Sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5260 posts, RR: 27 Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 9051 times:
Last year, when family and I flew into SAT, his 707 was there on the east side of the field.
When we came back to fly home, three days later, the 707 was gone... but his Gulfstream was parked, "rat there" at the same FBO where we tied down the 182. Guess that explained all the stretech limos that were waiting, idling, when we had arrived. We shoulda hung around?
I assume that he gets some work done there. Or maybe he likes the great Tex-Mex cuisine one finds in San Antone...
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
ILSApproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 8870 times:
He flies the Gulf..........the 707 and is rated in 747 by QF.
He does have a regular crew for the 707, I suppose so he can enjoy time with the wife and kinder while in flight! But I'll bet he has his hands on those controls more than you think!
Seen his 707 from air on cable, believe it was Travel Channel showing huge houses of the stars. It was in an airpark, I think north of Orlando (someone knows exactly where here). The 707 parked right up next to house!!! Nosed into kind of a "carport". He has largest aircraft in community, most of his neighbors aren't to pleased with him. Must be the noise huh? Showed some of his other planes parked there also (not all at once). I suppose if I was his neighbor and I ONLY had a little G4 I'd be jealous too!
HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2081 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8569 times:
Usair330 you are correct. He does have a crew for the 707, but on a show about him they said he does every take off and landing himself.
The airpark he lives in now is east of Ocala, FL. And as far as him getting in hot water with his neighbors there, well, that is the reason he is no longer here in Daytona at the nearby Spruce Creek Fly In... his jets got him either kicked out of their or in so much crap that he moved. Either way it sucks, I'd prefer the oppurtunity to bump into him but ah well.
Mit From United States of America, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 166 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8437 times:
While Travolta has type ratings in both the 707 and Gulfstream, he still must use a flight crew. i.e. he can be the captain, but both airplanes require other crewmembers whether they are operated Part 91 (private) or Part 121/135 (commercial.) The GII would need a copilot and the 707 needs a copilot and FE.
OttoPylit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 8406 times:
Recently saw a thing about him on VH-1 Music Channel. He does indeed have a cockpit crew for the 707, although he normally sits in the left seat. I believe its a complete crew of 3, so someone is sitting in the jumpseat when he flies.
Highflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 631 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 8296 times:
That is one beautiful ex-Qantas Boeing 707-138B. Last year when he did a round-the-world flight with a full complement of current and retired Qantas pilots, it was mentioned in the article that he had accumulated a total time of 5,000 flight hours. While that may seem high to the man on the street, it's quite low if he were a fifty year old Part 121 airline pilot in the left seat. I did a search and found out that John Joseph Travolta is listed as a Private Pilot ASMEL with an instrument rating. No type in either the Boeing 707 or the G-II.
This takes nothing away from a great actor/aviation enthusiast with a beautiful wife and lifestyle that most of us would envy. He is also smart enough to have high time professionals aboard every flight.
Highflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 631 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6806 times:
Both the Gulfstream (2 crew members) and the Boeing 707 ( 3 crew members) are required to have the PIC meet requirements of FAR Part 61.31 and in the case of the 707 have a Flight Engineer-Turbojet rated crewman aboard.
From my understanding talking to the Qantas crews, John only went through F/O 747-400 training prior to the Qantas sponsored round-the-world flight.