Jan 30, 2008

A Tale of Two Flight Decks...

These two websites reveal some of the extremes of aviation - from small and maneuverable to huge and technologically impressive.

A media reporter having an exhillerating ride in the back seat of an F-18

A 360 degree scan of the A380 flight deck.

As with other demanding professions like law and medicine, piloting involves specialization. You can't take a "driver" from one of these environments and just toss him or her into another without extensive re-training. And once the pilot is deemed competent flying the new machine the long slow process of gaining experience in the new speciality is just beginning.

Enjoy.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey,

Did you ever land that plane in Vancouver?

GPS_Direct said...

I LMAO every time I see that guy. All the while knowing that I'd do the very same thing - and perhaps worse.

Although, knowing ahead of time, I think I'd try to grab a few rides with a buddy in his RV-4 just to load up the Gs and (try and) get acclimated.

Speaking of, how's the 601 holding up? Haven't seen a post on it in ages. A new flight school here is going to start with 3 of them and do LSA training. Should make for a nice cheap rental...

Anonymous said...

The media guy reminds me of Patrick Smith's ride on the Collings F4 Phantom.

http://www.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2007/06/29/askthepilot237/index_np.html

His story strikes me as odd, and this letter is right on.

http://letters.salon.com/tech/col/smith/2007/06/29/askthepilot237/permalink/474b72f5a0c96aa51a690a513f24734f.html

Some people just don't understand how lucky they are. :)

Cheers,
Sarah