Have you ever wanted to take a break from your boring, everyday routine and try something new? Why not take a flight from London to San Francisco, all without ever leaving your home! This exciting simulation DVD will put you along side Virgin Atlantic Airways Captain Alan Carter and crew as they travel from London to San Francisco, bringing you the unique experience of flying a major commercial airline over the Atlantic Ocean, and across the United States.
Aviation enthusiasts will love the attention to detail and precision this DVD offers. You'll experience everything from pre-take-off briefings and checklists, to the excitement of landing in beautiful California, a trip over 5000 miles in the making! You'll feel as though you're right in the cockpit as you listen to Air Traffic Control messages, recorded in fantastic digital audio.
Multiple cameras give you an enhanced sense of reality, and let you see all of this 266 million dollar aircraft in action. You'll learn about the various systems and procedures that keep this trusty plane traveling across the Atlantic skies, and why so many people trust these magnificent jets to carry them to their destination safe and sound.
The 747-400 variant also contains an increased wingspan over the standard 747 jetliner, making it a larger and less nimble craft, but with the expert skills of Captain Carter, you're sure to have an excellent and safe trip.
This DVD provides you with something the real thing could never provide; the ability to skip ahead to your favorite parts! While it's certainly true that you can watch the entire process from start to finish, isn't it nice to know that you can skip to the parts that interest you the most? And more importantly, your DVD copy will be with you for years to come, allowing you to share your love of aviation down to your loved ones!
Join Virgin Atlantic on a flight from London Heathrow International Airport, to San Francisco, USA
In this comprehensive look at the mighty Boeing 747-400 you join Captain Alan Carter, First Officer Allan Rattigan and First Officer John Cullom. Our 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 our journey. This includes route information, weather, alternate airports, fuel and NOTAM information. We then proceed to our aircraft (G-VXLG) for the walk round followed by meeting the other flightdeck crew members. We then follow the departure brief, pushback, engine start and taxi. Our departure is a Wobun Two Foxtrot using runway 27R.
Multiple camera angles
During the takeoff on flight VS 19, you will see multiple camera angles showing the externals of the departure, forward view of the runway etc. Once established in the cruise Captain Alan Carter (Pilot Flying) gives you a guided tour of the B747-400 flightdeck. Systems include the Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS), Engine Indication and Crew Alerting System (EICAS), a detailed explanation of the engine start procedure and information on electrics, hydraulics, air conditioning etc.
Follow Air Traffic Control
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). We then follow the descent and approach brief for our Golden Gate Four arrival into San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) using runway 28L. During our flight you will be able to follow our Air Traffic Control, briefings and checklists.
Captain Alan Carter
Alan 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.
Transfer to Boeing 727
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.
Joining Virgin Atlantic
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.
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Virgin Atlantic was founded on 22 June 1984 and has become Britain's second largest long haul airline serving 20 destinations.
The airline's aim is to provide the highest quality and innovative service at excellent value for money for all classes of air travellers. Now based at London's Gatwick and Heathrow airports, it operates long haul services from Heathrow to New York (Newark and JFK), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Miami, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Athens, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Chicago and Delhi. Virgin also operates the following services from Gatwick to Boston, Orlando, Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, Newark and Athens. Virgin Atlantic also operates a service from Manchester airport to Orlando.
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Each Platinum Collection program offers the following exciting features:
Digital Stereo Audio - Experience stereo audio of the highest quality. All the audio for the Platinum Collection programmes is recorded using the latest digital audio recorders to bring you crystal clear audio enjoyment.
Digital Video - The Platinum Collection range of programmes are all shot on digital video tape to ensure the highest quality pictures available. ITVV have always been at the forefront of modern technology to bring you the very best in quality aviation viewing.
Digital Editing - The Platinum Collection are all edited "in-house" using ITVV’s own digital edit facilities, like-minded aviation enthusiasts and professionals which brings the added advantage of been able to take time to ensure you get to see what is of real interest and on DVD jump right to the part you want instantly!
Multi-Camera Shoot – Every programme in this range has been recorded using a minimum of six, full broadcast, digital cameras to ensure the very best in viewing. By utilising so many cameras we are able to bring you the variety of shoots that you would expect from an ITVV programme - the next best thing to being there!
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.
Join the flightdeck crew - By bringing you this wide variety of pictures along with stereo audio you will feel as though you are actually a part of the flightdeck crew! Witness the tension as the aircraft is rolling down the runway or on the approach into land.