Since I’ve been receiving so much attention lately for my video on how I pour diet coke, I decided on a flight yesterday that I would re-shoot that video! As an extra bonus, I’m actually appearing in it. So uh… hello!
As well, I recorded some other shenanigans that we got up to, which I plan on sharing in the future.
If you’ve never toured an aircraft manufacturing facility, I highly recommend it.
Until then, I found this short video on how the Airbus A350 is made.
oh, and Merry Christmas!
It’s been a very busy December! My airline’s new hire class just went online, and I spent a good chunk of the month instructing their service classes. I’ve also been providing refresher training to a number of returning employees. I’m working on a number of posts about my recent adventures, but that combined with training and the holiday season hasn’t left me much time to complete anything recently.
So in the mean time, here’s an episode of The Lucy Show!
Here’s a video demonstrating some of the pre-flight checks that are completed by flight attendants before passengers can board the aircraft.
Bonus: Take a drink every time I say “Pre-Flight Check”.
The other day I had the pleasure of flying on my airline’s new baby. A new Next Generation 737-800. This plane is less than a month old, and is the first of two new aircraft coming into my airline’s possession. (We’re apparently getting another one fresh from Boeing next month.)
This beautiful aircraft boasts better fuel efficiency over the classic 737, split scimitar winglets, spacious overhead bins that stow into the ceiling, and the piece de resistance: a sky interior lighting system.
I can’t get enough of the sky interior. It just looks so slick! But don’t just take my word for it, check out this video demonstration I made.
This plane is beautiful. Can I marry a 737? Is that legal?
I spent a lot of time during the flight playing with the lights (at appropriate times, of course) For example, when the Cabin Manager made the “please watch the safety demo” announcement, I changed the lighting from “boarding” to “take-off/landing”. That effectively changed the mood of the cabin, making the passengers aware that we were entering a new stage of the flight. It was a really neat effect.
Flying on this plane felt a lot like the first time I flew as a flight attendant. New! Exciting! I felt a lot of pride in what I do and who I work for while I was working on that plane.
Now I’ve just got to find a way to convince management to replace the entire fleet with these Next Generation aircraft…
One of my favourite things about being a flight attendant is the fact that I can go into the flight deck. In fact, when circumstances allow I can even stay in the flight deck for landing.
I shot this video last year, landing into Saskatoon. I’ve done a few of these, although this is my only one recorded during the night.
Despite the very dark camera shot at the beginning, I decided on using my night time recording because it has the best audio pickup from various channels. It’s my only video where I managed to hold my headset to the correct part of my recording device AND remembered to tune into the right stations. It also helps me meet my airlines privacy and blogging guidelines.
In addition to the Flight Deck and Air Traffic Control, I also tuned into the PA and Interphone, so you can hear the cabin crew in this video.
And finally; to keep in line with my airline’s blogging policies, I’ve muted the audio where the company name and/or flight number are mentioned. In its place I’ve put an “Aircraft Chime” as my censor sound.
The runway becomes visible around 3:35.
The first time I ever sat in the flight deck for landing, I was shocked by all the alarms and buzzers that went off. On top of that, we were landing into Winnipeg during an snow storm. It was not a smooth ride. In fact I remember thinking “Oh god we’re gunna die!”. These days however, I barely notice the alarms.
Luckily this approach into Saskatoon was much smoother. Less alarms too.
Questions? Thoughts? Put ‘em in the comments!