Captain Spanky From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 10 months 6 days ago) and read 1850 times:
My first KLM experience was on a 747-300 nick names Leonardo Da Vinci from Toronto-Amsterdam. I was 9 years old, 7 years ago. I asked to see the flight deck. I asked at about 9pm and at 2am the flight attendant woke me up and asked if i'd like to go see the captain. I said no I want to see the flight deck, then i thought about it and it sounded embarrassing and dumb. anyways being so tired i tripped on the little landing just outside the cockpit. I crew were great and even let me touch the throttles. I don't remember how long i was there just that they told me it was time to go. Hey Hey, everyone gets nervous when they go inside the cockpit! haha let me hear your cockpit experiences
YXDfan From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1665 times:
My cockpit experiences are numerous (although none on KLM). Here are some of the really cool ones:
- Canadian Regional F-28, got to ride in the jumpseat for the entire flight from Fort McMurray (YMM) to Edmonton Municipal back when it was still open (YXD). Flying in a big jet (for that airport) right over downtown Edmonton was something else.
- Air BC Dash 8, only 4 people on the flight from YEG to YYC, so I asked to visit the flight deck halfway there. Had a great chat with the pilots and got to sit in the jumpseat for landing.
- Air Canada DC-9, got to land in the jumpseat on a flight from YWG to YEG.
- American Airlines MD-80, visited the cockpit after landing. Got to sit in the Captain's seat at the gate and, to show off the electronic checklist, he told me to advance the throttles (the engines were, of course, off). It only let me go about 20% forward when all the alarms went off telling me that the flaps weren't set, the brakes were on, etc...
In addition, i've visited the flightdecks of a CP DH8, AC A320, CP A320, AC BAe146, AC 767.
Luxair From Germany, joined Jan 2001, 872 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1590 times:
My wife is working for KLM so that gave me the opportunity to visit some flighdecks! The first visit was on a flight with a 747-400C from Amsterdam to Detroit the second was on the way back on a 747-300. The 3rd was on a MD-11 from
Amsterdam to Vancouver then also on a 767 from London to AMS and not to forget the Fokker F50 from AMS to ELLX. Oh I forgot also the Fokker 100! Once I went into the maintenance Hangars from KLM on Schiphol where I could visit some different aircrafts and that was a great experience too!!! I was on a lot more but the above mentionned where the only KLM flightdecks where I went into.
Ryanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3222 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1564 times:
BA09 B747-400 LHR - BKK. I got to sit in the jumpseat for the landing into Bangkok. Wow, the cockpit is so high up, and I got to put on some headphones and listen to the communications with BKK control tower.
I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
Andreas777 From Spain, joined Jan 2001, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1556 times:
i also had a lot of cockpit experiences but the one that marked me most was a jumpseat ride for almost the whole flight on Qantas from Melbourne to Hong Kong (KAI TAK) and the landing on the checkerboard approach to runway 13...all thta from a 747-400
Vw From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1537 times:
In June I was taking a three week trip to Kiev,Ukraine. I started in Des Moines, IA (DSM) flew a Saab 340 (Mesaba) to Minneapolis. Then boarded PH-BUT(KLM) for AMS. Every seat was filled. We took of from MSP at 3:00P.M. It was around 7:00p.m. when I asked a beautiful dutch flight attendent if it would be possible to take a visit up top to the flight deck. She went and asked and five minutes later I was sitting in the jump seat. I'm 18 and I told the crew my love of avaition and how I want to be a pilot. They were very friendly and talkative. The first officer was talking to Gander,New Foundland and listening to a radio station out of London. We were at 37,000 feet just off the south tip of Greenland. The caption was in his early 50's. He told me a story about taking off and landing in Hong Kong. I asked how many hours was on the plane. The first officer looked in the log book and told me 97,000 hours. The plane was built in 1981. In all I was talking to them for one hour. The flight attendant took a few pictures for me then I went back to seat 54a for the remaining three hours to Amsterdam. It was an experiance that I will never forget.