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24-MAR-2013 DK Hein 2013

high speeds

I'm working nights again... repairs on the main runway. And while I'm out there I'm always looking for trouble.
Found this the other night. It's a Runway Distance Remaining (RDM) sign that's clearly being affected by widebody
jet blast. This sign is located 4,000 feet from the end of the runway, right smack dab in the "rotation" zone
where the big guys lift off. It's 140 ft from the runway centerline or about 65 feet from the runway edge.
All three (3) bolts on the leading side of the legs have pulled out of the concrete making the entire assembly
very close to complete failure. If/when it blows off it will be almost certainly completely destroyed.
The work order for repairs has been issued.

But equally important here is the photo itself. Taken with a Nikon D3, handheld, using only the headlights from
my truck, and at ISO 12,800! Grain in the picture is certainly there, but it's easy to see why I love this
camera! For the type of shots I often have to take in the middle of the night it's my perfect partner in crime. :)

Nikon D3 ,AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
1/45s f/4.8 at 36.0mm iso12800 full exif

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J. Scott Coile09-Apr-2013 20:20
Yes. Impressive and troubling all at the same time.
Stefanos Lampridis27-Mar-2013 14:15
It's still a little gem this camera. 2008 model and it holds so good.
great catch Dave.
Ed Preston25-Mar-2013 13:10
Nice catch Dave, looks like they have replaced this sign at least once as the other foot prints have four bolts in them! Maybe stuff like this should be inspected on a schedule and the torque checked, etc. Of course I guess that would depend on whether or not this will be an airport scheduled for operations shutdown or not! Why the ground wire and what appears to be a second ground wire? (or is that a safety wire to hold it from blowing away!) You know me, the only grain I see is in the inset!
Ann...25-Mar-2013 07:29
The ever observant Photographer! Given the situation of the sign the repair is going to have to be a substantial one.
The grain, whilst being there, is in no way intrusive. A very impressive shot.
Mary Bowles25-Mar-2013 06:51
Well done you for discovering this damage, reporting it and capturing it so well.
Terrific picture, especially considering the conditions.