United Airlines is taking a lot of flack from frequent fliers from what some say is an excruciatingly long roll-out for its fleet-wide WiFi. (You can find out which planes have it already installed on the United Airlines fleet wiki page.)
But installing WiFi on aircraft is not as simple as it is at home. United released a movie last week showing all the steps it takes to add it to a A319 aircraft. Watch as crews overhaul N832UA. Yes, it’s sort of an advertisement for United — you’ll have to deal with the Rhapsody in Blue music — but it’s interesting.
It’s been a long time since regular travelers have been able to get anywhere near the cockpit once an airplane is moving. But thanks to some very social media savvy airline pilots, we now know a lot more about what happens in flight.
Eric Auxier, who made the video above, is one of those pilots. He’s a captain at a major airline, and in the snazzy video, he takes us through an A319 flight from San Antonio to Charlotte. Actually he starts a bit earlier — when he wakes up in his hotel room. You can follow Eric on Twitter @capnaux.
Here, in no particular order, are some of my other favorite pilots on social media.
Brad Tate. @AAFO4Ever on Twitter. Brad’s a 737 first officer at major airline who takes some great cockpit and ramp photos.
Those will be specially configured planes with three classes of service – first, business and economy. Early renderings (such as the one depicted in the first half of the video below) suggest it will be an impressive product.