SEATTLE — Movie Monday comes a day later than usual today and gives a unique look at some of the worlds most interesting approaches.
The first video puts you in the flight deck of an A320 on approach to Paro, Bhutan’s capital city and widely believed to be the most difficult approach in the world. The runway, which sits at 7,300ft, is surrounded by 12,000ft peaks.
The second video, which I shot in November, was filmed on the upper deck of an Air France A380. While it’s not a flight deck point of view, the IFE onboard allows multiple external views. I took advantage of both and tuned one screen to a forward view from the A380′s tail and the other to a straight-down view at the ground below.
After our turn final it became clear that there was a significant crosswind, and the superjumbo would crab into the wind. On the straight-down camera view, notice the offset angle of the markings on the runway as the A380 compensated for the perpendicular wind component.