Bkkair From Thailand, joined Aug 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4450 times:
Wow! Airbus and/or CX have really done it right this time. ( I don't know if SA or VS have the tail cam on their A340-600's which show on the PTV's)
With the wide angle lens on the top of the tail you could see the entire aircraft on the PTV.( except the tips of each wing). I felt like there was a chase plane following us to get such a view. To see your aircraft flying from a camera above was the most awesome experience.
At altitude over the Pacific you could see the curvature of the earth, even the contrails of the 4 powerful RR engines. Take off and landing could see the flaps moving, gear going up and down. Even able to see the other traffic in the area during takeoff and landing. And since everyone is sleeping/trying to sleep you don't need to open the shades to look out. Actually the view is better on the PTV than looking out the window.
100 times better than the nose cams that we've seen in the past.
Only problem, the crew should make an announcement to turn to Channel 49 to see this. I think I was the only person watching it.
SAA201 From South Africa, joined May 2001, 510 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4348 times:
SAA also have this feed to their IFE system. They also have one camera in the nose that looks forward, great view for landing; and one camera that looks down, so even if you don't have a window seat you can still see whats happening below the aircraft!
Wingman From St. Vincent and the Grenadines, joined May 1999, 2079 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3844 times:
I don't know why more airlines don't do this. I agree it's an amazing view, especially for nutters like us. I bet with a view like that people wouldn't complain so much about the lack of windows on a blended wing body...but there's no tail.
CXCPA From Hong Kong, joined May 2000, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3220 times:
"At altitude over the Pacific you could see the curvature of the earth"
It is very surprised that using the camera can see the curvature of the earth, but using nake eyes cannot!!! The camera is higher than the cabin, but comparing with the flying altitude, the difference is neglitable. I think the reason is the image distortion produced by the wide angle camera. Anyway, installing camera at the tail is a quite good idea.