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Bombardier Challenger 300 (N541XJ)


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!
plenty of ( legal ) space there --just the photo illusion---nobody's life is in jeopardy
Nice Shot
wow meravigliosa foto
is that concedered a near miss?
Excellent photo illusion. Only the comparative size of the aircraft gives away how safe the actual separation was. Great shot!
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
Gary Butt
Scary stuff I agree with Richard B.
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?
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:
"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..."
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!
Very nice...!!!👍🏻
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
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
19-Aug-2017 CL30Van Nuys ()Teterboro () 09:11AM PDT 04:51PM EDT En Route
18-Aug-2017 CL30Jackson Hole ()Van Nuys () 04:41PM MDT 05:39PM PDT 1:58
18-Aug-2017 CL30Teterboro ()Jackson Hole () 01:19PM EDT 03:42PM MDT 4:22
18-Aug-2017 CL30Piedmont Triad Intl ()Teterboro () 08:32AM EDT 10:20AM EDT 1:48
13-Aug-2017 CL30Dallas Love Field ()Piedmont Triad Intl () 08:10PM CDT 11:09PM EDT 1:59
13-Aug-2017 CL30Coeur D'Alene - Pappy Boyington Field ()Dallas Love Field () 02:21PM PDT 07:17PM CDT 2:56
12-Aug-2017 CL30Choteau ()Coeur D'Alene - Pappy Boyington Field () 01:53PM MDT 01:43PM PDT 0:49
12-Aug-2017 CL30Westchester County ()Choteau () 10:50AM EDT 12:57PM MDT 4:07
11-Aug-2017 CL30Chicago O'Hare Intl ()Westchester County () 04:46PM CDT 07:20PM EDT 1:33
11-Aug-2017 CL30French Valley ()Chicago O'Hare Intl () 10:07AM PDT 03:26PM CDT 3:19
11-Aug-2017 CL30Van Nuys ()French Valley () 08:26AM PDT 08:47AM PDT 0:21
09-Aug-2017 CL30Boeing Field Intl ()Van Nuys () 06:27PM PDT 08:38PM PDT 2:10
09-Aug-2017 CL30San Francisco Intl ()Boeing Field Intl () 04:02PM PDT 05:32PM PDT 1:30
09-Aug-2017 CL30Van Nuys ()San Francisco Intl () 01:49PM PDT 02:44PM PDT 0:55
08-Aug-2017 CL30Mc Clellan-Palomar ()Van Nuys () 11:55PM PDT 12:30AM PDT (+1) 0:35
08-Aug-2017 CL30Van Nuys ()Mc Clellan-Palomar () 01:56PM PDT 02:21PM PDT 0:25
07-Aug-2017 CL30McCarran Intl ()Van Nuys () 03:00PM PDT 03:46PM PDT 0:46
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