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iPhone time-lapse video shows you what pilots see during a landing

Published Feb 16th, 2016 12:07PM EST
iPhone Time Lapse Video Landing

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The following video doesn’t show us another airplane landing in terrifying weather conditions, but rather a regular old routine landing at London’s busy Heathrow Airport. What’s remarkable about the clip is that it’s a time-lapse video recorded using an iPhone inside the plane’s cockpit, giving us a rare glimpse of exact what a pilot sees as he or she guides an aircraft back down to Earth.

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The clip, posted on Twitter by @theplayer_pilot, is just 25 seconds long, showing the approach to runway 27R. It’s a time-lapse video, so the actual landing obviously took much longer than 25 seconds.

The pilot has been flying professionally for more than 20 years, but it’s today’s technology that’s available in the iPhone and other current smartphones that finally made this fantastic footage possible.

“Heathrow is a very busy airport but is straightforward enough, there are no mountains or anything too tricky, but we are always prepared for anything,” the unnamed pilot, who flies to Heathrow around four or five times a month, told GetWestLondon.

He continued, “Flying is amazing, I feel privileged to be a pilot and see the things I do, as pilots we have views of the world only really we get to see. We get to see sunrises and sunsets all over the world and on some night flights at Heathrow it doesn’t even get dark!”

Check this impressive time-lapse landing in the tweet embedded below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.