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What Happens During Cruise?  
User currently offlineConcorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1283 times:

I was wondering what the pilots do during the cruise and between fuel checks. can they just talk amongst themselves? Also, can theyeat/drink, like when snacks and meals are served, and what do they eat, first class food or economy?
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User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6484 posts, RR: 54
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

They bring a laptop computer on which they play FS-2000.  Acting devilish


Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6484 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1204 times:

Sorry Aaron, for the rude answer above.

But if you get professionals to answer, then I think that they will tell you that at least during long distance flights there really isn't much to do during a substantial part of the cruise.

So they will spoil the time much the same way as their passengers, except two things:
They won't sleep.
And hopefully they won't be screeming "booze, more booze" at the FA's all the time.

That means lots of newspapers, books, magazines, maybe a discman. They will probably often be bringing manuals to study for their next simulator test.

Best regards, Preben Norholm



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1189 times:

Mile High Club

User currently offlineJumbojettim From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1166 times:

As mentioned earlier, pilots on longer flights do nothing. There is a lot of reading and talking. As far as the food, they get economy food unless there is extra first class meals. They do eat and drink while flying (autopilot).

Later


User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

Prebennorholm,

You would be surprised at how many airlines allow crews to sleep, even two man crews. Plus in a lot of cases they aren’t allowed to read any non-relevant material and most certainly not listen to discmans.

As the old saying goes, hours and hours of boredom interspersed with moments of shear terror.....


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

The Moons out tonight! Yea baby!

User currently offlineAir NZ From New Zealand, joined Jun 2001, 228 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1142 times:

They could scare their Passengers by walking down the aisle and getting the pilot to talk over the Intercom Cpatain ........ "How do you fly a plane again?"

User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1113 times:

Boring is good!

Bring on more boredom. Problem-solving is for the simulator: no one wants to do it for real.

But seriously folks: The cruise portion of any flight is usually quite relaxed. But there are many things that must be done/monitored and it's difficult to say that "monitoring" something is akin to doing "nothing". ATC is a constant listening watch - it is a serious bruise to one's ego to miss a call. Trans Atlantic flights require constant updates of position and enroute weather (ETP's and destination). Navigation accuracy is vital when outside the areas of coverage of VOR/DME's.

While one might say those are menial tasks, try to think of the available time as gaps that will be more than filled when something goes wrong. If on the standard trans-Atlantic flight there is a "gap" of thirty minutes between reporting points, if a navigation accuracy degrade is suspected, the cockpit gets downright hot with activity. If God forbid an engine fails or pressurization is lost, the gaps may be insufficient to get things done smoothly and time has to be extended.

I don't know what the original poster had in mind when asking this question, but to me it is somewhat of a flame-baiting question: those that don't know anything about the subject will have the most colourful opinions; those of us in the thick of it will regard it as a "wind-up".

Best Regards,

Buff


User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1106 times:

I don't know what the original poster had in mind when asking this question, but to me it is somewhat of a flame-baiting question: those that don't know anything about the subject will have the most colourful opinions; those of us in the thick of it will regard it as a "wind-up".

I just re-read the thread and apologize for this statement. The original question is fair and equitable!

In addition to sucking back lots of tea or coffee, meals are usually provided, prepared separately for Capt/FO/FE, some airlines allow various reading materials (C-3 doesn't); cockpit visits are allowed under strict circumstances; flight attendants may decide to take a break "out of the public view" - they are human beings too, depending upon who you ask (uh oh...)...

Humbly,

Buff


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8904 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1063 times:

On a BA flight I was on the crew spent the time talking with flight deck guests and the flight attendants on the upper deck of the 747 (not to mention drinking coffee)

Jeff


User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

DeltAirlines

Did you happen to notice if it was a single/augmented or double crew, what about check airmen, deadheaders or were the seats in the cockpit just left physically empty?


User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1368 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1014 times:

I remember back in the seventies reading a paperback book about airlines and air transport, (Wish I could remember the title or author) anyway the author quoted a first officer of a British long-haul airliner that found himself drifting off to sleep. He aroused himself and saw the captain and engineer fast asleep. The author noted, dryly, "black coffee was ordered all around."




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