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I flew a Jumbo!
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:41 PM
Ok it was flight simulator at Qantas but it was lots of fun.
Did it with my father for his birthday. Super great day.
Went through the cabin crew training facilities. Did an emergency simulation.... Flames outside the window on takeoff, smoke filling cabin (disco smoke), lights out then cabin crew calling out brace for emergency landing. Then we landed on water and had to get out our life jackets (had moment working out how to open package - they tell you in safety videos where it is located, but not how to open!), then put it on (and in dark managed to put on wrong way around.... Also discovered they should tell you to take off glasses first), then out the door while inflating jacket. Very cool . Very eye opening too. As I said mine was put on wrong way around(but still works), dad took up precious moments working out which way to put it on.
Then off to the flight simulator to fly a jumbo 767 . My dad always wanted to be pilot, but being profoundly colourblind put paid to that (he also discovered why he could not fly as I had to call out warning lights colours to him). My dreams were killed as a teen with super bad migraines realising I would not pass medical (instructors child also got chucked out of programme for this).
So learned to drive plane on ground, takeoff and land. Some very funny moments to be had.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:57 AM
I remember as a kids when the hostess would round up all the kids for a trip to the cockpit. Best part of the flight.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:56 AM
Sounds like you guys had an awesome day! What a great birthday present
Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:21 AM
Very cool! I just googled and found DHs birthday present for April!!
Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:16 AM
Wow, I so badly need to do that for myself.
I'm petrified of flying. Even a trip to drop somebody off at the airport results in anxiety. Any time I fly (rarely) I cry and stress the whole time and in the days leading up to having to get back I stop enjoying my holiday etc.
This may go a long way toward alleviating my fears. It sounds like you had a great day! I'm glad that you guys got to live your piloting dreams
Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:01 AM
Wow! That is so cool!
Totally trumps my exciting weekend driving a Budget Rental 3-tonne moving truck. Think I'll ask for a flight simulator experience for my 40th!
Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:03 AM
How exciting! I'm thinking about doing this for my DS for his birthday in April (the prices are a bit too steep for my budget, but I haven't really shopped around yet). I have ulterior motives though - I totally want to do it myself and also I'm secretly hoping it might kick his smart but lazy backside into gear and make him work a bit harder at school - as I keep telling him, "you CAN be a pilot if you work really hard" - he loves the idea but I don't think he believes me.
Do you think it would be suitable for a 12yo?
Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:37 PM
It was funny when we went into the flight simulator cockpit. We were asked if we had been in a flight simulator before..... Simultaneously I say Yes, dad No.
Dad looks at me and asks me when I had been in one...... He had organised it for my brothers Cubs (junior scouts) group in like 1979. Dad worked for Qantas then (computers). He had totally forgotten.
At 150cm small I was only just able to reach controls and see out the front.
It felt like learning to drive manual car... So many things to remember at one.
I loved being a kid in the cockpit. I remember a monsoon storm over India.... Lightening coming up from above the clouds. Dad would sit in the cockpit every opportunity he had (sometimes for whole flight) pre Sept 11.
Edited by lsolaBella, 25 February 2013 - 01:39 PM.
Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:55 AM
I've always wondered about those flight simulators. They're so expensive, I've wondered if they are worth the cost. Sounds like they are!
Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:02 AM
That be so cool to try but I doubt Adelaide has anything like that lol
That be so cool to try but I doubt Adelaide has anything like that lol
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