Swiss Blue-Ray from JustPlanes
Product reviews 14.02.12 / 15:43
This programme really makes me wanna fly Swiss A340! Here we are invited by the friendly crew of Swiss on their A340 on a flight between Zurich and San Fransisco and back.
And the whole thing is covered with no less than 6 HD cameras.
The programme starts with pre-flight briefing, not as in depth as in the Air Canada 777 North-Pole flight Blue-Ray, but the crew explains about ETOPS, weather and other aspects, and then it´s time for the walk-around. Captain Covolan guides us around the 340, and there is no doubt he is proud to be captain of this aircraft.
After the exterior check into the cockpit! And here is where the fun begins!
The crew explains, in very nice and in-depth, the cockpit preparations, going through the charts on the EFB (Electronic Flight Bag), and all the checklists. This is done in a extremely good way, and in a relaxed tone.
The sound on the Blue-Ray is perfect, only some times the ATC chatter is a bit high, making it difficult to hear what the crew explains, but that is just in total a few minutes, and considering this Blue-Ray is around 4 hours long, it´s not a big deal.
After all the preparation it´s time for take-off from Zurich. The picture quality is superb, just be shure to watch this on a HD TV to get the most out of the Blue-Ray!
During the flight to San Fransisco, Captain Covolan and his first officer, explains, and shows, the different flight instruments in the cockpit. Of course we also get spectacular views from the scenery we pass along the route.
The landing in SFO is a challenge since the crew get informed, quite late, that the ILS is out of function, but they perform a visual landing instead. They also explain the special procedure that SFO, and some few other airports in USA with parallell runways have, called PRM Approach.
And after shut-down we are invited to join some of the crew on bikes(!) around San Fransisco, where we view ,among other things, Golden Gate bridge. I am impressed with the guy filming while cycling.
During the returnflight to Zurich more explantions of the cockpitsystems are given, and we also take a glimpse of the cabin service, with the meals being served, and they look mouth watering!
So in conclusion this Blue-Ray is flawless, in great quality both regarding picture quality and sound. The programme is just over 4 hours, but it is so good, times fly(pun!) and it never feels too long.
The Blue-Ray costs only $30. You order it from JustPlanes website. Link is below.
I warmly recommend this Blue-Ray, and looking forward to the next one, already in production!
Reviewed by Conny Eklund