Stunning timelapse footage shows a pilot’s-eye-view of a British Airways A380 flight from Heathrow to San Francisco that takes just FOUR MINUTES
- The clip begins from Heathrow’s runway 27L then the plane soars over Iceland, Greenland and onto to the U.S
- Viewers are treated to a view of the Golden Gate Bridge before the aircraft touches down in San Francisco
- The video has been posted to Twitter by the captain in charge of the flight – Dave Wallsworth
This amazing timelapse video reduces an 11-hour flight from London Heathrow to San Francisco to just four minutes.
It was filmed from the cockpit of a British Airways A380 – the world’s biggest passenger plane.
The clip begins from Heathrow’s runway 27L then gives viewers a pilot’s-eye-view as the enormous aircraft soars over Iceland, Greenland and then approaches the California coast.
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The video has been posted to Twitter by the captain in charge of the flight – Dave Wallsworth. This frame is from the take-off at Heathrow
Viewers are then treated to a view of the Golden Gate Bridge before the aircraft touches down in San Francisco.
The video has been posted to Twitter by the captain in charge of the flight – Dave Wallsworth.
He told MailOnline Travel that the most memorable part of the trip was the approach to San Francisco.
He said: ‘On a beautiful day like this there is a moment when you first get to see the bay area, then go looking for the Golden Gate Bridge, which is such an iconic landmark.
‘As you can see in the video, the approach takes us past the bridge then right over the airport, which gives us fantastic views of San Francisco. It really is one of our best approaches when the weather is good.’
Greenland is also a notable part of the journey.
The clip gives viewers a pilot’s-eye-view as the enormous aircraft soars over Iceland, Greenland and then approaches the California coast
Captain Wallsworth said: ‘If there is no cloud cover the views over Greenland are truly spectacular. I have posted numerous photos of Greenland on my Twitter and Instagram accounts as the view never fails to amaze, and especially in the coastal areas’
Captain Wallsworth told MailOnline Travel that the most memorable part of the trip was the approach to San Francisco
Captain Wallsworth said: ‘If there is no cloud cover the views over Greenland are truly spectacular. I have posted numerous photos of Greenland on my Twitter and Instagram accounts as the view never fails to amaze, and especially in the coastal areas, varies considerably throughout the year. The sheer size and scale of some of the icebergs which can be seen is incredible.’
Nervous fliers pondering this long journey will no doubt feel uneasy about the potential for turbulence. But Captain Wallsworth has some reassuring words on this matter.
He said: ‘Turbulence is a very variable phenomenon. At cruise levels it is often influenced by high speed winds, known as jetstreams. But just because you are flying through an area of high speed upper wind doesn’t automatically mean it will be turbulent.
‘I have flown in jetstreams where the wind speed has been in excess of 200mph and it has been perfectly smooth. Before each flight we consult weather maps which give us indications of where any significant turbulence can be expected, and we do our very best to keep the flight as smooth as possible.
‘The A380 also has some clever systems which actively reduce the effects of turbulence using flight controls, so it gives the smoothest ride in the sky.’
It’s a long journey for everyone on the plane, but the pilots don’t have the advantage of killing time with movies, but they are able to have a chinwag – with other pilots.
Captain Wallsworth added that pilots out over the Atlantic often chat to each other: ‘All aircraft constantly listen out on the international emergency frequency. There is also a “chat” frequency, which is commonly used to allow talk between aircraft. This can be very useful in order to discuss areas of turbulence and other such important information.
‘You will also hear short conversations between friends and colleagues, and sometimes get updates on sports results. Passengers often ask if we can get the results of important sports fixtures for them. Although, as British Airways has started the roll-out of our new, high speed WIFI/internet access, I am expecting the number of these requests to reduce somewhat.’
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