Darrenthe747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 12433 times:
I ran a search here and couldn't find this video here, if it's on the database somewhere, i apologize in advance. this is one cool video of a landing at the old hong kong, the quality isn't great, but cool nevertheless, i had to share with my fellow aviation nuts... enjoy!
Ecuatoriana707 From Australia, joined Feb 2006, 33 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 10452 times:
That's my uncle in the RHS! He was a first officer on 744 with cathay at the time. He is now a captain on Airbuses based out of Australia. I think flying has not been this interesting for him since then!
Redtailmsp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 208 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 9028 times:
I have had the great fortune to have ridden in the cockpit jumpseat twice on the IGS approach to Kai Tak. Both times at night and it was certainly spectacular. The weather was not a factor on either occaision and the approaches were flown flawlessly. Add a crosswind or tropical squalls on approach and you would really see how skilled the flightcrews are.
Fuffla From Australia, joined Feb 2004, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 8963 times:
Amazing video. Being a passenger on approach to Kai Tak must have been truely a fantastic, yet hair-raising experience. I am dissapointed that I never had the opportunity to experience such an approach, but I thank you for allowing my to visualise it.
Meister808 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 973 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7381 times:
Quoting KrisYYZ (Reply 13): I like how the captain flew a this difficult approach manually.
Kind of a hard approach not to fly manually... if you try to let the airplane do it, there's a good chance you'll clean the engines and flaps off of the left wing when you glance off the checkerboard hill, and shortly thereafter you will likely impact a hill or an apartment building.
Just a thought.
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NAV20 From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 9909 posts, RR: 36
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6612 times:
I'm lucky in that I have this on a tape. It's the opening sequence of a video called 'Wings Over Hong Kong' (Pacific Century Films) which is basically a history of Cathay/Kai Tak. It may still be available - if so, I recommend buying it, it's all thoroughly entertaining and informative.
Certainly a fascinating sequence, and it shows you just how GOOD pilots have to be at their jobs. I especially like the moment when the Captain, hands madly busy with yoke and throttles, calmly says, "I AM visual....."
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci
Tjc2 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2006, 141 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5335 times:
Used to live in HK, something i found out later was that some airlines (JAL and china airlines i think) had landing at Kai Tak as one of their final tests for new pilots. this might of course be rubbish, but thought i would throw it in the mixer.
another great video of kai tak is called 'Kai Tak Mania'. Google it!
The only time I made a mistake was when I thought I was wrong...
UAL777UK From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 3356 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5000 times:
I spent many a day sitting up at the old chequer board watching the aircraft coming straight for you then diving right at the eleventh hour, especially the Cathay pilots who had the landing down to a fine art!