Js 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?
Js 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.
B6FA4ever 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 hope to one of these days try my luck at it again!
ER757 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.