A Pilot’s Eye View of a British Airways Approach into Funchal

Get a pilot’s eye view of landing a British Airways flight into one of our newest destinations – Funchal, on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

The airport – one of the most challenging landings on the airline’s worldwide network – requires special approval from the Portuguese aviation authority for pilots to fly there. British Airways’ expert pilot training team created a bespoke plan that received approval and allowed the airline to start flying to Funchal.

Pilots flying the three times a week service from Gatwick must undergo specialist training, including flight simulation to study every aspect of the approach in detail.

The airline started flying three times a week from Gatwick to Funchal on May 11, 2015.

In this video two of the airline’s highly trained pilots, British Airways Captains Ally Wilcox and Ian Mills, show how it’s done.

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