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First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Thu May 25, 2006 4:53 pm

On Saturday I paid my first ever visit in an aircraft flight deck. It was truely awesome. I was allowed in once we were firmly on the ground to take a couple of shots. A big thanks to the guys at Aegean for allowing me in. I really hope this shot makes it, if it doesn't then no problems.  Smile

Do you remember your first time?

 
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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Thu May 25, 2006 5:01 pm

Wow Ian you have done a great job in at least getting the exposure right.
Fantastic stuff cant comment on the quality as the pic is too small but hey good try.
All the best of luck with it
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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Thu May 25, 2006 5:15 pm

Actually I was in a bit of a panic! I only had a few seconds and everyone from the flight were waiting on the transfer bus waiting to go to the terminal and my wife was shouting to hurry up. Having learned so much from this forum I was worried about getting the outside exposure right through the window. I don't think it looks too bad. The 737 flight deck is a lot smaller than I imagined but the pilot said there were one's that were a lot smaller than that LOL. Big grin

I remember the good old days before 9/11 where dads with their kids used to queue up at the front of the aircraft during the flight all waiting for a glimpse up front. It's a damn shame that a minority of idiots have ruined that for the rest of us forever now.  Sad
 
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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Thu May 25, 2006 5:43 pm

Hey

I rember my 1st time in upfront. It was absolutly awesome. It was an Ansett 767. From then on I have loved aviation. It was so great to be able to go to the cockpit during flight. My Dad and I used to spend 10 or so minutes just chatting to the pilots.

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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Thu May 25, 2006 6:25 pm

My first time was in a BA something (not sure!) flying ARN-CPH-MAN. Don'r remember much; I was only 3.

Later, a VS 742 MAN-MCO.

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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Thu May 25, 2006 8:00 pm

I can't even remember my first time. Must have been when I was about 5 or 6 years old. The last time I was in a cockpit though inflight was August of 2000 LH747 from FRA to JFK. Since then I still like going up there after the flights. The most recent visits were to a US333 and a DL763.

Nice work though with the cockpit shot. I hope it makes it in. How did you determine how to expose it correctly.

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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Thu May 25, 2006 8:48 pm

Quoting FlyingZacko (Reply 5):
How did you determine how to expose it correctly

There wasn't enough time so I just stuck it on auto.  blush 
 
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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Thu May 25, 2006 10:51 pm

My first flight deck visit was inside a wonderful A300B2 of Air Inter... can't remember it myself though, only some very ooold family photographs.  Smile

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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Fri May 26, 2006 12:17 am

1st time a BOAC VC10 in 1971. No, can't remember it.

Since then BA L1011 and B767 MAN-JFK or back again.
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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Mon May 29, 2006 12:30 pm

I was little I don't remember how old I was but I got to see a DC-10 for the first time on UA after a flight from LAS.
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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Mon May 29, 2006 7:40 pm

My first visit to a flight deck was when I was 5 years or so. It was on a LH Boeing 735 from CGN to MUC and I remember it quite good as it was pretty funny: The pilot asked me if a would like to sit on his knees, take the yoke and "fly a curve".  Yeah sure Of course nothing would have happened as I guess that the autopilot was in command, but I was too shy or afraid at that time and said no. Then he typed something like "Welcome aboard and have fun in Munich" in the FMC and printed it out for me. That was quite nice.  Smile
But the best ever experience was in 1997 or 98. That was also on LH from CGN to MUC (this time an A320) and while boarding I asked the F/A if I was allowed to have a look at the flight deck. She went to ask the pilot and retuned saying "You can go right now". I was happy that I was allowed but also a bit dosappointed because being in the cockpit while in flight seemed to be more fun than on the ground.  Wink Well, but when I came into the flight deck the First Officer had gotten out of his seat, waiting for me, and then flapped down the jumpseat for me and showed me how to buckle up and where to grab an oxygen mask in case of emergency. Yes, I could barely believe, but I was allowed to stay in the flight deck for the whole flight! Big grin Big grin I think I was the happiest boy on earth that day...  bouncy 
 
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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Mon May 29, 2006 9:05 pm

Quoting A380CGN (Reply 10):
I was allowed to stay in the flight deck for the whole flight!

You're a 100% spot on... it's incredibly rare as person without connections to the crew or working for the airline to jumpseat post Sept2001.

It's still incredible if you can go on a ride, which luckily happened to me 5 times the last 3 years.  Smile

Glad you had fun.
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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:53 pm

And finally it made it in.  Silly


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RE: First Time In Flight Deck - Wow!

Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:58 pm

Quoting A380CGN (Reply 10):
I was allowed to stay in the flight deck for the whole flight! I think I was the happiest boy on earth that day...

I get to Jumpseat every now and again (perk of the job) and I always feel like the biggest kid in the world. weather it be a 75' or a JS41!
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