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What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 10:36 am

For all you pilots (or anyone who has been in the flight deck jumpseat), you get to have views which passengers probably only dream of. Spectacular sunrises, sunsets, cloud formations and such. Of course, there are those views that passengers probably don't want to see as well.

What was and where were you when your had your most memorable view from the flight deck?

Something that made you say to the FO or Capt, "look at's gorgeous!"

All the best!

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RE: What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 10:58 am

I'm afraid I am a captain only in my fantasy. That said, my best flight deck experience was on a Canadi>n 737 flight from Terrace to Vancouver: the view of the glaciers and glacial lakes (a turquoise blue-green) through the cockpit windows was nothing short of spectacular.
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RE: What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 11:38 am

Glaciers while over Greenland.

Auto-landing and not seeing anything until the nosewheel touched down and then only being able to see one Centerline light ahead. Impressed the s**t outta me!

Flying into Cairo it looked like we were flying from clear into an area covered by a cloud deck. It was the desert. I realized that when I looked down to see the Pyramids. Quite a sight for a first-timer.

These are a few of my favorite things... Big grin TC
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RE: What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 11:46 am

Flying in the vicinity of Anchorage last winter I saw the nothern lights which was pretty amazing. Last year also when Russia had the problems of uncontrollable forest fires, we flew over them and saw the line of fire at night streching far far into the distance. That was also pretty memorable.
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RE: What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 11:50 am

I have two very memorable experiences while flying in the jumpseat.

First...(Flight Officer Intern at UA)
Jumpseat in a DC-10!!! Landing at SAN (SFO-SAN). Landing to the west, flying down the valley alongside Downtown San Diego as we avoid that parking garage on short final......what a rush!!!!!!!!!!!!

Second....(AA employee...flying to DFW for an interview at SOC...I knew the captain)
Jumpseat in an AA MD-80. It was a red-eye flight (SMF-DFW). Coming up on the DFW metroplex on a crystal clear night and seeing the mass of city lights. Visibility had to be greater than a 100 miles.

Those were the days....

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RE: What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 11:55 am

As a fairly frequent flyer, I've had numerous oportunities to visit flight decks including a 747 jumpseat into Kai Tak airport. But one of my most memorable would have to be on board an Air Canada A340-300 on a typical flight from HKG to YVR. We were halfway across the Pacific Ocean and the sun was setting. As the sky outside was darkening quickly, we sat in the comfortable cockpit of the A340, staring at the glow of the CRT screens. The tranquility and the atmosphere at the time was just beyond words.
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RE: What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sat Oct 05, 2002 7:09 pm

Last operating day of Kaitak... jumpseat on CX 904 operated with an Airbus 330.
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RE: What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sun Oct 06, 2002 12:04 am

Certainly, Kai Tak has to be right up there on the list, but one of my last QF jump seats has to be right up there: arriving in on a 762 from PER in the early morning, flying around Botany Bay at sunrise, to line up on 25. Wonderful.

Shannon on an Aer Lingus A330 with my godson (then 10); it was a horrid morning (very unusual for Ireland  Smile/happy/getting dizzy)!) and the runway lights just appeared out of the murk and to see the look of wonderment on his face, particularly as the gear came down (he didn't know what the noise was!) was terrific.


RE: What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sun Oct 06, 2002 12:09 am

A jumpseat landing in Buenos Aires on the triple seven. Just awesome !
Hearing the computer shout out the altitudes and then touching down after a 13.5+ hour flight.
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RE: What Was Your Best View From The Flight Deck?

Sun Oct 06, 2002 4:54 am

On a CY A310 over the southernmost tip of Italy on a clear night. You could see all the way accross to Corfu and Albania to the east, and accross to Sicily to the west, and looking up, the amount of stars was breath taking. Many many more than you could see from the ground.

Also on BMI A321 from LHR-EDI-LHR flying up over the whole of the UK with no cloud during winter, seeing the gradual change from the south with no snow, to partial coverage in the north of England, to total coverage in the border hills of Scotland, and on the return circling in the hold at Bovingdon looking at the M25 that was solid with traffic in both directions as far as the eye could see - all white lights on one side, and all red lights on the other, and seeing just how many other a/c are in the skies above London at about 1830 on an evening.

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