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The captain discusses some of the challenges in landing on a high-altitude airport like Nairobi's. Also interesting to hear about the cargo. I love this stuff. English seems to be the international flight language.
What pilots do. Like ship captains, these guys (or gals) have to have their wits about them. What a cool job.
That was great! I watched the whole thing. I smiled because the actions those pilots performed were just the same as us little guys do on a smaller scale. We review the route, check the weather, calculate fuel required, perform weight and balance, check landing distance at the destination, do a "walkaround", etc. Like those guys, I too, check my (much smaller) tires and brakes prior to every flight. I also smiled because the Captain was using an iPad for "situational awareness" like I do. I did catch one error in the video, though. When they started their descent into Nairobi, the Attitude Indicator was showing them in a climb, and the altimeter wasn't counting down. Just a nit in an otherwise outstanding video. Keep the cockpit porn coming!
I'm a child of the magenta line since Stratus/Foreflight/iPad is my primary means of navigation in my VFR-only Experimental. The magenta line has really revolutionized the way we fly. I've only had Foreflight crap out on me once so, just in case, I always carry Sectionals and still remember how to fly by Pilotage should the need arise.
"The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.
Speedbird 206: "Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of active runway."
Ground: "Speedbird 206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven."
The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.
Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by, Ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?"
Speedbird 206 (coolly): "Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark, -- And I didn't land.""
Back in the mid-90s I went on my first international trip Denver to Amsterdam on a warm July day. The captain announced before the flight that the 767 might have to stop in Canada to pick up fuel if we used too much taking off out of mile-high Denver. We didn't have to.