Thursday, November 21, 2013

What It Looks Like From The Front

If you have ever wondered what it looks like sitting in the front of a jet airliner during an instrument approach, simply click here to see as I can't seem to embed it.

The aircraft looks like a Jetstar A320 if I am not mistaken and the airport is Queenstown in New Zealand. It gives a great appreciation of how an instrument approach looks from the flight deck. The cloud layer isn't that thick and the visibility below it is excellent, so try to imagine if you will, what it looks like when it is dark, windy and raining as you break visual with the runway. Things happen very quickly!

This approach is an ultra-modern RNAV Arrival that uses GPS and the airplane's flight management computer to drive the autopilot(and in turn the aircraft) through a turning, descending arrival in mountainous terrain.

This is unlike the old fashioned teardrop shaped descending turn of traditional approaches.

Thanks to the blokes who set the camera up and caught this little bit of footage.



  1. Fantastic stuff - glad you guys know what you are doing!!

  2. Wow that was quite amazing and a little scarey at the same time.
    It's like a story of 2 different worlds, one above the clouds and the other below.

  3. Way cooler than looking out the side window in the back.

    Kudos to you guys (and gals) flying. Takes a special skill and you gots it.

    Thanks for the link.


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