In this comprehensive look at the mighty Boeing 747-400 you join Captain Alan Carter, First Officer Allan Rattigan and First Officer John Cullom on board a scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight.
165 minute Stream
Virgin Atlantic Airways
London Heathrow > San Francisco, USA
Filmed using a total of 7 cameras
Your journey begins at London Heathrow International Airport (EGLL), in the crew despatch office for pre-flight preparations.
Captain Alan Carter takes you through a detailed look at the preparations for the journey. This includes route information, weather, alternate airports, fuel and NOTAM information. You'll then proceed to our aircraft (G-VXLG) for the walk round followed by meeting the other flightdeck crew members. Then follow the departure brief, pushback, engine start and taxi. The departure is a Woburn Two Foxtrot using runway 27R.
During the takeoff on flight VS19, you will see multiple camera angles showing the externals of the departure, forward view of the runway and much more. Once established in the cruise Captain Alan Carter (Pilot Flying) gives you a guided tour of the B747-400 flightdeck. Systems explained include the Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS), Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System (EICAS), plus there's a detailed look at the engine start procedure and information on electrics, hydraulics, air conditioning and more.
First Officer Allan Rattigan also explains the takeoff performance calculations and how they are arrived at, guides you around the overhead panel and introduces you to the Flight Management Computer (FMC). First Officer John Cullom also shows you around the Mode Control Panel (MCP). You'll then follow the descent and approach brief for a Golden Gate Four arrival into San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) using runway 28L. During the flight you will not only see just how the aircraft is flown but will be able to follow Air Traffic Control, see the briefings and the checklists and procedures carried out in the cockpit on a scheduled airline flight.
About Captain Alan Carter Captain Alan Carter was born in England in 1963. After completing his A levels, whilst also training for his PPL at school, Alan attended the Oxford Air Training School and completed his CPL/IR. Then when he was just 19 he was given a job by Dan Air Services as a co-pilot on the BAe 748 twin turboprop, based in Newcastle and later at London Gatwick.
Alan operated both scheduled and charter passenger flights as well as freight contracts around the United Kingdom and Europe. Three years later Alan transferred onto the Boeing 727 aircraft operating charter flights throughout the Mediterranean.
Alan remained on the Boeing 727 until November 1989, his last flight was into Berlin's Tegel airport the night the wall came down. He then left Dan Air and joined Virgin Atlantic on the Boeing 747-100/200 fleet as a co-pilot. Alan was promoted to Captain in 1994 at the age of 30. In February 1996 he was transferred to the Boeing 747-400 fleet.
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Air Traffic Control - Listen into the air traffic control at the most important phases of our flights - again using digital audio you can hear the actual audio that the pilots themselves hear.
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So sad that most passenger B747-400 have been retired now.
This programme really gives you an insight into how to operate this mighty Jumbo.
I thought that it was fantastic that all three flight crew got a chance to explaine the systems. But I must say a BIG THANKS to Captain Alan Carter. He clearly loves flying the B744. He has immense knowledge on the safe operations of massive airliner.
Video, audio and editing are outstanding. I have nothing but praise for everyone involved in the making of this programme.
Will watch this again in the future because there is so much to learn.
Right from the off Captain Carter makes you welcome.
His briefing about our flight was so in-depth - a lot to take-in but it makes the point about doing your homework before flying the plane. It's all in the planning.
The multiple cameras really add to the enjoyable viewing experience. The split screens used for the take-off and landing gives you a sense of "being there" with the crew.
So much to see and learn in this near three hour programme.
Production is first class.
I will be watching this one again along with other ITVV programmes.
This is a great value for money stream.
Brilliant and engaging programme from start to finish.
The crew worked really hard to get as much information as was possible into this outstanding production on the Boeing 747-400