“We have to have fun sometimes,” says the pilot to Air Traffic Control.
This video footage, taken with a Panasonic HDC-SD90 camera, and published on January 3rd of 2014, shows a pilot doing things pilots don’t normally do with passengers onboard. In the video, you’ll see the pilots land their shiny white Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) 737-700 jet aircraft at Skiathos airport in Greece (aka the St. Maarten of the Med). As the plane approaches short final, the pilots flying the Boeing NextGen decides to do a wing wave to the crowd below as it glides past the tropical trees.
Flight discipline is an important component of being a professional aviator. As a professional pilot, you are entrusted with a multi-million dollar machine. One small mistake and lives are in danger. It’s a fact that mistakes happen but procedures like stabilized approaches and crew resource management are proven to prevent accidents. There appears to be a break down in flight discipline in the cockpit in this video.
While we’ll admit that this particular wing wave wasn’t egregious (less than the 747-8 delivery flight in 2015), it was a poor decision. It might have looked cool on video but showboating is dangerous and unprofessional. We expect professional airline pilots to be pros at all times…even if there are no passengers onboard. Save the fun for those days off.
The video was filmed by Demitris and posted to his YouTube channel. You can sponsor his films by contributing to his Patreon here:
About the Boeing 737-700
The Boeing 737-700, otherwise known as the 737NG (Next Generation) is a short to medium range, narrow body jet airliner. It has been in production since 1996, and is still in production today. The Boeing 737-700 is more than 110 feet in length, with a wing span of more than 117 feet. The distance from the plane’s double wheeled tricycle landing gear to the top of its towering tail is more than 41 feet. The Boeing 737-700 took its maiden voyage on February 9th of 1997. The 737-700 is still in service. Its primary users are Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Ryanair, WestJet, and Lion Air.