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    evening experts,

    hope you all had a great Christmas and have eaten enough

    folks, plan b needs help,

    we need to know,

    when a passenger aircraft is on airport landing approach and the aircraft is 5kms form the airport, under typical european norms, how high will the aircraft be in the sky ?

    thanks and all the best

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    They usually fly down a localiser beam, which is inclined at about 3 degrees up from the threshold, so you will have to get the old Napier tables out :-)

    Some airports (for example 'City' airports such as London City), and those surrounded by high terrain, like for example Innsbruck, require a steeper approach, and the aircraft permitted to use them will be certified for that angle.

    For an extreme example - Google 'Twin Otter Landing' and imagine what a first time arrival would feel like from the cabin, with only a side view....

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    Here's an even better one....

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    It's dependant upon the location, season and time of day.

    for example in Singapore in the daytime, it could be coming in at 50 degrees, In London in the summer it could be 33 degrees.
    But in Helsinki, at the same time, it could be coming in at five degrees




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    fer feck's sake

    so how high is the fecking aircraft 5kms from the airport on the landing approach ?

    jeeez call yourselves experts

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    At 5000m I make it about 262 m,,,around 700 - 750 feet. Pretty low.

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    Does it not depend on the airport air traffic controller on duty?
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