Sdate747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 272 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2159 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?
Flyua From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 325 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2134 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!
MSY-MSP From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 151 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2088 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
Skihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2075 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 Anyways, just wondering bout that..
Concorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2069 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.
FutureFO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 3132 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2026 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.