Worldsurfer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 128 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3823 times:
I recently flew on a TN A340-300 and i was surprised to see that
the PTVs had a constant video feed from the time we got on the plane in LAX until we arrived at PPT from somewhere in the front of the plane.
It was pretty cool to see the tug , taxiing to the runway and then takeoff roll and landing approach. The only thing i would add is cockpit audio similar to UA's "Channel 9"
Is this done by other A340 operators like AF, LH or SQ ???
thanks in advance
That feature has been around for 30 years. It was reported that American 191 in ORD had it, and it was on when the plane crashed just after take off. The camera was over the Capts shoulder and the image projected on the movie screen. I was told by a long time AA employee that after the accident the cameras were turned off and never used again.
[Edited 2006-09-09 01:06:12]
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Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3365 posts, RR: 13 Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3525 times:
It was reported that American 191 in ORD had it, and it was on when the plane crashed just after take off. The camera was over the Capts shoulder and the image projected on the movie screen.
It's never been confirmed whether it was on or not. The NTSB report makes no mention of it that I recall, and it's their job to give the full status of an airplane at the time of an accident. The pilots made no mention of it on the CVR tape. As there were no survivors, there's nobody to say first-hand whether it was on. All anybody can do is assume it might have been, although as with United's Channel 9, I believe its use was always up to pilot's discretion.
As for today, I know both ANA and JAL use nosewheel cams on all taxis, takeoffs and landings. Personally, I really dislike it - especially as long as some of those transpacific takeoff rolls are. It can really look like you're headed for the trees! There's no way to get away from it either, short of just closing your eyes - it's on the big screens as well as all the PTV screens throughout the cabin.
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Goldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1752 posts, RR: 4 Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3480 times:
AF has cameras on A330 and I think also on the new B773. I flew once CDG-KIX on A330 and it was great on landing to see on the screen the airport island surrounded by water with the runway approaching. Unfortunately, a lot of captains forget to turn the system on for landing (or may be they voluntarily forget ?)
Goldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1752 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3381 times:
Quoting TGV (Reply 11): I disccussed that once with an AF FA. Initially it was turned on for landing, but some passengers were scared, so it is now normally off.
Hi TGV !
these so-called scared people should watch their feet during landing and not watch the screen !!! This will allow the 99.5% of non-scared people to watch end enjoy.
Anyway, thanks for the info !
Go3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3266 posts, RR: 18 Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3273 times:
They turned the camera on, on an SK 340 flight I was on. The quality was about that of an older webcam. It was the default display during taxi, take off, and landing. It could also be accessed during flight. There was a front, and a bottom view.