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User currently offlineBobMD11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4550 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??????

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User currently offlineDoug_or From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3404 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

friends uncle used to fly for quantas.... he was the grand master champion of crosword puzzles Smile


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User currently offlineElal106 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 975 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4363 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.


see u
elal106


User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4357 times:

As they travel along they stay intouch with different center frequencies. They also monitor the progress of the flight. Is that true that they play with laptops???


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User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4348 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.

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineElal106 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 975 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

sushka ya if they want...!
but of course i agree with u and apuneger about the monitoring and checking, etc. that is a must first.


User currently offlineILOVEA340 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 2100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4316 times:

hey f;ying over the south pacific with no trafic. what is ther to do?

User currently offlineApuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 4308 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).

Ivan



Ivan Coninx - Brussels Aviation Photography
User currently offlineMiller22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 717 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4291 times:

On long domestic flights, I find myself playing with the FMS to see what I can get it to do.

Captain and I do a bit of speculating on pilot union problems.

Other than that, I just sit back and watch the DME tick down.

The highlight of the trip is reaching back to refill the captains coffee...whoopiee!
 Smile


User currently offlineSophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4274 times:

Apuneger, do you remember the url of that website? Would love to see it.

User currently offlineModesto2 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2795 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4258 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.

User currently offlineAirOne From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 609 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4252 times:

Hi,

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.

AirOne


User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4252 times:

So that is just like releif pilots right?


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