Old buddy Gil Brassard (from the airline days) sent me a slightly different version of this video; this is the YouTube version from “Mr. Goodviews.” It’s shot from the cockpit of a commercial airliner coming into Queenstown, New Zealand:
Published on Oct 23, 2013
…sometimes what a pilot sees in a day, people won’t see in their lifetimes..
amazing Queenstown, New Zealand.
I invite people of the world to come visit this beautiful country and its people.
It was probably shot with a camera like a GoPro stuck on the window pointing out, in robot mode so the copilot and pilot gave full attention to flying the aircraft, and were not distracted by operating a camera in a cockpit. I mention this because US Federal Aviation Administration is looking into claims that selfies from cockpits — usually of small planes — may have contributed to accidents in the air. We may see some bans on shooting such videos in the future.
Enjoy ‘em while you can.
Noodling around YouTube, I also found these videos of airplanes in and out of Queenstown, New Zealand.
Landing without the clouds:
Published on Apr 4, 2013
ZQN Baret arrival
And a passenger’s view of take-off and climb-out (longer piece, no music edited in):
Published on Feb 7, 2014
Flying over New Zealand from south to north. Nice views of Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. Passing over Mount Cook – the highest mountain in New Zealand. Later a landing at Auckland Airport.
Better videos of this route anywhere?
Even cooler videos of other routes?
Can’t say how often I’ve regretted not having a good video camera on my flight from Farmington, New Mexico, to Provo, Utah, in a Cessna, especially coming down Provo Canyon. But alas, that was before video was even portable . . .