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Pilots Cruisin N' Lookin

Sat Oct 19, 2002 11:25 pm

This post is to ask the question how many of your flights had pilots who took off, and just cruised at a low altitude before climbing. On June 10, I flew AirTran from GPT-ATL-GPT on the 717 and on the flight to ATL, The pilot came over the intercom telling us he had been granted permission to fly at low altitude so we could view the scenery. So we took off, and he pulled back on the throttles after takeoff, and we just cruised the beaches until we got to pascagoula and then we turned northeast, throttled up, and started our ascent. I tell ya, those few minutes of seeing the coast was enough to make me enjoy the flight.

Has anyone else had the experience of just viewing the scenery from a low altitude on a jetliner. I know the 727 has a reputation for being a "cruiser", but I never knew the DC9/717 was a "cruiser"
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RE: Pilots Cruisin N' Lookin

Sat Oct 19, 2002 11:31 pm

I live on an island and many foreign airlines' pilots' request VFR at 2000' until the far end of the island then activate their IFR flightplan and continue to their destination. Most of the time permission is granted as we are not very busy here. I have been on several flights where our pilot was a sport. Flying inbound on a nice day we always get a low level tour. Pilots request request a visual approach from about 20 miles away. Then descend to 1500' along the entire coast. We are lucky as the airport is on the Southeastern tip of the Island and we fly mostly to and from the Northwest.
I agree. It is a lot of fun. I am never tired of it.
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RE: Pilots Cruisin N' Lookin

Sun Oct 20, 2002 1:18 am

What island is that?
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RE: Pilots Cruisin N' Lookin

Sun Oct 20, 2002 1:33 am

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is quite scenic, and its not just Air Tran that does that. I have flown in and out of GPT countless times, but, most notably when I flew Canada 3000 down there, we cruised along the beach, past the casinos, over to Ocean Springs, to Pascagoula before we did our turn north towards YYZ.

My first flight lesson was out of 5R2, and the first thing I asked to do was to cruise east beach, then go out towards Horn Island. One experience I had was flying a 172 from GPT to 5R2 at night, we cruised just above 90, following the casions, their lights glamoursly shining upward, yet the pitch blankness of the ocean....

I can't wait for my next trip down there.

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RE: Pilots Cruisin N' Lookin

Sun Oct 20, 2002 1:38 am

"reputation as being a cruiser.." - I do not believe the situation you refer to is dependent on a/c type.

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RE: Pilots Cruisin N' Lookin

Mon Oct 21, 2002 1:01 am

Mirrodie, Some Aircraft develop reputations as cruisers because pilots can just sit back and cruise at low altitudes (As if you were hovering). It feels like you are cruising in a fighter jet.

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