RareBear
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UA Channel 9 Availability

Tue Mar 02, 2004 10:04 pm

I'm planning a trip ATL-SEA & return in May, and was looking forward to the audio from the flight deck on Ch 9. However, 2 of the segments are on the 757, and the UA website In-flight Audio Guide says Ch 9 is Jazz on the 757. Anyone made a trip on a UA 757 lately and tried to get Ch 9?
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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Tue Mar 02, 2004 11:38 pm

We should really have a Av Forum FAQ and this topic should be number 1.

Channel 9 ATC audio is available at the disgression of the Captain. If they have it turned off then it plays the Jazz as it says on the website.

All of UA's aircraft except for UAX are Channel 9 equiped.
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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 2:23 am

I flew UA last week. It was available through pushback and throughout the first 1/4 of the flight. Then the Purser came on and asked the Captain to turn it off because "the passengers can hear everything we're talking about on channel 9". You're welcome to read my trip report "Flying The Whale".

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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 4:49 am

I asked this before on one of the many other threads about UA Ch. 9, but never got a reply...

I'm flying into FRA on 7/3 and then out of LHR on 7/26 this year. Is Ch. 9 available when arriving/departing international cities? Sure would be cool to listen to FRA arrivals/LHR departures... Smokin cool
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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 5:48 am

Last week on a UA B744 LAX-DEN my friends and I visited the flight deck before pushback. When we were leaving, I asked the Captain if Channel 9 would be on, he said that he usually doesn't put it on, but he would because we seemed like enthusiasts. Big thumbs up So it can't hurt to ask.

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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 6:04 am

UALPHLCS:

I looked at several threads on this topic and didn't find an answer to my question.

The Aircraft Audio Grid shown on the UA website shows "From the Flightdeck" available on CH 9 on the 777, 747 and the A319/320.

For the 757, 767 and 737 a/c, CH 9 shows only "Jazz". There is no mention of "From the Flightdeck" being available on those a/c.

Hence my question.

Thanks for the info.
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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 6:46 am

I flew the LAX-LHR and LHR-LAX 777 segments a few weeks back and Channel 9 was only available from mid-point to arrival in Heathrow outbound and during the entire flight inbound into Los Angeles from Heathrow.

It is definitely at the discretion of the flight crew.

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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 7:08 am

Dunno for certain about the 757, but I've flown on 737s and 767s in the last few weeks and both types had 'From the Flight Deck' on Channel 9. The on-board guide for both stated that Channel 9 was Jazz only if the captain switched 'From The Flight Deck' off, something which I can only recall happening once to me.

I would imagine the situation is the same on a 757.

Hope this helps.

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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 7:08 am

I've listened to Channel 9 (ATC, not Jazz) on Chicago to Hong Kong and Dulles to London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Munich, Miami to Rio....among many other international flights on United. Again, it depends on the pilot and whether he/she wants to have it on.

There is often a lot to dead air when over "the pole" or Atlantic. Not much happening. Flying in to Hong Kong is interesting. Pilots with different accents from all over the world. The Chinese controllers speak in Mandarin to Mandarin speaking pilots and in barely intelligible (to my ear) English to all others.

I flew a United 757 last Wednesday and Channel 9 was on and working just fine.
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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 1:15 pm

RareBear I didn't mean to sound snippy. I apologize if it came off that way. Channel 9 IS a very very common topic however, and every few weeks the same questions get asked. So I was being kinda serious when I mentioned Channel 9 as a FAQ topic. Along with A vs. B and a number of other recurring threads.

Like I said I've been on every fleet type UA has and had Channel 9 on everyone of them. There were time when as we said the crew makes the decision for whatever reason to keep it off. But it is always an option unless you are UAX.

As for international flights I can only speak for my flight to CDG when I listened all the way to Paris. My return from LHR the crew had it off.
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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 1:28 pm

I flew UA 528 last Saturday (ORD-BOS) a 757 and channel 9 was used, as it was on every 757 I have flown with UA. It was actually a 757 captain who made an announcement that reminded me of ch 9 back in December. Last time I was on a UA flight that didn't use ch 9 the a/c was an A320.
 
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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 3:02 pm

I'd say about 90% of the time the captain has it turned on. 9% of the time the FO's forget to make sure it's on (not a top priority), and 1% want privacy for some reason.

If you notice that it's not on the minute you sit down, ask the FA's to turn it on. If it isn't turned on by the time the first service is over then politely ask again. 99% of the time the FA's will first tell you that it's always on, because most of the time it is. Asking the second time will prompt them to go ask the FO's about it.

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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Wed Mar 03, 2004 4:01 pm

This past summer, on all 4 of my UA B772 flights, channel 9 worked, but the crew collected the headphones prior to landing.  Sad
 
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RE: UA Channel 9 Availability

Fri Mar 05, 2004 2:37 am

Long ago when headphones had to be paid for I remember the F/A's collecting them. That's when I would just pretend to be asleep. Now that the headphones are free I don't think the majority of F/A's collect them anymore. I see lots of headphones placed in the seat pockets of emptying flights.

An F/A can probably tell you the real procedure.

Anyway the headphone jack it the same for any type of headphones from what I remember. So why not just use you own?
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