9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4735 times:
On Saturday I paid my first ever visit in an aircraft flight deck. It was truely awesome. I was allowed in once we were firmly on the ground to take a couple of shots. A big thanks to the guys at Aegean for allowing me in. I really hope this shot makes it, if it doesn't then no problems.
9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4716 times:
Actually I was in a bit of a panic! I only had a few seconds and everyone from the flight were waiting on the transfer bus waiting to go to the terminal and my wife was shouting to hurry up. Having learned so much from this forum I was worried about getting the outside exposure right through the window. I don't think it looks too bad. The 737 flight deck is a lot smaller than I imagined but the pilot said there were one's that were a lot smaller than that LOL.
I remember the good old days before 9/11 where dads with their kids used to queue up at the front of the aircraft during the flight all waiting for a glimpse up front. It's a damn shame that a minority of idiots have ruined that for the rest of us forever now.
Sinkrate From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 336 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4700 times:
I rember my 1st time in upfront. It was absolutly awesome. It was an Ansett 767. From then on I have loved aviation. It was so great to be able to go to the cockpit during flight. My Dad and I used to spend 10 or so minutes just chatting to the pilots.
FlyingZacko From Germany, joined May 2005, 583 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4645 times:
I can't even remember my first time. Must have been when I was about 5 or 6 years old. The last time I was in a cockpit though inflight was August of 2000 LH747 from FRA to JFK. Since then I still like going up there after the flights. The most recent visits were to a US333 and a DL763.
Nice work though with the cockpit shot. I hope it makes it in. How did you determine how to expose it correctly.
Canon 40D + 24-70 f/2.8 L + 70-200 f/4 L + Speedlite 430EX
A380CGN From Germany, joined May 2006, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4368 times:
My first visit to a flight deck was when I was 5 years or so. It was on a LH Boeing 735 from CGN to MUC and I remember it quite good as it was pretty funny: The pilot asked me if a would like to sit on his knees, take the yoke and "fly a curve". Of course nothing would have happened as I guess that the autopilot was in command, but I was too shy or afraid at that time and said no. Then he typed something like "Welcome aboard and have fun in Munich" in the FMC and printed it out for me. That was quite nice.
But the best ever experience was in 1997 or 98. That was also on LH from CGN to MUC (this time an A320) and while boarding I asked the F/A if I was allowed to have a look at the flight deck. She went to ask the pilot and retuned saying "You can go right now". I was happy that I was allowed but also a bit dosappointed because being in the cockpit while in flight seemed to be more fun than on the ground. Well, but when I came into the flight deck the First Officer had gotten out of his seat, waiting for me, and then flapped down the jumpseat for me and showed me how to buckle up and where to grab an oxygen mask in case of emergency. Yes, I could barely believe, but I was allowed to stay in the flight deck for the whole flight! I think I was the happiest boy on earth that day...