With video and photos, these airline pilots take you into the cockpit

What’s happening in the cockpit of your flight?

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. 
  • Capt. JC Kidder is a 737 check captain at a major U.S. Airline. He spends a lot of time flying to Hawaii, and posts some great photos. He’s on Twitter @CaptJCKidder.

  • Chris Spradlin is a pilot at a regional airline. He tweets as @ejetpilot. He gives a perspective on a different type of the business — commuter airlines.


(H/T on the video to @airchive and @andiamotv)

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Video: Inside the cockpit at Air Tahiti Nui

Here’s an interesting inside the cockpit video from Air Tahiti Tui, the airline that serves four continents — North America, Europe, Asia and Australia — with a fleet of only five Airbus A340s.

The video can be a bit jarring because no shot seems to last longer than a second. But it’s still compelling. And you can try to count how many times LAX makes an appearance.

H/T to News.com.au

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Video: Go inside a flight simulator with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

An excellent video produced by Amsterdam Schiphol Airport takes you behind the scenes at  KLM’s flight simulator training facility.

You can either use the video to brush up on your Dutch or read the subtitles. Either way, you may gain a new appreciation for pilot training.

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