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PilotsEYE.tv | A380 SAN FRANCISCO |:| Blu-ray Disc® |:| Flightdeck LUFTHANSA | A380 | The final flights of JR | Bonus: Toulouse Simulator [Region Free]
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English & French Subtitles // No region code // PAL Format // The 12th episode shows for the first time the entire round-trip flight in an A380-800 during the final flights of the highest-ranking Lufthansa pilot, Jürgen Raps.|::|Thanks to ash cloud an hour faster |::|The eruption of Icelandic volcanoes usually means the disruption of the entire European air space. Not the Grímsvötn . When it erupted on this day only the lower layers of the atmosphere to the northeast were affected. This meant that the route to the US West Coast had to be shifted far to the north at the last minute gaining an hour past the ash cloud that could be seen in the distance. |::|Two mice and no cheese|::|Part of the film is devoted to innovations in the sanctum , in what is presently the newest and most modern cockpit in the world, which only a few people have been allowed to set foot in up to now.The first thing you see are the numerous screens and two palm stones that resemble ostrich eggs which turn out to be computer mice especially designed for pilots. They make it possible to move the cursor properly even when there is turbulence. PilotsEYE.tv shows the flagship cockpit, the pride and joy of the pilots.|::| Stopping on a dime |::|BTV stands for brake to vacate a newly developed system that reduces wear and tear on the brakes and which at the same time provides better passenger comfort. How these first-ever power brakes calculate in advance the braking distance and determine how far the plane will roll before it comes to a stop is explained in this episode in a way that anybody can understand.|::|Water fountains and fanfares |::|A special ritual at airports is saying goodbye with the so-called water salute in which approx. 50-meter high arches of water are sprayed over the aircraft by two fire trucks. In the background you can hear the overture to Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner, Raps favorite composer.|::| The seventh eye on the tail |::|At the highest point on what is currently the largest passenger airplane in the world, on the fin, is the ETACS or tail camera. This mini camera gives the pilots a bird s eye view of the plane. This is absolutely essential for moving on the ground as an Airbus A380 measures almost 80 meters across. For the first time PilotsEYE.tv was allowed to tap the camera signal.|::| This Airshow is not just a bunch of hot air |::| Who hasn t at one time or another cursed the information they were getting on how much longer the flight was going to take. The so-called Airshow , the display of all relevant locations and times, has been completely overhauled and improved by Lufthansa in the last few years. Portions of this combination of satellite pictures and real data are integrated into a PilotsEYE.tv film for the first time.|::| What even pilots can only dream of |::| Just once in my life I d like to get out of the plane, hop on my motorcycle and drive home across the apron. A wish that was maybe once granted a long time ago to the magnificent men in their flying machines . However, today this is not possible due to the hundreds of stipulations and safety and security regulations that is, it wouldn t be possible if it weren t for helpful colleagues and a healthy portion of good will. The ride of the passionate Harley rider is and will remain a one-time exception in the history of the San Francisco airport, says the proud airport director.|::| Engine fire simulated reality |::| Parallel to the construction of the first A380s in the hall next door, the type rating, the examination of the first pilots licensed for the A380, is running at full speed.
Some of you may be familiar with PilotsEYE while others may be hearing about them for the first time. In a nutshell, PilotsEYE is a new and refreshing DVD/Blu-Ray Documentary that captures the thrill and excitement of flying through the perspective of the Captain and First Officer. This is a very different approach to what we may be use to from other producers, but I can safely say that this is perhaps the best series of DVDs you will come across. I had the opportunity to interview Thomas Aigner who is the mastermind behind these series of DVDs. Question: - What motivated you to begin filming these DVDs? Thomas: - First of all, to capture the fascination of flying in a "unique" way.In HD (we started in 2005, with the very first small HD Cams), with 6 cameras in the cockpit, which gives us the chance, to capture every detail as it happens. You all know, you don't get a second chance. Secondly, to learn more about these men and women, we all put our lives in their hands. How they perform as pilots, who they are in normal life. And thirdly, to set a new standard in Flightdeck Videos. Question: - What exactly involved in filming these flights? Is it a lot of work? Thomas: - Decide for yourself: Video editing approx 20-30 days, audio edit and mixing 10-15 days, subtitles, artwork, authoring DVD and BD about 2 months. Question: - What would you say it the most challenging aspect of producing a DVD? Thomas: - To hit the date, we planned for release. (What we haven't met since now) Question: - Can we expect to see any DVDs/Blu-Rays that feature other popular airlines in Europe and the UK? Thomas: - Sure, but "let's not count our chickens until they're hatched... While these DVD s are in foreign languages, subtitles are provided in English, German and French. It may seem inconvenient having to read subtitles in order to understand what s going on but it really isn t as inconvenient as it may seem. I thought that the editing of these videos was second to none and what made it even more impressive, was the fact that there were camera views from the ground for takeoff and landings. Cameras were also present in the control tower which captured the Air Traffic Controllers as they communicated with the aircraft. The prices of these DVDs are 29.90 Euros and for what you are getting, I would say it is a very fair price. The overall presentation of these DVDs give you the impression that a major filming company spend months filming and editing to create what I think is the most unique and innovation aviation documentary to date. If you have never seen an aviation documentary before, I would definitely recommend PilotsEYE. What I Like About the DVDs Breathtaking scenery Stunning and Creative editing Features very unique destinations and aircrafts HD format. Numerous Cameras give a thrilling and unique perspective to the viewers of what goes on in the cockpit What I Don't Like About the DVDs Nothing.... --avsim.net
Outbound Flight EDDF-KSFO (...) Captain Raps seems to be a very brave man as he promises his passengers they'll be in San Francisco on time despite the fact that we haven't departed yet. When the DVD was recorded, the newest runway 25R didn't exist which means that the viewer maybe a little bit bewildered if they have old charts but everything is all right! They expect to takeoff from runway 25L, the left of the both runways in western direction, while being on the track of the MARUN2F departure route. During their briefing they discuss the NAVAIDS and the radials they have to cross to be on the right track. Another important thing is to be aware of the altitude restrictions since not following those restrictions can lead to a real traffic-conflict. The A380 is a very large aircraft and also very heavy. So they have to think about their stop margins in case of a rejected takeoff. |::| --Aerosoft Sim News / Andrian Adrian
Outbound Flight EDDF-KSFO (...) Captain Raps seems to be a very brave man as he promises his passengers they'll be in San Francisco on time despite the fact that we haven't departed yet. When the DVD was recorded, the newest runway 25R didn't exist which means that the viewer maybe a little bit bewildered if they have old charts but everything is all right! They expect to takeoff from runway 25L, the left of the both runways in western direction, while being on the track of the MARUN2F departure route. During their briefing they discuss the NAVAIDS and the radials they have to cross to be on the right track. Another important thing is to be aware of the altitude restrictions since not following those restrictions can lead to a real traffic-conflict. The A380 is a very large aircraft and also very heavy. So they have to think about their stop margins in case of a rejected takeoff. |::| The pushback vehicle uses a towing bar, which is linked between the aircraft's nose wheel and the pushback vehicle. It's quite amazing that a towing bar can really push more than 600 tons! The camera is set on the passenger view and you can hear the sound of the flaps during extension. To be honest, this sound reminds me on the flaps sound of the BAE146 beautiful! |::| As the Airbus A380 is very large, there are cameras fixed outside the aircraft, which help the pilots with steering during all ground movements such as taxiing. Unfortunately, there's a wasp sitting on the camera and that's not that funny to the pilots! From the tower we hear -"Lufthansa 454, runway 25 left, cleared for takeoff!" Captain Raps sets the takeoff-power by pushing the thrust levers in the forward position, which spools up the engine to accelerate the 600 tons. |::| One thing that makes this DVD very special is that you can fade in Captain Raps's audio comments, which were recorded after the flights. In his commentary, he re-explains all flight situations, which couldn't be explained during the flight. As an example, for the take off the pilots do not use full thrust take off power, but a FLEX take off power. |::| The flight route today is a little bit special as the video was recorded during the vulcano-ash incident of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. |::| And we pass another A380 over the ocean! Since this is Juergen Raps retirement flight, he talks about his first aviation experiences, why he came into aviation and what he experienced during his flight career. It is very interesting to get to know what a pilot with 40 years flight experience talks about. We're now over American territory and get nearer and nearer to the American West coast. As we pass the Golden Gate bridge, we are cleared for an ILS approach to runway 28 right. |::| Retard, Retard . The flight computer tells Captain Raps to pull the thrust levers to an idle condition and after a smooth landing we vacate runway 28R to the left via our scheduled taxiway. As we taxi in, the San Francisco airport-firefighters congratulate Captain Raps on his retirement with a water salute. We are now on blocks and 50 per cent of our flight is over. Toulouse and Simulator! From outside, the simulator looks like a model of the movie's Spaceship Enterprise, but as you get into this "box", you can admire the realistic replication of the real model. The aircraft wants to depart from San Francisco, but during the takeoff roll, they experience a bird strike, followed by a single engine failure. Engine number 1 begins to burn; the pilot s job now is to follow the checklists appearing on the lower ECAM. They use the fire extinguisher to extinguish the engine and shut it down to prevent it from further damage, followed by a nice, safe landing back. (...) --Aerosoft Sim News / Andrian Adrian
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This is an excellent video, an inside look at what it takes to move a modern Airliner.
I order this video from the USA after reading pilotseye.tv web site stating the Blu-Ray would play in most any US Blu-Ray player. So when it arrived I popped it into the PlayStation 3, the best Blu-Ray player on the market, bar none, and what do I get "Disk Defective or Unknown Code." I'm thinking great now what; I have another Blu-Ray player but it is a cheap LG player, no way it will work in that, but to my surprise it worked flawlessly and also played fine in a Windows 7 PC Blu-Ray player.
The Captain introduces himself and gives a quick intro about the flight, and then we're off, following the flight as it passes through various airspaces. This DVD is clearly concentrating on Jurgan Rapps, the reitiring Chief Pilot and captain of this flight, as it cuts out 4 hours of the relief pilot being in his seat. Once back in the office, Jurgan talks about his career with a cringe inducing emotional montage of him with hair sat in various ancient cockpits. The landing in San Fran is a bit of a bouncer so the shot doesn't include an inside view of what I presumed to be breaking wine glasses and peanuts flying everywhere. There is then a water canon salute for Jurgan which he proceeds to ignore before riding his Harley around the airport.
For the tour of San Fran, they go on a boat where Jurgan drives it for a bit, before cutting to a scene of a hotel where he does a speech about retiring, it only then emerges that it is the Purser's last flight too.
Back in the return flight, there is a wing waggle on takeoff which we are told about by the purser, not the pilot and another flawlessly edited flight by the crew, detailing casual things that happen during the flight, for example, the pilots discussing a shortcut and wondering whether they should be with London Control, this is one of the best features about this DVD, along with the fact that they have decent microphones, unlike a well known competitor which I won't mention but we all know them as JustPlanes. After a perfect landing, there is another ignored canon salute before the hand shaking ceremony after engine shutdown.
The bonus is just as exciting.
Overall, this is a fantastic dvd well worth the (a lot of) money.
Also learn a lot about the aircraft, the crew, the ground personel. Awesome stuff!!
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