>>I Do find it amusing that UPS was using FDX for initial training for pilots... i wonder if we are charging them alot??<<
I, for one, wish we were still using FDX for training...at least until our sim arrives in Aug.
Our initial batch of 4 A300 instructors went to FDX and were very impressed with their training facility and the level of instruction they received.
Upper management at FDX finally decided they didn't want UPS on the property using their training facilities and pulled the plug on us. We've been using FlightSafety in Miami and American Airlines for training (just finished my oral this week). Can't say I'm overly impressed with Flight Safety's facilities or program and American doesn't have much sim time available to offer us.
Delivery dates for our A300's will be increased. 21 aircraft by the end of 2001 vs 11 that were originally scheduled. This has increased the urgency for training facilities and the pick'ens are slim.
How do I like the Airbus...you ask?? Well, "It's not your father's Oldsmobile..."
I like the ECAM (brings up checklists and system displays)and the vertical tape airspeed on the primary flight display which displays V-speeds and a speed trend arrow...nice! On the down side, the systems, while automated, are not as user friendly as the B75/76...sniffle, sniffle.
The non-normal checklist can be long and somewhat confusing at times. The FMC is not as intuitive as the Boeings and I'm having to unlearn alot of things when dealing with it.
Still a Boeing man......