AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3474 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 720 times:
Lot's of reading along with some conversation. Reading flight instruments, engine instruments, charts, weather reports, NOTAMS, SIGMETS, etc., etc., etc.
Conversations can be about anything, but almost always include multiple "what if..." discussions. What if an engine fails now? Where do I go. How do I get there? Who do I talk to. Do I evacuate? etc., etc., etc.
I fly 1 to 1.5 hour flights now so on a typical flight I will normally complete a passenger PA upon reaching cruise altitude and then begin planning for the descent, approach and landing.
There is a lot more administrative "B.S." involved in airline flying than most folks believe. I've always said: "US Navy taught me how to fly, American Airlines taught me how to fly legally, and the two shall never meet."
*NO CARRIER* -- A Naval Aviator's worst nightmare!
Rombac111 From Uruguay, joined Jul 1999, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 703 times:
Hello.. I once flew from Carrasco-MVD to Santiago de Chile through Ezeiza-ARG. After we took off from Ezeiza, it was dark by that time, it was about 10 in the night... The pilot appeared in the passenger cabin but not the f/o. He talked with some people, went to the back of the aircraft and talked with some cree members, then, after a good time of chatting, he returned to the cockpit and some minutes later, they started the approaching. On my way back, the pilot was a quite old man who was teaching to his f/o, a 24 years old cute, blond lady. Both of them did not move from the cockpit and it was a flight during the day, not in the night.. .. As much as i know, and as i saw in the cockpit, they fly with the a/p... See you ! Martin