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Is United Airlines Channel 9 Dead?  
User currently offlineSdate747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 272 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

I recently flew UAL from IAD-DEN-YYC-ORD-IAD and none of the flights broadcast the usual Channel 9. Yet, the inflight magazine said that Ch. 9 will carry ATC. What exactly is the official word on Channel 9?

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User currently offlineFlyua From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 319 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1828 times:

Channel 9 is absolutely alive and well! Some Captains may choose to turn off the system, but as I said recently in another posting, it never hurts to ask a crewmember if it could be turned on. Most flight crews I've worked with recently have been more than happy leave Channel 9 on for all to enjoy!

User currently offlineMSY-MSP From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

I had it today on my flight MSP-ORD. UA flight 336. I have always asked if it could be turned on if it isn't. Most times the FA's will relay the message to the captain. If they don't I use channel 4 and relax. (at least the old channel 4). MSY-MSP

User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1769 times:

This is a dumb question but... what reason would the Captain have for turning it off? You only hear ATC transmissions correct? Not the actual conversation in the cockpit.. I asked the FA on my CDG-ORD flight a while back to turn it on and it never happened.. I just watched some PTV.. 777's a great jet  Smile Anyways, just wondering bout that..

Chris


User currently offlineConcorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

Well, one reason is that they COULD forget... They are busy and It's not a checklist item "obs. ent......ON and Checked." but ya that's a good question, other than forgetting... I'd like to know if there is any other reason as well.


 Smile


User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1725 times:

Is still alive.

But since you're flying from Washington DC, I think the pilots are not willing to turn on Channel 9 when flying from/to Washington.


User currently offlineFutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1720 times:

On the last UA flight I was on Channel 9 was up and running and that was a flite out of IAD. I am not sure what the issue if there is one out of DCA. But as it has been previously stated it is Capt.'s discretion.


I Don't know where I am anymore
User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

I'm a big fan of Channel 9 myself... but I HAVE noticed that it has been not been turned on on my last four flights.

ORD-MSP 1299
MSP-ORD 334

ORD-HKG 895
HKG-ORD 896

I requested it to be turned on on all four flights. Hmmmm...



Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1659 times:

Pilots thinks it's better to turn off Channel 9 in Washington Region in case something happens.

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