Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Flight Deck Films: Sources of Inspiration

On my shelves can be found a small selection of cockpit based DVD films, and on my PC live another handful of "from the flight deck" productions.

Whilst I may not often get the chance to watch my DVD collection, it is a great deal easier watching videos on-the-go thanks to downloaded videos. For instance, downloads from Just Planes can be streamed or copied onto your mobile device and watched via an app, with the consequence that my iPhone carries another stash of flight deck film action!

Portable selections of informative and well filmed cockpit footage can transform any plain train or automobile journey into something considerably more palatable. I suspect that each viewer will take away what interests them the most from their own viewing, as it is clear to me that a great deal can be gleaned from watching professional pilots operating at their best by following their disciplined procedures from crew briefing to landing.

In addition to this, the many beautiful departures and approaches, colourfully diverse airports, countries, featured aircraft types, and inspiring scenery play a very big part when it comes to inspiring me where and what I should next fly.

Buying these productions can be a pricey business, unless of course one waits for the many annual sales events. Here's a short list of some flightdeck movie and/or DVD production companies:

Until the next discount season is upon us, a number of excellently produced full flight cockpit movies can be watched for free on YouTube, and with this in mind, here are a few of my very favourite freebie productions.
For those curious enough to ask which is my favourite, I will tell you that it is the oldest production here, and the one listed right at the very bottom. I thoroughly recommend watching the Air New Zealand B737-200 from NZCH to NZQN (NB. parts 1, 2, & 3) as Captain John Peterson (at the time ANZ's B737 fleet manager) is a master of CRM, carrying with him an air of command, authority, and knowledge with effortless ease.

Air Austral B777-200 Reunion to Mayotte

Syphax Airline A319 Djerba to Paris CDG Return

Air Austral B787 Reunion to Mayotte

Azerbaijan B752 Baku to Nakhichevan 

Air Austral B778 Reunion to Mayotte

Azerbaijan B763 Baku to Istanbul

Wamos B744 Madrid to Rostock

Air Baltic B735 Riga to Brussels

Nolinor B732 Montreal to Val D’Or

Lufthansa A350 Munich to Tokyo

Eurowings A330 Cologne to La Romana

Interjet A321 Mexico City to Cancun

Azerbaijan A319 Baku to Ankara

Air Baltic A220 Riga to Heraklion 

Interjet SSJ100 Mexico City to Campeche

Private Dassault Falcon 7X Sao Paolo to Hamburg

Azerbaijan B788 London to Baku

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