The photos in the slide show below are screen shots on the in-seat television of an Emirates Boeing 777 which display the scene from the out-board camera on the aircraft. This is, basically, the view the pilot has of what's in front of him. The slide show demonstrates the approach and landing at Frankfurt. The weather is not great, so the shots are not as clear as they could be.
The first photo is from about twenty miles out on the glide path to runway 2r left. The airport is the light patch in the centre of the photo. This will become more apparent at the aircraft gets closer.
The light line curving through the middle photos is the A3 autobahn, one of the busiest highways in Europe. The parallel runway, 25 right, is--where else?--on the right.
The terminal is on the right side of the runway. On the left side is the site of the former Rhine Main Airbase, which will soon become Terminal 3 of Frankfurt airport. The space is currently being used for freight operations, private jets, and maintenance hangars.
The last photo is just before the aircraft veers to the right, following the yellow line to a taxi way.
I have a new hobby: Flightradar24.com. I can play with a few times of day, to see what planes fly what routes.
I became interested after the Malaysian plane was shot down and routes over war zones became an issue. Airlines are free to choose their routes, and economics usually the key determining factor is the decision. Fuel is one of the many variables in an airlines cost structure.
I have a few flights planned in the months to come, whose route passes over Iraq. Some people seem to think that folks on the ground have the means and the desire to shoot down an airplane. Some airlines have announced that they will re-route flights to avoid Iraqi airspace, even if this means higher fuel costs; others have announced no change.
Fortunately, Emirates is one of the airlines that will avoid Iraq and fly over Iran. I have been able to confirm this by checking the routes flown on Flightradar. I also like to see routes I have flown in the past, usually seen on the Airshow in the plane. I also can check the progress of Number One Son, as he pings back and forth across Europe on his bus routes.
I had looked at flight tracking programs in the past, but none were as good as this one. I can even see planes taxiing, rolling down the runway for takeoff, or on final approach. This is more enjoyable than a video game, because I can relate to the experience.
Anyone interested in aviation or in where they flew on that flight over the |Atlantic to or from Europe should enjoy the attached video. The North Atlantic route is, I believe, the busiest in the world. Inside an aircraft, one does not notice, even with a window seat. Despite countless flights across those waters and much time staring out the window, I have very rarely spotted another airplane.
In earlier times, airplanes were required to fly within a few hours of land. You can see that some now simply head off across the middle of the ocean, having complete confidence in the reliability of modern engines and their ability to calculate fuel requirements.
Have a nice trip in your imagination...
Avid followers of my travel reports will have discerned my tendency to watch the Air Show on the in-flight entertainment system. This has two reasons: interest and lack of any film worth watching.
On Emirates flights, the information alternates between English and Arabic languages.
On my latest flight from Dubai to Frankfurt, I had a strange thought. (Many of my thoughts seem to be strange!) When the Arabic names are on the screen, the plane appears to be flying through clouds...or flocks of snow geese...or....
I have mentioned a recent trip to Thailand and back. The below slide show is made up of screen shots from the aircraft's Airshow and on-board camera. I like to watch this to be sure the pilot is heading the correct direction and has programmed the correct destination airport. Before the advent of the Airshow, I used to book a window seat and watch progress along the ground. Of course, I could not check of the destination, so was forced to hope for the best.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.