UVU School of Aviation Sciences student Devin Broadbent is currently interning with United at San Francisco International Airport. Here is Devin’s latest update:
Things seem to be getting busier around the airport as spring gets into full swing, which means more flights are going in and out, which means busier days for me! The busier it is the more I enjoy it!
Last week the flight operations interns got to spend a full week in Denver doing simulator training. All new hires and all pilots going through recurrent training have to pass through Denver or Houston training centers depending on what fleet they are assigned. We got to fly and be instructed in the 737 simulator. It was a blast! These are full motion multi-million dollar simulators. After just a few minutes you truly forget you’re not in a real airplane. We learned so much about flying and procedures, but also had the opportunity to practice the fundamentals we already know from our flight experience and use them in a 737. The highlight of the week was spending about 6 hours in a 777 simulator. It’s a much bigger plane to learn to handle!
I was also able to jumpseat on an empty 747-400 a few days ago. Occasionally the company ferries empty aircraft from one airport to another for various reasons. This was called a “positioning ferry.” I had come to know one of the pilots earlier so he invited me along. I’ve wanted to fly on a 747 ever since I was a kid, so that made it even more fun for me. It was a blast sitting so high up in the cockpit and observing what goes on during a flight. The pilots involved me as much as they could. I was able to ask questions and learn so much! I even got to get up and explore the airplane while we were at cruise altitude.
We continue to wish Devin the very best during his time with United.
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