A346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1329 posts, RR: 7 Posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3894 times:
I was wondering if it would be possible to install a front window on the A380 or 747 for the passengers to look out. Since they have two decks, could a window not be placed on the deck which doesn't have the cockpit so that the passengers could have a great view?
Just a thought.
You know the gear is up and locked when it takes full throttle to taxi to the terminal.
727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3742 times:
There is a weather radar dish in the way on the 747, so no to that one. The space is probably otherwise employed on the A380 too.
A better idea is to install cameras accessible on PTV's. you could have several different views and their wouldn't be a problem of a gathering crowd. Of course if you want a good view inflight, the best way to get it is to fly the plane yourself!
Jetlagged From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 2602 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3505 times:
Not just Airbus. For example, JAL and ANA have had such cameras on their 747's for years, probably on other types with IFE too. The camera is usually mounted on the nose gear. It does make takeoff, landing and taxiing much more interesting.
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Jamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3336 times:
The problem with the nose gear camera though is that when the gear retracts you cant see anything so I would have thought some dome on the bottom so u can see so you can see under the plane instead of the boring out the side
You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
Geoffm From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2111 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3276 times:
Emirates have cameras pointing down and forward - not on the nose gear. Both are viewable at any time - including while they're still loading/unloading the plane! On the A330s and B777s at least, if not other crafts.
Some have tail mount cameras which actually look pretty good as you can see most of the plane in the picture too!
HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2588 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3037 times:
Considering the amount of bug-splatter we have to wash off the cockpit windows every day I can't imagine an airline would want to put a window up front with the added maintenance cost of keeping it clean. Then add in the structural problems of protecting against bird strikes, lightning strikes etc, and the window would end up being so thick you'd never see anything out of it anyway. I think the cameras are a better idea for the majority of passengers too. Anyone more than a couple rows away from a window like that wouldn't be able to see much of anything.
[Edited 2005-05-06 11:54:49]
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Helsin99 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2836 times:
Some of the smaller Soviet airliners had a front window on them. I was amazed the first time I saw one at Helsinki in 1999 (can't remember the type). Don't know if was for navigation or for intelligence gathering, but I doubt that it was for the passenger's viewing pleasure.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2795 times:
I'm all for PTVs that show the front view camera, I'm not sure how pilots think as they would be further judged on their landing. I have had many landings with those crazy WN pilots where I wish I had an instant replay just to see what happened.