BobMD11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4333 times:
i was always wondering when u are on lang haul flights, when you have reached your cruise altitude, navigation is well programmed, no bad weather etc., what are u doing then, just sit back all the time in cockpit, play cards or what ever??????
Elal106 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 975 posts, RR: 4 Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4146 times:
when i fly in with elal
they play with their cool laptops. (mostly games like Israeli Air force.) then they look around for the nice view that they never miss and talk about stuff. its pretty neat, i guess they never got bored up there.
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3030 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4131 times:
As Sushka pointed out, I think that most of the time they have to maintain contact with different centers, or even other aircraft depending on the location. Also, they constantly have to monitor their instruments, to make sure that everyting is working as it should be.
But, of course, flying the cruise-part is much less hectic than taking off and landing, so things are much calmer.
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3030 posts, RR: 12 Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4091 times:
When they are cruising, the flight crew also has a unique opportunity to take pictures of each other. I've seen a website with many pictures of colleagues the webmaster, a pilot, has worked with during the last few years.
I don't think he took those pictures when taking off or landing (as a matter of fact, I'm sure, because you just have to look outside the window to see all the clouds below).
Modesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2739 posts, RR: 6 Reply 10, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4041 times:
Yes, the pilots speak to the controllers. However, on oceanic crossings, contact with the controllers is limited. When I flew UA954, SFO-LHR, the pilots were transmitting position reports every 30 minutes. Also, Selcal eliminates the need to monitor the HF frequencies.
AirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 607 posts, RR: 2 Reply 11, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4035 times:
My friends father is a Fedex pilot specializing in the transpacific routes like LA-Tokyo or San Fran-Hong Kong.
He tells me they all have tons of pictures of their family and they talk about them, and crack some jokes. He gave me a movie of what they were doing in the cockpit of a flight on a MD-11 from Memphis-San Francisco-Taipei. WHile out over the pacific they looked for islands and palyed crooswords and cards. There were five pilots. two captains, two copilots, one navigator. While in autopilot on one or two has to be monoriting the flight so the other three or four have some free time.