Dispatchguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1249 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 9 months 1 hour ago) and read 3990 times:
I was on a domestic Air China flight, from PVG-PEK, on the 25th on one of their A330-200s, and as we were getting close to the departure end of the runway, the captain (who sounded Australian) comes over and informs us that the nosewheel camera will be on into the cabin, and on our AVOD screens and on the screen in the front of the cabin (I was in biz), and lo and behold, there is the view from the nosewheel from lineup until a few minutes after liftoff.
On arrival, the same thing from about 3-4 minutes out, the nose camera comes over and we can watch the crew fighting a little crosswind on final approach and the flare.
I loved it, since as I commented to my wife, that was the next best thing to riding flight deck jumpseat.
Does Air China do that fleet wide, or is it strictly a captain's discretion item? I think didnt AA do it a long time ago? Like I said, I loved it, but I can see how a nervous flier could get even more nervous watching the crew fight a crosswind on short final...
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2903 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3030 times:
I got to see the same thing on a couple of Air China 330-200 flights between PVG and PEK in late 2007. The nosewheel perspective changes to a downward view shortly after takeoff. It was pretty impressive. The system was not on their 744 Combis that I flew between SFO and PEK...