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Nosewheel Camera On Air China

Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:27 pm

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...
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RE: Nosewheel Camera On Air China

Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:34 am

I've been on CA 777s and 737s. I know the 777 has the camera as well.
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RE: Nosewheel Camera On Air China

Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:07 am

I was on a CA B737-800 yesterday PEK-KHN, no nosecam...
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RE: Nosewheel Camera On Air China

Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:15 am

10 years ago, I flew on a CA 767, and it had the cam as well.
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RE: Nosewheel Camera On Air China

Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:37 am

I saw in 2004 on a CI Airbus from and to FRA a camera showing what is going on under the aircraft. Even during the flight.
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RE: Nosewheel Camera On Air China

Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:31 pm

AA used to have the "cockpit cam" on their DC10s.
I saw it once from SAN (IIRC) to DFW along time ago.

Pretty neat.

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RE: Nosewheel Camera On Air China

Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:27 am

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...
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RE: Nosewheel Camera On Air China

Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:11 pm

Some of EK newer 777 have an option of a forward or down camera and you can choose the view you want to watch from your seat. Otherwise the FA changes from the forward or downward cameras.

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