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UA Halfway To Hawaii Game  
User currently offlineJs From Malta, joined Aug 2001, 108 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5033 times:

Any previous winners out there?

For those of you who are not familiar, UA plays a game on it's west coast departures whereby you are supposed to guess the exact time the aircraft reaches the geographical halfway point of the journey. The winner receives a bottle of champagne or a gift certificate or some other token.

Last year on my SFO-HNL flight I WON, and I used my Garmin eTrex Vista handheld GPS to help me. Do you consider that cheating?

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User currently offlineKL911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5084 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

Quoting Js (Thread starter):
Do you consider that cheating?

Lol, yes......... Smart anyway.

KL911



Next trip : DUB-AUH-CGK-DPS-KUL-AUH-CDG-ORK :-)
User currently offlineF9HNLPLZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4972 times:

Nice planning. I hope I am able to do that in a few weeks.  Smile


Frontier Airlines, A Whole Different Animal. Maybe some day to Hawaii???
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4964 times:

Cheating? NO !
- Were you allowed to operate such a device during cruise ?
- How did it work inside an a/c cabin ? AFAIK GPS-devices need "visual" contact to a number of satellites ...



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7504 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4951 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 3):
- Were you allowed to operate such a device during cruise ?

I beleive GPS units are supposed to be off limits during flight. Lucky the flight crew didnt see it.



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User currently offlineAS739X From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 5998 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4944 times:

Yes...this is cheating

~ Would you please return the Champagne to United HQ as soon as possible so to be sold off for well needed revenue...thank you!

ASSFO



"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
User currently offlineLeelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4936 times:

Quoting Js (Thread starter):
I used my Garmin eTrex Vista handheld GPS to help me. Do you consider that cheating?

Not technically cheating, but hardly "sporting." I've managed to win a couple using nothing more than a pen and cocktail napkin.


User currently offlineJs From Malta, joined Aug 2001, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4911 times:

In the US the FAA permits the use of a "class B digital device" onboard airplanes. I found it helpful to bring the owners manual along onboard in case the flight crew is "suspicious." On one occassion a pilot questioned my use of the device but allowed it after I showed him the owners manual.

My GPS onlys works when I hold it close to the airplane window, and even then I sometimes have trouble receiving a strong enough signal.


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4888 times:

Quoting Js (Reply 7):
My GPS onlys works when I hold it close to the airplane window, and even then I sometimes have trouble receiving a strong enough signal.

That´s what I suspected. The low signal strength is probably to the fact that you can "see" only those satellites on one side of the a/c.



Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
User currently offlineVEEREF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4806 times:

Won it once back in '97. Had to do it manually using a pen and cocktail napkin. Didn't have any electronics to help. man it was a long time since I had to do long division!

User currently offlineB6FA4ever From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 816 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4746 times:

i remember doing that last time i flew UA. but the sad thing was i was only a couple minutes off. like others...had to use pen and paper and put my schooling to the test *LOL*. unfortunatly if i did win...they'd have to offer me something other than champange cause i was under 21 Sad hope to one of these days try my luck at it again!

~B6FA4ever


User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2431 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4726 times:

I won on an ORD/HNL trip in the late 80's. We were going as part of a family reunion and my Mom and I were seated in the upper deck on a 747. They played the contest and my guess was 2:17 PM. Mom wrote down 2:13, I told her to change it to something later so we'd have a better chance to win. She did, and the actual time was 2:13!! I was closest but Mom actually would have hit it on the nose if I didn't make her change her guess.

User currently offlineMtnmanmakalu From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4729 times:

Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 4):
I beleive GPS units are supposed to be off limits during flight. Lucky the flight crew didnt see it.

Burnsie28, GPS units ARE allowed during flight- I asked a GST trainer the question myself... I bring my own when I do ANC trips for the layover hikes!!

BTW- I don't know if it was cheating, but maybe not 100% fair!!!

mtnman Smile



I do, I don't, whatever.......
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4479 times:

I was as close as any f/a on my DC-10 flight had ever seen without winning. I was short by one minute and one second.

No consolation prize, let me tell you - I still love United, though!!



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