April 01, 2008
A First in my Flying Experience
On our flight from Zürich to London Heathrow yesterday, on Swiss International Airlines:
Real-time views of the sky and ground beneath us and in front of us during the first and last portions of the flight, displayed on the overhead video screens! Not a map or a cartoon, the real thing!
As the airline's site says about their Airbus line:
"Full view: Would you like to experience the world on board the Airbus A340 from the pilots’ perspective in the cockpit? Just remain seated and look at your screen. Our two on-board cameras show you the world in front of the plane and underneath."
Watching the landing was like playing with a flight simulator - I wanted to have some controls, to make sure we landed okay! It was quite exciting to see the ground rushing up at us.
The flight attendant told me only a few select aircraft have these special cameras installed. I was glad we happened to be on one of them. Fun.
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How cool! My husband, the pilot, would love that!
Posted by: Melene | Apr 2, 2008 12:46:36 AM
Oh, what fun! I hope the next plane I take has that option! Mom
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Apr 3, 2008 3:49:07 AM
Given that i have decided learning to fly is something I will learn in Heaven, this is the next best thing. Thanks for the possibility! I loved your travels in Greece, bringing back the wonderful time you and I had as roommates in the l980's, and then my trip with Alan four years ago. We loved the Sofitel also. I will never forget the roomy shower with the big head in the ceiling showering both of us.
Posted by: willow drinkwater | Apr 5, 2008 11:56:14 AM