Six-year-old boy becomes Etihad pilot for day

Earlier this month, six-year-old Adam Mohammad Amer surprised pilots onboard an Etihad Airways flight with his outstanding knowledge of intricate aircraft operations and emergency procedures.

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Captain Samer Yakhlef filmed the amazing encounter on the flight from Morocco to Abu Dhabi and posted the video online.

It was viewed over six million times and the airline invited Adam to the Etihad Airways Training Centre to undergo pilot training for a day.

The clever youngster was dressed in a pilot uniform and went through several Airbus A380 simulator sessions.

Captain Majed Al Marzouqi, Etihad Airways' Vice President Flight Operations, said: "Seeing Adam's enthusiasm reminds me of my own as a young boy, with dreams of becoming a pilot.

It really is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with the children of our community. Adam shows incredible intellect and knowledge, having learned complex operational procedures from YouTube videos.

I hope he has enjoyed his day in the life of a pilot and that it encourages him to pursue his passion when he is older.

Pilots share their top ten views from the air
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Pilots share their top ten views from the air

'If you're not already asleep, this is an amazing sight three to four hours into most long North America flights. Well worth staying up for!'

- Captain Dave Willsher, British Airways

'Most flights approach Heathrow from the east - a great opportunity to get an unbeatable view of London. A perfect welcome to London.'

- Captain Mark Mannering-Smith, British Airways

'A breathtaking view of the Alps and especially of Mont Blanc that comes around an hour into this two hour flight.'

- First Officer Caroline Robinson, British Airways

'When leaving Sydney, sit on the right hand side of the aircraft to get the best views of Sydney Harbour.'

- Captain Derek May, British Airways

'Great whichever side of the aircraft you're on for flights departing San Francisco. You get great views of the bridge on the left hand side of the aircraft, Alcatraz from the right, and the bay from both!'

- Captain Simon Scholey, British Airways

‘Greenland is visually stunning. The tips of mountains can be seen poking through the snow which is over a mile deep. Occasionally you will be able to see icebergs carving off glaciers around the coast.'

- Senior First Officer Peter Nye, British Airways

'This is especially good on a departure to the North East as you circle back over the city.'

- First Officer Joanne Tait, British Airways

'On early morning arrivals from the North it's great for Table Mountain and the bay.'

- Senior First Officer Kate Laidler, British Airways

'A terrific approach into Dubrovnik over the bay to the North East.'

- Captain Al Bridger, British Airways

'Whether arriving or departing from Tokyo (Narita) you can see Mount Fuji sticking out of the clouds.'

- Captain Chris Hanson, British Airways


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