TexAussie
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Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 1:24 pm

I am happy to see more airlines adding the cockpit/belly cameras as a part of their IFE! In the past month, I flown three carriers with this feature.

Finnair on their A321s and the cameras were very high-resolution had stunning views. Nose cam is on main screen when wheels are down and switched to belly once wheels are up. Then, at about 10,000 feet (guessing) it switched to Air Show, and then back through the cycle on descent.

Emirates 777-300 allows you to select Nose View or Downward View. I was flying a cheap fare from AU to NZ in economy and had three seats to myself (EK 777 is 3x4x3) and had one PTV on Down, one on Nose and the other on Airshow. Great views coming into Auckland!

Also, on a CX 777-300 from HKG-KUL, there was a "Camera Channel" on the AVOD, but it was not working properly on that aircraft.

I have heard JAL uses the cameras, and MH used to on 777s but not any more. Are there any other carriers using this system? On a clear day it is a real treat.
 
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 1:34 pm

I recently flew on ANA JFK-NRT and back. They also have the cycling exterior camera IFE views I believe on most, if not, all of their fleet
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andz
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 3:31 pm

SAA have 3 cameras on the 346 and you can select which one you want to watch at any time during the flight on the AVOD.
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 4:16 pm

Availability of this IFE option is a definitive fact to decide flying one airline over another for me!!

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TexAussie
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 6:18 pm

Andz,

What are the 3 cameras on the SA 346... UP, DOWN and ???

Sounds like a nice system.

 
Leskova
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 6:21 pm

I know Austrian has this on their A340-300s and A330-200s... not sure about the A340-200s or the Lauda-fleet.

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icarus75
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 7:17 pm

Air france have 2 cameras on their A330.
I flew recently one to CVG but the camera was shut down at landing.

I've also flown CX between CDG & HKG (B747) and KKG & Taïpei (A330) and it was the same.
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zizou
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 9:56 pm

SriLankan has this feature on its A340s and A330s. Their camera is exactly the same as Emirates', with Nose View and Downward View.
 
bhxforever
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:11 pm

Don't some of the A340-600 operators have cameras in the tail too? Or is that just for the flight deck crew?

Also, the only airline in the UK to have them is MyTravel Airways, who have nosewheel and downward facing cameras.
 
ghsweusa
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:28 pm

Scandinavian Airlines have it on the ptv's on their A330/340 and on main screens on A321. Both nose view and down.
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airconti
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:33 pm

Lauda has forward and down view on their B763 - same as Condor (formerly known as Thomas Cook....). Don't know about NG's 777
 
Rick767
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:35 pm

"Also, the only airline in the UK to have them is MyTravel Airways"

bmi British Midland have the cameras on their A330-200 aircraft. Was quite a treat to watch last month on an ORD-MAN autoland in thick fog, couldn't see anything in the forward view until we touched down then all you could see was the centreline lights flashing past.

You could barely see the edge of the runway from the windows either, took us an age to taxy to the stand!
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ManchesterMAN
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:38 pm

To add to BHXforever's post, bmi are another UK airline to have these cameras on their A332s. I've never actually flown an aircraft with cameras so looking forward to my forthcoming SK A340 trip to ORD  Smile
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bhxforever
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:39 pm

Whoops, forgot about BMI. When I was trying to think of long haul carriers they just didn't spring to mind!
 
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:41 pm

Yes, JAL soes have the cameras. In Business, the FA asked us to turn off the PTV's on approach in KIX, but i put my jacket over the seat in front of me, therefore the PTV was "hdden", and i got under the jacket....The FA probably through I was a...uh..."bit touched in the head..."..but she didn't say anything...probably cuz it was business, and she sees enough brats in one day, and didn't want to deal with another one  Big grin
 
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RE: Exterior Cameras Channel On IFE

Mon Jun 28, 2004 12:47 am

SWISS have them too on their A340-300's. There is one belly camera and another one mounted on the tail (I believe).

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