wukka
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Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:10 pm

I was reading another topic regarding cabin chimes and it brought up something of interest.

I know that chimes in the cabin are often used as a form of communication between the flight-deck and cabin crew. It seems as though they're different between different airlines; a sort of proprietary Morse Code, if you will.

Can any of the flight crew out there tell us on a per-airline basis what a "ding-ding" means vs. a "ding-ding-ding"?

What does your airline use as a "through 10k", or a "prepare cabin for landing", or "emergency situation"?

Again, I know that some of this is proprietary, but I recall reading an article having something to do with DL's series of "dings" in the event of an airliner in distress. I wish that I could find it again.

Any insight would be great!  Smile
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fjnovak1
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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:13 pm

On Delta the "double chime" indicates the 10k mark....and its audible and visible--- the No Smoking lights (or seat belt lights on the 738) flash twice as it dings.
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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:16 pm

On Northwest.

A "ding dong" (and were not talking about the flight deck ..G) is one Flight Attendant (or pilot) calling another one. Three or more chimes mean Holy crap there is somthing wrong.

When the A/c is number 2 for take off the flight deck will say "Flight Attendants prepare for departure".

On all NW a/c we have lights at each of the Flight Attendant stations...when we hit 10,000 feet the green light comes on..when we go below 10,000 the light goes off.

On landing..about 5 minutes or so the Flight Deck will do a "ding dong" to let the crew know were almost there..thats when we do a final cabin check.
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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:26 pm

when the exit lights go on or off there is a ding so at 10,000 feet on JetBlue the Captain turns the exit lights on and off two times to indicate we're passing through 10000ft.

any high-low chime is a call from either the cockpit or from within the cabin. we use the AIP and ACP to determine where the call is coming from [or we just pick up the phone lol]

a single chime is either a pax call button or a lav call button and again we use the AIP or ACP to determine who is calling us.

[AIP is like a small caller ID like display at each phone that says stuff like PAX 19 R or Lav A. There are 2 ACPs at each galley which 4 buttons that light up a certain color. The color that illuminates designates who is calling. Since each galley has two, you can determine from which side of the aircraft the person is trying to get attention from. So a person in Seat 19 on aircraft right presses their call button. On our AIP it illuminates up as PAX 19 R, on the ACP, which is in the celing and easy to see, it illuminates blue on the right side of the aircraft.]
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FA4B6
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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:46 pm

Quoting NWAFA (Reply 2):
Three or more chimes mean Holy crap there is somthing wrong.

LOL! us too .. well that and anything flashing is a BAAAAAD sign.

[Edited 2005-04-03 07:46:58]
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wukka
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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 3:04 pm

Thanks, all. This could become quite a neat thread for all of us recreational pilots and/or fliers that pay too much attention to commercial cabin operations.  Wink
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andz
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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 3:59 pm

I was expecting the usual "oh no we can't tell you what that means or the terrorists will know what's going on". Glad to see none of that....yet.
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aa757first
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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 4:18 pm

People, this is sensitive information. If you want to know, go become a flight attendant.

Haha, just kidding. I was expecting something like that as well, Andz. Luckly, one fourm member *cough* SammieHostie *cough* doesn't seem to post much anymore.

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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 4:48 pm

Sooo mature arent you Aa757first... we British hosties keep things to ourselves, thats all..
 
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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:03 pm

I didn't mean to be rude, Sammyhostie. I just have memories of you virtually biting of my head when I asked about arming and disarming Airbus doors.

Sorry to go off-topic.

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RE: Cabin Chimes

Sun Apr 03, 2005 5:16 pm

Quoting Wukka (Reply 5):
This could become quite a neat thread for all of us recreational pilots and/or fliers that pay too much attention to commercial cabin operations.

I think this is a great thread - thanks Wukka for starting it.

At TP one of the pilots will do a ding-ding by turning the no-smoking sign off and on again rapidly to indicate that takeoff is immininent.

I don't want to deviate from this thread, but there was an excellent thread quite some time ago about airport chimes, but I've searched and searched and could never find it again. Some classics are ORY, CDG (T2), and especially (in my opinion) NBO-Kenyatta (my favorite!!)

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