This week Nashville students are celebrating spring break and some of us at Exit 196 are using our vacation time to travel and explore America with our children and or grandchildren. Last week after arriving in Denver from Nashville, one adventurous local family boarded a United Airlines flight, bound for Portland Oregon. By the end of the two hour flight the children (who had never flown before) were well acquainted with the friendly flight attendants who delivered an invitation from the aircraft’s Captain to join him inside the cockpit after the plane had safely landed. Once inside the children learned that the cockpit is where the aircraft’s
controls, instruments, electronic communication and navigation equipment is located. The Captain explained how before departure, pilots check their aircraft to make sure that the engines, controls, instruments, and other systems are functioning properly and that they talk to flight dispatchers to find out about weather conditions on their route and at their destination. Relating how take-offs and landings require close coordination between the pilot and co pilot, the Captain explained how the pilot concentrates on the runway while the copilot, scans the instrument panel.
Long after we return home to Exit 196 we will remember the vacation we took in March 2010 and the flight we took from Denver to Portland and we will always appreciate the kind services offered to little first time flyers by the experienced and kind United Airlines staff and crew.