Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 15063 posts, RR: 59 Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 9436 times:
OK....I know many (probably most) people here are not Iron Maiden fans, but I grew up in the 80's listening to Maiden....they are my all time favourite band.....
We know that Travolta has his own 707 and is a pilot for Qantas, but its cool to see other rock stars as pilots......
Bruce is also a pilot for B737 type aircraft.....
"Bruce Dickinson will be combining two of his greatest passions in June, when he combines jobs as lead singer of the worlds leading metal band IRON MAIDEN and Commercial Airline pilot with Astraeus Airlines.
First Officer Bruce will fly a specially chartered real Heavy Metal Boeing 757 from London’s Gatwick airport on Tuesday 7th June into Keflavik Airport, Iceland where he will take the stage that night with Iron Maiden to play at Reykjavic’s 15,000 capacity Egilsholin Stadium as part of the bands EDDIE RIPS UP…EUROPE 2005 Stadium and Festival Tour "
Qantas077 From Australia, joined Jan 2004, 5915 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9193 times:
JT does have a 747 qualification, he comes down here quite often to keep that rating current, he uses the simulators at QF jetbase at Sydney Airport, he's flown a flight from the US to Australia, i believe it was a passenger flight, it could have been a delivery flight, not 100% sure, but he was NOT allowed to land the aircraft.
a true friend is someone who sees the pain in your eyes, while everyone else believes the smile on your face.
Wukka From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1017 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9175 times:
Quoting N5176Y (Reply 6): Well if he's flying his friends and family on his own private airplane he really doesn't need an ATP.
Understood completely! I was referring moreso to this:
Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 2): has flown at least one delivery flight from PAE with a 744ER.
What about the rest of the flight-deck? I'm guessing that the folks on this flight, which were likely not friend nor family prior to the flight, were hand-holding this gentleman for the sake of flying with Mr. Travolta. Your post of his current certs just reinforces what I was saying. I'm not trying to start an argument with anyone about this. JT is an admirable person for persuing his desire for sitting in the left seat, definitely, but why the special treatment?
Lymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1140 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9160 times:
He may have gotten his Australian type, but that doesn't automatically transfer into an FAA type rating. Thus, there may not be an FAA airman record of his type, but he is indeed legit in Oz. Furthermore, in the ferry flights from PAE, the aircraft is then considered of Australian registry, meaning he's all set for PIC duty.
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7747 posts, RR: 33
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9052 times:
I always wondered why Bruce Dickinson got his haircut a few years back, then I was reading an article about Astraeus Airlines with his picture, I said out loud, "Hey that looks like the dude from Iron Maiden, whats he doing flying a plane?" COOL!
Saab2000 From Switzerland, joined Jun 2001, 1621 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8901 times:
First of all, I think it is awesome the Bruce Dickenson is an airline pilot!!
Second, if John Travolta is qualified to fly an airliner, that is also cool and is not in anyway lesser just because he is also a famous actor. I don't think many check-airmen will sign someone off just because they are famous. In fact, I would say the opposite is probably true - they might even hold them to a higher standard.
Check Airmen tend to be pretty "No Nonsense" types, regardless of where they are from.
Let them fly! The King of Jordan used to fly his Tristar! He was acknowledged to be quite a competent pilot.
Highflier92660 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 732 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8489 times:
Folks, whenever I see a "Revolta-Travolta" thread it makes me smile. JT is an excellent actor and aviation enthusiast, but he is not a professional pilot. The certificate which states he is Type Rated in the G-1159, means he is rated to fly as Pilot-In-Command of that early serial number Gulfstream II that he owns up in Ocala. So five nights a week, when he flies from Jumbolair to PIE to be re-programmed at the Church of The Holy Sepulcher (Scientology), he is legally in command- the blond guy flying along satisfies legal 2 crew requirements for complex turbine aircraft and assures that Mr. Travolta will not dip below glide slope into Tampa Bay on approach to runway 17L.
JT's beautiful 1964 model Boeing 707-138 is a 3 crew aircraft, which stiplulates an FEJ or Flight Engineer Turbojet rated crew member be onboard along with the PIC and F/O. John Travolta, much to the surprise of the general public, does not kick the tires, light the JT-3's and fly it solo. At LAX, it is usually conspicuously parked south of 25L alongside the Sepulvada under pass; when he isn't promoting a film most of the time it is just parked at Ocala. Again, JT hires high time guys to insure that he doesn't inadvertently barrel roll the thing ala Tex Johnson in Dash 80. JT is not typed in the 707 or 747-400, though he did wear a snappy QUANTAS uniform when they nursed him through 744 F/O training.
The last I spoke with some of his guys, they reported he is a wonderful employer to work for, even if they do get a lot of late night T/O's and Landings each month.
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 15063 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5720 times:
Quoting AWspicious (Reply 19): But, Bruce is related to Rob Dickinson, lead singer of Cathrine Wheel. They're cousins.
I saw Catherine Wheel eons ago..I didn't know they still were around..but yes, he is the cousin of Bruce!
Ryanair737......as stated above, they are my ALL time favourite band
I've seen them on "World Piece Tour" in 1983, "World Slavery Tour" (twice) in 1985, "Somewhere On Tour" in 1986, "7th Tour of a 7th Tour" in 1988, then I stopped listening to them for about 7-8 years, then I saw them on the "Virtual XI" tour in 1998 (with Blaze Bayley on vocals!!!), then I saw them in 1999 when Bruce joined the band again, I then saw them in 2003 (Dance of Death Tour). I've had 1st-5th row in 80% of the shows.....
Anyway, I would love to be a passenger of a plane Bruce is flying...
Actually, from what I remember......Maiden chartered their own plane and would fly to the various cities which they would be playing at...now THATS COOL!
Airplane From Ecuador, joined Sep 2004, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5296 times:
First of all this went just too off topic
However, over a year ago, JT appeared at the late show with David Letterman, and then he said the he made a deal with Qantas that he will let QF paint the plane and he will become a 747-400 captain. So he did and he said that Qantas and the 747-400 training was the toughest course he has ever taken.
Letterman asked out loud to the crowd. "how many of you have a 707 ??"
he, he, he