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When Gale did a rough sport of landing Heathrow, he called the plays

When Gale did a rough sport of landing Heathrow, he called the plays

Mr. Dyer made a point in describing the airlines’ nationality, saying at one point, “Let’s see how the Chinese do,” and at another, “Here come the Russians.” Jon Sobel, the former BBC North America editor, said on Twitter that Big Jet TV was like the “landing Winter Olympics”.

“Let’s see how the British do with their 380s,” he said as a British Airways plane swung across the landscape in fierce headwinds. Mr. Dyer said he hoped the airline would remain committed to the A380, a giant double-decker aircraft that carries 600 passengers but is no longer outdated. Because he’s a romantic, he praised the airline for painting some of its planes with antique adornments.

“Smell tire smoke from the 380, dude,” said Mr. Dyer from his perch, across a road and chain link fence from the runway.

In the gaps between planes, Mr. Dyer photographed a small herd of horses gambling around the field, occasionally stopping to rub their noses with the hood of his truck. He complained about not being able to drink coffee in the howling of the wind. He read comments from new subscribers to Big Jet TV, from Ireland and the United States. He was manipulating the visits of the film crews.

Mr. Dyer’s tough style rubs some people the wrong way. When news of the death of Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, interrupted a show last April, he said, “Long live the King, or whatever.” The next day, he made a remorseful statement, saying he reacted poorly under pressure.

On Friday, however, he was jubilant. “This is the best scenario you can imagine,” he told BBC Radio. “Great kudos to the pilots and crews working at the airports.”

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While Mr. Dyer reiterated his admiration for the pilots’ skills, an unmistakable joy crept into his voice whenever the aircraft seemed to be taking a particularly sinister approach. “It’s far from the center,” Mr. Dyer said of a stray Delta Air Lines plane. “Be careful, now,” he said as the 737 exited and slashed in the wind.