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this is a discussion within the Everything Else Community Forum; ...lol... Okay, so we were on the ground, but still... Had a 2 hour gate delay in Las Vegas so I went up front and was allowed into the cockpit for a while. The co-pilot was from Oklahoma...VERY cool guy ...

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Old 04-20-2012, 12:40 PM   #1
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Saintfan Flying the Plane Baby!

...lol...

Okay, so we were on the ground, but still...

Had a 2 hour gate delay in Las Vegas so I went up front and was allowed into the cockpit for a while. The co-pilot was from Oklahoma...VERY cool guy who took this picture.

This is the Virgin America Airbus A320 - an amazing airplane to be sure:

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Old 04-20-2012, 01:14 PM   #2
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You're a natural, saintfan! Now, imagine this ...

GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, MY NAME IS ZOEY & I'LL BE YOUR FLIGHT ATTENDANT FOR THIS LEG OF YOUR JOURNEY. IT IS INDEED A PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU ONBOARD FLIGHT 123, SERVICE TO CALIFORNIA. IN COMMAND OF YOUR FLIGHT IS CAPTAIN SAINTFAN. OUR FLYING TIME WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 35 MINUTES AND WE WILL BE CRUISING AT AN ALTITUDE OF 22,000 FEET. IN PREPARATION FOR TAKE-OFF PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR SEATBELT IS SECURELY FASTENED, YOUR TRAY TABLE AND SEAT BACK MUST BE IN THE UPRIGHT AND LOCKED POSITION ...
hey, it could happen ...


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Old 04-20-2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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You're a natural, saintfan! Now, imagine this ...

hey, it could happen ...


Nice!
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Originally Posted by saintfan View Post
...lol...

Okay, so we were on the ground, but still...

Had a 2 hour gate delay in Las Vegas so I went up front and was allowed into the cockpit for a while. The co-pilot was from Oklahoma...VERY cool guy who took this picture.

This is the Virgin America Airbus A320 - an amazing airplane to be sure:

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Nice... no wonder my flight from San Francisco was delayed yesterday . I could've gone back to Foley's for another beer!
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:35 AM   #5
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Very cool Saintfan!
But I didn't think they allowed that in this post 911 world we live in.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:04 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Srgt. Hulka View Post
Very cool Saintfan!
But I didn't think they allowed that in this post 911 world we live in.
Me too - I really didn't think they'd let me look around. The delay was over two hours at the gate. The pilot was NOT happy about it and came on several times to update everyone and to remind the overly-grumpy that it was SFO air traffic control and NOT Virgin America's call. At one point he said, "feel free to come by and ask for updates and if there is any news we will pass it along."

So I just said, you know, to hell with it. All they can do is say "no", so I walked up and asked the pilot if it would be okay for me to "stick my head in the cockpit". I told him I've had some lessons and have almost completed all the ground school work thinking that might make me seem more legit. I don't think it mattered. "Sure!", he said. "Take a look..."

Once I was inside, the pilot went back up the jet way and the co-pilot (from Oklahoma) told me to "have a seat". I told him I didn't want to be a burden and he said it's no problem. "Have a seat and I'll take your picture." LOL

Once people saw ME in there, those with kids starting coming up and, one by one, each kid got his or her picture taken sitting in the cockpit.

I sent Virgin an email complementing the crew of that flight. For me, getting my hands on the controls of the A320 was something I will never forget - even if it was only at the gate. Talking with the co-pilot for nearly an hour about all the features of the plane turned out to be the best part of my 6 days in Vegas, and of course those lucky kids will never forget it either.

So here's the commercial:
I initially flew Virgin because they are based out of SFO, the prices are 'cheap', the planes are new, and I was just sick of American Airlines and those God-awful MD80s. I keep flying Virgin because, for the most part (meaning there have been a few but not many exceptions), from the time I check my bags to the time I return to SFO, they seem to genuinely give a damn.

There are a few more pictures if anyone is interested:

https://picasaweb.google.com/roach.g...K7xi-_O3tfK0QE

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Old 04-23-2012, 11:16 AM   #7
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Very nice, dude!


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But I didn't think they allowed that in this post 911 world we live in.
I was kind of wondering the same thing....
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Me too - I really didn't think they'd let me look around. The delay was over two hours at the gate. The pilot was NOT happy about it and came on several times to update everyone and to remind the overly-grumpy that it was SFO air traffic control and NOT Virgin America's call. At one point he said, "feel free to come by and ask for updates and if there is any news we will pass it along."

So I just said, you know, to hell with it. All they can do is say "no", so I walked up and asked the pilot if it would be okay for me to "stick my head in the cockpit". I told him I've had some lessons and have almost completed all the ground school work thinking that might make me seem more legit. I don't think it mattered. "Sure!", he said. "Take a look..."

Once I was inside, the pilot went back up the jet way and the co-pilot (from Oklahoma) told me to "have a seat". I told him I didn't want to be a burden and he said it's no problem. "Have a seat and I'll take your picture." LOL

Once people saw ME in there, those with kids starting coming up and, one by one, each kid got his or her picture taken sitting in the cockpit.

I sent Virgin an email complementing the crew of that flight. For me, getting my hands on the controls of the A320 was something I will never forget - even if it was only at the gate. Talking with the co-pilot for nearly an hour about all the features of the plane turned out to be the best part of my 6 days in Vegas, and of course those lucky kids will never forget it either.

So here's the commercial:
I initially flew Virgin because they are based out of SFO, the prices are 'cheap', the planes are new, and I was just sick of American Airlines and those God-awful MD80s. I keep flying Virgin because, for the most part (meaning there have been a few but not many exceptions), from the time I check my bags to the time I return to SFO, they seem to genuinely give a damn.

There are a few more pictures if anyone is interested:

https://picasaweb.google.com/roach.g...K7xi-_O3tfK0QE
Very Nice indeed!
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:51 PM   #9
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At least you didn't do THIS!!!

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:18 PM   #10
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They were just practicing for their next jihad. LOL
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