Bird's-eye View

By Anders Pedersen

December 2015

In 1976, we were flying a 747-200 from Europe to Anchorage so the airline my dad was a pilot for could base a few crews there for flights to Tokyo.

Coming up on the north pole, the plane was put into heading hold mode and needed a change. At the age of 6, I was instructed how to make the heading change via the autopilot heading hold.

Guess things where a lot less formal back then. I've spent many flights in the cockpit on 737s, 767s and 747s since then, but never again as a "pilot."