PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8 Posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4542 times:
Okay, we've griped, we've moaned, we've gotten it out of our systems. That's healthy. We know to do it outside the airport grounds - where no one can hear us except those we know are sympathetic. It's called "venting".
So, to provide the yang to the yin, let's talk about things that we still enjoy about flying!!
Keep in mind, I am still that seven-year old child watching a Pan Am 747 taking off at LAX in the 1970's, so bear with me if this gets silly, okay?
The moment its time to leave. All the planning and preparation and waiting are over - IT'S TIME!!
The actual boarding of the plane. Jetbridges are cool, but walking across the tarmac at San Diego's Commuter Terminal is beyond exciting!! The noise, the wind, the being so close to other airplanes - YEE-HAW!!
The moment when you first realize the take-off is commencing!! I LOVE that first initial push back into the seat as your body struggles to keep up with the plane!! And watching the ground drop away - it reminds me of Google Satellite images on Zoom-Out.
Talking with a flight attendant - when they're not busy, of course!! I got a personal tour of a United 747-400 from a very friendly flight attendant...and she introduced me to all the other f/a's as an "enthusiast"! Everything except the proverbial red carpet was rolled out as I got to see most of the plane - including a cockpit tour afterwards!! I am grateful to every single employee who has made my flights terrific!!
CSA's who talk to me, not at me. We've all had our experiences with "bored" personnel - the characters of Patty and Selma wouldn't exist if there weren't real life examples - but talking to me as a valued customer (even if I'm not a Super-Dooper Extra-Shiny Molybdenum Level Frequent Flyer!!) always elevates my mood!! Thank you for smiling - I will spend the rest of my trip trying to pass it on.
I go into every flight expecting that I myself must be positive in order to make the trip itself a positive experience. I also find that my enthusiasm for flying coupled with this positive approach is contagious - and I almost always come out of it saying, "I really enjoyed my trip - THANK YOU!!"
What are your joys of flying?
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UltimateDelta From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 2292 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4537 times:
I just love flying in general! Let's see, my favorite parts are pushback, because you know you are indefinitely on your way... Oh, and the approach, especially over cities like Washington DC. I also like getting on board CRJs at terminal C in Atlanta because it involves the open tarmac. I also like the takeoff and taxi because it gives you a chance to see all the other planes, like special livery and foreign ones.
Kmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 4477 times:
First, and most importantly...getting my lily white, dimpled ass off this rock for a few days.
Next...on a really clear day, looking at the colors in the water surrounding said rock...just gorgeous.
A flight crew that really appears to enjoy what they're doing....last October we had a great bunch from BDA-BOS...from the pilot on down. they obviously were having a great time....so the passengers did too!
My first sight of the Cape as we're flying in to BOS....
Going the other way, BDA-LGW....again, getting my lily white, dimpled ass off this rock for a holiday.
I enjoy inflight meals (Yes, I quite like airline food!)....it could be cardboard, but I'm on vacation so who cares! Everything tastes better at 38000ft....even mass-produced meals.
In-flight movies....Ok, so I've probably seen them all, but who cares? I'm on vacation.
Coming in over Land's End at dawn...on a (rare) clear day...lovely sight....and with a cup of coffee in hand, of course.
That's it off the top of my head.
'Somebody tell me why I'm on my own if there's a soulmate for everyone' :Natasha Bedingfield
YYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4470 times:
I love everything. I get excited like a small child, but I can't help it!
Driving to the airport and staying in the hotel before the flight the next day.
Sitting at the hotel window watching planes taxi by, taking off, and landing.
Waiting to board the plane.
Boarding the plane and walking through the jet-bridge.
Taxiing to the runway. I like seeing all the different planes, even if I've seen them all before.
Taking off. I always get a smile on my face when the engines spool up and start rolling down the runway. Then there's the actual ascending part.
Flying. I like the sound of the roaring engines. But they are getting quieter now-a-days. We need to bring back the classics. and no hush kits.
Landing. It's such and adrenaline rush flying low over buildings at high speeds.
Then there is the part of waiting for most people to get off the plane so I can get my safety cards.
And as I leave the plane I ask the FAs to get the pilots to fill out my flight log, hence I get to meet them as well.
WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4464 times:
Quoting PanAm747 (Thread starter): The moment when you first realize the take-off is commencing!! I LOVE that first initial push back into the seat as your body struggles to keep up with the plane!! And watching the ground drop away - it reminds me of Google Satellite images on Zoom-Out.
Thats my favorite part as well! And I am getting close to my 1800th flight and I still enjoy it! Especially in my MD11F when she is empty - thats a powerful take off indeed!
And what I like as well: Impressive climb rates! What I did 2 weeks ago! Accelerating to 360 KIAS then slowly pulled the yoked and let her climb like hell! Max ROC I reached was 9700 ft/min, then I lowerd the nose again and at speed 300knots she started to accelerate again and still climbing with 3000 ft/min
And one more thing: a nice smooth touchdown within the touchdown zone
The nice view you have from time to time! Northern lights, lovely landscapes, flying over cities etc etc
Signol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3084 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4410 times:
Looking out of the window for the whole flight. Especially if there's no cloud cover. Watching the land go by, trying to work out what the towns are, and trying to spot other aircraft. No wonder I get a sore neck!
Mauiman31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4400 times:
Sunset and Sunrise at 30-40 thousand.
Meeting interesting, friendly people -- whether fellow pax, crew or other employees.
Boarding from the tarmac via airstairs.
That euforic, relaxed feeling (usually on vacation trips) -- when you are experiencing great service, by friendly competant professionals whom, your perception at least, is that they love their jobs and are happy to have you flying with them.
Touch down at my home airport, after business or vacation. When you are just glad to be home again.
Skynet179 From Belgium, joined Feb 2008, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4358 times:
Quoting PanAm747 (Thread starter): The actual boarding of the plane. Jetbridges are cool, but walking across the tarmac at San Diego's Commuter Terminal is beyond exciting!! The noise, the wind, the being so close to other airplanes - YEE-HAW!!
Stepping out the bus that took us to 'our' EK 777-300ER on the ramp in DXB, and smelling jet fuel in an 108°F atmosphere, as the beginning of our DXB-BKK flight .YEHAA!!