Dec 12, 2017 - A long-haul A380 pilot has created a superb landing video, which should help ease any jitters passengers or potential travellers may have about flying. British Airways captain Dave Wallsworth shares the awe-inspiring view from the flight deck as he and senior first officers Jeremy Goodson and Phil Gillespie talk with with air traffic control and bring one of the airline’s A380 aircraft in for a textbook landing in Johannesburg.
The A380 captain posted the clip onto his YouTube channel last week.
The video, which lasts 13 minutes, talks viewers through the landing, “demystifying” it by explaining each of the plane’s functions and how the crew works together to land the plane.
If you think landings are done by autopilot these days, think again. At one point, the video reveals: “Jeremy takes control of the aircraft and in a few moments will turn off the autopilot to complete a manual landing. Nearly all our landings are manually flown.”
Wallsworth told Britain’s Independent that as a boy, he was “in awe” of seeing what went on in the cockpit.
“I will always remember being in awe of what was going on.
“And the views! I especially remember being invited to stay up for landing. And I wanted to be able to give people the opportunity to see what we do and how we do it, as well as experience the superb views we are privileged to have.”
Wallsworth was talking about the days when crew could invite selected guests, especially children, to the cockpit as a special treat – a marvellous experience from a more innocent era.
| A GlobalTravel release written by Peter Needham || December 11, 2017 |||