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Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Sat Dec 23, 2006 1:52 pm

Watching videos like this brings back memories of flying as a child, when you would hope and wish for an invitation to the cockpit to gaze in wonder at the bewildering array of instruments and dream one day it just might be possible to operate such an amazing machine yourself. For me, it was the highlight of the flight! Sometimes to even be served the meal at the observer seat, and it would just be so cool to have the privilege to eat there! Big grin

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I'm sure I spent hours in DC8, DC9, L-1011, B727 and B-747 flight decks as a kid, and I know this helped inspire my interest and enthusiasm for commercial aircraft.
It is really unfortunate that today, most airlines no longer give kids the same thrilling opportunity to be invited 'up front'.



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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Sat Dec 23, 2006 2:16 pm

Quoting Skydrol (Thread starter):
Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Ok, I'm going to tell you a story that most of you will doubt, but it is true.

In '74 when I was working on a paper for my Bar Mitzvah, I corresponded with Tom Jones, then the Chief Pilot for LY, as I working on a paper and needed some references on EL AL.

That summer I made my first trip to Israel (TW 727 DTW-JFK, TW 747 JFK-ATH, TW 707 ATH-TLV). On our return trip we flew an EL AL 747 from TLV to LHR. I jokingly asked the steward if Capt Jones was on board the aircraft, and much to my surprise he said yes, and that he was dead heading.

Well, the steward told him that I had asked, and a few moments later, I got an invitation to the flight deck as we cruised our way to London.

What a treat that was for a young kid!
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 9:18 am

Back in the early 1990s my dad and I went to Miami. We flew from Gothenburg, Sweden, via LHR with British Airways (737-200 GOT-LHR and 747-200 LHR-MIA). The 737 sat on the ground for almost three hours in Gothenburg so the captain left the aircraft for a walk in the terminal and for some reason started to talk with us. I told him about my aviation interest and recieved his invitation for a flight deck visit, and after asking some stupid (I guess) questions during that visit, the captain invited me to remain in the flight deck during the landing at LHR, sitting in the jumpseat (with those huge Air Force-style headphones on so I could listen to the ATC). I was 16 at that time but still clearly remember this as one of the greatest moments in my life!
That combination: Flight deck visit on BA flight landing at LHR, would probably not be possible today unless you happen to be a BA pilot or belong to BA top management (but I nowadays work as a ticket-collector at Danish Railways so I guess I don´t qualify...)
 
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 9:24 am

I remember US DC-9, 732, 757, 733, 734, B1900, Dash 8, and others.

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Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:00 am

I got to visit the cockpit when I was a kid too. The copilot was a famous basketball player and the captain gave me a big metal airplane! It was great!
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:03 am

I think they allowed this first time I went to Florida (Delta Tristar to Cinncinati from LGW), I was only about 8 at the time though (1992), but still remember it!
 
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:11 am

I am 17 now but back in '97 when I was going to HKG on CX I couldn't sleep so I asked if i could visit the flight deck. About 20 minutes after the request a FA came to my seat and took me upstairs

My mother and brother were sleeping so I kind of disappeared. I stayed up-front for about an hour and a half cruising over Russia. The pilots being really nice to me, thinking back then I must have looked like a 5 year old! Ever since 9/11 I have failed getting in, despite a few mates of mine getting in somehow.

When I went back my brother was annoyed I didn't wake him up to go with him! Then again, he flies 744's now!

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Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:13 am

in 1971, I was at LAX preparing for my first airplane flight ever - a 747 to JFK on AA. While I was shopping for book to read, my dad got himself invited on the plane, and got to see the cockpit. And he wasn't even going to be a passenger.

He never did tell me how he managed to do that....
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:14 am

My first cockpit visit was i a DC-10-30 by SAS in June 1989.
I remember this clearly. Hence I today are fascinated by aircrafts in general and civil aircrafts in particular.  Smile
Since then, I've visited SAS 767's, Air Greenland 757's and Dash 7's and The Air Greenland A330 many times during the time I was mechanic apprentice in the company. More than half og them the entire flight. That's awesome!  Smile

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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:26 am

Quoting F9Animal (Reply 4):
The copilot was a famous basketballrnplayerrnand the captain gave me a big metal airplane! It wasrngreat!

Did the co-pilot tell you that dragging Lanier and Walton up and down the court for 48 minutes was NOT dogging it?
So, how good were those gladiator movies?
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:27 am

My first cockpit visit was in a Tarom Airbus A310 back in 95.

On my flight from ORD-AMS in summer of 99 I visited the flight deck of KLM 742 SUD.

Great memories  Smile
 
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:45 am

When I was 14(6 yrs ago) on a BA 737 from ROM to LGW, I got to go to the cockpit. When I got there we were over Belgium near the North Sea, instead of France because of the ATC strike. When there the captain got flustered over the crowded airspace from a increase of planes in the area. Also I got to turn the Dial and lower the plane 1000 feet, SO COOL!!!! Also, I remember being able to look out on the North Sea, just beautiful at 30K feet. BA BEST EVER.
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:11 pm

I can remember our senior trip in high school which was kind of a religeous school and i had a few drinks before going. I asked the flight attendant if i could visit the flight deck as i was afraid of getting caught. she said come on.. the captn said we had bought the plane for the night and i could ride jump seat.(a charter) This was a piedmont 737,and they did not service Den at the time.

Now i was about half crocked on approch listening to the headphones they gave me and i heard a clearance to land on (?) right... now im looking at 2 runways
in front of me while they are prepareing to land. I know now of the 10k ft silence, but I chimed up and said did they not say right,,,,

Whoa the captn turned to the the co pilot and said did they say right,, the co-pilot radioed the control tower and sure enough it was right. the plane shifted quickly to the right and i shutup and the plane lined up, on the right runway,when the captn said something very low to the co pilot, about do I need to take a drunk kid with us everywhere we go.. I guess that co-pilot is flying with U.S. today
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:15 pm

Back in 1962, on a Pan Am 707 in which my grandfather was acting as the first officer, got to go up front. He retired the next year last flight in command was Tokyo to FAI, then rode as a passenger to SFO. Years later I took him to the Boeing 747 factory, couldn't believe the size and difference in the cockpits.
 
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:24 pm

My first was a US DC-9 at ELM in 95. Since then I've been in the following cockpits:

US Airways: 752, 733, 734, 732, A321, D93, F100
Republic: E170
Piedmont: Dash 8 100 and 300
Comair: E120
Mesa: CRJ, B1900D
Gulfstream International: B1900C-1
Continental: 738
Midway: 737-700

I do not remember the years of the visits but can tell you, I do love it when pilots explain the systems of their aircraft.

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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:31 pm

I think you can still visit cockpit on charter flights, or maybe on charter flights outside U.S. at pilot's discretion ?

Believe that charters work off different security rules.

Can anyone confirm this ?
 
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:45 pm

In flight Aer Lingus in 1992 over the North Atlantic on the daytime return to JFK was amazing (747-200). Other time was in August of 2001 in an Austrian A320 over the Alps, simply awesome.
 
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:47 pm

My father used to work for Western Airlines in the 1970s, and we have many photos of me as a little kid standing in the cockpit with the pilots. However, the one visit I remember the most was on a Western DC-10 flight from Honolulu to LAX in the mid-70s. I was a little kid, and before we left Honolulu, I was allowed to go into the cockpit. I remember the pilot telling me about the new runway which had opened up, and how we were going to use it. I think I still have the wings he gave me that day.

It's too bad things have changed so much since those days.

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Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:54 pm

Ive gotten to visit the flightdeck about every flight Ive been on! Just went on Frontier's A319, N925FR's flight deck, and a AA 757 and MD82's flightdeck over this summer. Half the time the Caption or F/O invite me as we're deboarding, cause they can tell I like planes.  bigthumbsup 

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Sun Dec 24, 2006 1:02 pm

This thread brings back some wonderful memories of flying from OAK & SFO to LAX and back on PSA to visit my grandparents in Los Angeles. I usually flew alone and got invited to the flight deck on their 727's several times.

Late 60's and early 70's. A great time to be a kid flying alone!

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Sun Dec 24, 2006 3:18 pm

Ohh I remember when I was young (must have been in the mid 90s) we were on the day Air Canada flight from YYZ-LHR on a 767. After the meal service, when most of the adult passengers were asleep, one of the crew members went up and down the aisles asking the children if they wanted to visit the cockpit. I even remember in their little kiddie tote bags they would give out log books so you can record your cockpit visits and have the captain sign them. Ohh those were the days, I remember the captain would then tell all of us kids (must have been at least 15-20) our location and the different cockpit instruments and essentially how the plane flew (in a very watered down version) My very last cockpit visit (to this day) was in August of 2001 on an Icelandair 737-400 from AMS-KEF. I remember too taking it for granted that I was able to visit the cockpit, little did I realized in less then a month that wonderful privilege would be taken away from me for good.
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Sun Dec 24, 2006 4:48 pm

I remember visiting the cockpit on numerous occasions. I remember trips to the cockpit on United and Delta, i'm sure I had them on other airlines but I don't recall any of those. It was a huge thrill to go up to the cockpit and I really wish that airlines would continue allowing children to access the cockpit prior to or after the flight so that more members of the next generation become aviation enthusiasts.
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 5:21 pm

My first flight deck visit was in 1977, I was 5. The flight was from YYZ-FRA on a LH DC10. It was such a thrill, since then, I've been up front on most of my long-haul flights as a child. My best experience was spending about 7 hours up front on a Canada3000 A330 from YVR-YYC-DUS back in 1999.
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 5:30 pm

Quoting SkyvanMan (Reply 21):
I remember visiting the cockpit on numerous occasions.

As a child I was a regular traveller out of NBO, and almost always spent time on each flight in the cockpit. Mainly BOAC Argonauts, Britannias, and Comet 4's; but also QF and NZ Electra's (on the first QF Electra flight across the Indian Ocean from Australia. I proudly carried my BOAC "Junior Jet Club" pass book. I liked the Britannia the most - as a child, the perfect airliner. I used to ask an air hostess as soon as I could on every trip if I could see the flight deck- and was rarely disappointed.
 
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 5:48 pm

When I was little my family flew every year and on just about every flight more than an hour or so I made it up to the cockpit. I remember pilots always being so nice, I would tell them that it was my dream to be a pilot someday and they would say work hard in school etc. etc. Whenever I flew NW I would be given a little "baseball card" if you will of whatever plane we were flying. A nice pic on the front with all the specs on the back. I still have those, I know I have a few DC-9's and -10's and an A320. Even the DC-10-40! Probably the 757 too. One time after the flight the pilots gave me an FMC printout with approach speeds (I think, I was little) and such on it. I wish I could find that now!
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:25 pm

3 distinct memories: One in a CX 742 AKL-HKG. I was only 4 then so I don't have much memory of it, just getting an electric shock when going up the stairs! The second and more memorable one was on Oct 1, 2000. Air NZ and I was in Sydney, heading back to Auckland. It was the day of the closing ceremony of the Olympics and just after take off I got called up to the 762 flight deck, in time to see Homebush below. What a great sight it was! Then the CX A340. If 9/11 hadn't occurred and CX didn't have tough security, I would have been in the jumpseat on landing to HKG. Oh well, those were the days..
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:40 pm

Ahhh, those were the days of Airline travel  goodvibes 

I used to ask for a flight deck visit all the time when I was a kid, usually with Air New Zealand. A lot of the time, the F/A would alsp get me to be the lolly boy after visiting. I remember once the captain gave me his cpt hat to wear around the cabin while I gave out the lollies. Before Sep. 11, domestically within New Zealand, I also had two B732 whole flight [taxi out to taxi in] jumpseats, three B733 jumpseats, one B763 Jumpseat, and the Jumpseat all the way from Auckland to Nadi - Fiji in a 747-400.

I got the jumpseat on a D8-Q300 two weeks ago.

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Sun Dec 24, 2006 6:57 pm

I will always be grateful to the pilots who make this possible.
Pre-9/11 I've been on numerous flight decks, most notably on a 767 AMS-EWR for hours and hours in a row. Captains let me sit in the jumpseat, my meal got served up front and with great enthusiasm they showed and explained me every button and screen in the 767. Amazing. As a kid I was already amazed by the difference between the DC-10 and 319 cockpit.

But also post-9/11 there are pilots that are willing to make the odd exception, AMS-MRS on a F70, including the approach, amazing, SRE-LPB on AeroSur in the 727, with 5 guys in the cockpit including me Big grin
Even UA was very kind to allow me in front of the 767 enroute MVD-EZE, just this year, incredible experience again and good to see the trust between people has not been destroyed.
 
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 7:06 pm

I had a jumpseat logbook, and when i got my ppl i put in jumpseat time in my logbook, i had over 650 hours of actual sitting in jumpseat time, i wouldnt log the entire journey, for example a 4 hour flight if i was there for 1 hour, i would log the one hour...i learned SO much you have no idea, i started this, well my folks started this for me as a kid then i kept going after age 10ish... there are a couple of post 9/11s i did do, but since ive been a real airline pilot i didnt stay long or ask questions.

here are the a/c ive jumped on

TK - 737, rj100, DC10, 707, A340, A310, 727, DC9
Saudia - Tristar, A300, 737-200, 747 (including SP!)
Egypt Air - 735
Olympic - ATR 72 and 737-200, A300
Lufthansa - 319,320,321, 737-200/300/500 A300-600R, A310, 747-200/400 A340
Air France - 744, A320 737-500
British Airways 747-200
Air Malta - A320
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 7:09 pm

It still happens. In October my kids got invited for a pre-flight visit to the cockpit of a NW 752 out of MSP. They were given wings and trading cards. It was a very memorable event for them, and me, who got accompany them. I didn't know they still did this post 9/11. I couldn't believe it when the flight attendant asked us if we wanted to come up front.
 
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 7:24 pm

Whenever I visited the flight deck when I was very young, I had this uncomfortable feeling I would trip and push some vitally important button.

Which also explains why I get nervous around medical equipment at hospitals. Big grin

I always eyed the 744 escape hatch, wondering how often they used it. Also the oxygen mask system, since one time during a hard landing, the PSU above me opened dropping the masks, and I thought the flight deck "did it just for me" since we were the only row it happened to.  Wink
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 8:49 pm

I have been up front during the flight three times

1 Ansett 737-300 mid 1990s flying ADL-PER.
2 Great Western Beech 1900C August 10 2004 Flying to Adelaide back from Kangaroo Island.
3 DC-3 11 June 2006 over Auckland, New Zealand.


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Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:36 pm

My favorite cockpit visit was beng invited to sit in the cockpit of a P-3 as it landed at NAS Adak in 1989. It was a nighttime landing, and I can still picture how small the runway looked as we approached - and how fast it seemed to come at us.
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Sun Dec 24, 2006 11:48 pm

I spent about 30 minutes on the flight deck of a United DC-7 when we stopped in SFO in 1959 on a flight from PDX-LAX. I even got to sit in the Captain's seat and listen on his headsets. When the time came to push back the First Officer told me to go ahead and ask for permission. I was so nervous that I couldn't do it and instead jumped out of the seat.

After we took off, I was invited back to "look out the front windows". I was 9 years old and I remember almost every detail to this day.

I did always want to meet that famous basketball player co-pilot.  Silly I finally got a chance, again at SFO a few years ago while sitting in the Red Carpet Club. He wasn't wearing his pilot or basketball uniform though!

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Mon Dec 25, 2006 4:03 am

I remember visiting a Britannia 752 cockpit twice when young. Was amazed by the amount of buttons.
Of course, I managed to visit the cockpit again on my recent FR flight (once landed of course). That made my flight, oh and the price.

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Mon Dec 25, 2006 4:34 am

I don't think I ever made a "proper" visit to a flight deck -- most of my early flying was on Metro III turboprops -- planes that even when I was smaller I really didn't have a desire to spend any more time than I had to on, but I do remember "carreer days" in Elementary and Middle school where other kids parents who were pilots (I remember specifically Delta and American, I think a United and possibly even an ex-Western were mixed in) would come and talk about the joys of Aviation.

They always encouraged us to feel free to ask for a tour of the cockpit.

In hindshght, I really probably was fairly lucky...especially since the nearest commercial airport to the city where I grew up (Temecula, CA) is probably an hour to an hour and a half away.

It's interesting to think about how much things have changed in the time between then (roughtly 1990-1995) and now.

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Mon Dec 25, 2006 6:19 am

When I was about 4 (1980), we flew a two-leg journey. I got to go up front on the first leg. So, when we boarded the second a/c, I tried to turn left to go to the cockpit. My parents steered me to the right, but (I'm told) I howled "But I have to fly the plane!" for most of the way DFW-STL.
 
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Mon Dec 25, 2006 6:33 am

When I was about 16, a Captain friend of my Dad's took me on four sectors in an Eastern Australia Dash-8. SYD-CFS-SYD-CBR-SYD. It was his entire working day and I was thrilled to pieces. The jumpseat folds down from the wall in the doorway of the cockpit. I had a great time  Smile
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Mon Dec 25, 2006 6:45 am

Obviously can't invite anyone up front in flight, but kids (and adults) are always invited to take a look before or after the flight.

I still have a drawing from a 9? yr old little girl that she did for us before her family vacation. I'll keep that long after I leave the industry.

One of the craziest things I've had happen since I've been flying for the airline was a kid who snuck past the flight attendant and into the cockpit unbeknownst to us. The reason I remember it so well is because the captain and I were both looked the opposite directions and telling very off color jokes when he came up front. I turned to look into the cabin and saw the little guy standing there smiling. His dad said he always got away from them when they got on the airplane and went into the cockpit without anyone knowing. I had to apologize for his new vocabulary he'd undoubtedly picked up during his visit....
 
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Mon Dec 25, 2006 6:45 am

I was fortunate enough to have a cockpit on an Air Jamaica flight between Miami and Kingston around Christmas 1973. I was 7 at the time.

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Mon Dec 25, 2006 6:54 am

Quoting Flyabunch (Reply 33):
When the time came to push back the

I didn't know you pushed back DC 7's. I thought they just kinda taxied off the blocks.
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Mon Dec 25, 2006 8:06 am

I rember in 1992 flying MVD-MIA on United 747 and going to the deck once we got into MIA and the friendly captain gave me his "hat" and took me a picture it was so nice and from then on i knew what i was going to do for the rest of my life Big grin
 
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Mon Dec 25, 2006 8:17 am

Whenever I go with my dad I usually ask him to ask the Captain if I can sit in the flight deck for takeoff and or landing. Other times if I don't ask the flight attendant would come to my seat and ask me if I want to sit in the flight deck for takeoffs. I really miss my dad flying the B767-200ER and DC9-30.
The first time I actually get to sit in the flight deck when my dad took my sister and I to Moncton NB from Fredericton on DC9-30. The longest flight I've been on sitting in the flight deck was YYZ-POS oneway on AC B767-200ER. The flight was oversold and I was lucky to sit in the flight deck and watch my dad fly the airplane. Flight left about 23:30hrs and arrived at POS at 06:00hrs..
 
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Mon Dec 25, 2006 9:04 am

had several jump seat flights during mid90. including landing in LHR, FRA and MUC, it was just great
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Mon Dec 25, 2006 9:36 am

if any of you are on TK and it's a 737, lemme know ahead of time, itd be nice to have any A,nutters up front!
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flyabunch
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Mon Dec 25, 2006 9:42 am

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 40):
I didn't know you pushed back DC 7's. I thought they just kinda taxied off the blocks

Ok, so I remembered the key parts right....I think. Hell, its been 47 years! In racking my brain, I think the permission request at that time was to taxi or depart. I was out of the cockpit before we started moving anyway!

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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Mon Dec 25, 2006 2:08 pm

When I was in high school, I took a trip to the Republic of Korea with my mother. We were traveling DL on a then new MD-11 and were both interested in the state of the art flight instrumentation (both she and my dad are pilots). We were seated in F and at PDX, noted the flight deck door slightly ajar. Asked the flight attendant if it might be possible to pay a quick visit to the flight deck. A few minutes later she came back and up we went. Had a nice chat with the Captain and he showed us what he could of the instrumentation while the FO got clearance. He was really enthusiastic about showing off his workplace to a couple of folks who knew something about aviation. One remark he made (just like another poster here) was how it's a shame that most people don't realize that if the plane is at the gate and the pilots aren't busy, most of them wouldn't mind showing off their workplace. Takes some of the mystery out of what pilots do and might well inspire someone to become a pilot.

As a teen I remember an opportunity at the Texas A&M Aviation Camp to see a modern jetliner up close. Our chief counselor was then a training captain for DL. One afternoon after we had finished the day's activities we were hanging out and talking about jets. Out of the blue, he asked if we'd like to go aboard an MD-88 and check out the cockpit. The obvious answer was yes, so a couple of days later we made a very early morning trip to PNS. The station manager arranged to have a ramp agent present to set up the ground power and we took turns in the cockpit as our counselor showed us everything. Got to see and hear all the annunciators (fire, GPWS, etc) and made a walkaround of the airplane on the ramp, leaving just as the line crew came aboard. That was really neat!

[Edited 2006-12-25 06:09:16]
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Mon Dec 25, 2006 2:30 pm

My first was a DC-9 of US ( N926VJ). I went of up there and pilot started joking saying that we might crash and how he liked his plane. Well, that got me into it. When I see them. that visit still is in my mind.

My favorite visit was going into the cockpit of the E-170 at PIT. Its a very roomy cockpit and the pilots from RP gave me guided tour of the systems.

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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Mon Dec 25, 2006 3:15 pm

I remember back in the early '90s when AE got their J31s, my dad (AE employee) and I would usually get to sit in row 1... and the pilots and all the flight controls only a few feet away; with not even a cockpit door! I remember that they'd leave the curtain open when I appeared interested; even while descending into LAX or SFO... very interesting view for a youngin. The cockpits of AA DC10s bring back some good memories, as well as one of those ol' EI 741s over the N Atlantic... good stuff!
 
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RE: Remember Flight Deck Visits As A Child?

Mon Dec 25, 2006 5:04 pm

all i wonder is hows this passion grows up within all of us without giving no clue ? ! or theres a day where you say, jez this is what i want to do for the rest of my life or this is the reason why i came to this life, to fly !

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