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LH Pilot Trip Report FRA-BRU-FRA  
User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9377 times:
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3.45am, the alarm clock rings and I wake up from some nice dreams! I cut off the alarm and turn around for more sleep! But less than one minute later: another alarm clock... Yeah I know why I do set 2  Wink Cut this one, too! But this time: get up... Another 737 flight is waiting for you  Wink

Ok, a little tired and feeling dizzy, I try to find my way to the bathroom... Taking a shower to wake up...
Damn, I forgot to iron my shirt... So I ironed my shirt!
Now, finding my way to the kitchen (must sound like i had a Huge house, but its just a small apartment)! Preparing a quick breakfast with toast, nutella and a glass of milk...
Now I need to get dressed (must look funny to sit naked in the cockpit)...
Ok, now dressed... Checking if I have packed everything for this LONG day... Laptop, License, sunglasses, pen, Cameras, cell phone, ear plugs, wallet, LH ID and the famous hat! yeah I think I am all set...
Oh, where are my car keys? Ah, here they are...

at about 5am I am leaving home. 20 minutes later I arrive at the LH base in FRA. Getting into the parking lot with my LH ID... Where is the closest parking space that I dont have to walk for so long... Here we go! Getting my bag and my hat out of the car, locking it and taking the elevator to the 1st floor! Walking over to the so called BG2 (Bürgogebäude 2, Office building 2). Damn, someone forgot to switch on the Air condition...
Finding an empty computer to Check in! Its 5.30am now and I can see that no one else of my crew has arrived yet. We can see that on the so called: Check- in sheet on the Computer screen! Still 35 minutes until I have to show up at the FOC (Flight operations Center) and meet the captain.
I am printing out the flight infos (not the documentation). Flight number, aircraft type, routing, pax load, crew members, STD, STA, duty time and max duty time and crew rest time after these flights... It just say: FRA-BRU LH4570 05:15 -- 06:10 (all times in UTC) and BRU-FRA LH4571 06:50 -- 07:50! Thats all I have to do on that day...

So, what to do now? Getting something to drink (no coffee, I dont like coffee), so only a water and an orange juice!
Now getting slowly to the FOC and sitting down at a docking station where I can update my Laptop with all the new information. Booting the laptop, connect with the LH intranet and update my database! No major changes, so I can check the flight documentation now!
Not printing them out yet, I'm gonna wait shortly before the captain arrives (to have the latest information available then). D-ABXX is it for today (Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe). Flight time about 41 minutes and FL220 only... SOBRA2L departure runway 18 in FRA and expecting LNO1A for 25L in BRU. Callsign: Lufthansa 6YY!? Oh no... Expected Load: 9578kgs, Estimated ZFW (Zero fuel weight): 43568kgs, Estimated Take off weight: 47827kgs and estimated landing weight: 46014kgs!
Fuel: Tripfuel 1813kgs, CONTfuel: 228kgs, Alternate (EBOS): 875ks, Final Reserve: 1343kgs! So our minimum fuel for take off has to be at least: 4259kgs! Capacity is 16000kgs, so no problem...
Weather: in BRU and in FRA some thunderstorm are expected and forecasted as well for the alternate EBOS...
NOTAMS: for FRA only some parking positions new (cargo area) and nothing special for our flight. Same for BRU and the alternates... So, this is all we need...
Close to 6am... in 5 minutes the captain should show up...

Ah, there he is! A nice hello at 6am, seems to be a nice captain! Just a little small talk about the time and how tired we are... but then Business! The Captain is checking all the information on his own! He asked me which flight I wanna do: to BRU or back to FRA! I said I dont care, I have been to both airports a lot... So he said that he will fly to BRU then. Ok, fine with me! How much fuel? The Captain suggested 5600 and 200 taxi, means block fuel 5800 kgs! Gives us an extra fuel of 1341kgs which is about 33 minutes! So enough for a holding if there is a thunderstorm in BRU...

Fuel ordered! Now, meeting the cabin Crew! 3 F/As (all female today). Doing a short briefing about security, emergency, medical issues etc...

And then: try to find the aircraft! Watching on a huge screen where ALL flights within the next 2 hours are listed... BRU... BRU... Where is BRU?! Ah, there is it... Parking stand A40... Gate position not too far from the LH Base...
Getting through the security check for Crews and then entering the Bus which took us to the aircraft.
It was already on the parking stand and the cleaning and catering was already on board.
Captain and I entered the cockpit and I started with the Cockpit Preparation. Cabin Crew is checking the cabin and the captain is doing the walk around...
After about 15 minutes everything is set: All the panels, FMC, levers, buttons, NAV aids set, charts, frequencies... Ready to read the „Cockpit check complete Checklist". Done and everything is checked and ready for boarding now...
Passengers are walking down the jetway and captain was drinking his coffee and I was drinking water... I prepared the laptop with the weather and airport information for the take off data calculation...
Finally we got the loadsheet: about 90 passengers (dont really 100%), Take off weight 48.9 tons! I put all the infos in the laptop and hit enter: V1: 147, Vr: 149, V2: 153, flaps 1° take off, runway 18, intersection 'A' and the EOSID (engine out, special instrument departure).
Captain enters all the infos into the FMC and we are now all set!
Ramp agent came and took all the papers we dont need anymore.

Ok, ready to move! Jetway removed, calling Frankfurt delivery for start up clearance. „LH 6YY, information 'M', requesting start up" - „LH 6YY, start up approved to BRU, via SOBRA2L SID, Flight plan route, Transponder 3453" I read that back and then we were instructed to switch to apron for push and taxi...

Captain is talking to the pushback truck driver... Ground is ready for push! I am asking Apron for the pushback clearance: „LH6YY pushback approved onto M1" - And I read it back...
Slowly we start to move backwards! „Before Start Checklist" - done... Ready to start engines!
„Engine number 2 -- START"... the engine starts to turn and the fuel ignites and it stabilizes at idle. „Engine number 1 - START" ... same now for the engine #1! Pushback completed. Remove towing truck and steering pin, handsignal... and off he goes... I perform my after start items, setting flaps and electric, pneumatic, ice etc...„AFTER START CHECKLIST"
„LH6YY request taxi" - „LH6YY taxi to runway 18 via M1 and N" - and I read it back!
right side clear and we start taxiing to runway 18.
„TAXI CHECKLIST"

Approaching runway 18: „LH6YY contact tower on 124.85" - I read it back and contact tower and tell him that we are ready.
Tower: „LH6YY, wind 030 at 3 knots, you are cleared for take off runway 18, tschüß" - Read back the clearance...

Starting the clock. Captain: „TAKE OFF" He is advancing the throttles until 84.4%N1 „Take off power set" ...... „80" „checked" ..... „GO" ..... „ROTATE" .... slowly we are lifting off the runway and climbing into the sky... „GEAR UP"

I contact Frankfurt departure on 136.125 and we were cleared to climb FL110. At about 9000 feet the captain engages the autopilot and passing 10000 feet we turned off the seat belt signs... We clibed to our cruising altitude of 22000 or FL220!
Shortly before the waypoint BITBU (where the Bitburger Beer is coming from) was a thunderstorm ahead of us! We told the controller that we have to turn right to avoid! He cleared us direct to FLO (a VOR near BRU).
Then we got radar verctors for the final approach runway 25L. Descending to 3000' and following the ILS. Flaps, gear down, cabin secured, final checklist read and CLEARED TO LAND!
Captain did a nice and smooth landing and we vacated 25L via C4. Contacted ground: „LH6YY taxi to parking 163, via the INNER and R4"
its just a short way to the position. We arrived there on schedule and shut off the engines and the passengers left the aircraft.

Now we had 40 minutes to prepare the aircraft for the flight back. So, cleaning, catering, refueling and all these things... We were ready on schedule, but then we got a SLOT for FRA... At 0725... So a little late! So we had to wait about 20 minutes in the aircraft until we could pushback and start out engines. We taxied to runway 25R this time and left BRU on a SPRIMONT 2C SID... Our cruising level was FL230 this time. The closer we got to FRA the more traffic we could hear! Some had to enter a holding and all had to reduce speed to the minimum clean speed (210-220 knots on the 737). No holding for us, but a little delay vectors! I did a normal landing on 07L and vacated via Mto. Contact ground for taxi! We found our parking position and shut down the engines...
The Passengers left the aircraft and the following crew has arrived, too! Aircraft was ok, cleaning up the chaos in the cockpit! Dont forget anything and get out... waiting for the bus taking us back to the LH base...
Finally arrived there and saying bye to the crew... When to see next? Nobody knows...

Thats it for the day... Back to the car and 20 minutes Later I was back home on my couch, watching TV...


Well, that's it for now... I kept the flight back a little shorter, nothing special happened there and it was pretty much the same as the flight to BRU...

I hope you enjoyed it...

WILCO737
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It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
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User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9364 times:

Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
hope you enjoyed it...

I did  Smile, good humour, you lead such an interesting life  Wink

Cheerio
Alistair



Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineRJ100 From Switzerland, joined Nov 2000, 4126 posts, RR: 29
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9330 times:

Nice and interesting report! It's good to hear reports from the front too!  Smile

You aren't flying DUS-SVO (August 10) or FRA-BSL (August 24) by any chance? Big grin

Regards,
RJ100



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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9329 times:
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Quoting RJ100 (Reply 2):
You aren't flying DUS-SVO (August 10) or FRA-BSL (August 24) by any chance? Big grin

NO and NO... sorry


WILCO737
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It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9329 times:

Hey Phil.

Nice report Big grin Great job you have mate.

-SA006  wave 



Proudly South African
User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9311 times:

WOW.. i love pilot reports!!!

Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
ear plugs

If you don't mind me asking, what are the ear plugs for? Do you use them when flying?

Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
tschüß

What does that mean??

I remember reading Seven3Seven's reports.. and my question is: Is it a LH policy that you only fly one leg a day?? because i remember Seven3Seven mentioned something about flying 3 or more legs a day with WN.

Thanks for the great report.. i really enjoyed it. Big grin


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9307 times:
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Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 5):
If you don't mind me asking, what are the ear plugs for? Do you use them when flying?

I use them during walkarounds or being outside the aircraft! its pretty loud then... and I dont want to be deaf  Wink

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 5):

Its the german way to say: bye  Wink

We fly everything: from 1 leg a day up to 5 a day! 5 is maximum...

WILCO737
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It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlineMuddydwagon From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 657 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9282 times:

Nice trip report Phil.




Cheers Peter


User currently offlineMusapapaya From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1098 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9244 times:

Very nice report - I did enjoy it and hopefully I could be on your flight sooner or later.


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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1965 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9221 times:
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WILCO737,

What an excellent report! I always like reading reports from pilots. Being that I have been an airplane enthusiast for many years, and been training to be a private pilot, I understand a lot of what you were talking about! The 737 is such a good aircraft to fly; I hope Lufthansa keeps those 737-300's around for a while.

Looking forward to your next flight!

-767747


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12281 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9208 times:
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Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
Cameras

So where are you pictures? Big grin

Fun read though Big grin



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User currently offlineKazzie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9208 times:

As Always, Ace Report Phil  Smile

I want to see a report on you first MD-11 flight  Smile


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 12, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9208 times:
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Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 10):
So where are you pictures? Big grin

Check my website for my pics:

www.wilco737.de  Wink

WILCO737
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It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlineStefanPAD From Germany, joined Dec 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9165 times:

Nice report. I enjoyed the report, cause during my study I worked at FRA for Fraport AG baggage transportation. I was always curious about the work on board and around the aircraft. It was an interesting time, which ended last October, cause I finished my study. Now I'm sitting in an boring office and want to be back at FRA.

Regards
Stefan


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 14, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9165 times:

Quoting WILCO737 (Thread starter):
Shortly before the waypoint BITBU (where the Bitburger Beer is coming from)

That's now my favourite waypoint!

Nice report there Phil, it's a shame it wasn't an A320 but oh well!  Wink

Your best friend,
Alex Big grin



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlinePdanicic From Serbia, joined Oct 2005, 132 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9143 times:

Hey, great trip report  Wink Just to know, have you ever had a chance to fly to BEG (LYBE)? That's my home airport Big grin

We have a lot (well, 4 actually) LH planes during the day  Wink

Cheers!
Predrag



If ain't Boeing - it ain't going :)
User currently offlineJamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9136 times:

Great trip report Phil, enjoyed reding it. Big grin

Quoting Kazzie (Reply 11):
I want to see a report on you first MD-11 flight

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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2849 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9067 times:

Quoting Kazzie (Reply 11):
I want to see a report on you first MD-11 flight

 checkmark   checkmark   yes   yes   yes 

When should we expect that one??????


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 18, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9056 times:
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Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 17):
When should we expect that one??????

I will start training on MD11 on 29th January 2007... so a few months later then...

WILCO737
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It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2083 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8773 times:

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 12):

Love those pics you have there, expecially the FS screenshot ones. Loved you TR too, I enjoy reading what happens up front.

BTW, did you use to fly for Hapag-Loyd, you seem to have lots of photos of them.


User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9118 posts, RR: 76
Reply 20, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8698 times:
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Quoting QFA380 (Reply 19):
BTW, did you use to fly for Hapag-Loyd, you seem to have lots of photos of them.

Yes, back in 2004 I flew 737-700/800 for Hapag Lloyd and Hapag Lloyd Express...

WILCO737
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It it's not Boeing, I am not going.
User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1844 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8606 times:

Great report Phil! You know I always love reading them. Keep 'em coming!!!

User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 22, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8532 times:

What a fascinating read, and funny as well! Very interesting to see what a "normal" working day looks like for you  spin 

Thanks for sharing it with us!



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 8320 times:

The flight you describe is very similar to the AKL-WLG I know and love so well..and on 733's too!

Really good to hear about what is going on "Up front" as I sit there in 23F reading the flight mag and wondering if we're going to have a "WLG Landing".

Nice one  Smile


User currently offlineAvro85 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 236 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8316 times:

Fantastic report WILCO737.

Next time you fly to Brussels tell me and I'll try to make a picture of your plane if you wish.  Smile

Chris


25 Post contains images American 767 : Does that mean you will fly cargo? Because Lufthansa has no MD-11 in pax configuration. Nice report! When I read it I felt I was sitting on the jumps
26 AC888YOW : Very interesting report. Thanks for it!
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