I haven’t made a new post in almost two weeks. My apologies. However, this past week has been pretty busy for me. I finished my internship with United Airlines on May 18th, and then I DROVE from San Francisco, CA to Ann Arbor, MI (a 7-day, 2700 mile trip) to get all my stuff back. I arrived back in Michigan on the 26th, and I’m leaving for France on the 29th (today) for a 6-week aerospace study abroad program in Toulouse.
I’m working on a new post that I hope to publish in a few days. I’ll definitely have plenty of material to write about during my stay in France too, as I’ll be attending technical visits to Airbus, SAFRAN, Snecma, Dassault, Eurocopter, and other companies. I’ll also be taking some light technical courses which should be interesting.
Thanks for reading and I’ll be making a new post soon!
I am currently interning with United Airlines at their San Francisco Maintenance and Overhaul Facility as a Powerplant Engineer, and the job has given me plenty of opportunities to be around their fleet. In February, I was able to ride along in the flight deck jumpseat of an empty Boeing 767 which just had significant engine maintenance completed and had to be tested before returning to revenue service. Another opportunity to sit in the flight deck came up when a Boeing 747-400 was scheduled to go on a photoshoot mission for the company. I’m not sure what exactly the shoot was for, but it was exciting to sit-in again and watch the pilots in action, and this time I captured plenty of video.
The next four videos show the pushback, engine start, taxi, takeoff, climb, cruise, meeting up with the Learjet that had the photographers, flying around California, and then finally returning to San Francisco for landing. It was definitely weird being in an empty Boeing 747! I can only imagine how much it cost to fly for 4 hours without any revenue passengers.
Here is an overview of the flight from Flight Aware.