Anton P.
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I Am Impressed!

Mon Jul 17, 2000 6:31 am

hello! just wanted to share something that happened to me a few weeks ago... I live in Sydney and was going to Sweden on holidays..BA 10 and BA 812 after a really nice trip from OZ to London G-BYGC 'chelsea rose' it was time to fly on speedbird 812 to copenhagen it was British airways 757 G-BMRE Union flag LHR-CPH 24th june 2000 I boarded the flight as the last passenger and asked the flight attendant if it would be possible to be in the cockpit for landing.... she wasn't too sure and wanted to know why.. I explained I'm gonna be a pilot soon and I love airplanes..she came back to my seat 34A after 30 seconds and said that the pilots wanted to talk to me (to see who I was) to decide whether or not I was allowed to stay.. they asked me heaps of questions and I told them I'm gonna be a pilot..begin the studies next year..both pilots were really interested..asked me to stay in the cockpit the whole flight!!!! I sat down in the jumpseat 25 minutes before the flight in london and didn't leave until we were at the gate at copenhagen.. It was absolutely the coolest thing I've ever done.. The Captain didn't do much cause it was the female senior flight officer who did the flying.. He was sooo nice and told me every step of the flying and explained absolutely everything I wanted to know and a little bit more.. Now I definetly know that I've done the right thing..I want to become a pilot even more.. I just wanted to say that this was the first time I flew BA and I'm really impressed...the new World traveller with PTVs.. the service very efficient and the food was OK++..(airline food is never top class eh?) I*ve done Sydney-Europe three times before KLM (twice) and Thai but british airways was absolutely the best sofar thank you BA staff!! they made my trip really really memorable! My breakfast was served to me in the cockpit and that is definately something I can get used to!! I know I'm not alone...maybe this happens to people all the time but still..I think it was worth mentioning and it was fantastic any thoughts? Kind Regards Anton Pettersson watch out for CPH photos by me within 2 weeks!!!
 
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RE: I Am Impressed!

Mon Jul 17, 2000 7:27 am

Sounds like you had a nice time! Yep, that view from the front is much better than from the back!  

I only wish I could share in your experience. I have yet to ride in an airliner cockpit. I'm only a private pilot working my way up to the majors.

- Neil Harrison
 
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RE: I Am Impressed!

Mon Jul 17, 2000 9:16 am

That's cool. I wish we could jumpseat here in the U.S. It really sucks just sitting in the main cabin, but at least it's on a plane. Looking forward to seeing those CPH pics.

-Wilsam
 
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RE: I Am Impressed!

Mon Jul 17, 2000 9:37 am

You know, this is something I find odd. Here in the U.S., the FAA does not allow cockpit visits in flight, for safety reasons, and I agree with that. But on my LHR-LAX flight on British Airways in a 747-400, they kept letting kids see the cockpit in flight. The F/A asked me if I wanted to see the cockpit in flight as well, and I said yes, but as the flight went on she never mentioned it again and as they kept bringing kids upstairs to see it (I was seated in Club World on the upper deck) I let it go..it wasn't that big of a deal to me.
 
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RE: I Am Impressed!

Mon Jul 17, 2000 1:02 pm

Sounds nice....I have bin In jumpseat on A BA 734 on landing to ARN....BA rocks!

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RE: I Am Impressed!

Mon Jul 17, 2000 9:49 pm

Wow! That must have been the ride of a lifetime!

As for BA, my experiences aboard their flights was very good; the cabin crew certainly did their best to make things comfortable for passengers. The closest I came to your experience was aboard a Canadi>n 737; though I had to vacate the cockpit during landing, the view from the flight deck during our descent over the glaciers north of Vancouver was nothing short of spectacular.

I, too, am grateful for all those adult airline professionals who took the time to answer the incessent questions of this inquisitive boy. Though I never became an airline pilot as an adult, I remain an ardent airliner enthusiast to this day. Moreover, as a teacher, I can appreciate the importance of caring adults sharing what they love with children.

I hope you follow your dream; I'm sure you will be up there in the front seat on one of my flights to some interesting destination.

Regards,

Daniel
The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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