Review by Marlon Carter. European was an airline best known for its classic fleet of BAC 1-11 aircraft. In addition to this aircraft, they also operated a fleet of 737-200s.
This DVD was apparently quite popular among fans of JP videos since it was sold out for quite a long time. This video takes us from Bournemouth to Italy, Switzerland, the UK, Spain, and Germany onboard the BAC 1-11 and the 737-200.
The BAC 1-11 is a classic aircraft which is sadly no longer in commercial operation due to its age and noisy engines. Having the opportunity to experience a flight in the cockpit of this aircraft may not be possible in real life, but this DVD captures the operation of this aircraft in all its glory.
We start off with a very thorough walk-around of the aircraft prior to our round trip departure to Turin, Italy. After the walk-around has been completed, the Captain takes the viewers on a very impressive presentation of the flight deck and various systems of the aircraft. During the flight to and from our destination, presentations were minimal by the flight crew.
Most of the interaction between the Captain and the viewers centered on basic information updates on the flight as it progressed. What made up for the lack of interaction however, were the amazing views from the cockpit and a brief look at the cabin service during the return leg of the trip. While this DVD was not filmed in HD, the presentation is still quite enjoyable.
For those of you who are much more interested in the operations of the 737-200, you will be happy to know that the remaining 8 flights will be featuring this amazing aircraft. Some of the highlights of this segment include more thorough cockpit and aircraft walk-around presentations along with stunning views and spectacular approaches to airports such as Stansted and Palma which you will not want to miss!
While this DVD was not very lengthy in comparison of other JP videos, it still provides just about 3 hours of entertainment that every aviation enthusiast can enjoy. If you are a fan of classic aircraft such as the BAC 1-11 and the 727-200, this is definitely a DVD for you.
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Jet Magic was a Cork based airline that operated a fleet of Embraer 135s and 145s. Out of the entire JP video collection (that I know of) there are only a handful of DVDs that feature either the E135 or E145. This DVD gives us a closer look at the operation of these two unique regional jets as they take us to destinations such as Edinburgh, London City, Liverpool and Rome Ciampino.
Starting off at Cork, the Captain takes the viewers on a step by step presentation of the ERJ-135 cockpit and its displays. What was most noteworthy about this presentation was the thorough explanation of how the FMC is setup prior to leaving the gate which was a first for any DVD featuring this aircraft.
Throughout the flights that follow, the presentations continue in what seemed to be a rapid succession with each flight and each phase of flight. There was never a dull moment while flying with Capt. John Carpenter and his First Officer. The flight crew took just about every opportunity to explain various procedures and virtually every system and display of the ERJ-135/145.
Out of all the DVDs I have seen from JP, this is perhaps the only DVD that features such a thorough and comprehensive presentation of any aircraft. If you are a fan of this aircraft, you are definitely in for a treat and you will be quite impressed!
Apart from the extensive presentations on various aircraft systems, there were many other highlights such as stunning air to air shots, cabin views, scenic views and an amazing night time landing at London City Airport. Each flight on this DVD is unique and equally intriguing and entertaining. For almost 3 hours, this DVD provides a priceless glimpse into the lives of regional pilots, their day to day operations and the complex aircraft that they fly.
In the end, I think this DVD is well worth your time and consideration even though it isn’t filmed in HD. The easy to follow presentations make this DVD a fun learning experience for all to enjoy. After just a few minutes of viewing, it will become quite clear to you why this DVD was sold out for quite some time and this may be your last opportunity to have it!
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Florida Coastal Airlines
Just Planes has decided to bring back this popular DVD so that many of you will have the opportunity to enjoy this rare opportunity to fly throughout much of Florida and the Bahamas onboard the Cessna 402 operated by Florida Coastal Airlines. What makes this DVD extra special is that this release was the final DVD format release by Just Planes. From this point on, we will only be seeing Blu-Ray releases which I think is a step in the right direction.
Our journey starts off with a round trip flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Marathon. The video footage focuses mainly outside of the cockpit window making this flight a scenic adventure. Flying at low altitudes over the city of Miami and the ever popular coastline was a definite highlight of this trip.
As the 402 approached Marathon, I couldn’t help but admire the lovely view of the Keys as the aircraft flew at what seems to be just about 2000ft above the ground. What made this flight even more memorable was the air to air footage that was filmed by another aircraft flying close by.
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After an uneventful landing, it was time for our return trip which featured similar scenic views from our previous flight and was also quite entertaining. Following a short presentation on the St. Lucie Airport, we depart from Ft. Pierce to San Andros and then onward to Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay and then back to Ft. Lauderdale.
These series of flights were especially interesting as they featured many highlights worth mentioning. For example, after landing at San Andros, our pilot gives the viewers a thorough C402 cockpit presentation which was very easy to follow. After the cockpit presentation, there was an equally interesting external walk-around presentation of the aircraft. The inspection of the aircraft was extremely thorough and our pilot spares no detail as he carries out his duties. If you are interested in learning as much as you can about the C402, this is definitely a segment you won’t want to miss.
The return trip to Florida was also quite exciting and it was filled with scenic views of Florida that you may not have the opportunity to enjoy a second time. Given the fact that filming US based airlines are becoming more and more difficult, this DVD provides a unique opportunity that you will enjoy to the fullest.
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 $15-30 each, they are a bargain. These are perfect for days when you want 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 this DVD
- Great scenery
- Creative editing and camera views
- Features very unique destinations and aircraft
What I don’t like about this DVD