Drinking from a Fire Hose: ATOP at the UAL Training Center

Ever fantasize about what it might be like to fly heavy iron for a major airline? Got a spare $395 plus enough frequent-flyer miles to get to Denver and back? Well then, have we got a treat for you! There's a little-known weekend program at the United Airlines training center that offers pilots of any experience level the opportunity to go through a grueling 10-hour cram course on Boeing 737 systems and procedures, plus two hours in a 737 cockpit procedures trainer and two more hours flying UAL's full-motion 737 simulator. AVweb reader Erik Sundquist, a low-time non-instrument-rated private pilot, took the course and actually lived to write about it.

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