Just Planes - FlyJet & Lynden Air Cargo
Aviation Documentary DVD
Reviewed by: Marlon Carter
FLYJET was a charter airline based out of London Luton Airport. This DVD follows the operations of this airline to destinations such as RAF Akrotiri, Paphos and Corfu onboard the 757-200. Unlike most Just Planes DVDs, we start off with a walk around of the 757 as it prepares for its first flight to RAF Brize Norton from Manchester.
The flights that follow featured many highlights that I think many of you will enjoy. For example, during many of the flights you get a clear view of flying procedures involved in flying the 757, cockpit presentations, cabin service presentations and a host of beautiful views from the cockpit. The 757 is a unique aircraft and I think this is a good DVD to add to your collection if you are a fan of this aircraft.
LYNDEN AIR CARGO
Lynden Air Cargo, along with just a handful of airlines is the only civilian operator of the C-130 known as the L-382G. This video features the operations of Lynden Air Cargo in Alaska and it also highlights many of the services they provide. I have always been intrigued with the L-382G's performance capabilities and this DVD presented the perfect opportunity to see it in action.
Some of the destinations you will see in this DVD are Elmendorf, Eielson, Nome, Kotzebue, Valdez, Cape Newenham, Wrangell and Sparrevohn. During these flights you will have the privilege of seeing all of the procedures involved in flying this amazing aircraft. Apart from the procedures, you will also learn a lot about the company from not one, but two company presentations that will enlighten you on the company's history and services.
One of the services I was most impressed with is the oil spill response capabilities that Lynden Air Cargo is able to provide. This service is demonstrated nicely in this DVD along with some very nice air to air clips of the L-382. For those of you who would like to learn more about the L-382, you will be happy to know that this DVD features a very thorough walk around presentation. The cockpits of all Lynden's aircraft have been upgraded with "glass cockpits" which has enabled them to fly with a greater measure of safety. While this DVD does not feature a full cockpit presentation, I appreciated the brief overview description of the cockpit and benefits of the upgrade.
Performance wise, the true highlight of this DVD for me was the landing and departure in Cape Newenham. The strip at Cape Newenham is at an 8 degree incline and it was quite an exciting segment to see the L-382 start its take off run going downhill!
Overall, this is a great DVD to have in your collection, it's jam packed with scenic views and it is one of the very few opportunities you will have to see how this aircraft operates. You will also gain a deep appreciation of the essential role that Lynden Air Cargo plays in lives of those who live in the remote regions of Alaska - Recommended
Summary / Closing Remarks
Once again, these DVDs were an absolute pleasure to watch and I think anyone who loves aviation will enjoy them. At a cost of $25-30 each they are a bargain. These are perfect for days when you what to see or do something aviation related but also want to enjoy the comforts of home. Just Planes has really stepped up their editing and production of their DVDs and I am sure we will continue to see more innovations in their future products.
What I Like About These DVDs
" Breathtaking scenery
" Creative editing and camera views
" Features very unique destinations and aircrafts
What I Don't Like About These DVDs