FriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4072 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4330 times:
UA is the only airline that has live ATC feeds to the IFE. Not sure why other airlines don't do it, the only reason I can think of is that a patent may be involved. But I'm not sure if the technology used could be patented.
FlyPIJets From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 848 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4151 times:
I wonder it the lack of ATC feeds on IFE is a legacy issue traced back to the AA DC-10 disaster at ORD.
Back in the late 1970's some airlines had begin to install cameras in the flight deck and relay the video feeds of takeoff and landings back to the cabin.
When the AA DC-10 disaster happened, there were numerous sub-stories in the press playing out the horror passengers may have felt by not only being in a disaster but also watching it unfold in the cockpit. (I can't remember if the AA DC-10 flight had that equipment and if it was ever determined if it was operating, but it seems like, if memory serves me well, it did and it was) The press stories envisioned more prolonged catastrophes that would horrify passengers.
I think this has had a lasting impact in limiting any type of flight deck monitoring as in flight entertainment. UA seems to be the only airline that has bucked the trend.
Disclaimer: I am just using my memory for this post. Anybody out there in A.net land can confirm or disprove, please do. thanks, I really would like to know if I am remembering this correctly.
Pecoua From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 299 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3905 times:
Yes to flypijets......
AA191, on May 25th, 1979, was in fact equipped with the flight deck camera and it was operating at the time of the crash...I remember reading the News Tribune at home in NJ...there was a dedicated article on how the pax were watching the takeoff on the cabin video screens and how AA confirmed this to be true....I can't imagine what they went thru on that airplane.
Also, some friends of mine used to fly for AA and they said that those cameras were made to turn off and become disabled if the aircraft made too drastic of a turn or some extreme g forces...I cannot confirm this to be true and I don't know if the camera on 191 operated until impact...but they swear that it probably went dead when the plane started it's roll to the left...
Sfo212 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 219 posts, RR: 1 Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3779 times:
Back to the topic of ATC transmissions, I am curious why no other airline does it. The pilots have full discretion to disable the feed if they feel it necessary. I was on UA at LAX taxiing out on a flight to SFO. I was monitoring Channel 9 listening to the chatter and then after a bit I noticed no voices. But I did notice aircraft moving around on the ramp and pushing back. Next thing I know we are pulled off to the side and were stopped. Soon one of the flight crew came out of the cockpit to speak with a passenger in first class. Don't know what the passenger's problem was. But after a couple of minutes, the pilot went back to cockpit and we started moving again and then the ATC came back on.
During all of this no one made a PA announcement why we were stopped. The only way I knew something was up was listening to Channel 9.
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 7 Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3550 times:
Emirates have two cameras: one facing forward and one facing directly down, but not on the front wheel gear. Would be nice if they cleaned the lens once in a while... The forward facing camera is, I think, slightly pointed downwards as you can see the runway when coming into land in a nose-up attitude.
Moose1226 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 250 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3056 times:
The pilots on UA (the only camera or ATC that I have experienced) seem to use good judgement as to when it should be on and off. I flew UA from IAD to SJO this summer, and when we were handed off to SJO Tower, our captain attempted to make contact with the tower, there was no response. He tried about four times to make contact, and then Channel 9 was turned off. The pilots keep the fact that the passengers are listening in mind, and turn it off when the deem necessary. I don't think that it is a problem to have Channel 9 or outside cameras.