Elal's last 747 flight made this nice path of a 747, how was this done? Could this be entered into the computer and flown? or was this hand flown

The path looks quite neat

Also what is the ATC procedure for such a maneuver?

last 747 flight


I don't believe anyone could hand fly something that precise. A series of waypoints could be entered in the flight plan in a "connect the dot" manner, then the autopilot could be put in NAV mode to fly the pattern. Nothing that difficult about it though, it would just take some time.

If they are at 10,000 feet this could be done under VFR, in which case no "ATC Procedure" is necessary. I am pretty sure though, that the flight would have communicated their intentions with ATC.

I am curious about area just off the end of the pointed nose. I am guessing that they flew past this point and made a reverse turn, effectively creating a loop in the depicted track that is cut off in the picture. Do you have a full screen shot showing this? Because if it isn't there, then this was either all photoshopped, or flown, then the loop edited out later. A 747 can't just turn on a point...

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    $\begingroup$ The nose is the entry and exit point, so it came in on the upper side, flew the "left" side of the aircraft, around to the right side and exited again on the nose to the north. Here is a wider picture of it. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Nov 8 '19 at 18:45
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, that makes more sense, but why then is the aircraft symbol shown at the trailing edge of the right wing root as if it is completing the pattern there? $\endgroup$ – Michael Hall Nov 8 '19 at 18:47
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    $\begingroup$ The screenshot is probably a play-back. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Nov 8 '19 at 18:50
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelHall You can see by the timeline at the bottom of the screenshot that this is a replay, the plane is just a little more than halfway through its flight. $\endgroup$ – HiddenWindshield Nov 8 '19 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ "If they are at 10,000 feet this could be done under VFR, in which case no "ATC Procedure" is necessary" - Not really, you can be under VFR and still in controlled airspace thus requiring an ATC clearance for all movements. $\endgroup$ – Ben Nov 8 '19 at 21:09

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