GoPro’s are amazing. As the single best-selling camera in the world, its advent has meant every corner of the world, every niche activity, every mundane event is now being recorded in crystal clear GoPro glory. That means there’s a huge boom in amateur skateboarders and the likes being able to showcase what they do in an exciting way, but really that’s exploiting about a quarter of the camera’s capability. Some though, like Air Tahiti Nui, do it better. (See video below).
[REWIND: First Person View of Extreme Mountain Biking with GoPro]
The best thing about GoPros, what makes me click on almost anything with it’s logo, is that their size and reliability have allowed us to go where most will never go; inside an F1 car around the chicane at Monaco, the edge of space with a man who is clearly tired of living, inside the mouth of an annoyed and peckish great white, and supersonic in the cockpit. Since 9/11, the cockpit of regular commercial aircraft are pretty much off limits. Being the son of a pilot who trained a lot of guys who sit left seat (captain) today, I used to be able to do it. I always thought it a shame that most people couldn’t see that view; 35 thousand feet at 500 knots with the caribbean below and infinity ahead. Air Tahiti Nui is giving you that chance.
From the ground work, to wheels up, in flight and in cockpit, Air Tahiti Nui’s video gets you a rare glimpse at what you’re missing. It’s significant because it shows the ops from different stations, each as interesting as the next. Even more interesting is that this is not a commercial video. It was made the with airline’s permission, and with the aid of the captain and flight engineer. It’s very cool to hear about it, but watch it in 1080p, and you’ll realize why, unless you’re sitting in the cockpit, no seat is first class!