Monday, July 2, 2012

Those Big, Mechanical Birds

Everyone knows that I have a deep passion in aviation. I absolutely love everything about it - from the technical side to the 'fun' side.



Today, I'm gonna show you the 'fun' side of aviation.

Just last Saturday, I together with my dad and my cousin went to the control tower of Davao International Airport to meet up with my uncle who was on duty that time to fix my brother's laptop (he's our resident computer technician by the way). We arrived there at around 10:30 in the morning and this was the scene of the airport tarmac during that time:


That's AirPhil Express and Cebu Pacific Air - two of the country's leading budget carriers. I think base from the flight strips I've seen, both are bound for Mactan-Cebu (RPVM / CEB).

During that time, there were three scheduled arrivals - two from Manila (Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air) and one from Clark (AirAsia).

Then I remembered that I don't have any videos of a Boeing 747-400 landing at Davao International Airport. Oh wait, I have one but it was shot during night time thus most of my viewers did not really appreciate it. Thus, I went outside and waited for it as the plane commenced its final approach.

Here are some photos of Philippine Airlines Boeing 747-400 minutes after it landed. Beautiful.

Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines


And here are some photos of the airport:

Davao International Airport
At the end of Runway 05 plus Davao Skyline

Davao International Airport
Fire Department

Davao International Airport
ALPHA 3 Taxiway

The sound of planes might be too loud for some, but for me it's music to my ears. Seriously. And perhaps, this is definitely not my last post about my love about aviation.

Stay tuned.

And oh, please watch this video. I recommend to watch it on HD! 

Enjoy!



33 comments:

  1. When I first saw the title, I thought the post was about vibrators. Bwahahahaha! Sorry, my bad. :p

    I share your fascination (with planes, not vibrators). When I was a kid in the 70s, I also liked watching planes come and go. There weren't 747s then I think (as least for domestic flights), but those DC-10s were just as fascinating.

    That was one smooth landing in the video. I hope the landings in all the flights I'd take would be as perfect as that. :)

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    1. Magagaling talaga mga pilots ng PAL :)

      And oh, DC-10!!! Waaaa pero notorious yan na aircraft since ang pangit ng record niya in terms of safety. But I do remember PAL's DC-10. :D

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    2. Oh geez, did I just date myself by mentioning DC-10? lol! Not aware of its safety record. As far as I know, PAL hasn't had a major crash, right? The worst was overshooting the runway in NAIA many years ago. And of course the bombing in Iloilo, also decades ago - that wasn't a crash though. There was only 1 casualty and it happened to be a relative of mine. :(

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    3. Whoa! So sorry to hear that! :( Ahhh, yan yung sumabog na plane sa tarmac ng NAIA. O_O

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  2. A real giant bird in the skies.
    a huge!!!

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  3. really nice one!! love looking at planes as del while I'm spazzing around the airports the

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  4. That was one smooth landing. I love being in planes too and I've probably lost tracked on how many flights I've been through already.

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  5. planes are really awesome and i love them! i hate flying or rather, i hate crashing though. hahahaha..

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  6. good for you! I love to travel but I hate the "traveling" part specially the plane ride.. I'm so scared.. hehe. I like taking the plane when I'm sleepy and tired because if not I won't be able to sleep the whole flight, if it's just a few hours then well and good but talking about more than 12 hours or even 24 hrs? OMG I will get sick.. ;(

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  7. Nice! Planes that are landed are quite a sight to see.

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  8. I just notice that most of PAL lands on runway 23. Notice ko lang. Renz pwede ba mag request sa ATC sa runway 05 mag land pra makita view ng downtown davao? hehehe.

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    1. Well, the landing/take-off direction will depend on the direction of the wind, dapat against the wind kasi yan eh to generate lift. And because of the southwest monsoon, usually sa RWY 23 ang approach and take-off.

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  9. I watch airplanes go by during night time while star gazing :3
    I haven't been a passenger though.

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  10. i watched a documentary on how to build these..and its very hard work, compared to cars and ships, one mistake can lead to a disaster, thats why i only trust award wining airlines

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  11. I've experience to ride in his plane on one of its flight to Singapore, I was really satisfied on how it take off and landed. Not to mention that there is enough leg room.

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  12. Someday I will be rich and ill surprise you with one of those big mechanical birds. hihihihi.

    *Sorry I don't know anything about airplanes .

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  13. Renz, I'm so intrigued on how it feels like to be on the control tower! Isama mo naman kami. :-p

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    1. Masaya when you're there! Hahaha. Pag ma-assign ako sa RPMD, i-tour ko kayo promise. Hehehe

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  14. Di pa ako nakasakay ng PAL. Soon pa hahaha. Maayo pa ka Renzy.. You always have that opportunity to fly and travel... =)

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  15. The 747 is really big as compared to the airbus,
    Hope I could ride one someday!

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  16. Sa laki ng B-747, parang lalamunin ng buhay ang mga Airbus! Nice post, Renz!

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  17. I patronize PAL so much. My dad is working at PAL so I have free domestic and international flights.So far, wala ako naexperience na bad sa PAL (hindi naman sa pagiging bias, hehe) and 2010 ako first time nakasakay sa cebu pac and zest air at halos lahat masama experience ko. Damn. :)

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  18. The Boeing 747-400 is really a monster. :) I've yet to try riding on one of these BIG planes. :)

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  19. Good thing security didn't apprehend you from taking pictures at those big mechanical birds. :D

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  20. Nice pictures! Hope I could fly with that monster and feel how amazing it is. lol. :)

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  21. Gaahhh, my house is near the MIA and every 4am the loud take off sound wakes me up.. I think that's the very first flight for the day and it makes me crazy waking up to the loud sound.

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  22. for some reason, i really like air phil so far. at least pleasant pa ang experience ko, wala pa namang nakakinis na nangyari or something.

    this post reminds me of the time when i took photos of the runway, a crew wanted to take my camera kasi bawal daw. how true?

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  23. I don't think so since cameras don't emit electromagnetic waves

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  24. Quite indeed true, it is not just big but HUUUUGGGEEE..!!

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  25. When I was kid, I was very curious of seeing airplanes touching down and taxiing in the runway. Just like you do... I love listening to the whizzing sound of the approaching one.

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