As Gale made an extreme sport of Heathrow landings, he called the plays
Mr. Dyer made a point of describing the nationality of the airlines, saying at one point, “Let’s see how the Chinese do it” and at another, “Here are the Russians”. Big Jet TV was like the “Winter Olympics for plane landings,” Jon Sopel, former BBC North American editor, said on Twitter.
“Let’s see how the Brits do with their 380,” he said as a British Airways jet lumbered forward into a fierce headwind. Mr Dyer said he hoped the airline would remain committed to the A380, a two-tier juggernaut which carries 600 passengers but which has fallen into disuse. As a romantic, he praised the carrier for painting some of its planes in vintage livery.
“Smell that tire smoke from the 380, mate,” exclaimed Mr. Dyer from his perch across a road and chain-link fence from the track.
In the gaps between planes, Mr Dyer photographed a small herd of horses frolicking around the field, stopping occasionally to rub their noses on the hood of his truck. He complained that he couldn’t drink coffee in the howling wind. He read comments from new subscribers to Big Jet TV, from Ireland and the United States. And he juggled visits from film crews.
Mr. Dyer’s rough style rubs some people the wrong way. When news of the death of Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth, interrupted a broadcast last April, he snapped: “Long live the king, or whatever.” The next day, he made a contrite statement, saying he had reacted badly to the stress.
On Friday, however, he was euphoric. “It’s the best scenario you can imagine,” he told BBC Radio. “A big shout out to the pilots and crews working at the airports.”
As Mr. Dyer repeated his admiration for the skills of the pilots, an unmistakable joy crept into his voice whenever a plane seemed to have a particularly gnarly approach. “It’s off center,” exclaimed Mr. Dyer of a wayward Delta Air Lines jet. “Careful now,” he said as a 737 pitched up and pitched in the wind.