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Here is a fascinating real-time flight video from YouTube. For all I know, this 43 minute video might be unique since it documents in great detail the 43 minute flight between Rio de Janerio to Sao Paulo in Brazil. I’ve never seen anything like it before.
The amount of communication that takes place between the pilots, the pilots and the control tower, and the pilots and the cabin crew is astonishing. Until I watched this informative video I of course knew that a certain amount of communication took place to fly a commercial air-plane. But still, the minute by minute intensity of what’s going on is riveting as you watch the flight unfold in (almost) real time.
Besides the massive amount of technical communication going on in and around the cockpit, the amount of technical documentation that the pilots and control tower rely on is equally amazing! And even in this day and age of digital-everything, it was amazing to see that a significant amount of documentation is still in the form of good-old written manuals and check lists.
And of course, countless technical writers contributed to those wonderful, assuring, and life-saving check lists:
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Every time I heard the pilots going through their “checks” I could not help but send a silent “thank you!” to all those nameless technical writers who created those procedural lists. That’s why I believe, as long as we have technology, we’ll have technical writers working like nameless soldiers in their cubicles and airports and labs, trying to make our world a safer place.
Here is also a magazine article related to this video which includes a much faster 10 minute version of it (which is not equally fun for me as a technical writer):