Trent_800 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 136 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1475 times:
OK it might ony be a four seater Cessna but i will be at the controls of an aircraft for the first time.
My Dad got me half an hour in one based on two conditions:-
1, That i choose him as one of my passengers,
2, I DONT choose my mum as the other passenger.
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5484 posts, RR: 20 Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1380 times:
It's great! Last time I took a demo flight was last month in Anoka, Minnesota. It's fun, we were tuned to the tower at Anoka the whole time. It's awesome to be the person to pull on the stick and to feel the plane start to rise!
Trent_800 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 136 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1216 times:
Just thought id tell you guys how it went. FANTASTIC, now i know what you guys are on about when you say that simulators are nothing like the real thing, the only thing that MS flight sims and X-plane has taught me is what the instruments are for.
We took off in a 13kt crosswind and i had controll from then on. I did a few turns and he let me fly the ILS approach which was not helped by the strong crosswind and gusty conditions but i managed to keep it on the localiser. The glideslope needle wasnt working so my only clue as to weather or not i was at the right height was the VASI lights, they were mostly three whites as i had difficulty keeping it down but i managed to get there. On finals we were told to keep an eye on the plane infront of us as they were slow to get off the runway and the instructor told me to do a go-around. I brought the plane back onto the approach again and he took over on short finals. he said he would have let me land it but the crosswind was too strong. A brilliant experiance as i also had the chance to see a vulcan for the first time and the 6 harriers on the apron waiting for the airshow display.
What a morning.
707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 31 Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1029 times:
Also do they use the same runway for GA traffic as the 737s that use that airport now?
I did that kind of discovery flight in July as well. Awesome.
To answer you question, I can tell you that in my local airport, we have two runways as well, a 6000Ft 'hard' one that the 737s use, and a shorter 'grass' one that only the GA use.
Usually, as there is not a lot of traffic, GA uses the 6000Ft one, but on that day, there were a lot of flights, so both runway were used (simultaneously, as they are parallels). Anyway, most of the 'sightseeing' flights used the grass runway, but the 'discovery' flights had the privilege of the large one. Hey hey.
Have fun, and afterwards, start saving money, because you'll be wanting to do the real thing. That's what it did for me !