Saturday, June 18, 2011

Flying High..and Never Left the Ground; My ride in the Simulator!

After we were done in the sim. John made sure to point out the MD-88/87 on the side!

So I have been in LAS for the last few days, because I got to sit in on John's LOFT (line oriented flight training) which is a real time flight in the sim. A big thanks to the super nice people at the training center for allowing me to sit in on their LAX-LAS round trip! It was really interesting to get to see what John actually does, so many times as the wife of a pilot you NEVER get the chance to see your husband in action, because well..TSA..FAA..and all won't allow you in the jumpseat. There are special circumstances where they will, but they are few and far between.

So we started the trip with paper work; which takes a shockingly (is that a word?) long time. Then there were a few minor problems before take off, cargo doors being left open stuff like that. Once in the air (it was John's leg to fly) there was a "medical emergency." So I got to learn who they call, they actually have a Dr. they can talk to in flight! Then an uneventful landing, other than having the paramedics meet the airplane.

Then we had a brief break while John and his sim partner switched places, also bathroom break, and water break.

Back in the box with John was non-flying pilot and ran the checklists and switches while John's sim partner got pounded a little more though, loss of oil pressure, engine failure, had to divert, and do a single engine land!

I feel so lucky to have gotten to sit in on this "sim ride." I will have more photo's soon as John's sim partner took some but has yet to email them to us!


  1. WOW! Very cool. I'm so glad you got to experience his LOFT. You are a lucky lady to experience that. :-) I'm a little jealous ...

  2. That's awesome! I should have sat in on Nate's LOFT flight... darn it! I'm hoping to take a flight with him sometime soon. I guess flying over Tampa Bay is pretty cool. If you two ever visit FL we'll definitely have a drink on the beach! (: