Your ACA015 flight on Blu-ray.It has to be the best DVD to date.The picture quality is superb.I particularly like the detailed dispatch section at the beginning.This is a part of international flight that I have allways wondered about and have never seen before,so a look into how it is done and the software they use is great.As with the rest of the tiltle,the length of the DVD is long,so it’s great value and gives a very detailed look into the intracities of Polar flying.I hope you have plenty in stock,as I’m sure this is going to be one of your strongest selling items in your companies list.I’m looking forwards to your next Blu-ray release. Andrew Sattler, AUSTRALIA
This is the sum of about 20 DVDs. Oceanic crossing, Polar Route, EFB, Escape routes, ETOPS, etc in one Blu Ray. Amazing. More please !!!!!! Andre Tremblay, CANADA
Fantastic film! Stunning HD quality and very informative, showing what really happens "up the front" when your on your flight, and goes to show how professional and skilled the pilots are, as well as the flight crew. As a hopeful airline pilot one day, these films really do give a fantastic insider view of how it all works. Keep up the outstanding work!
Nick DeLisio, AUSTRALIA
I’ve been waiting 3 years for Just Planes and Air Canada to team up and cover this Polar flight, and the wait was well worth it! This program is JustAmazing on every level. I’m actually considering booking this YYZ-HKG flight with Air Canada just so I can experience what I saw on this program first hand. Thank you Just Planes and Air Canada for giving us fans this fantastic addition to our collections.
Kristof Barocz, CANADA
Excellent video and sound ! also love the landing into HKG, cockpit view! Its wonderful you also included filming the flight attendants doing their jobs, interesting to see behind-the-scenes.
Fantastic program from start to finish. Great flight crew, great cabin crew, detailed explaination of the entire cockpit makes you feel as if you were sitting right next to them. And seeing the delightful DO&CO catering makes you want to book a flight on Turkish and fly with them. I was lucky enough to fly into Narita myself already on board of Austrian back in 2009, so it was really nice to re-visit this lovely airport through this video. I have watched some regular DVDs in between Blurays but the latter take the quality to the next level. I would definitely rate this video among my favorite ones so far. Keep up bringing such great joyful programs for us wato watch!
Christoph Sebek, AUSTRIA
I believe I just finished watching the new #1 production for Just Planes. I chose to purchase the Blue-Ray version and it was fantastic. The whole debate of filmed in HD has been settled with this release. This is true HD and it's wonderful! The picture quality and clarity was amazing and a pleasure to watch. From the great scenery and the crisp views of the cockpit instruments to the in flight service, you the viewer will not be disappointed. I would like to thank Captain Rick Allen and his crew for graciously letting us fans experience this great flight. Last but not least, thank you Air Canada for allowing all this filming for the last couple of years. I hope there is more to come in 2012! In conclusion as always Michel and Udo have really raised the bar in 2011 and I think no one out there is capable of matching this great work. JP, what a way to end the year on top as usual. George Alves, USA
I have been waiting for a program like this one for a long time now, and this was definitely worth the long wait to have it released on Blu-Ray. The Blu-Ray just enhances the picture quality to perfection. I am so glad that we got to finally see a Polar flight, and that Air Canada was able to provide this for us. The scenery throughout the DVD was spectacular, from the takeoffs and landings and all throughout the long cruise portions of the flights. The weather really cooperated during this production. Again, the crew did an excellent job with the presentations. The dispatcher presentation was an interesting look at the preparation necessary for Polar flying with some new information that has never been discussed before. I would like to thank Captain Rick Allen and everyone at Air Canada responsible for this program and the entire series. As always, looking forward to what's next from Air Canada and Just Planes. Mark Wilson, CANADA
I see this bluray this morning for first time and i have no words....absoluty amazing.Nice to see a wañkaround of this B777 version and the captain speakings in the program help to understand the operation of this plane and route.The north pole images are great...with icebergs include.Multicamera takeoff and landings.The combianrion of Widebodies and bluray is the best of the best. Pablo Gonzalez Gonzalez, SPAIN
I have just finished watching it, the Blu Ray was a fantastic DVD to watch, and was a very informative four and a half hours, looking forward to future DVD programs.
Daniel Morrissey, AUSTRALIA
Just finished watching the ACA015/ACA016 DVD. It is just GREAT and taking the viewer to an area of the world which is not so much known aviation-wise. What I found most interesting was the dispatcher's presentation of how to come up with the best route and producing the Operational Flight Plan. Quite fascinating was the HF and CPDLC communication which seems to be rather marginal in the polar area. Keep up producing these DVDs. Christoph Hunziker, SWITZERLAND
I bought this, and just got it today, and I can say it is AMAZING! i love this movie, and 4 hours worth of video for 30 bucks is an amazing deal, there is two parts, Toronto to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Toronto, and I;ve only watched the first part, tomorrow I'm watching the 2nd part, but I LOVE it, really amazing, very detailed,? they even go through a detailed part of the dispatchers job, one complaint though is that the sound when talking to ATC cuts out a little, but that is the ONLY complaint
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A very interesting program on Air Canada 777 Polar Operations! Starting with a detailed presentation by an Air Canada dispatcher of the unique flight planning required for a transpolar trip from Toronto to Hong Kong and continuing with a pre-flight presentation by the Captain & First Officers, this program is filled with an amazing amount of information. A very nice walkaround at Toronto and then on to the departure filmed from several camera angles. Great scenery as the flight proceeds up through the Northwest territories and over Greenland, passing very near the North Pole over Siberia, Mongolia and China, into Hong Kong. A scenic bus tour of Hong Kong is included. The departure back to Toronto, this time over the North Pacific Ocean with some beautiful scenery over Alaska and the Yukon. A nice presentation by the Captain of the crew rest area and a cabin service presentation with some very fancy meals. The approach and landing back in Toronto to round out this very information and entertaining program. Thank you Just Planes and Air Canada for another great program! Greg Rowland, USA
It comes as no surprise that once again Just Planes has revolutionized the art of aviation filming with the release of their very first blu ray video featuring Air Canada's 777LR Polar flight to Hong Kong. With so many wonderful reviews already describing this exceptional program, the only other comment I personally wanted to add, was by saying thank you to the one and only "Captain Rick Allen" for continuing your special relationship with Just Planes to bring aviation enthusiasts world wide these 5 star programs featuring Air Canada. I can still remember receiving my email from Just Planes back in 2009 and having to look at it multiple times to believe that it was indeed the first Air Canada release featuring your 767-300ER to South America:) I can assure you that none of us could of ever imagined a few years later that we would have a total of 7 outstanding programs to enjoy watching with hopefully many more to come;) Lastly, I want to extend a very big thank you to Michel Moskal and his staff at Just Planes for not only producing these captivating documentaries but more importantly staying true to your word and refusing to release your programs on blu ray until you could make it affordable to all your fans. It's this kind of class that has not gone unnoticed and has made us all fans for life. I'm extremely excited to see what true HD filming will bring us in 2012! Brent Ktytor, CANADA
This is an awesome movie by JustPlanes. I loved the detail of the flight that was shown in the movie. I loved how Captain Allen explained everything about the flight. I would have wished that the "Hong Kong Arrival" segment was longer, showing more of Hong Kong. I love Hong Kong. Simon, CANADA
I just finished watching the Air Canada Polar Route DVD flight From Toronto to Hong Kong. To everyone at JP and World Air routes, you really out did your self with this Fantastic program. I must say that I really enjoyed seeing all that goes on in the dispatch office, I had no idea there was so much Paper work and all the weather reports Fuel amounts and so on. I know that its all for fuel economy and safety for all. I thought that Capt Rick Allen did a Great job explaining the flight while in the dispatch office, Than his great explanation of how the Cockpit of the 777-200 ER is set up for long haul flights to Hong Kong. Francois, one of the relief F/Os showed us all what is checked on the walk around of the 777. back in the Cockpit, Capt Allen gave good info on the flight. What a nice take off from Toronto with all those nice views. What Detail goes into the plotting charts! That was amazing. The scenery while flying over the arctic was really nice. I have flown many times over the Northern part of Greenland en route to Europe as a Passenger and the scenery brought it all back to me. It was very interesting to see both HF and Eicars used for position reports. The scenery on decent to Hong Kong was interesting as well as the landing.
The only part which did not show that much was the Bus Tour of Hong Kong. Back with Capt Allen and his Crew on the flight back to Toronto, It was nice to get a chance to see the Crew Rest Area, That looks pretty comfy. Seeing what goes on during the Dinner Service and later was nice as well. Nice Galley on the 777. the Views en route back to Toronto were amazing, that sunrise was really something. The Views over Alaska and the Northern Territories was nice as well and the approach back into Toronto was really cool. I would like to thank the Crews of JP/World Airroutes and a Big Thank you to Air Canada and chief capt Allen for all there hard work. I hope to see another Air Canada DVD with the 787.
John Linder, USA
One word, WOW. I have never seen JustPlanes videos in such a high quality. It is true 1080p and is so crisp, it looks uncompressed. Most of the first quarter of the video is dedicated to showing you the SOC (Systems Operation Control) center for Air Canada. Jim takes us into great detail as to how flights are planned using weather, computerized routes, very detailed maps, ETOPS regulations, and even solar activity that could affect the flight. The crew takes us through the preflight briefing with the 48 page flight plan! The walk around for flight 15 is done by F/O Champagne (awesome last name) and is about as in depth as I was wanting. After takeoff, we get a great look at the EFB, presented by Cpt. Allen. We get to see most of the pages it offers, from charts, to manuals, to the complex performance calculator all within the EFB. More footage of the EFB later! We also get to see the Oceanic/ETOPS Procedures page in the QRH for the airplane (Which I thought was very neat!). The rocky landing in HKG is seen from 2 angles, from inside the airplane, of Cpt. Allen (runway not visible), and then the video replays the landing from the pilots view out the front of the window. I absolutely love this about the newer JP videos, and hope they continue to use this method of showing the landings. We then get a nice video of the bus ride over a Bridge in Hong Kong, over the sea port, and driving into the city with some funky Asian music that really livens up the video; I liked it! From there, we go right into the return flight to YYZ, with the pilots already in the cockpit. There is no briefing for the return flight, but for me the departing briefing was enough. The EFB is shown for short time on the Takeoff page. At this point, I am still awestruck by the Blu Ray quality. You can see tiny scratches and pieces of dust on the EFB display. Such, an amazing video. Oops, sorry, back to the video! We are then taken through the FMC, with Cpt Allen reading off the RTE 1 page to verify the accuracy with the F/O. Pushback is quick, and before you know it, the airplane is climbing, firmly in the hands of the F/O. Once at cruise, we get a very in depth tour of the cabin service by Eric, one of the head Flight Attendants on the flight. I found myself getting hungry seeing the meals one by one. The mood lighting in the cabin is very soothing (except the red...) and really shows you why Boeing designed the system in the first place. It makes the interior more alive, and feel less sterile. After the cabin service tour, we get a much more in depth view of the EFB. We get to see almost all of the manuals that are within the EFB itself. From Boeing manuals, to the FCTM, and FCOM, we are shown everything the EFB has to offer, which is quite a lot! We are then taken to the crew sleep quarters where there are 2 seats and 2 beds. He shows us what the crew rest has to offer. This itself makes me want to be a pilot! Great job by Boeing, designing a sleep room that looks so comfy. We then get some great stories and information about Air Canada, and aviation in general from Cpt. Allen. A lot of it was invaluable information to me, who is an aspiring pilot. We get to the approach and landing much faster than I would have thought. But having sat through the extensive footage of the flight to HKG, it was kind of a welcome change... we got right to the good part! In the end, this is the best JP production I own. It has everything, excellent production quality, wonderful crew interaction, crisp-AMAZING video! There is nothing else I want from JP in the future, other than more Blu-Ray videos... Thanks JustPlanes! Kylan Walters, USA
In September I was pleasantly surprised to see Just Planes offer the Eastern Airlines DC-7B, and I immediately ordered it. It brings back so many memories of flying 50 years ago. And while watching my new AC 777-200LR Polar Operations YYZ-HKG-YYZ, I was imaging what this flight would be like in a DC-7B. You would have to make several stops; like ANC and HND (Narita wasn't around 50 years ago!) if taking a great circle route or LAX/SFO-HNL-HND. If anyone mentioned a Polar Route, they would have thought you were crazy. The Pacific Ocean was, in my opinion, the most formidable barrier to air travel all over the world. Most planes did not have the capacity to cross it until the Boeing 747SP came out. From there, the Boeing 747-400, 777-200ER/300ER/200LR, and Airbus 340 made trips like JFK/ORD/YYZ-NRT possible. LAX/SFO-HKG, and LAX/HKG-SYD were also possible however, most airlines used 4 engine aircraft. The advent of the 777 revolutionized trans Pacific flight with ETOPS (also for the Airbus 330 and Boeing 767 for trans Atlantic flight). This kind of travel was not possible 20 years ago, let alone 50 years ago. I already have the AC 777-200-LR (and the 300ER too), and enjoyed seeing what is involved in flying to Australia. Now this wonderful DVD takes us into the world of Polar operations. Most people don't care about any of this; they just want to get from point A to B. But for those of us who do care, Just Planes has done it again with this wonderful DVD, thanks to the cooperation of Air Canada.
There are a lot of aspects of Polar operations I was not familiar with; such as flights try to avoid flying directly over the North Pole. The reason for this is what a sudden change of direction; north to south would do the the autopilot. And there are other precautions such as using true compass headings instead of magnetic compass headings over the pole.
The explanation by Flight Dispatcher McEwan was very helpful as he went over flight planning for a Polar flight. Captain Allen and his crew were wonderful in their explanations of their duties. Thank you for including a walk around in this DVD, the inflight service and the crew rest compartment. I could tell the pilots enjoyed flying for Air Canada and Captain Allen's sharing about how he got to where he is today. I'm sure you had to go through a lot to get him to fly this trip, and it definitely paid off.
A few months ago I was at HKG and went up to the Skydeck and I watched an AC 777-200LR takeoff. It used most of the runway and I could tell it was heavy, probably flying to YYZ. There was also an AC 777-300ER which I figured was going to YVR. I thought of the wonderful relationship Just Planes has with Air Canada but never thought it would be this good. Someone made a comment that the 777-200LR taking off in the AC YYZ-YVR-SYD-YVR DVD looked like it was taking off from HKG. I thought so too, and when JP said they are coming out with a DVD of a route even longer than the YVR-SYD, I knew what was coming and THANK YOU JUST PLANES FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN. Michael Karpf, THAILAND
Another great production from Just Planes featuring a unique route for the 777-200LR. It was a great pleasure that Capt. Allen (Sr. Director of Flight Ops & Chief Pilot) himself have flown the flights in this program. A good addition was the beginning segment (over 30 minutes) featuring the flight dispatcher explaining his complicated job to the viewers.
Thereafter, we meet the pilots in the operations center where a brief introduction was done. A good walkaround by F/O Champagne was performed. Some highlights on this leg were: Oceanic clearance via CPDLC and the Greenland decompression escape route. A funny moment was during a SELCAL check between the pilot and the Russian controller, clarifying their code (DK-GM). Pilots also performed offset tracking over Chinese airspace for traffic separation. Finally, we witness the flight being vectored through the busy airspace as it approaches the airport.
At Hong Kong, pilots obtain pre-departure clearance thru CPDLC. Later on comes the cabin meal service, where again (similar to the previous 777-200LR program), the viewer would feel hungry. The captain also shows the cabin rest area at the back of the aircraft. Capt. Allen also narrates how he started his career in aviation and similar experiences. The importance of the relationship between Just Planes and Air Canada was worth mentioning. Perhaps another production featuring the 787 would be another hit, in the near future.
Just Planes has done another AWESOME job in this production. The new cockpit shots (done in a different angle) during takeoff, landing and taxi was just great. I would highly recommend this program! I'd rate this at 5/5 stars.
Roy Joven Benzonan, UAE
My compliments to Air Canada for allowing Just Planes to film this DVD, as well as demonstrating, to everyone that has watched this DVD, that Air Canada is a very professional airline. It was for that reason why I choose to fly Air Canada to Montreal recently. The aircraft was an E175. The flight crew was a Captain Andre and a First Officer Jo-Ann. I had the opportunity to chat with the Captain prior to boarding and told him about the Air Canada DVDs. And I was able to see the cockpit before departure, both the Captain and his First Officer were truly professional pilots. The flight from LGA to YUL was a great with great a cabin crew! John C. McCreery, USA
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