Videos uploaded by user “Kent Wien”
Cockpit Chronicles: Behind the scenes with a flight attendant — Crew Meals
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.
Views: 4265689 Kent Wien
Cockpit Chronicles: Why I've fallen for the MD-80
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.
Views: 1147865 Kent Wien
Cockpit Chronicles: iPad replaces the Kitbag
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.
Views: 304220 Kent Wien
How to start a DC-3
Half the fun in flying any round engine airplane is in the starting. Here's how to start a DC-3. To read about our flight from NY to Seattle in April of 2007, go to www.dc3transcon.com My other flying stuff is at www.kentwien.com
Views: 703176 Kent Wien
Cockpit Chronicles: Paper makes a plane fly
A quick look at the paperwork needed for a transatlantic flight from London to Boston. Accompanies a Cockpit Chronicles blog post at: http://bit.ly/kentpaperwork
Views: 230594 Kent Wien
Cockpit Chronicles: 32 Dimmers on the Boeing 757
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!
Views: 271044 Kent Wien
Pilot's eye view of a three-day trip from Boston to Paris
Originally made in September of 2004, this video made a brief appearance on YouTube before being pulled due to the U2 song.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.
Views: 446262 Kent Wien
Arriving over London at Sunrise
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.
Views: 76598 Kent Wien
Multiple Paraglider and Hang Glider Launches in Rio
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
Views: 33692 Kent Wien
Cockpit Chronicles: MD-80 CR Smith Museum Exhibit
The CR Smith Museum has cut off a cockpit of an MD-80 and created a really neat exhibit where my voice gives you a 'tour' of all the quirky features of the airplane. I was lucky to first see the finished product with my two daughters while they were with me when we passed through Dallas and had a stopover there. Be sure to watch the original video that inspired this museum exhibit: https://youtu.be/7R0CViDUBFs
Views: 25719 Kent Wien
Cockpit Chronicles: Frank's Retirement Flight to Paris
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
Views: 788923 Kent Wien
A morning paraglide over Rio
The view and lighting in the morning made the quick 'sled ride' worth it. Paragliding while on a Rio layover.
Views: 7989 Kent Wien
Merrill Wien's B-29 Retirement Flight
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.
Views: 519985 Kent Wien
Why Your Next 'Airplane' Should be a Paraglider
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.
Views: 19860 Kent Wien
DC-3 Flight:  Answering a special request from ATC
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
Views: 487640 Kent Wien
Paragliding at Rigi Mountain, Switzerland
Another perfect layover! Thanks to Paraworld.ch and Ruben, we hitched a ride out to Lake Lucerne for a beautiful day of flying. No lift, but managed three flights of 20 minutes each.
Views: 13119 Kent Wien
Cockpit Chronicles: DC-3 flight over Manhattan for mechanic Al Blackman
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!
Views: 30620 Kent Wien
Inside tour of a DC-3
This DC-3 was configured with an executive interior in th late 50's to early 60's. Come on inside while we take a quick tour of this unique airplane.
Views: 82655 Kent Wien
Cockpit Chronicles: 737 cockpit video - takeoff and landing practice
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.
Views: 339515 Kent Wien
Cockpit Chronicles: Paragliding in Rio - Best Layover Ever?
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.
Views: 10382 Kent Wien
Last landing of our DC-3 Transcon
www.dc3transcon.com has the details of this amazing trip. We finally made it! Here my dad and I are landing at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. NY to Washington in 20 hours over a 5 day period. What a blast.
Views: 271456 Kent Wien
Cockpit Flying Scenes over the Atlantic
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
Views: 208296 Kent Wien
Circling Christo in a paraglider-Rio de Janeiro
On a recent layover in Rio, the captain and I both managed to fly our paragliders above Christ the Redeemer statue at Corcovado. Here's a quick glimpse. 5/14/2016
Views: 4346 Kent Wien
Playmobil Security Checkpoint
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/
Views: 53777 Kent Wien
Fat Tire Bike Tours: Paris at Night
On my recent blog entry at Cockpit Chronicles, I wrote about the incredible time five pilots and a bunch of other interesting people had on the night bike tour offered by Fat Tire Bike Tours. Our guide, John from Houston was what made it outstanding. Even though he had his bike stolen only hours before the tour, he managed to give us a unique look into the city of Paris as only a Texan could. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend taking one of these tours. They're also offered in London, Barcelona and Berlin. Be sure to ask for John from Houston! Read about the trip here: http://tinyurl.com/57wxg6
Views: 15531 Kent Wien
1990 - Alaska Twin Otter Flying
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.
Views: 48538 Kent Wien
2010 National Aviation Hall of Fame - Noel Wien
Video played at the 2010 National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement in Dayton, Ohio.
Views: 9862 Kent Wien
Taking pictures of Niagara Falls from a DC-3
One of the highlights of the DC-3 transcon flight was the opportunity to fly directly over the Niagara Falls. We made good use of the short time circling to get some great pictures. Here's how we did it.
Views: 48422 Kent Wien
St. Elmo's fire 'static charges' over France at 20,000 feet
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/
Views: 455606 Kent Wien
A few 757 cockpit scenes
Shot over the course of two Boston to St. Thomas turns using the Canon 5D Mark II ( bit.ly/kent5d ).
Views: 83869 Kent Wien
Air New Zealand's innovative Premium Economy seating
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
Views: 336621 Kent Wien
Cloud Skimming II
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.
Views: 49367 Kent Wien
Paris Air Show - 787 Cockpit window technology
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.
Views: 32430 Kent Wien
DC-3 landing from the cockpit on a windy day.
This is a cockpit camera shot of some DC-3 training. Of course, it just had to be a windy and cold day, but I think my training partner did pretty well.
Views: 101791 Kent Wien
7 days in the life of Pi
When your glider weighs 14 pounds, it's not hard to bring it with you everywhere. And I'm glad I did this week.
Views: 9489 Kent Wien
A few views from the cockpit window
Just some video clips I've taken during the 'non-sterile' periods while flying or when stopped on the taxiway waiting for other airplanes to land.
Views: 428768 Kent Wien
Game-changing new Economy 'Skycouch' seating at Air New Zealand
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.
Views: 835302 Kent Wien
Paris Air Show - Sukhoi Superjet 100 debut
A few scenes of the new Sukhoi Superjet 100, the first airliner by the Sukhoi company.
Views: 113709 Kent Wien
Paris Air Show - Boeing 787 window shade demo by PPG
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.
Views: 108997 Kent Wien
Biking through the car-less New York City after Hurricane Irene
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/
Views: 16133 Kent Wien
Falconry in Paris
A scenic day of Frisbee was interrupted by this falcon looking for food. Wrote about this Paris trip here: http://www.gadling.com/2008/10/14/cockpit-chronicles-st-elmos-fire-falcons-and-segway-ing-throu/
Views: 12636 Kent Wien
X-37B Rocket plume as seen from the cockpit of an airliner
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.
Views: 86255 Kent Wien
RC helicopter hazards in Alaska
Who knew this would be something to worry about when flying an RC helicopter.
Views: 28525 Kent Wien
Cloud hopping
A collection of unique views from the corner office. Subscribe to this channel and see the Gadling posts at www.cockpitchronicles.com
Views: 72216 Kent Wien
Flying with Kent (a passenger video)
Nicolas is a friend of mine who came along on my flight from London to Boston. He shot this video and I loved the different vantage point he provided.
Views: 21014 Kent Wien
3rd Wien Air Alaska Commercial "Last Word" 1981
This commercial is fun for me since I'm related to the 'actor.' He tells me it took only 35 takes to get it right!
Views: 28628 Kent Wien
Cloud Skimming
When you level off at an altitude that has clouds just below, it can be one of the most beautiful sights. Here's an example of the sensation.
Views: 175958 Kent Wien
Valdez Short Field Takeoff Contest.  A Cirrus?
2007 Valdez Short field takeoff and landing contest. This Cirrus joined the Supercubs and Maules for an attempt at the contest with takeoff rolls of 425 and 450 feet. Not bad for a Cirrus! Pilot was Stan Skelton of Minnesota
Views: 129881 Kent Wien
Wien Air Alaska Commercial "Historical" 1980
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.
Views: 16846 Kent Wien
Sunrise over the Atlantic
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
Views: 46185 Kent Wien

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