Friday, October 26, 2007

Boeing 777 rejected take off (RTO)

For certification purposes, Boeing 777 made this test to show that it can stop safely at maximum thrust, by the end of the runway, taxi for 5 minutes (the time needed for the firetrucks to reach the plane) and not catch fire from the great heat produced from the disk brakes. Very educative, enjoy.

F-14 Tomcat tribute video

Last year one of the greatest jet fighter of all times was retired. The Grumman F-14 Tomcat was in service for more than 28 years. This video contains great footage and history facts of this wonderful bird.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Boeing landing cross winds tests

Boeing planes test phase landing in severe cross winds. Simply unbelievable....Landing in severe cross winds Boeing 747 737 777 767. This is filmed in Brazil due to the very high cross winds present in the area. These are part of the mandatory certification tests with the Boeing test pilots.

Boeing 747 crosswind in Hong Kong

This is one of the most fantastic videos you can find. Filmed from the checkerboard used for the approach into Kai Tak. Overshoots and then lines it up just to get caught in the wind...again. Just a slight picture of how hard this approach is, and the mandatory 50 landings of the first officer to get the approval of a captain for landing in Kai Tak.

Airbus A380 crosswind landing test

Video of an Airbus A380 crosswind landing certification tests in Keflavik with 40 to 50 knot crosswinds. Technique is to fly crabbed down to flare height then "kick" the rudder to align the nose. Some crab at touchdown is acceptable and will be cancelled as the main gear also align the bird with the runway. Sounds easy dosn't it? Notice the flight control laws only allow the lower rudder until the aircraft is on the ground, then both upper and lower rudders are controlled by the autopilot during AutoLand operations or by the rudder pedals. This logic helps prevent unwanted roll from the upper rudder due to its placement being so far away from the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. The video is from an Icelandic TV station.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Boeing 767-300 having a hard landing

A Boeing 767-300 is having a hard landing at Manchester - (EGCC / MAN) Ringway/Manchester Intl Airport.

The Boeing obviously was coming in for a tight approach, 
a little bit fast, but the runway is long,so the pilot didn't even have 
to use the thrust reversers.Nice video, not as smooth as almost 
every landing, but not bad at all. Notice the Air traffic control 
conversation after the landing.