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Airline Captain For A Day

Only in Las Vegas! Fly a Real Boeing 737, 6 Axis, Full Motion Flight Simulator!

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About Airline Captain For A Day

Now, It’s your chance to sit in the Captain’s seat. Push the throttles up and listen to the jet engines roar to life. Charging down the runway you feel every bump as you’re pinned back into your seat. Your instructor calls out “V1”. No turning back, you’re committed to getting airborne. Next you hear “VR”. You pull back on the yoke and watch the ground fall away. You Are Flying!


Airline Captain For A Day – was launched in February of 2009. Our intention is to bring a new perspective of Commercial Aviation to the general public in a fun and informative way and to encourage both young and old to see what it’s like to pilot a commercial airliner.

If you’ve ever dreamed of what it would be like to take the controls of a real jet airliner, now’s your chance. Flying home computer simulators like Microsoft Flight Simulator X are fun but nothing beats the look and feel of a real Full Motion Flight Simulator. Our sims are the real thing. The exact simulators that real pilots train in.

Our Staff

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Capt. Rod MacLennan

Meet Capt. Rod MacLennan – Rod first soloed in 1960. Since then he has logged over 20,000 hours of flight time.

Rod started his career in commercial aviation as a flight instructor in 1965, working for Capitol Skypark, a Piper dealership & flight school in Sacramento, California.

From there Rod spent the next twenty two years working for Eastern Airlines as flight engineer on L-1049 Constellations. Ending his career at Eastern as Manager of Flying, Simulator Instructor and Captain on DC-9s and B-727s.

Rod went on to work for various air carriers as Manager, Instructor and Pilot, retiring from Polar Air Cargo as captain of B-747s in 2004.

Since retiring Rod has worked as an instructor, logging nearly 1700 hours in simulator. In February of 2009 Rod started Airline Captain For A Day.


On Dec. 31, 2019, our beloved Aki flew west.
“She will be missed by all that know her.”

Meet Aki – With over 2,500 hours of flight time, Aki serves as our CMO (Chief Morale Officer). As head of morale, Aki’s job is to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Something she does quite well!


Buzz Summer of Adventure

Recently, the folks from AT&T’s U-verse show, “Buzz Summer of Adventure 2013 came out to shoot part of their Las Vegas show at the Pan Am Flight Academy. Host Claudia Jordan flew in the Boeing 737-800NG simulator with Capt. Rod MacLennan. Watch the video below to see how Claudia did.


What People Are Saying About Their Experience.

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Excellent instruction!

— John D., San Mateo, CA
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Awesome! The experience was great & Rod was a terrific Instructor. Really enjoyed the experience.

— Ron V., Sparwood, BC Canada
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My wife and I are writing to thank you for the once in a lifetime experience that Airline Captain for a Day shared with us this week! It’s been a dream of mine to fly a large jet and this opportunity got me as close to that dream as a person can be without making it their full time job.

When we got back from our trip to Las Vegas, I thought the highlight would have been the show, our fancy dinner or our win in the casino, but I keep thinking about our time flying the Boeing 757 and wishing for more!

Your instruction prior to the flight was spot on and your assistance during the ride left me free to fly and enjoy the sights, sounds and sensations. I will highly recommend Airline Captain for a Day to all of my friends and I hope anyone who enjoys flying, in real-life or in a video game, does not miss their chance to fly with you guys!

See you the next time I’m in Vegas!

— Rick B., Phoenix, AZ
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This was the most exciting thing I’ve ever done! It was more difficult than I thought. I ended up blowing all the tires, but that was awsome too!

— Susan J., Mesquite, NV
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Outstanding, Simply Excellent!

— Abner C., Tiffin, OH
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Very exciting. My instructor was very knowledgable, helpful and nice!

— Judy R.

We had an amazing time – not only in the simulator but hearing your stories and flying experience.  Vince talked about it the whole flight back and told my wife about your adventures all evening.  He is now even more energized about his career in aviation and you helped reinforce that yesterday!  My thanks.

We would really enjoy getting to fly with you again and continue to learn more to be better pilots, from all of your experience.

— Carl E.

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