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    Just Planes/WorldAirRoutes Air Canada A319 ETOPS


    Flying on the A319 may not seem to be anything out of the ordinary if you are taking a 2 or 3 hour flight to your favorite holiday destination. However, flying on an A319 on a cross Atlantic flight from Toronto to London will definitely raise a few eyebrows for the average enthusiast.


    Our round trip flight today takes us from Toronto to London via a short stop over at St.John’s. We start off with a very extensive briefing by our two captains, one of which is being checked out for ETOPS flights. During the briefing presentation you will learn a wide range of information related to ETOPS procedures as well as reason why the A319 was selected for this flight.

    After the briefing is complete, the Check Captain (Brian Bartlett) does an external walk around of the A319 prior to departure. During this time Capt. Mike Rhados, who is being checked out for ETOPS qualifications is busy in the cockpit setting up the aircraft for our flight. The external walk around was very interesting and it always insightful to know what exactly pilots do and look for when they perform this essential part of their flight preparation.

    When this important task is completed, we join the crew in the cockpit as they make their final preparations. The departure out of Toronto was uneventful yet very scenic. The views from the cockpit include not only the airport but the entire city of Toronto.


    During the cruise, our pilots give various presentations as it relates flying procedures and approach briefings. Our Check Captain also provides viewers with information as it relates to his role in the company and the requirements for being an ETOPS qualified pilot. The approach into St.John’s was a definite highlight of this flight. Apart from the discussions on various procedures during the approach, you will surely be captivated by the landing in heavy rain and fog at St.John’s.

    After a short turn around, our crew once again makes preparations for our flight to London. These preparations include reviewing the flight plan, extensive cockpit checks and obtaining clearance from ATC. After departing St.John’s we now begin the most exciting portion of our trip.

    The flight from St.John’s to London is packed with highlights. For example, during the cruise portion of the flight, the pilots discuss more about ETOPS flying procedures and how alternates are selected. Breaking away from the aviation aspect of things you will also be blown away by the spectacular views from the cockpit while over the Atlantic. The approach and landing into London Heathrow was uneventful but interesting due to the various camera views available to the viewers.


    The return trip from London to St.John’s and onward to Toronto also featured many interesting highlights. During our Atlantic crossing, the crew discusses more about ETOPS procedures and the A319 ETOPS procedures booklet prepared for Air Canada pilots.

    During this segment of our flight you will also see a presentation on the cabin service which showcased the service provided to passengers onboard our flight. The final segment from St.John’s to Toronto featured Capt. Mike Rhados being signed off and approved for ETOPS flights by Captain Bartlett.

    Publisher: Just Planes
    Format: DVD
    Reviewed By: Marlon Carter
    While this DVD will be a sure hit for Airbus enthusiast, I think that everyone with a taste for aviation will enjoy this program to the full. The insightful discussions and scenic views from the cockpit and cabin makes this an entertaining experience not to be missed! - Recommended

    Additional Information

    What I Liked About the DVD
    • Great scenery
    • Creative editing and camera views
    • Features very unique destinations and aircrafts
    • HD and widescreen format
    • Fantastic Airline and Flight Crew.
    • The price of $30.00 is fair

    What I Disliked About the DVD

    • Nothing….
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