Modern jet airliners have made travel around the world fast and affordable, and at the same time made the world a much smaller place. Seated at the very front of these aircraft the pilots do their jobs without the passengers ever seeing what it takes to safely land one of these carbon fibre and aluminium birds.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the view from the cockpit as a Boeing 777 is brought in to land at New York’s JFK airport. If you have ever wondered what is happening up front while you are coming in to land this video should be of interest. Sit back, relax and remember to fasten your seat belt and put your seat in the upright position.
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As with all outdoor hobbies flying RC aircraft is dependent on favourable weather conditions, the solution of course is to move the runway indoors. Attendees of the recent Stuttgart model convention (Modell Süd Stuttgart 2016) were witness to this new indoor trend with one hell of an RC aircraft, the world’s largest RC A-320 Airbus.
Constructed and flown by Airstage.de the 1/22 scale A-320 has a 4.8-meter wing span and is 5 meters long yet it weighs only 350grams, when fully gassed with helium. The two wing jets house small electric fans that allow the aircraft to fly silently above the crowd.
Presented for your viewing is the flight of the world’s largest RC aircraft wowing crowds with its low and slow fly-by’s. Also included for completeness is a video of two helium filled A-10 Warthogs dueling while indoors. Will large open indoor spaces soon be taken over by RC enthusiasts and quad copter racers? Will zeppelins make a comeback if they are airplane shaped? For the answer to these questions and more hit the play button.
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Remote control cars and aircraft are the mainstay of many childhoods, a hobby that’s as popular now as it has ever been. Those of us who were lucky enough to enjoy those hobbies in adulthood get the chance to do incredible things, record setting things.
Pushing his piloting skills to the limits RC pilot Niels Herbrich has made a hobby of setting records. His last record (439MPH / 706KPH) set in 2013 still stands. Unofficially Niels has returned to the green fields of Saxony-Anhalt each year to push his hyper jet to ever higher speeds. The pink wedge was sent skyward again this year and achieved the mind boggling speed of 462MPH / 744KPH. Keep in mind he is flying completely via line of sight, no head gear.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is the 2016 744KPH run, a little jet that really does look like its flying at hyper speed. Also included for completeness is the ultra-fast pulse RC jet that features first person view footage, pilots eye. And rounding out the trifecta is the remote controlled SR-71, just because it’s too cool. So sit back relax and remember, these are professionals, you cannot achieve the same feat using fireworks, duct tape and some old balsa wood.
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With the brand new Liaoning aircraft carrier parked in northern China’s Bohai Bay the pilots trained, perfecting their carrier based take-offs and landings. The first generation of pilots and aircraft are now a qualified air force, one not to be ignored. Until now the world was still wondering if the J-15 is real, is it a threat? While the world wondered China managed to build one hell of a jet fighter and an aircraft carrier to go with it.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the first generation of pilots being trained to handle their high tech fighter and mobile airport. While many may argue the J-15 is no match for the F-22 it is still an incredible feat, going from flying Russian imports to their own hardware in under 10 years.
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This week much of Northern Europe woke up under a blanket of fog that enveloped entire countries. The thick fog caused many flight cancellations and disrupted travel in many countries, the sensible people stayed in bed it seems. Those lucky enough to actually make it onto a flight Monday or Tuesday were treated to a technological roller-coaster ride as Auto-pilot brought many planes safely in with almost zero visibility.
Most pilots are more than capable of bringing a plane in safely with zero visibility, on instruments alone, but in the modern world of computerized flight this is a task generally handed to the auto-pilot. Watching a plane landing under zero visibility conditions from the cockpit is a thrilling roller-coaster ride especially when the runway remains invisible till the very last minute.
Many plane spotters also took this foggy opportunity to capture the ground view of aircraft landing at Heathrow. In the distance the roar of the jet can be heard growing louder until it appears from the thick fog only hundreds of feet overhead. Even as the day went on the fog persisted but the planes kept landing.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the videos capturing the scary effects of fog from the inside and outside of the cockpit. Sit back relax and remember to look straight ahead during the landing, the view out the window may freak you out.
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