The747Man
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UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 11:03 am

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?
 
CX Flyboy
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 11:10 am

What's the Airline Pilot For A Day system? Sounds interesting!
 
The747Man
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 11:12 am

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.
 
ryu2
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 11:14 am

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.
 
SouthRebels
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Ryu2

Tue Sep 25, 2001 11:50 am

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.
 
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RE: Ryu2

Tue Sep 25, 2001 12:04 pm

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...
 
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 12:09 pm

It sounds like a PR move. How would everyone like Dateline to do a story on "Pilot for a Day"?
 
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RE: Ryu2

Tue Sep 25, 2001 12:10 pm

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.
 
ryu2
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 12:17 pm

I just hope BA doesn't follow suit.
 
ILUV767
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 12:41 pm

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
 
 
ryu2
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 2:20 pm

Do you think that flight simulators (the physical kind) will be US export-controlled items, just like weapons, chemicals, supercomputers, etc?
 
Early Air
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 2:23 pm

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
 
ryu2
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 2:26 pm

As I posted earlier, BA has one -- of course, you need to travel to London first...
 
VirginA340
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Tue Sep 25, 2001 2:29 pm

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"
 
ryu2
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Wed Sep 26, 2001 9:24 am

I agree completely with this guy:

http://aerowinx.com/forum.cgi?read=38098
 
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RE: UAL's Airline Pilot For A Day Is Gone.

Wed Sep 26, 2001 11:07 am

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