7 Things All Avgeeks Must Do - United Hub

7 things all AVGeeks must do

By Benét J. Wilson

Aviation geeks, also known as avgeeks, are those who have a passion for the aviation industry. A lot of aviation geeks become fascinated with aviation as children while looking up at planes in the sky. And as they grow up, avgeeks can spend a lifetime discovering ways to explore their love for flying. To give you a head start, here are seven experiences all true aviation geeks should do in his or her lifetime.

aircrafts flying in formation in the sky at an air show.

1. Attend a major air show.

Several air shows are held throughout the year all over the world, offering an exciting experience for spectators, especially aviation enthusiasts. Some of the best ones, however, only occur every other year so make sure to plan accordingly. On even-numbered years, the Singapore Air Show takes place in February and the Farnborough International Airshow in July. While on the other hand, the Paris Air Show occurs on odd-numbered years in June. These three events bring in all of the major commercial aircraft manufacturers and the events give them a chance to show off their airplanes in addition to announcing major deals. To top it off, all three events offer daily air demonstrations that are a mesmerizing sight to see.

2. Fly in a vintage aircraft

All across the country, aviation enthusiasts spend time restoring vintage aircraft to fly themselves and others. One aircraft to consider taking a spin in is the Ford Trimotor, a precursor to the modern passenger aircraft in the skies today. The Experimental Aircraft Association has a restored Trimotor that they fly all over the country. You can buy a seat for $75 for adults and $50 for kids. It's a ride well worth it.

3. Fly on an inaugural flight

Airlines typically go all out when there's a new high-profile flight between two cities. Earlier this year on Jan. 18, United launched service between Houston and Sydney, Australia, making it one of the world's longest flights at 17.5 hours. There was a quick dash by avgeeks to get on the flight, which was launched with great fanfare at our Houston hub.

The inside of a flight simulator

4. Fly an aircraft simulator

The simple, but realistic-feeling machines, usually found at malls or amusement parks can give you a taste of flying to places around the world. But the multimillion-dollar machines used to train commercial aircraft pilots give you a real feel of what it takes to fly a jet. Most of these simulators are used around the clock to train air crews, but there are a handful around the world that customers can fly in.

5. Visit an aircraft manufacturing plant.

One manufacturing plant you'll want to visit is Van's Aircraft, based in Aurora, Oregon, where they make “kit" aircrafts. These aircrafts are built by amateurs from plans or assembly kits made by companies like Van's. If you venture out to Aurora, not only do you get a tour of the facility, but you can take a demo ride in one of their aircrafts for $50. And if you purchase one, they'll refund you the $50.

United Polaris first class seating on our 777-300ER

6. Fly in first or business class

If it is within your budget, it's worth it to fly premium class on a trans-continental or even an international flight in United's Polaris first or business class. The experience begins when you arrive at the airport with a dedicated check-in, a premium airport security checkpoint line and access to a lounge before your flight. You're first to board, and you're sitting in a comfortable seat that turns into a lie-flat bed. Enjoy gourmet meals, fine wines and cocktails, and there's plenty to do with the in-flight entertainment system, including movies, television, music and games. It's an experience not to be missed.

7. Fly on an aircraft's final flight.

There comes a time when an aircraft will be retired from an airline's fleet. Last year, United retired their Boeing 747 “Queen of the Skies" from the fleet, and to celebrate the retirement, they held a special retro event for the final commercial flight from San Francisco to Honolulu. From a party at the gate to a throwback meal from United's previous Trader Vic's menu, the whole event was an unforgettable send-off for an iconic aircraft. Aircraft's final flights don't happen too often so be sure to look out for any opportunities to experience one.

If you go

To start checking off these avgeek experiences from your to do list and plan your first adventure, visit united.com or use the United app.

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As a member in the tourism, travel and transportation industries, United offers a unique perspective into the economic and operational effects rippling across the U.S. To advocate United's efforts, and in anticipation of a bright future, New York/New Jersey President Jill Kaplan and California President Janet Lamkin have both been named to their states' respective governor's COVID-19 response task force committees.

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By The Hub team, May 20, 2020

Hello. I'm Scott Kirby, the new CEO of United Airlines. I'm a proud Air Force Academy graduate and have spent my entire career in and around aviation, including the last four years as President of United.

While I had planned for my first communication with you to be about the meaningful investments we were making to the travel experience and our continued growth across the U.S. and expansion to exciting new destinations around the world, today, the situation rendered to us by the COVID-19 pandemic leads me to a different type of message.

First, I graciously and humbly thank you for your business. Now, more than ever, our customers' loyalty is so deeply appreciated by every member of the United family.

As essential workers, the men and women of our airline have been hard at work over the past two months to transport vital medical supplies and critical goods to places that need them most, to provide free travel to healthcare professionals and to help thousands of individuals repatriate to their home countries.

Safety has always been our top priority, and right now in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, it's our singular customer focus. We recognize that COVID-19 has brought cleanliness and hygiene standards to the front of your mind when making travel decisions. We're not leaving a single stone unturned in our pursuit to protect our customers and employees.

We are installing plexiglass in lobby and gate areas, we're using the same equipment used to clean hospitals to disinfect the interiors of our aircraft, all crew and customers on board are required to wear face mask coverings and we're taking the temperature of our employees before they start work.

But at United, we're not stopping there. We're teaming up with experts from Clorox and the Cleveland Clinic to set a new standard for cleanliness and healthy flying that we are calling United CleanPlus℠.

Clorox is working closely with us to improve how we disinfect common surfaces and provide our customers with amenities that support a healthy and safe environment.

Physicians and scientists at the Cleveland Clinic, will advise us on new technologies and approaches, assist in training development and create a rigorous quality assurance program. And, as scientists learn more about how to fight COVID-19, Cleveland Clinic experts will help us use those discoveries to quickly implement new ways to keep our customers safe.

While we may not know when this pandemic will subside, what we do know is that travel is so deeply woven into the fabric of our global culture. We all desire to visit family, dance at a friend's wedding, hug parents…and see the wonders of this beautiful world. No matter how sharp the picture quality – or how strong the WiFi signal – there's simply no substitute for being there – in person – to collaborate, celebrate, explore. We are confident that travel will return. And when it does, United Airlines will be ready to serve you again in the friendly skies.

Thank you. Be well. And I look forward to seeing you on board.

Making every step of the travel journey safer for you

By United Airlines, April 22, 2020
United Clean Plus | Clorox

We remain passionate about connecting the world safely

United CleanPlus SM is our commitment to putting health and safety at the forefront of your journey, with the goal of delivering an industry-leading standard of cleanliness. We're teaming up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures, and over the coming months, we'll roll out Clorox products across our U.S. airports, starting in select locations, to help support a healthy and safe environment throughout your travel experience.

At the airport

  • At check-in:

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    Implementing temperature checks for employees and flight attendants working at hub airports
  • 2
    Installing sneeze guards at check-in and gate podiums
  • 3
    Encouraging use of the United app for contactless travel assistance and more
  • 4
    Promoting social distancing with floor decals to help customers stand 6 feet apart
  • 5
    Introducing touchless check-in for customers with bags
  • At the gate:

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    Disinfecting high-touch areas such as door handles, handrails, elevator buttons, telephones and computers
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    Providing hand sanitizer and
    disinfectant wipes
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    Allowing customers to self-scan boarding passes
  • 9
    Boarding fewer customers at a time and, after pre-boarding, boarding from the back of the plane to the front to promote social distancing

On our aircraft

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    Providing individual hand sanitizer wipes for customers
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    Requiring all customers and employees to wear a face covering and providing disposable face coverings for customers who need them
  • 3
    Temporarily removing onboard items like pillows, blankets and inflight magazines
  • 4
    Disinfecting high-touch areas, like tray tables and armrests, before boarding
  • 5
    Reducing contact between flight attendants and customers during snack and beverage service
  • 6
    Ensuring aircraft cleaning standards meet or exceed CDC guidelines
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    Applying social distancing to seating procedures when possible, including:
    • Limiting middle seat selection
    • Moving customers seated closely together
    • De-planing in groups of five rows at a time to reduce crowding
  • 8
    Using electrostatic spraying to disinfect aircraft, to be completed on all flights by mid-June
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    Using state-of-the-art, hospital-grade, high-efficiency (HEPA) filters to circulate air and remove up to 99.7% of airborne particles

Cleveland Clinic We're working closely with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols for the safety of our employees and customers. Visit Cleveland Clinic's website to learn more about COVID-19.

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