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January 16, 2012

Video: Ridiculously Great Cockpit Footage Aboard an Airbus A320

Of course there are a lot of aviation videos floating around the web. Although not everyone is an aerospace geek of our ilk, a huge percentage of the world is enamored with watching the enormously complicated chunks of metal known as airliners appear to defy gravity. The most popular videos seem to be those of landings, particularly the difficult crosswind approaches where viewers watch in awe as planes get tossed about by strong air currents while plummeting perilously toward to the ground, only to straighten out and safely touch their wheels to the ground at the last moment and roll away as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened.

This video from the cockpit of an Airbus A320 doesn’t offer any such drama, nor does it show much of the myriad tasks the pilots are performing while taking off and landing. But the angles simultaneously showing the flight deck and the South American landscape are of an extremely high caliber for cockpit cinematography, and the soundtrack fits perfectly.

We haven’t been able to confirm the airline other than that it is probably Brazilian (TAM, perhaps?), as Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro both make appearances in the clip.
UPDATE: Several sharp eyed readers point out that it is an Avianca jet.

(h/t Jalopnik)



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  • The airlines is Avianca. 

  • Ailrine is Avianca Brazil.

  • Avianca Brasil…footage is A318/A319

  • Cmte Pilot Rodrigo David,flyin A318 a A319 ,landing in Rio Santos Dumont and tak off ,is lanfding and tak off São Paulo in Congonhasairport

  • KC NCSY

    is it just me or does the “joystick” seem really lose and scary to fly with?

  • Frequent_flyer_57

    Talked to a pilot friend of mine who used to fly the A320/A319. He says that amount of play in the sidestick is normal when flying these Buses, especially in windy/gusty conditions. The control surface movements in response to these quick movements of the sidestick are so small that passengers would never notice them. So nothing to be worried about – unlike the steering wheel play in my dad’s 1972 Pontiac Stratochief that I learned to drive on, lol.