I was watching a bit of it from my balcony late this morning and I saw one jet at a surprisingly low altitude which, from my POV, approached the MINT towers from the west and flew by on an angle within a hundred feet on the south side of Commerce Court West. I momentarily froze as I was sure that I was about to witness a disaster.Why do they let the planes fly over the city, and not restrict them to the lake?
This is flirting with disaster.
What a dumb show and concept.
That does not seem to be the case for this airshow. I remember in previous years and have seen this year, the jets regularly flying over the city, often at surprisingly low altitudes.Most practice and actual demonstrations are done over the lake or an airfield. Flying over the city is usually just transit to/from their airfield. It's unlikely you'll see aircraft manoeuvering over the city. That usually happens once a year: on Rememberance Day when the Air Force or some flying club decides to put up a missing man formation.
I've never seen Porter do high-speed sweeping curves low over the city, with the sound coming from a 90-degree direction from the plane. I saw various stuff walking along Queen downtown yesterday, and there where fighter jets doing turns north of Queen.Porter Airlines flies over the city too, as well as the airport is close to the high-rises on the waterfront, that's flirting with disaster too! And the air ambulance maneuvers around the downtown high-rises, also flirting with disaster!
I'm pretty sure it was just an illusion. Stunt flying over the city or near the city one day a year poses no more of a risk than Porter planes flying over the city all day long every single day of the year. The air ambulance has woken me up a few times why can't they just send the patient's by train? It sucks living a big city with all this noise.I live by High Park, and at first I thought it was an air raid when I woke up on Thursday.
On Friday I was waking down to Queen's Quay and saw one so close to the condos by the lake that I stopped in my tracks. It was no illusion, the plane was flying incredibly close to the 1st Palace Pier condo. I don't think a comparison with Porter is valid; this is stunt flying and I think it carries a much higher risk.
I'm off on business today, so thankfully I can't hear the actual show.
The problem is there aiming right at the towers at time and have to pull up in order to clear them. Hate to see if one of those ever have a malfunction...I'm pretty sure it was just an illusion. Stunt flying over the city or near the city one day a year poses no more of a risk than Porter planes flying over the city all day long every single day of the year. The air ambulance has woken me up a few times why can't they just send the patient's by train? It sucks living a big city with all this noise.