crox1
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UA Channel 9

Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:01 pm

Hi,

Recently talking to a fellow spotter, he stated that he flew across the Atlantic (around 25 times) only with UA, when asked why he stated they are the only airline that allow pax to eavesdrop on pilot/ATC transmissions, apparently channel 9 Audio. I flew UA once (LHR-LAX) and listened to this channel, very interesting, I have never found this available on any other airline worlwide.

Is there any other airlines that offer this?, do UA only allow this on Trans-Atlantic flights only?.

Andy
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Brick
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RE: UA Channel 9

Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:04 pm

United Airlines is the ONLY airline the world that offers ATC to its passengers.

It is available on all United flights regardless of the route, at the Captain's discretion.

Mark
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UAalltheway
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RE: UA Channel 9

Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:21 pm

What mark said is absolutely correct. The captain does have the right to turn off the channel 9 thing- but most captains leave it on. I'm headed on 2 UA flights this Saturday and I'll be listening to the ATC the whole time.  Smile
 
727EMflyer
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RE: UA Channel 9

Thu Mar 31, 2005 4:30 pm

Ch. 9 is a favorite for me too. A plane is a plane, and a seat is a seat, regardless of the airline you are on. Getting to listen to comms sells me to UA most every time. In fact the only time I have flown an airline other than united since I discovered Ch. 9 is when someone else bought the ticket or UA didn't serve my destination!
 
UAalltheway
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RE: UA Channel 9

Fri Apr 01, 2005 1:03 pm

Quoting 727EMflyer (Reply 3):
Getting to listen to comms sells me to UA most every time. In fact the only time I have flown an airline other than united since I discovered Ch. 9 is when someone else bought the ticket or UA didn't serve my destination!

Ahh.. It's great to see another UA fan. Welcome to the club, dude! =P
 
727EMflyer
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RE: UA Channel 9

Sat Apr 02, 2005 3:29 pm

Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 4):
Ahh.. It's great to see another UA fan.

Alas, United pulled out of my hometown of GTF lllloooonnnngggg ago, but my mother recently moved to Denver. Guess who I'll be visiting more often! I can finally tell delt-(cough!) I mean skywest to go shove it!
 
levg79
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RE: UA Channel 9

Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:47 am

Ch. 9 rules!!!!!

My most memorable moment is the approach to NRT, when I heard Tokyo Center talk to JAL pilot in English.
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TedTAce
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RE: UA Channel 9

Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:22 am

By the way.. I just realized that while this is a technicality.... "Ted" Airlines does have channel 9.
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Bicoastal
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RE: UA Channel 9

Sun Apr 10, 2005 12:57 am

Ted is United, not a separate airline. It's a (successful) marketing program for leisure markets. All crew are United Airlines (same uniforms, too), the planes, though painted differently, are United's and most importantly the operating certificate is United Airlines.

I, too, always listen to Channel 9 and it's one of the reasons why United is my first choice of airlines. For control freaks like me who have to give up control to the crew when I fly, listening to Channel 9, gives me some knowledge of what's ahead during the flight. I like to listen and be warned about turbulence, weather, flow control and other flight related information. On other airlines, you have to wait for the captain to let you know....usually after the fact...duh.
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TedTAce
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RE: UA Channel 9

Sun Apr 10, 2005 3:52 am

Quoting Bicoastal (Reply 8):
Ted is United, not a separate airline. It's a (successful) marketing program for leisure markets. All crew are United Airlines (same uniforms, too), the planes, though painted differently, are United's and most importantly the operating certificate is United Airlines.

Thanks for the clairfication!! The only thing I have to say though is how much of the 'regular' public percieves the two as related, but seperate entities? I didn't know I did until you corrected me, and as I'm supposed to be smarter then the average bear...
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UAalltheway
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RE: UA Channel 9

Fri Apr 15, 2005 10:52 am

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 9):
Thanks for the clairfication!! The only thing I have to say though is how much of the 'regular' public percieves the two as related, but seperate entities? I didn't know I did until you corrected me, and as I'm supposed to be smarter then the average bear...

You bring up a very good point. I'd say becase the general public don't really know all that much about aviation- and to be honest the news companys haven't really done too good of a job explaining it because half the time THEY don't even know what they're talking about- so the general public probobly does think "TED" is just some kind of airline partnered with United or something, yes. Kinda' makes ya' wonder though..
 
elcableguy77
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RE: UA Channel 9

Fri Apr 15, 2005 1:11 pm

So, would channel 9 be offered on United Express as well?

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RE: UA Channel 9

Fri Apr 15, 2005 6:48 pm

I was pleased to learn of Channel 9 on a flight from MIA-IAD-CLE. I flew UA for the first time in over 25 years and had no idea about it. They made mention of it and I listened the whole way to CLE - and back through ORD. In fact, it was really interesting listening CLE-ORD and getting instruction about the holding pattern, etc.

I'd fly UA again - and highly recommend them - just wish I got SkyMiles for their flights. Not sure why that was possible briefly, but disappointed I cannot get miles with my current acct.
 
Santhosh
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RE: UA Channel 9

Sat Apr 16, 2005 3:58 am

Is there any restriction in hearing the transmission on Ch 9 during take off and landing? Also is possible to hear HF transmissions made by the pilots or does the feature allows only to monitor the VHF transmissions?

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727EMflyer
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RE: UA Channel 9

Sat Apr 16, 2005 6:30 am

Sorry, no ch. 9 on United Express. Keep in mind all the puddle jumpers and RJ type a/c, regardless of affiliated major airline, are typically operated under contract by independent carriers such as Skywest, Air Wisconsin, Mesaba, Etc. These aircraft rarely (if ever????) have any IFE, and often have their own magazine rather than the major airline's.

As for HF, take off, and landing, it is all there! Disclaimer though... United publishes that Ch. 9 is available at the pilot's discretion. The pilot has a switch to turn the feature on or off. It is off the channel defaults to Jazz or some other benign selection. I fly HNL to the US West coast quite often. Sometimes the pilot turns it off after we leave Honolulu Center's turf and turns it on again as we approach LA or Oakland Center since it is pretty boring over the water. Once, when it was left on, it got turned off promptly when the pilots on rival HA and AQ flights started bickering at each other!
 
freedomtofly
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RE: UA Channel 9

Sat Apr 16, 2005 9:55 am

I love United. Seriously I bring my CD player onboard but never end up listening to it. Channel 9 is my in-flight entertainment. I can always know what lies ahead (ie turbulence) and I love tuning in on approach and landing.

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aa777jr
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RE: UA Channel 9

Sun Apr 17, 2005 3:15 pm

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 6):
Ch. 9 rules!!!!!

My most memorable moment is the approach to NRT, when I heard Tokyo Center talk to JAL pilot in English.

There is no channel 9 on AA flights.  Sad
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levg79
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RE: UA Channel 9

Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:10 am

Quoting Aa777jr (Reply 16):

There is no channel 9 on AA flights.

That's why I flew UA to NRT and not AA. And Star Alliance serves far more airlines than both SkyTeam and OneWorld combined.
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CaptainTim
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RE: UA Channel 9

Tue Apr 19, 2005 1:04 pm

Beware though, some domestic flights on UA occasionally have no Chan.9 activated.. the capt. may not have been bothered to activate it or somethgin and then it becomes JAzz music.. stupid jazz -.-

but yeh, go up to the cockpit if you hvae time and ask the capt to turn it on.. they will click a button and turn a nob clockwise right undermaeth the radio in the cockpit

-tim
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burnsie28
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RE: UA Channel 9

Tue Apr 26, 2005 3:52 am

Quoting Levg79 (Reply 17):

That's why I flew UA to NRT and not AA. And Star Alliance serves far more airlines than both SkyTeam and OneWorld combined.

But skyteam in terms of seats and destinations is larger  Wink

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