Boeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 957 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
I heard many great things about the B727, just a solid aircraft to fly. Also the DC10 is supposedly liked very much by their pilots, especially because of their large cockpits and great visibility you have through those huge windows.
Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8310 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
I've always heard great pilot reports from the DC10, 727 and 747. The 727 was never operated by many British airlines, just Dan Air really, and a friend of mine who flew for Dan Air (Flt. LM on Hs 748s) always says that the 727 was considered to be a hot rod. He has mentioned that a lot of British pilots, especially at charter airlines, were vaguely envious of their counterparts at the US domestics, cos the 727 was the workhorse and standard type (this was the 80s) there, whereas in Britain it was always wall-to-wall 737s.
Also, Airbus FBW cockpits may receive mixed reviews on other fronts but on a pure comfort level the sidestick is good because it leaves a completely unobstructed view of the panel and room for a tabletop that slides out from under the panel for paperwork, eating etc. Better than balancing a tray of food on your lap and using lots of clipboards for in flight documentation.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
GoA340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 9 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
During one of my conversations with a Swissair pilot in the 1980s, I was told that the pilot adored flying the MD-80s and that the only disadvantage was the engined on the body which makes an engine fire more dangerous than in the wings.....what do you guys think?
Jaemz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (15 years 9 months 4 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
by economy class seating configurations, the older airbus 300s are reasonably roomy. the 777s economy class i've been on, though seats have cool contraptions like pull-outs for head support sideways...but legroom is disgusting. it was the first time i felt claustrauphobic taking economy class, matters worsen when person in-front reclines his seat...well, great angle for a snooze...but i'm just trying ta eat my food, i dun wanna see his wig! the entire flight BKK-SEL was sheer torture...and to think i was so excited about it before boarding seeing its going to be my first experience on a 777 from the boarding lounge.
MD-11 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 9 months 2 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
AUR, I know you like to take any opportunity to say something negative about Airbus, but if there are some pilots that dislike Airbuses, then there sure are some pilots who dislike Boeings or MDC planes too.
I have heard from quite a few pilots that they really like the MD-11.
My guess would be that almost any pilot would say that they like the plane they currently fly.
TP343 From Brazil, joined May 1999, 312 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (15 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
The Airbuses (except the A300/310) are especially apreciated because of their cockpit's clean and simple aspect (as Cedarjet has already mentioned: FBW, 6 screens,...). At least, that is the opinion of some of TAP's A319/320 and A340 pilots I talked with.