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UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.  
User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Just read it in the newspaper. Very sad news, I was planning to do this on the 747-400 next summer on the "Pilot for a Day" system that UAL closed down from the public.

Hey David (ILUV767), could you give us some more info on this? Is it ever expected to re-open?

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User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6639 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

What's the Airline Pilot For A Day system? Sounds interesting!

User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1610 times:

It was this program offered by UAL where you could pay to use any of there flight simulators in Denver. There were three kinds of packages you could buy for each aircraft. Bronze, Silver, and Gold packages. They all offered atleast 1 hours in the sim and some other things with the Gold Package being the most expensive. They had the whole fleet of simulators being offered.

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

CX flyboy, It was a chance for you to spend a hour or two in the simulators at United's training facility at Denver.

What a stupid move -- if this is related to the attacks, as you are constantly under supervision anyways, and they'd never let you "practice" crashing into buildings.


User currently offlineSouthRebels From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1555 times:

The hijackers never practiced flying into buildings. There is no skill there. All they needed to do is learn how to fly a plane. You never specifically practiced making right turns when learning to drive. If you can drive a car you can make a right turn. If you can fly a plane you can fly it into something.

User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2148 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1552 times:

They were planning on having an open house @ DENTK in October where employees could donate money to United Way in exchange for Sim time. This too was dropped...

User currently offlineMls515 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 3077 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1539 times:

It sounds like a PR move. How would everyone like Dateline to do a story on "Pilot for a Day"?

User currently offline5280AGL From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 414 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1533 times:

Yes, unfortunately this is true. I personally think it is a very bad move. I felt this was a good public relations setup...Another knee-jerk idea, which will seem idiotic 1-2 years down the road.


User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1529 times:

I just hope BA doesn't follow suit.

User currently offlineILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1519 times:

I have not yet heard anything about this, but I'll do some searching around, and see if I can come up with some additional answers.

I L U V 7 6 7


User currently offlineFlygga From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1501 times:

http://www.ualservices.com/html/buissupp_pilot.html

User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

Do you think that flight simulators (the physical kind) will be US export-controlled items, just like weapons, chemicals, supercomputers, etc?

User currently offlineEarly Air From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 611 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

Oh no! I was hopeing to do that this Febuary! Is there any other place to use a commercial airline simulator? I was hoping on using one of those for such a long time.

Rgds,
Early Air


User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

As I posted earlier, BA has one -- of course, you need to travel to London first...

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1470 times:

I'm not a big fan of aiplane simulators but rather the ones on helecopters rule! You can go anywhere. They are even useful to see the yankees play from above. with commercial planes you're only joy is lading. not much of a view unless you are wither landing or after takeoff. It gets boring at crusing level.

Nothing can beat combat simulators of choppers and fighter planes. These simulators make the commercial ones look like a slow flight to grandma's.

I already tried BA's the only thing good of that was landing and takeoff in not so good weather and seeing the cities from the flightdeck after takeoff and before landing.



"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineRyu2 From Taiwan, joined Aug 2002, 495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1435 times:

I agree completely with this guy:

http://aerowinx.com/forum.cgi?read=38098


User currently offlineBrett80211 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 266 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

When I was out in Denver last March I was able to fly the 747-400 simulator. My grandma new a pilot trainer and Gina was able to give me a tour of the Facility and get me into the simulator for a while. The place is great they also have a gift shop where you can buy UAL stuff, I got a UAL shirt, Pin of a 757, a logbook and these posters of the cockpit of the 777 and 737 that real airline pilots use to familiarize them selves with the cockpits. When my scanner works again I will up-load some pics of a 777, 747-400, 737 simulators. The best thing of all of it was that I got to do it all for free. -Brett Simon

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