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Episode 4

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Kate Humble, Dan Snow, Dallas Campbell and Anita Rani go airside at Heathrow. Dallas is at the controls of a flight simulator to see if he can land an A380.

In the final episode of the live behind-the-scenes series from Heathrow, Kate Humble is in the air traffic control tower, Dan Snow sees if he has got what it takes to be an air traffic controller and Anita Rani finds out how tomorrow's planes might offer a quieter future. Dallas Campbell, whose father used to fly 747s, is at the controls of a flight simulator to see if he can land an A380, the biggest passenger jet in the sky.

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Thu 20 Jun 2013 20:00

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Pilot: Captain Dave Thomas

Pilot: Captain Dave Thomas
Head of Flight Technical and Training, Airbus A320 Fleet

Dave’s lifelong passion for flying started early - as a teenager he joined the Air Cadets and learned to fly a glider. Later, he got an RAF scholarship and was taught to fly powered aircraft. He joined BA in 1993.

He is currently in charge of the A320 fleet, and has recently completed the A380 training course in preparation for BA’s delivery in July.

In 2012 Dave flew the Olympic Flame from Athens to RNAS Culdrose in a specially painted A320. He later flew the BA “Firefly” down the Mall and over Buckingham Palace at 500ft to celebrate Team GB’s achievements.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Kate Humble
Presenter Dan Snow
Presenter Dallas Campbell
Presenter Anita Rani
Executive Producer Lisa Ausden
Series Producer Sarah Gibbs


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