This video goes with the Cockpit Chronicles post here: http://www.gadling.com/2011/10/12/cockpit-chronicles-video-food-in-the-cockpit-how-its-prepared/ Most often asked in the comments: how can two pilots eat the same meal? Answer: There are three pilots and two meal choices. We no longer have the restriction on meals as apparently European airlines do. Description: Flight attendant Susan explains how crew meals are prepared and what goes into her job as the cook aboard a Rio de Janeiro to New York flight on a Boeing 767.
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See the Cockpit Chronicles blog post here: http://www.gadling.com/2013/05/01/cockpit-chronicles-how-i-fell-in-love-with-an-airplane-video/ The much maligned MD-80 has captured a spot in my heart. Here's why I've fallen in love with this 'old school' workhorse.
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Read the blog post that goes with this video on Gadling: http://www.gadling.com/2013/03/20/cockpit-chronicles-the-ipad-flight-bag-is-finally-here-video/ After carrying more than 30 pounds of manuals in a suitcase known to pilots as a kitbag, the iPad has revolutionized yet another industry. For more details on what it's like to fly with the iPad, read the accompanying Cockpit Chronicles blog post at the link above.
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Kent Wien describes the 32 cockpit lights that can be dimmed on a 757. Blog post about the video here: http://www.gadling.com/2012/03/08/cockpit-chronicles-whats-not-to-like-about-the-757-ill-show/ Camerawork by fellow copilot Linda Wackerman. Thanks Linda!
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Originally made in September of 2004, this video made a brief appearance on YouTube before being pulled due to the U2 song. Since Warner music has again allowed U2 songs to appear on YouTube, the video is back. The video was later used in our training department and shown at 'career days' around the country. It depicts a typical three-day trip from the perspective of the co-pilot.
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Read the blog post about this video at: bit.ly/hjcT8 After a beautiful sunset followed by some static on the windscreen, we arrived over the Ockham VOR near Guildford in England just as the sun was coming up. Some of the holding scenes are sped up. Enjoy the view. Music is "Shetland," a stock track in iMovie.
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Best watched in HD. Blogged about this trip here: http://bit.ly/9RYc4f Flew many flights with Captain Frank, and this is my way of paying him back. Come along with us for Frank's retirement flight from Boston to Paris and back. Look at the blog post I wrote about this trip here: http://bit.ly/9RYc4f
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This video goes with the Cockpit Chronicles blog post found here: http://www.gadling.com/2012/07/26/cockpit-chronicles-dc-3-flight-over-manhattan-celebrates-mechan/ Al Blackman has been working as a mechanic for 70 years and is still going at it. AA decided to throw him a little celebration event, complete with an original DC-3, the Flagship Detroit, that took him around Manhattan for a tour. Come along with us!
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This was my dad's last flight as a check pilot in June of 2001. He was fortunate enough to fly the Commemorative Air Forces B-29 called "FiFi." It was (and still is) the last flying B-29 in the world. Since he never got a proper sendoff from the airline flying he did for so long, we thought it would be fun to celebrate his last B-29 flight. This was my first editing attempt using Apple's iMovie. I rode in the back seat of a T-6 with the canopy removed and my brother was in the fire truck. It was quite a thrill. The inside B-29 shots are from a flight I took in June of 1997. Note the Boeing 307 parked on the ramp as the B-29 taxis in. That was shot two weeks before that same Boeing 307 took a swim in Puget Sound. The 307 is on display now at the Smithsonian and the B-29 flies from Midland, TX. Take a look at their site: http://www.cafb29b24.org/ If you get a chance to see this airplane fly, don't miss it. Music: The first song is "String of Pearls" and the second song is "In the Mood." Both are by Glenn Miller. Special thanks to the volunteers at the CAF for making this possible. They're a wonderful bunch.
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Paragliding has changed my life. Could it change yours? This video goes with the Aviation Week post called "Why Your Next Airplane Should be a Paraglider": http://m.aviationweek.com/oshkosh-2015/why-your-next-airplane-should-be-paraglider Filmed in Rio de Janeiro and Petropolis, Brazil. Schiltgrat, Schilthorn, Interlakken and Hoch Ybrig, Switzerland. Lima, Peru. Jackson, Wyoming. Brace Mountain, New York. Austin, Texas. Woodrat Mountain, Oregon. Moab, Utah. Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Music is by Kevin MacLeod: Ossuary 7 Resolve under a creative commons license.
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Just before we took off from Billings we got a request from the tower. It seems he needed us to overfly a kid (his son?) who was building a DC-3 model. I hope we were able to provide some 'inspiration' for him to get to work on the airplane! Here's a video of the conversation we had with ATC and our subsequent vector over his house. We shot this with the built in tiny cameras that were on loan for this flight. I'll try to look up the phone number to Billings tower and provide them with a link to this clip. I'm sure they'd get a kick out of it. More about our trip at www.dc3transcon.com
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While on a layover in Rio, I caught a ride with some of the paragliding pilots to the top of Sao Conrado mountain. It's an amazing place to just watch the launches and check out the techniques involved. Two paraglider pilots were struggling with the winds that day. Made for some entertainment. Want to learn to paraglide? In New York, look up www.letsgoparagliding.com. In Brazil it's www.altitudeparapente.br.com And in Utah, try www.superflyinc.com
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Blog post here: http://www.gadling.com/2013/05/08/cockpit-chronicles-paragliding-in-rio-best-layover-ever-vid/ With 35 hours in Rio, I figured it would be fun to bring my Gin Sprint paraglider with me. The conditions looked like the flights would only be short 'sled rides' but somehow the wind picked up just enough to soar along a ridge in front of the landing area for an hour and a half. I think it was the best layover of my career so far.
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Just a collection of flying scenes taken above 10,000 feet of clouds, sunsets, the moon and other airplanes. See my posts about flying at www.cockpitchronicles.com Music is Mozart's Concerto for Piano No. 21. iTunes music store link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=203532851&id=203516759&s=143441
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Normally I do not film below 10,000 feet, but this was a training video, used by our check airman to evaluate the procedures used for future 'bounces'. See the blog post I wrote about this training video: http://www.gadling.com/2009/04/29/cockpit-chronicles-practicing-takeoff-and-landings-in-a-737-w/ We call 'em 'bounces.' This video was taken in 1999 when we were required to perform some takeoff and landing practice in the actual airplane after we finished up our simulator training. Our training airport was San Jose, CA with the touch and go landings at Sacramento. Airplane was a brand new 737-800.
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Years ago I made up this little video showing what it was like to be a Twin Otter co-pilot in Alaska. I thought I'd dust it off and put it up here. From the 1300 foot strip in Eek to the frozen ice flows 200 miles north of Alaska, you'll see why we were having so much fun.
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Sometimes the life of a pilot can have advantages. Like being able to jump to the front of the line. As a pilot, I wanted to point out these benefits to my daughters, so I picked up a Playmobil Security Checkpoint and filmed this little video for them. See the Gadling blog post that uses this video here: http://www.gadling.com/2009/12/15/a-tsa-simulator-courtesy-of-playmobil/
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Heavy rain caused a build up of static electricity going into while on approach to Paris. This static is occasionally followed by some wild colors, known as St. Elmo's fire. Wrote about this trip in my blog at: http://www.gadling.com/2008/10/14/cockpit-chronicles-st-elmos-fire-falcons-and-segway-ing-throu/
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For an "Economy" seat, this is pretty slick. Air New Zealand announced an entirely new concept for their Premium Economy seats. Here's their briefing at a press event this week in Auckland, New Zealand
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Blogged about this here: http://bit.ly/EkOJK In addition to a solar reflective coating to keep the cockpit cool, a thin-film gold coating is used as an anti-fog device, eliminating the need for blowing air to defog the front windows. A PPG representative explains.
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Air New Zealand has brought beds to economy on their new 777-300 and 787. CEO Rob Fyfe and Project Manager Ed Sims briefed the crowds on Tuesdays event in Auckland, and demonstrated what makes the Skycouch economy seats so remarkable, and also showed us one of the designs that were rejected after nearly making the cut.
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X-37B Rocket plume from the cockpit while flying from Santo Domingo to Boston on March 5th 2011 with a new moon in the background.
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See the blog post here: http://bit.ly/bETpD We managed to visit with the creators of the new electrically dim-able window shades. We were shocked to see what a range in brightness they have.
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Level at 24,000 while flying to Boston we had a great opportunity to witness the clouds below us lit up by the sunset. A level-off right at the cloud tops doesn't happen very often, but when it does, it's memorable. Music is appropriately enough, "Into the Clouds" by Jim Goodin at www.jimgoodinmusic.com. Discovered through the Podsafe Music Network.
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Biking through 5th Avenue, Times Square, Broadway, Grand Central Terminal, the U.N. building and Queensboro (59th Street) Bridge a few hours after Hurricane Irene passed by Manhattan. I wrote about the experience here: http://www.gadling.com/2011/08/28/biking-the-car-less-streets-of-new-york-city-after-hurricane-ire/
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It only takes a few minutes to forget just how you look on a Segway. You'll be too distracted by just how much fun these things are. www.citysegwaytours.com offers a great tour of Paris. I can't recommend it enough! Read about the day on my blog: http://www.gadling.com/2008/10/14/cockpit-chronicles-st-elmos-fire-falcons-and-segway-ing-throu/
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The February 20th, 2008 lunar eclipse from the cockpit, along with some sunset and cloud shots. Set to music by Rob Costlow, "I do." iTunes Link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=76818656&id=76818890&s=143441 See the post about this trip at www.cockpitchronicles.com
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If you've seen my flicker account, FlyForFun you'll notice I've been taking a lot of sunrise and sunset pictures lately. I figured I'd try a video of the rapid sunrise we get when flying toward the sun. www.flickr.com/photos/flyforfun/ Song is Christofori's Dream by David Lanz. iTunes Link: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=107530779&id=107531163&s=143441
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This was a 1980 commercial that aired in Seattle and throughout Alaska for an airline that is no longer in service, Wien Air Alaska. The Stearman C2B biplane is now on display at the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, and was at one point owned and flown by Noel Wien in the 20's. The 727 in the commercial is probably a Coke can now. Who knows. See the other two commercials made after this one under the "More from this user" tab.
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