Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

GoPro footage shows pilots’ POV of Qantas 747 landing in San Francisco

Ever wonder what the view from an airplane cockpit looks like? Qantas recently created this time-lapse video of flight QF73 landing at San Francisco International on December 18. The video, shot on a GoPro, shows the point-of-view from the pilots of the Boeing 747-400, flying over San Francisco and landing at the airport after a 14-hour journey from Sydney.

For the airline, the occasion is significant in that it marks the return of direct Qantas flights between Australia and San Francisco. Qantas ended the route back in 2011, due in part to the global economic downturn – despite the city being the airline’s first U.S. destination. Mayor Ed Lee dubbed December 18 as “Qantas Day” in the city (sorry kids, it’s not an official holiday, so school is still in session).

QF 73 lands in San Francisco

The route, which scales up to six flights a week starting in January 2016, will utilize a refreshed 747-400. Although it isn’t the double-decker Airbus A380 it uses for its Los Angeles and Dallas routes, Qantas says the 747 has been redesigned the amenities to feel like the A380 (fashioned by the renowned and the now-at-Apple designer, Marc Newson). There are 1,500 options of entertainment (you’ll need it for such a long flight) and noise-canceling headphones in the premium economy and business cabins, as well as menus inspired by California chef, Alice Waters, and amenity kits from Kate Spade and Jack Spade for business class passengers.

What we like about the economy section is the self-service snacks and drinks bars – no need to wait for the carts to roll around to get your beverage. Wi-Fi, however, is noticeably absent, and power outlets are only available to those in business and premium econ. If you’re looking to get to Oz in 2016, Qantas is offering special fares on this route today (December 21).

Related Products: GoPro Accessories

Creating time-lapse with a GoPro camera is relatively easy. There is a shooting mode that shoots images at set intervals. Just mount the camera and press the shutter button, and off you go. Because action cams have limited battery life, and depending on how long of video you’re shooting, you’ll need to keep the camera charged (use a portable USB battery) and use a high-capacity card (up to 64GB). For nighttime time-lapse, check our guide. If you’re looking for a GoPro, we like the Hero4 Silver.

Of course, you can find plenty of similar cockpit videos on YouTube. Our favorite is this 14-minute-long video from PilotsEye.tv, of Lufthansa LH454, the maiden flight of an A380 originating in Frankfurt and landing in San Francisco. The video shows the interactions inside the cockpit, flyover of the Bay Area, and the approach and landing.

PilotsEYE.tv - A380 Landing KSFO San Francisco SUBTITLES English (without commentary)
Les Shu
Former Digital Trends Contributor
I am formerly a senior editor at Digital Trends. I bring with me more than a decade of tech and lifestyle journalism…
The 5 best new GoPro Hero 10 Black features I love to use
GoPro Hero 10 Firmware V1.2.

When I reviewed the GoPro Hero 10 Black in September, I couldn’t help but heap praise on it. Though it’s clearly an evolutionary update to the Hero 9, the Hero 10 goes far enough to offer very real advantages over its predecessor. Between its 5.3K 60 frames per second, upgraded image stabilization, and impressive cloud storage integration, it’s certainly the most powerful action camera available right now.

However, GoPro hasn’t rested on its laurels over the past several months. Over that time, they’ve offered major firmware upgrades and even a post-launch hardware upgrade. With the Hero 10 so dramatically changed since its original launch, it’s worth taking a look at to see what else you can expect from the camera here at the tail end of 2021.
Max Superview
The GoPro Hero 10 features a 4:3 format sensor, but most video these days is displayed in a 16:9 aspect ratio. That typically means either cropping the image or putting up with black bars on the side of the display. GoPro’s Superview mode stretches the edges of the image so that you can take advantage of the entire 4:3 sensor area, but display it on a 16:9 screen at the cost of a fisheye effect.

Read more
GoPro boosts Hero 10 performance with new firmware and Enduro battery
GoPro Hero 10 Front Screen.

One of my few complaints when reviewing the GoPro Hero 10 Black was its somewhat fleeting battery life, and though I haven’t personally encountered the issue, many users have reported problems limiting recording times due to overheating. GoPro seems to have heard that message loud and clear, as they have announced a major firmware update for the camera that aims to solve the problems as well as a brand new Enduro battery.

The firmware (which will be available by the end of October) introduces three new video performance modes designed to maximize the Hero 10’s performance in different scenarios. Maximum video performance mode prioritizes high resolution, frame rate, and image quality. Extended battery mode limits resolution and frame rate to maximize recording times and battery life, while tripod/stationary video mode provides high performance when the camera is stationary, and there isn’t any airflow to cool the camera.

Read more
GoPro drops teaser video for Hero10 camera ahead of Thursday’s reveal
watch gopros teaser video for the new hero10 action camera gopro hero 10

GoPro is set to reveal the latest iteration of its popular action camera on Thursday, September 16.

The California-based company has just dropped a slick teaser video (below) for the Hero10 Black. The 57-second production, titled A New Era of GoPro, shows a slew of beautifully cinematic and highly dramatic action shots (you wouldn’t really expect anything less) as GoPro attempts to create a buzz around its latest product release.

Read more