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Bombardier Challenger 300 (N541XJ)

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Private Bombardier Challenger 300 takes off from Van Nuys Airport while a SouthWest Boeing 737 descends to land to Bob Hope airport right above. Taken in Van Nuys, California.

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beautiful photo, impressive/ 5*
Dave Sheehy
Nice! 5*
Richard Bowman
I realize that a telephoto lens can compress distance, but even accounting for that, what the heck happened to aircraft separation? I wouldn't want ATC playing with my life like this.
Jim Quinn
Alexander, you have really good timing, or incredibly good luck. Either way--nice shot!
Pilot78
plenty of ( legal ) space there --just the photo illusion---nobody's life is in jeopardy
RW2102
Nice Shot
roby259
wow meravigliosa foto
is that concedered a near miss?
JWaldman
Excellent photo illusion. Only the comparative size of the aircraft gives away how safe the actual separation was. Great shot!
babyracer
I can see this ending up on youtube in one of those horrendously misinformed 'near-miss' videos XD
do we know the altitude of both planes ,super shot
Ian Saunders
Great shot. The tail number should be 541XJ. Those of you that have already commented there is plenty of separation on VNY departures and BUR arrivals
Al Bauer
Talk about right place, right time. Excellent shot.
renato basso
wow...wow....wow
Gary Butt
Scary stuff I agree with Richard B.
apo3
Nice! *****
Jim Fisher
A lot does depend on the lens used shooting this shot. I saw several comments that there was legal separation. I’m not sure what that is regarding on crossing routes on Arrivals and Departures. However, to me, they seem awfully close, especially regarding wake turbulence from a descending 737. On that point, the flaps don’t seem to be extended on the Southwest aircraft (doesn’t seem to be a separation in the line between the flap and the wing like there is on the Challenger) which would belie that it is landing. Also, sure doesn’t seem like a departure attitude on the 300. Looks like level flight to me. Photo-shopped perhaps?
TheNorti1
Camera lens must distort distances a bit! Great pic!
Alexander ViduetskyPhoto Uploader
This photo is NOT altered in any way, except cropping and minor contrast/light adjustment. Anyone who ever watched the planes taking off from Van Nuys airport over lake Balboa in Van Nuys would have seen a scene like this once in a while. The Challenger IS ASCENDING here. I have the original - straight from the camera shot to prove it. Apparently, some folks simply don't understand the difference between real and fake photos.
Alexander ViduetskyPhoto Uploader
I took this shot with a telephoto lens @ 400 mm focal length.
Alexander ViduetskyPhoto Uploader
One may also read the Paul Burke comment on this photo on my Google+ page:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AlexanderViduetsky/posts/f4GmTsAwdvz?hl=en-US&pid=6188302411271711202&oid=116869188863835438571
"Saw something like that from a Tristar.. We were in the landing pattern at Palmdale, when I saw a Cessna in a steep dive looking out a window on the left side.. It had blundered directly into the approach area there.. and just in time noticed the problem.
Another time a shadow passed over the L-1011 while it was in the pattern..."
nycslc1
insane!
Alexander ViduetskyPhoto Uploader
Considering all the factors, from my calculations, it seems like the actual distance from the lens of my camera to the Challenger is approximately 436 meters, to the Boeing 737 is 725 meters. Therefore, the separation between these two jets is about 289 meters. Sounds right to pilots?? The distance from the Van Nuys airport's runway to my vantage point is approximately 1.3 miles (2.15 km).
Dwight Hartje
Outstanding camera work! Seen in Daily Newsletter!
JORGE MOLINA
Very nice...!!!👍🏻
Joël COYO
Superbe photo! Un parfait timing! Je suppose qu'il n'y a aucune manquement aux règles de sécurité et qu'il s'agit simplement d'un effet d'optique!

I want to believe that this beautiful shot reports a non near miss situation and it is just some optical effect!

Congratulations Alexander Vidueetsky for this!
Greg Byington
When you consider how much bigger the 737 is, and that it was a 400mm lens, it makes sense. Very nicely done, Alex!
Penni Harju
Impressive picture... If I didn't know it was an amazing illusion I would be terrified
SAM PIERCE
Very nice shot Alexander! There are a couple of things about the photo and the aircraft separation. It is difficult to determine if there was or was not separation at the time the photo was taken and before. The first thing I see at the time of the photo there was diverging courses between the aircraft. Another part of separation is the altitude each aircraft was cleared to; there may have been altitude separation. Without more information it is impossible to determine separation. All the speculation and questions this picture creates testifies to what a great shot it was.
Alfredo Erculiani
Excelente e impresionante imagen.
Jim Costello
Gear up and gear down.
Kenny Schulte
XO JET - Great Company!!
bobrhess
Remind me to watch out for all aircraft when using Bob Hope Airport! I never want to be this close to eternity!
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21-Oct-2018 CL30Palm Beach Intl ()Piedmont Triad Intl () 02:32PM EDT 04:10PM EDT 1:38
20-Oct-2018 CL30Friedman Memorial ()Palm Beach Intl () 02:19PM MDT 08:34PM EDT 4:14
20-Oct-2018 CL30Yuba County ()Friedman Memorial () 10:46AM PDT 12:55PM MDT 1:08
19-Oct-2018 CL30Teterboro ()Yuba County () 03:21PM EDT 06:13PM PDT 5:52
19-Oct-2018 CL30Bermuda Int'l ()Teterboro () 11:42AM ADT 12:58PM EDT 2:15
18-Oct-2018 CL30John Glenn Columbus Intl Airport ()Bermuda Int'l () 04:59PM EDT 08:10PM ADT 2:11
18-Oct-2018 CL30Teterboro ()John Glenn Columbus Intl Airport () 12:31PM EDT 01:49PM EDT 1:17
18-Oct-2018 CL30Boston Logan Intl ()Teterboro () 10:06AM EDT 10:58AM EDT 0:51
17-Oct-2018 CL30Westchester County ()Boston Logan Intl () 01:56PM EDT 02:33PM EDT 0:36
17-Oct-2018 CL30Southwest Florida Intl ()Westchester County () 09:42AM EDT 12:06PM EDT 2:23
16-Oct-2018 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Southwest Florida Intl () 11:06AM PDT 07:04PM EDT 4:58
16-Oct-2018 CL30Los Angeles Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 08:53AM PDT 09:52AM PDT 0:58
15-Oct-2018 CL30Palm Beach Intl ()Los Angeles Intl () 05:37AM EDT 07:47AM PDT 5:10
14-Oct-2018 CL30Albany Intl ()Palm Beach Intl () 11:39AM EDT 02:20PM EDT 2:41
13-Oct-2018 CL30St Louis Lambert Intl ()Albany Intl () 07:42PM CDT 10:27PM EDT 1:45
13-Oct-2018 CL30Gerald R Ford Intl ()St Louis Lambert Intl () 05:08PM EDT 05:15PM CDT 1:06
13-Oct-2018 CL30Van Nuys ()Gerald R Ford Intl () 10:00AM PDT 04:29PM EDT 3:28
12-Oct-2018 CL30San Francisco Intl ()Van Nuys () 04:26PM PDT 05:20PM PDT 0:53
12-Oct-2018 CL30San Jose Int'l ()San Francisco Intl () 02:21PM PDT 02:35PM PDT 0:13
11-Oct-2018 CL30Los Angeles Intl ()San Jose Int'l () 04:15PM PDT 05:06PM PDT 0:50
11-Oct-2018 CL30Van Nuys ()Los Angeles Intl () 02:14PM PDT 02:27PM PDT 0:12
09-Oct-2018 CL30Philadelphia Intl ()Van Nuys () 03:42PM EDT 05:56PM PDT 5:13
08-Oct-2018 CL30Van Nuys ()Philadelphia Intl () 10:35AM PDT 06:25PM EDT 4:50
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