Aug 18, 2008

Home Again, But first...

Jeff had a tour of one of the terminals at Metro Airport this afternoon. I went along to check it out. We were able to go inside a few planes. We sat in the cockpit, I never realized how many switches and gauges and what-nots there are! Our "tour guide" (maintenance trainer) said that some pilots manually land their planes just because they're bored. In most airplanes, the pilot needs only to record speed and altitude at certain intervals, otherwise they just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
We also saw the flight attendants sleeping quarters in some of the bigger planes that fly internationally. Talk about cramped, I think I would be claustrophobic; my head was touching the ceiling, that's only 5 feet high!
He also brought us in the lower level under the passenger and cockpit seating, I didn't even know such a thing existed!
One of the planes that we were looking at had to taxi to another gate so they actually let us stay on it while they taxied.
Afterwards, Jeff's brother Dave was meeting his girlfriend and her friends who were flying in from Florida. (They had to come back early because there's a hurricane.) So we just walked on into the airport...kind of weird how easy that was considering we didn't have to go through security.


~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

Glad you guys made it home safe and sound! Thanks again for coming to visit us! It was so fun!

Sounds like a fun tour! I would've loved it. :)

Good luck when you start your new job! {I realized I forgot to tell you that when you left.}

Amanda Kay said...

Where are the pictures?!??

Heidi Sue Beatle said...

We didn't take a camera because we didn't know if we would be allowed to take pictures. Looking back, I'm sure it would have been fine.
I started a post of camping/minnesota yesterday but my pictures wouldn't upload.