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User currently offlineCrox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 306 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1674 times:
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Hi,

Recently talking to a fellow spotter, he stated that he flew across the Atlantic (around 25 times) only with UA, when asked why he stated they are the only airline that allow pax to eavesdrop on pilot/ATC transmissions, apparently channel 9 Audio. I flew UA once (LHR-LAX) and listened to this channel, very interesting, I have never found this available on any other airline worlwide.

Is there any other airlines that offer this?, do UA only allow this on Trans-Atlantic flights only?.

Andy


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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1589 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

United Airlines is the ONLY airline the world that offers ATC to its passengers.

It is available on all United flights regardless of the route, at the Captain's discretion.

Mark



A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man...
User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

What mark said is absolutely correct. The captain does have the right to turn off the channel 9 thing- but most captains leave it on. I'm headed on 2 UA flights this Saturday and I'll be listening to the ATC the whole time.  Smile

User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1624 times:

Ch. 9 is a favorite for me too. A plane is a plane, and a seat is a seat, regardless of the airline you are on. Getting to listen to comms sells me to UA most every time. In fact the only time I have flown an airline other than united since I discovered Ch. 9 is when someone else bought the ticket or UA didn't serve my destination!

User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

Quoting 727EMflyer (Reply 3):
Getting to listen to comms sells me to UA most every time. In fact the only time I have flown an airline other than united since I discovered Ch. 9 is when someone else bought the ticket or UA didn't serve my destination!

Ahh.. It's great to see another UA fan. Welcome to the club, dude! =P


User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 4):
Ahh.. It's great to see another UA fan.

Alas, United pulled out of my hometown of GTF lllloooonnnngggg ago, but my mother recently moved to Denver. Guess who I'll be visiting more often! I can finally tell delt-(cough!) I mean skywest to go shove it!


User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

Ch. 9 rules!!!!!

My most memorable moment is the approach to NRT, when I heard Tokyo Center talk to JAL pilot in English.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

By the way.. I just realized that while this is a technicality.... "Ted" Airlines does have channel 9.

User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1505 times:

Ted is United, not a separate airline. It's a (successful) marketing program for leisure markets. All crew are United Airlines (same uniforms, too), the planes, though painted differently, are United's and most importantly the operating certificate is United Airlines.

I, too, always listen to Channel 9 and it's one of the reasons why United is my first choice of airlines. For control freaks like me who have to give up control to the crew when I fly, listening to Channel 9, gives me some knowledge of what's ahead during the flight. I like to listen and be warned about turbulence, weather, flow control and other flight related information. On other airlines, you have to wait for the captain to let you know....usually after the fact...duh.


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1496 times:

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 8):
Ted is United, not a separate airline. It's a (successful) marketing program for leisure markets. All crew are United Airlines (same uniforms, too), the planes, though painted differently, are United's and most importantly the operating certificate is United Airlines.

Thanks for the clairfication!! The only thing I have to say though is how much of the 'regular' public percieves the two as related, but seperate entities? I didn't know I did until you corrected me, and as I'm supposed to be smarter then the average bear...


User currently offlineUAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 9):
Thanks for the clairfication!! The only thing I have to say though is how much of the 'regular' public percieves the two as related, but seperate entities? I didn't know I did until you corrected me, and as I'm supposed to be smarter then the average bear...

You bring up a very good point. I'd say becase the general public don't really know all that much about aviation- and to be honest the news companys haven't really done too good of a job explaining it because half the time THEY don't even know what they're talking about- so the general public probobly does think "TED" is just some kind of airline partnered with United or something, yes. Kinda' makes ya' wonder though..


User currently offlineElcableguy77 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 523 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

So, would channel 9 be offered on United Express as well?

-Gavin



Former ZW F/A | "Wisconsin 72A, contact departure, see ya."
User currently offlineJetpixx From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 867 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1441 times:

I was pleased to learn of Channel 9 on a flight from MIA-IAD-CLE. I flew UA for the first time in over 25 years and had no idea about it. They made mention of it and I listened the whole way to CLE - and back through ORD. In fact, it was really interesting listening CLE-ORD and getting instruction about the holding pattern, etc.

I'd fly UA again - and highly recommend them - just wish I got SkyMiles for their flights. Not sure why that was possible briefly, but disappointed I cannot get miles with my current acct.


User currently offlineSanthosh From India, joined Sep 2001, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1430 times:

Is there any restriction in hearing the transmission on Ch 9 during take off and landing? Also is possible to hear HF transmissions made by the pilots or does the feature allows only to monitor the VHF transmissions?

Regards
George



Happy Landing
User currently offline727EMflyer From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 547 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1422 times:

Sorry, no ch. 9 on United Express. Keep in mind all the puddle jumpers and RJ type a/c, regardless of affiliated major airline, are typically operated under contract by independent carriers such as Skywest, Air Wisconsin, Mesaba, Etc. These aircraft rarely (if ever????) have any IFE, and often have their own magazine rather than the major airline's.

As for HF, take off, and landing, it is all there! Disclaimer though... United publishes that Ch. 9 is available at the pilot's discretion. The pilot has a switch to turn the feature on or off. It is off the channel defaults to Jazz or some other benign selection. I fly HNL to the US West coast quite often. Sometimes the pilot turns it off after we leave Honolulu Center's turf and turns it on again as we approach LA or Oakland Center since it is pretty boring over the water. Once, when it was left on, it got turned off promptly when the pilots on rival HA and AQ flights started bickering at each other!


User currently offlineFreedomtofly From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 750 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1416 times:

I love United. Seriously I bring my CD player onboard but never end up listening to it. Channel 9 is my in-flight entertainment. I can always know what lies ahead (ie turbulence) and I love tuning in on approach and landing.

*Aaron*



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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 6):
Ch. 9 rules!!!!!

My most memorable moment is the approach to NRT, when I heard Tokyo Center talk to JAL pilot in English.

There is no channel 9 on AA flights.  Sad


User currently offlineLevg79 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 995 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

Quoting Aa777jr (Reply 16):

There is no channel 9 on AA flights.

That's why I flew UA to NRT and not AA. And Star Alliance serves far more airlines than both SkyTeam and OneWorld combined.



A mile of runway takes you to the world. A mile of highway takes you a mile.
User currently offlineCaptainTim From Hong Kong, joined Dec 2004, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1336 times:

Beware though, some domestic flights on UA occasionally have no Chan.9 activated.. the capt. may not have been bothered to activate it or somethgin and then it becomes JAzz music.. stupid jazz -.-

but yeh, go up to the cockpit if you hvae time and ask the capt to turn it on.. they will click a button and turn a nob clockwise right undermaeth the radio in the cockpit

-tim



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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7553 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1312 times:

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 17):

That's why I flew UA to NRT and not AA. And Star Alliance serves far more airlines than both SkyTeam and OneWorld combined.

But skyteam in terms of seats and destinations is larger  Wink



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