Flying

Can a normal person land a Boeing 737? We tried it in a real simulator…

There are some things you can only do once. Whether it is meeting someone for the first time, or having spaghetti bolognaise with a glass of red wine while wearing a white shirt. Today, I’m going to talk about an unexpected simulation situation, and my reaction to it. Multiple times, I had adream about being …

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Suprise business class upgrade on Swiss ATH – ZRH

Unusual type on Athens-Zurich Gate B12 was more crowded than usual on this early february afternoon at Athens International airport. That day, Swiss flight 1831 to Zurich wasn’t operated by the usual narrowbody A320 family, but an Airbus A340! Two weeks earlier, I was interrogating google flights for a good price / type / date …

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Kathy McCullough: flying the 747 in Japan (part 1)

I was thrilled when Kathy McCullough accepted my request to share some of her experiences working in her very special office. As a former Northwest Orient Airlines pilot who worked her way up to the mythical position of captain of a Boeing 747, Kathy paints a very vivid picture of how it feels to be …

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AF1980 AKA crossing the channel in an unreasonably oversized aircraft

Back in 2010, A380 weren’t yet a much common sight, in Europe or elsewhere. Only Singapore Airlines, the launch customer, had a few, as well as Qantas and Emirates. The next company to join the whale club was going to be Air France. As usual with new aircraft type introductions this meant short haul training …

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Rocket takeoff on the Emir of Kuwait Boeing 747

It has been a while since I wanted to fly the Kuwait airways (KU) A300. For a long time, it has been flying between Geneva and Frankfurt, alternating with the company A340-300, on the first leg of its fifth freedom flight to Kuwait city.