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Watch this BBC Footage of Dangerous Landing at Paro

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They landed on manual.  Nice vid. and looking at the sky and the clouds makes me think yes we arm chair pilots are really in those skies. 

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Without my glasses I thought it said drunkair on the fuselage.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0299wq5

 

Airbus 318/319 landing at Paro Airport, Bhutan

 

 

Great video.  Now try landing a 737 at PAJN on runway 8.  Next try the tackoff on the same runway.  Not as difficult as Bhutan but a underrated jem as well.  You need Holger's Glacier Bay to truly appreciate the area.

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"The Sterile Cockpit Rule is an FAA regulation requiring pilots to refrain from non-essential activities during critical phases of flight, normally below 10,000ft. The FAA imposed the rule in 1981 after reviewing a series of accidents that were caused by flight crews who were distracted from their flying duties by engaging in non-essential conversations and activities during critical parts of the flight"...Source Wikipedia.

 

Conversations with a journalist during approach phase?

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I believe the FAA is American and the country where this story takes place is in Bhutan. Rightly or wrongly I don't believe the FAA's Sterile Cockpit regulation applies in Bhutan.

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Well, that is the point. This is an FAA rule, which however sane, cogent, and seemingly "common sense," does not affect non-US flagged carriers flying outside the territory of the United States. Unless there's a similar rule in effect by another regulatory agency, this one does not apply.

 

It appears also that the copilot was PIC for the landing...

 

...still, I wouldn't have been at all comfortable were I in the same situation.

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Thanks for the replies....learnt something today! I have viewed cockpit videos of South African Airways flights and they use the "sterile cockpit" approach...thanks again.

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All countries have there air regulations , the US is FAA,   hmm crap what is it called in India ?

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"The Sterile Cockpit Rule is an FAA regulation requiring pilots to refrain from non-essential activities during critical phases of flight, normally below 10,000ft. The FAA imposed the rule in 1981 after reviewing a series of accidents that were caused by flight crews who were distracted from their flying duties by engaging in non-essential conversations and activities during critical parts of the flight"...Source Wikipedia.

 

Conversations with a journalist during approach phase?

I don't think Bhutan is within FAA jurisdiction!! And from what you say all Justplanes videos are illegal!! Count yourself as "not" one of the eight pilots in the world qualified to land at Paro!

Well, that is the point. This is an FAA rule, which however sane, cogent, and seemingly "common sense," does not affect non-US flagged carriers flying outside the territory of the United States. Unless there's a similar rule in effect by another regulatory agency, this one does not apply.

 

It appears also that the copilot was PIC for the landing...

 

...still, I wouldn't have been at all comfortable were I in the same situation.

Bill, the actual footage of the pilot talking is less than the video length of 3:59 minutes. It is a visual only landing from 16,000 feet. Meaning that both pilots are looking out of the window for a considerably longer period than less than 4 minutes. When you drive do you stay absolutely silent or do you occasionally look at and talk to your passengers? Not even the FAA regulations were broken here!

The interpretation given in this thread is too pedantic. "Thou shalt not under any circumstances turn and face the stewardess when she comes into the cockpit to take your drink orders!"

 

Just enjoy the video and wish you were one of the lucky eight pilots.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsZqN-uEgQU

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