From the Boston Herald, the travel writer call CAPA to ask our opinion of the stunt flight scene in the new Denzel Washington movie "Flight". While we do not advocate the portrayal of the character as a party driven pilot, we did clear up the findings on the stunt flight.
You may read the article in its entirety here: http://bostonherald.com/blogs/lifestyle/travel_guy/?m=20121102
Bill Burke, The Boston Herald: I’ve been wondering since I saw the clip - can that actually happen? Rather than go with, “obviously, no,” since I’m not a pilot and didn’t take any engineering classes in college, I thought I’d check-in with a pro.
In this case, the word comes straight from Captain Lee Collins, executive vice president of the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations.
“Having not seen the movie, only the theatrical trailer, we can say this: For the most part, large transport category aircraft, are incapable of sustained, inverted, flight,” he said. “This is due to the fact that both the engine oil and fuel systems would be unable to provide pressurized fuel and oil that enable the engines to operate.
The film may contain scenes for dramatic purposes of an airliner flying upside down, but only momentary inverted maneuvers are actually possible before engine failure.”
Posted on Mon, November 12, 2012
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