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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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Mathias Böttcher
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
Frederik deCockBuning
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 Viduetsky Photo 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 Viduetsky Photo Uploader
I took this shot with a telephoto lens @ 400 mm focal length.
Alexander Viduetsky Photo 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 Viduetsky Photo 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.
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
23-Jun-2017 CL30San Diego Intl ()Van Nuys () 04:26PM PDT 04:56PM PDT 0:29
23-Jun-2017 CL30Opa-locka Executive ()San Diego Intl () 01:44PM EDT 03:26PM PDT 4:42
22-Jun-2017 CL30Clearwater Intl ()Opa-locka Executive () 02:49PM EDT 03:28PM EDT 0:38
22-Jun-2017 CL30Addison ()Clearwater Intl () 11:02AM CDT 02:08PM EDT 2:06
21-Jun-2017 CL30Cincinnati Muni ()Addison () 04:18PM EDT 05:14PM CDT 1:56
20-Jun-2017 CL30New Century Aircenter ()Cincinnati Muni () 05:17PM CDT 07:34PM EDT 1:16
20-Jun-2017 CL30Addison ()New Century Aircenter () 08:58AM CDT 10:01AM CDT 1:03
19-Jun-2017 CL30William P Hobby ()Addison () 07:27PM CDT 08:14PM CDT 0:47
19-Jun-2017 CL30Westchester County ()William P Hobby () 03:56PM EDT 06:32PM CDT 3:35
18-Jun-2017 CL30Metropolitan Oakland Intl ()Westchester County () 01:29PM PDT 09:59PM EDT 5:30
15-Jun-2017 CL30Boston Logan Intl ()Metropolitan Oakland Intl () 05:56PM EDT 09:04PM PDT 6:07
14-Jun-2017 CL30Teterboro ()Boston Logan Intl () 05:29PM EDT 06:21PM EDT 0:52
14-Jun-2017 CL30John F Kennedy Intl ()Teterboro () 02:41PM EDT 03:10PM EDT 0:29
14-Jun-2017 CL30Fort Lauderdale Intl ()John F Kennedy Intl () 11:25AM EDT 01:55PM EDT 2:30
13-Jun-2017 CL30Exuma Int'l ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 12:13PM EDT 01:07PM EDT 0:54
12-Jun-2017 CL30McCarran Intl ()Exuma Int'l () 12:33AM PDT 08:13AM EDT 4:39
11-Jun-2017 CL30Monterey Rgnl ()McCarran Intl () 08:41PM PDT 09:43PM PDT 1:02
10-Jun-2017 CL30Westchester County ()Monterey Rgnl () 06:17PM EDT 09:05PM PDT 5:47
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