landing? I thought it was more of an arrival!

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Old 13th Jan 2011, 11:57
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Between one person filming and the other sitting with mouth hanging open and everyone cursing how much avoiding was there again?
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 11:58
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yeah...there was....the Chook Ducked & Rolled!
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 12:40
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looked mowed to me! you could see the entire emu, not just its head..
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 12:42
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Ha Ha..
Chris's strip gets another pair (several pairs?) of dirty undies! !

You showed great skill in avoiding that chook!
I'm sure you'all had a good time there though.

FYI... Chris's definition of "mowing the strip" is generally 4 passes in the Toyota at 160km/h.

The touch down would have been smoother if you had landed on the strip..rather than the undershoot.
If you look carefully on the right you can see the ahem runway marker cones and we clearly touch down just inside them. When it's wet, you can see the undulations in the surface, they are under 3 or 4 inches of water. Only down that western end though. Eastern end usually stays reasonably dry.

120kts base, 110 over the fence and 100 on touchdown. The western end of that strip has suffered somewhat over the last few years and is less than a smooth and pristine surface and the grass tussocks encroaching further every year. Next year I will have to fit a whipper-snipper to the front of the aerostar!

We had just slowed to below VMCA at that point and I was letting it roll out under it's own steam rather than ride the brakes, but at the call "EMU" I was on hard the brakes and we washed off about 40kts as he rolled under the wing!

Still, I would have loved to send that birdstrike report to Canberra!!
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 12:52
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I thought the commentary was quite subdued given the size of that chook
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 13:50
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you definitely needed to check the undies after that one!
Who, the pilot or the emu?
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That has to be one of the funniest clips I have ever seen.

Looks to me like it was a suicidal chook that pulled out at the last minute, glad he didnt lose traction before he moved out of the way!
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 23:33
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Originally Posted by RatsoreA

If you look carefully on the right you can see the ahem runway marker cones and we clearly touch down just inside them. When it's wet, you can see the undulations in the surface, they are under 3 or 4 inches of water. Only down that western end though. Eastern end usually stays reasonably dry.
Fair enough.

Thanks for posting that. You gave a lot of people around here a good laugh.
My missus reckons it's the funniest "reality" video she has ever seen!

I was out there not long ago, and the water in the lake beside the house is amazing, and hasn't Chris done a fantastic job of fixing up the road!

The water on Pretty Plain is a sight to behold.
Hope you blokes had fun!!
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