WAR : Air Canada 777-200LR

WAR : Air Canada 777-200LR
  • (5)
Year: 2010
Genre(s): Documentary , Aviation , Airline , Cockpit
Studio(s): Just Planes Videos
Director(s): Just Planes
Run Time: 270 minutes

Size: 3.1 GB
 US$ 15.00 Download to own, Unlimited viewing, 1 burn to DVD


In 2010 Just Planes filmed Air Canada's Boeing 777-200LR on one of the longest routes taking close to 20 hours of flight between Toronto and Sydney with a stopover in Vancouver. The Vancouver to Sydney flight is close to 15hrs!

On this 270min film you will follow the crew through all their work from the pre-flight briefings, check lists, a great presentation of South Pacific operations, ETOPS, diversion procedures, a Go-Around in Vancouver, a Bonus Flight Simulator landing in Vancouver, Cabin service and presentation and lots more.

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By now, most of us reading AVSIM reviews should be fairly familiar with Just Planes and their aviation documentaries. While some of us may have only recently become aware of their DVDs, some of you out there might have been a faithful customer since the very beginning which goes back 20 years!Just Planes or “Flight in the Cockpit” as it was then known, began its journey f aviation video documentary back in 1991 and since then, as of 2011, they have remarkably documented flights to over 800 destinations in 160 countries! Their total number of flights filmed is now fast approaching the 5000 mark with no sign of stopping. Over the past 20 years, video titles have been released on VHS and now in DVD format.
So what’s next for Just Planes? Well since 2011 marks their 20th year of existence, they have decided to release of small brochure with new orders entitled “Flight in the Cockpit”. This brochure features some of the highlights of the past 20 years and it also included the new major release of their first HD widescreen title which is the subject of our review.
This new DVD is the Air Canada 777-200LR video. To date, it is their best selling DVD and one can only expect things to get better from this point on since they have already recorded two (2) more DVDs in HD/Widescreen! Let’s have a look at some of the highlights of this new release that is already receiving positive reviews.
One of the things you can’t help but notice is the new welcome/intro screen which starts off with the WorldAirRoutes logo appearing through the clouds. This new intro really caught my attention and I knew from here on this DVD was going to be something unique. The DVD starts off with Capt Kolanowski and his F.O looking over their flight plan documents in preparation for the first flight from Toronto to Vancouver. The flight plan briefing was quite extensive and this is perhaps the first time I have ever seen such an in-depth explanation of the flight plan documents. Some of the highlights of the first flight were once again the in-depth explanations provided by the crew for every step or procedure carried out through the flight. It is also quite evident that the Capt and FO have known each other for quite some time since they were very relaxed, friendly and confident in each others abilities. Another feature of this flight that cannot be ignored is the stunning view from the cockpit while flying at sunset. You really haven’t lived until you can view the world around you from 30,000ft cruising over the cloudy skies at sunset.
Finally, the last highlight of this flight was the missed approach done while on approach into Vancouver. If I am not mistaken, it seems like this was due to another aircraft experiencing a bird strike and thus the runways were temporarily closed. This certainly adds a bit of excitement to the cockpit videos we are use to that are uneventful. Our second flight and perhaps the biggest feature of this DVD, is the 14 hour flight from Vancouver to Sydney. As expected the flight planning for this flight would be quite extensive and if you think the first briefing was intense, just wait until you see this one! After takeoff, the relief crew steps in and takes the time to explain further details on the B777 and its many systems such was the EFB (Electronic Flight Bag). After about 11 hours or so into the flight, the original crew comes back to the cockpit and continues to enlighten the viewers on various aspects of long haul flying and the importance of accurate navigation. The final feature of this leg of our trip was the beautiful view of Sydney at dawn while on approach. This was complimented by an amazing landing by the Capt which makes you wonder if it is even possible to NOT land smooth with the B777.

Our last leg of this DVD takes us from Sydney to Vancouver. This time we start off in the aircraft as the Capt and F.O do their preflight checks and have a chat with dispatch about their fuel planning. During the take off and cruise, viewers have the opportunity to see the F.O battle with a slight wind sheer and navigate his way through a few thunderstorms in the area. The crew also takes the opportunity to point out more features of the 777, in particular, they allow viewers (perhaps for the first time on video) to see how the pilot response systems works which prevents crews from falling asleep during the flight. They also take the opportunity to explain the difference between the 777-200ER and LR versions which I found to be very insightful. Let’s not forget the cabin crew, throughout the last leg of this flight the cabin crew is featured as they perform all of their duties. Some even tell the viewers how they became a flight attendant and how much fun they are having at Air Canada.
The landing in Vancouver was uneventful as compared to the first and the F.O makes a very smooth landing which makes me wonder if he was just showing off or if the aircraft itself was showing off! All in all you can’t help but admire the professionalism of the crew and how amazingly well built the Boeing 777 really is.
To conclude, I am reminded of a statement the F.O on our first flight made when he said in effect “I really should thank Mr.Boeing for making this aircraft” and I have would have to agree! After viewing this DVD I am sure that you too will want to thank Mr.Boeing for making such a fantastic aircraft and the team at Just Planes for creating such a masterpiece with this DVD which is their best yet!

What I Like About This DVD
Breathtaking scenery
Creative editing and camera views
In depth explanation of aircraft systems and airline procedures
Features very unique destinations
HD and widescreen format

What I Don’t Like About This DVD

Sorry I couldn’t think of anything not to like….
Summary / Closing Remarks
After looking at this video some 3 times or so, I can honestly say that there was not a dull moment in the four or so hours of this DVD. It seemed almost as if the crew was flying the aircraft only with the viewers in mind. At times I forgot this was an actual commercial flight since the crew really focused their attention on educating and enlightening the viewers.
The new HD and widescreen format was a great move on the part of Just Planes and I think this will set the trend for all of their future DVD releases. It goes without saying that having to pay $30.00 for this priceless experience is a steal! This is a great product and one that ALL aviation enthusiasts, real world pilots and flight simmers will enjoy to the full.

Reviewed by AVSIM

JustPlanes has released their first High Definition DVD. Air Canada’s 777-200LR is covered in this DVD from Toronto to Vancouver and then a round trip from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia. This DVD is a little different for JustPlanes. It’s not because it’s in HD but because they cover parts of the trip in detail that are not usually covered on Cockpit DVD’s. I think you will enjoy this DVD so read on to find out what’s covered on this 4+ hour long DVD

Toronto – Vancouver

Our first leg is the shortest leg but still nearly a five hour flight. The before flight briefing is covered in intricate detail. Virtual pilots and real pilots will like this section as it shows the amount of preparation that goes into a flight before the aircraft is boarded.

The pilots go through a thorough departure explanation and arrival showing the charts with explanations. Again, very good detail for virtual and pilots. It was very interesting to watch the pilot turn on the VNAV and LNAV buttons and follow the lines on the display manually. I did not know this was possible.

The approach and landing at Vancouver includes a rare go around. Listening to the radio it sounded like there was a bird strike or something to that effect ahead of them that caused the go around. Watch it. It is very amazing how busy the cockpit is during the go around phase.

Vancouver – Sydney

This is a long segment over the Pacific Ocean. The pilots go over the procedures and route taken with the twin engined 777 regarding the ETOPS limits on the 777-200LR.

The briefing for this leg covers the loading of fuel in detail. At cruise level there’s time for a nice five minute show and tell on the Electronic Flight Bag. Then, they run into some bad weather. The pilots show you the weather radar and what their course of action is and get into an explanation of weather phenomenon and what may have caused the Air France A330 crash over the Atlantic.

Sydney – Vancouver

The return leg to Vancouver is full of information and interesting facts from the pilots. I noticed that there’s only 141 passengers on this flight which is pretty light for a 777-200LR. The section starts in the cockpit when the pilots are going through the checklists. Note the weather radar when it comes into view. There’s a storm a’brewin’! It isn’t long before they start to taxi so we jump right into the action. The cameraman gives us a nice view of Sydney while climbing and you can see the bad weather moving in. Later, while at cruise level, the pilot goes over what happened during the departure as they had to reload FMC due to a runway change. There wasn’t time for the pilot to explain before take-off.

While enroute we get a tour of the passenger area by the service manager. They go over the safety requirements and the food being served. Unfortunately, it’s a long tour and starts to become more of an advertisement for Air Canada’s in-flight service. Luckily, we have fast forward on our remotes.

During the flight the pilot takes some time to discuss his history with the airline and goes over the differences between the 777-200 and -200LR. The 777-200LR is a peppy aircraft and will accelerate from 0 – 60 in less than 6 seconds which he notes is faster than most sports cars.

An interesting feature is demonstrated and that is the warning system when a pilot has not touched the controls or anything for a period of time as determined by the airline. Good safety feature. Finally, the landing is played twice. Once in the standard view and then again viewing the pilot displays. This is a nice touch especially for virtual pilots who are looking to imitate real world 777 operations.


The preflight, departure, and arrival briefings on this DVD are the best I’ve seen. The pilots are very knowledgeable and are in good humour throughout. The cameraman watches the gauges at the appropriate times so you can follow along and take notes. What’s missing is the cockpit panel coverages that we’ve come to expect on every Justplanes DVD. JustPlanes ensures me that it is not something they are cutting out permanently. They wanted to provide more details of other areas of the flight for a change. The HD widescreen version is a welcome feature and I hope that JustPlanes keeps this format. The panels are much clearer and for pilots, virtual or real world, this is great. Plus, this DVD is 4 hours full of interesting stuff for virtual and real pilots.

Reviewed by SIMFLIGHT

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