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29 January 2014 @ 09:00 am
Ready for Boarding (closed to Angel)  
It is 9 am precisely when Martin emerges from the back of Ten Forward where he has already loaded his simulation into one of the holosuites and a Cessna Citation Mustang is awaiting a pilot and his sole passenger at London City Airport.

Today Martin strikes a very different figure from his previous meeting with Angel - he's in his captain's uniform, which has been cleaned and ironed for the occasion and his hat is tucked under his arm which shows off his four stripes. His hat is a little overloaded with gold braid. Still, he's looking as much the captain as he can manage, someone might actually recognise him as such, not mistake him for the first officer like people usually to do back home. Where - of course - he would still pale next to the self proclaimed sky-god Douglas Richardson. But for Martin's standards, he's doing pretty well.

Now he's looking around, holding out for his passenger: Angel. He'd still rather it was Joan, but he is excited that he gets to share the joy of flying with someone none the less. Even if it's only in a simulation. Having someone to share it with makes it feel more real.
 
 
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Angel Crawford: Funzombie_on_call on January 29th, 2014 12:23 pm (UTC)
I'd been up early and thanks to a heart attack patient last night tanked up on brains. I was wearing jeans, my boots, a tank tee and a brand-new fur-lined 'biker' jacket. It wasn't real leather and it wasn't real fur, but it was real warm.

This winter crap could go back to Alaska, as far as I was concerned. Or I could go back to Nice, Louisiana. Whichever was easiest.

I was out in the bar dallying over a coke when Martin came out. I smiled. "Oooh! Look at you! I'm so excited... is everything ready?"
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 29th, 2014 12:46 pm (UTC)
Self-consciously, Martin tugs at his sleeve, at least he doesn't blush. But he smiles as well when he hears Angel's excitement. Finally someone who seems just as excited about flying as himself. Oh, how he missed that, it reminds him of Arthur, the cheerful (but somewhat dimwit) steward of MJN Air.

"Good morning. Yes, everything is ready. We can head to London as soon as you've finished your drink." He tries to make that sound as business-like as he can manage.
Angel Crawford: Funzombie_on_call on January 29th, 2014 03:22 pm (UTC)
"It's just a coke, I can do without it," I said with a shrug. Nowhere nearly as cool as flying, right? I stood up and headed over.
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 29th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
"As you like," Martin says and motions for Angel to move ahead of him.

At the back of the bar, the door to one of the holosuites is open, offering the view to a lounge in a terminal. A British Airways plane can be seen through the window from the entrance, but their smaller Cessna is parked on the opposite side, coming into view once you step into the lounge.

Martin enters behind Angel, clears his throat a little awkwardly, then starts with his introductory words he has prepared.

"Welcome to London. This is one of its six international airports, the central one: London City. Due to its central location, it offers the best view of the inner city when we depart," he explains. "Other airports are bigger, Heathrow being the biggest, followed by Gatwick and Stanstead. Luton and Southend are closer in size to this one."

He's not trying to show off, it's just that aviation is his one great passion and he loves to talk about it!
Angel Crawford: Funzombie_on_call on January 29th, 2014 04:23 pm (UTC)
This was cooler than I'd imagined! As I stepped into the space, it was like I was really there! I touched one of the seats and turned as he cleared his throat.

I listened to his explanation with... I dunno. Not awe, 'cause he was clearly a normal kind of person. But respect. Yeah, respect.

"Do you fly to this city often?" I asked. He knew enough about it, and that accent...
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 29th, 2014 05:24 pm (UTC)
"London? No, not very often. Uhm, the ... company I work for is based at a much smaller airport called Fitton. It's not far enough from London to really justify flying here. You've only just taken off when you already have to prepare for landing. There's barely time to read your check-lists."
Angel Crawfordzombie_on_call on January 29th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
"That's still pretty cool," I said. And his explanation made sense, given all the dials and knobs and such in all the movies.

"Are we going in that?" I pointed to the widebody.
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 29th, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Martin points to the Cessna. "The Cessna Citation Mustang. She's perfect for a single pilot flight. I could of course have programmed a co-pilot, but I thought I'd take a small jet instead. It also offers more comfort than a regular airline plane. They're equipped to carry as many passengers as possible whereas the Cessna is aiming at comfort for a maximum of four passengers, five if you use copilot's seat for another passenger." And it's a plane so much more modern than what he's used to pilot, it's really exciting for Martin.

He walks to the door on the opposite side and opens it for Angel. "Usually you'd have been through security at this point, checked for weapons or other dangerous items you're not allowed to bring on board. But as this is a simulation only, I thought we could skip it." And he is fairly sure there is a safety-net built into the holosuite that would protect them from any harm.
Angel Crawford: Funzombie_on_call on January 29th, 2014 09:01 pm (UTC)
"About the most dangerous thing I really use is a scalpel, and I wouldn't take 'em from the clinic anyway." Sure, I could use a basic gun - shotguns, rifles or pistols - but I wouldn't say I was a good shot. And I certainly didn't feel the testosterone that most gun nuts seemed to have in excess.

As I stepped through the door, I looked at everything. "This even feels real!" I couldn't help but say when a breeze played with my hair.
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 29th, 2014 09:19 pm (UTC)
Martin steps out behind her, nodding as he hurries past her to open the cabin door for her and fold out the 2-step ladder leading to the cabin on the right side and the cockpit off to the left.

"The downside to a buisness-jet is the low cabin ceiling," Martin says apologetically. "So please be careful not to bump your head. I have to do the walk-around now, check that everything is in order with the plane." He's certain it is, but he's not willing to forego it. It's part of his job as the captain to do it, so do it he will.

"Uhm, are you ... interested in joining me? I could explain a little about the plane, if you like. Or you can go inside and get comfortable," he quickly ads. Passengers usually aren't supposed to be part of the walk-around, but Angel seems so curious and excited that Martin would be pleased to show her everything.
Angel Crawford: Funzombie_on_call on January 29th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
As cool as it would be to be just a passenger, I was more curious to know more about all the fiddly little details.

"If it's okay, I'd like to come along?"
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 29th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
"Really? Yes!" Martin seems a little stunned that she actually wants to join him. But he's very pleased. "Uhm, right. It's not standard procedure, but ...," he chuckles a little forcedly, "it's only a simulation. So let's start right here then," he says and begins explaining technical details to Angel as they walk around the plane.

[ooc: If you want to watch the video, the walk around starts at 40 seconds. Martin just won't be quite so cool about explaining things, too excited, but he knows all the technical things about the plane. He'd never fly a plane without having read the manual from A to Z. ;-)]
Angel Crawfordzombie_on_call on January 29th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
This was mind-blowing. All the little things that someone had to think of to get this plane together... and that the pilot had to know about to keep it in the air. I suddenly wished I hadn't wussed out and dropped out of school.

I didn't ask a lot of questions, I was too absorbed in keeping up with his rambling chattering explanations of what he was looking at and why to think of any... but I was listening intently.
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 29th, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
Martin finishes his walk around where they started, at the cabin door. Angel seems so interested in everything, it amazes him to no end. Even Arthur, who loves to fly, isn't very interested in all the technicalities, though that might be because he can't understand any of it. And Douglas always just seems bored and changes the topic unless there's an emergency. But here's a fascinated audience!

"So, uhm, that was the walk around." Obviously, but having run out of technical details to talk about, he falls back into his less fluent and/or elegant regular speaking pattern. "So... We're ready to board. Just remember to watch your head." They're both not too tall, but the cabin has even less height than either of them.
Angel Crawford: Funzombie_on_call on January 29th, 2014 10:58 pm (UTC)
"Thanks for letting me go on the walkaround with you!" With a smile, I stepped up the ladder and ducked into the plane.
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 30th, 2014 08:11 am (UTC)
"Oh, you're quite welcome!" Martin replies as he waits for Angel to move on so he can board and firmly shut the door behind himself.

They haven't discussed where she'd like to sit, he realises. Maybe she'll make her own decision?
Angel Crawfordzombie_on_call on January 30th, 2014 09:16 am (UTC)
It took me a moment to move inward towards the cabin because I was so stunned, all over again, at the interior. "Holy shit," I whispered. I had no idea why I whispered, really.

Like I was dream-walking, I stepped to the right and touched the seats there. Yeah. They felt real as hell (but that made sense, I mean - Star Trek always said it felt real).

"And you get to fly this every day?"
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 30th, 2014 01:01 pm (UTC)
Martin climbs on board behind her and busies himself with closing the door while Angel inspects the cabin.

"No, of course not every day. Pilots have very strict regulations on working hours and rest periods. And, well, the plane I usually fly isn't a business-jet like this one. It's ... a bit like a smaller version of the British Airways you saw earlier." And a lot older than this sleek jet and with parts more or less frequently failing.
Angel Crawford: Funzombie_on_call on January 30th, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
"So this is kind of a treat for you too? Fair enough," I grinned.

I went to each of the seats and peered out their windows, trying to figure out which would have the best view.
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 30th, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC)
It's lucky for Martin that Angel is looking out of the windows so she doesn't see him blush.

"Ahm, yes. No. I mean, I like to practice on different planes. If I want to move on to a different company at some point, I'll have to be familiar with other machines. So - this is good practice!" And a treat, yes.
Angel Crawford: Defaultzombie_on_call on January 30th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
"That's cool," I nodded. "I guess I haven't had a job where I've wanted to learn more than the bare minimum to do it before." Though working at the Coroner's Office back home, and the morgue here was kind of interesting...

"Do you want to eventually fly one of those big things?"
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 30th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
"I'd love to, yes. Though... if anyone were to offer me a position as captain of his business-jet, I might be tempted, too."

He turns left into the cockpit and slides into the pilot's chair, stores away his hat and instead picks up a clipboard with some sheets of paper on it.
Angel Crawfordzombie_on_call on January 30th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
I watched over his shoulder for a minute. The cockpit looked cool enough to pilot a starship...

He looked kind of busy, checking this and that, so I sat down quietly in one of those luxury seats and kind of daydreamed.

Maybe, if I won the lottery, I'd get dad just a seat out of one of these planes. Nah. It'd end up stained in beer and get cigarette burns in a couple of hours. Maybe a used truck.
wanttobeaplanewanttobeaplane on January 30th, 2014 08:31 pm (UTC)
Once Martin has finished his check-list, he turns around to speak to Angel.

"You should fasten your seatbelt now. We're ready to go, I just need clearance from the tower."

Then he gets on the radio and contacts the tower, requesting permission to start the engines, which is granted immediately. So Martin starts up first the right engine, then the left. Once they've warmed up, he requests permission to roll to the run-up.
Angel Crawford: Funzombie_on_call on January 30th, 2014 10:40 pm (UTC)
I sat in a forward-facing chair and shamelessly leaned around the rear-ward one to watch what I could of the pre-flight.

I kept mum, 'cause I heard that takeoff and landing were the most stressful parts of the flight for the pilot, and even though this wasn't really real, I didn't want to find out what happens in a plane crash, thank you very much.
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