As an aviation geek, I love watching cockpit videos, whether they’re from takeoff, landing, an emergency, or something else. Here’s what’s no doubt one of the more unusual ones I’ve seen.
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An unusual Airbus side stick landing
From a pilot’s perspective, one of the major differences between Airbus and Boeing aircraft is that the former are controlled by side sticks, while the latter are controlled by yokes. Pilots have different preferences between the two aircraft types — some prefer the more intuitive way that Boeing aircraft can be controlled, while others prefer that they have more space in front of them on an Airbus.
There’s an Airbus A320 crosswind landing video that’s getting quite a bit of attention on social media, which I think is worth sharing. It was filmed at Buenos Aires’ city airport, Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP), as a plane is approaching runway 13 while there’s a crosswind.
You can see the 45-second video for yourself below, and as you can tell, the pilot is making a lot of inputs during approach. Admittedly the Airbus side stick isn’t overly sensitive, but still, you can see that he goes from one extreme to the other almost the entire way down. I’ve watched a lot of Airbus landing videos, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite this extreme in terms of inputs.
What pilots have to say about this approach
It goes without saying that I’m not an airline pilot, and therefore am not qualified to comment on whether the pilot was so far off here, or what exactly was going on.
Nonetheless there are quite a few pilots chiming in, and they don’t seem terribly impressed by what’s going on. One 8,000-hour Airbus captain says he has never made inputs like this, and wonders if the pilot understands fly by wire logic.
Another pilot similarly comments that there’s way too much control input, and that caused pilot induced oscillation, making the situation harder for the pilot than it needed to be.
Another commenter points out how the pilot doesn’t even have his arm positioned correctly, as it’s supposed to be in a resting position, rather than him “wrestling” the plane down in that way, which only makes matters more difficult.
I think the part I’m most confused about is why this video was filmed. Did the pilot film it himself (as some pilots do for fun), because he thought he was displaying impressive airmanship, and wanted to show off? Or…?
In fairness, the pilot did land the plane safely, and in the end that’s what counts most… right?
One of the more interesting Airbus cockpit landing videos I’ve seen is circulating on social media, showing a pilot “wresting” a plane down in Buenos Aires. The pilot provides inputs unlike what I’ve ever seen before. I’m not saying he did a bad job, but other Airbus pilots seem to think so…
What do you make of this Airbus cockpit landing video?