Charles802 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 380 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1002 times:
The pilots don't usually eat the same meals the passengers do, to the best of my knowlege. I don't fly commercially however, so I can't give you a fully detailed explanation. I believe however, that in case of contamination, the pilots meals are not the same as the passengers meals in any class, and are made to more exacting specifications. Please correct me if I am wrong. This is what somebody told me once, so I hope I'm not making a fool out of myself.
Pmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 981 times:
I can only tell you what I saw on a Sun Country charter flight, the passenger meals were in silver foil and the meals that went forward were in gold foil. I would assume that it is different, somebody ask JETPILOT.
Airbus boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 950 times:
Well all the BA flights I have jumpsat the crew got a business class meal. The pilot and the co pilot eat different things 24 hours before the flight. But pilots normally carry sandwiches that there wifes (FA) make them. Pilots get bored at the front of the plane and eat more then normal!! That is what I have been told.
JETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 30 Reply 6, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 981 times:
Actually pilots get served the first class meal. We Are catered to hand and foot. Before we pushback the senior attendant in First Class comes up and asks us if we want any bottled water for the trip, and asks when when we would like our meals and asks if we would like any cookies or pretzels to snack on. If we say yes then we are given a wicker basket filled with goodies like Pepridge Farm Milano cookies (my favorite).
Then on climbout they attend to us once again. and ask if anything is needed. When the meal is finally served the captain is first asked what choice of the two meals he would like. By law the captain and the F/O must have different meals. We get first class meals. And they're pretty damn good. But I usually brown bag it because I'm filling out in the mid-section quite expediantly.
Then after we eat we take our nap. And before you know it ATC has our wake up call in time for a late descent.
UPS Pilot From United States of America, joined May 1999, 871 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 933 times:
If your the same person I have talked to in the past, I thought you flew cargo on DC-8's. I'm not sure but it was either Fine or Arrow Air.
I agree those Milano's are Great. And the mid section thing is getting to me also but my wife is a personal trainer so she is making me take care of that. Let me know if you switched airlines?
JETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 30 Reply 12, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 919 times:
I was picked up by US Airways for a late June class on the 737 as was everyone else who was legal to fill the seat.
Were hiring 120 per month for the forseable future. I started revenue service last Friday. God help everyone. Were making half hour turns in the 737. It's like a commuter. Lots of flying on short legs. But it will get better with seniority. I'm on reserve line this month. So I'm commuting quite a bit.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 14, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 897 times:
Actually, Bruce, the pilot isn't necessarily at the controls the entire time the plane is in the air. Not to say the cockpit is empty at any given time. But most modern airliners have autopilot and don't require the entire flight crew to be in the cockpit. In fact, I believe several more sophisticated airliners can land themselves (via computer). So the flight crew can leave the cockpit in shifts on longer flights, nap, eat, go to the bathroom, etc.
Contributing to the subject at hand...I've heard the flight crew is given the best of the best from the First Class and Business Class meal selection, although they may choose to bring along their own food. The primary concern of the pilot and first officer eating different entrees probably has to do with food poisoning - if one entree is contaminated, the other is not, so if one crew member is incapacitated, there is still someone to fly the plane.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5035 posts, RR: 16 Reply 17, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 875 times:
I know about that wonderful invention called "autopilot" but I'd think someone has to monitor the systems. I guess when you're on a four hour or more flight just staring at monitors could get slightly boring....
Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
DL 604 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 870 times:
Hey JETPILOT! I never knew if you got that job or not! I know you had a post like a long time ago about the offer. I'm glad you got with a major! Not that Fine Air sucks or anything, but I guess that 1% is a little more open, eh?
I'd say maybe 5% of pilots become majors, because thare are many airlines growing into the major area.
I think that's cool that you work for USAir.
E-mail me anytime! LOL
JETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 30 Reply 20, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 868 times:
The majors and commuters are hiring like mad now. Enough to let freighter trash like me slip through the cracks. If I had to say, in a hiring boom right now maybe 3% of all pilots will make it to the majors.
If I had the same experience 2 yearsago no way would I have made it. I haven't even finished college yet. I'm enrolled in the ER distance learning program. So I'm on the road to a diploma.
Fine Air does suck and I hope other pilots following a road to the majors can find some way around working for such a company. But It was a job.
NAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (14 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 850 times:
What was wrong with Fine Air? I realize the DC-8's are ancient, but what else was negative about their operation? On a different note, you and I sent some e-mail back and forth awhile ago. Since then, I have started flight training and I'm now looking forward to my spot in commercial aviation. Thanks for the info.