Looking at your comments and profile, you must be one of our kick-a## mx dudes, you guys are the best I've ever seen. I just watched you guys in OAK
change our #1 starter in under 15minutes, the folks never even had to get off the AC
. Are you serious about AT
coming our way? UGTBSM!!!! Never thought I'd see the day. The old guard in DAL
is gone with some very positive changes coming down the line.
Now, with regards to the auto-brakes, we've had them up and running for over a year now.
Concorde, let me see if I can clear some of this up;
The VNAV is not authorized for use. There are a few 3/5/700's that have the VNAV switch uncovered and *sometimes* it is actually operable.
As far as climb goes, it is really technique only. Most guys use VS
to maintain the computed climb speed (or close to it) on the CDU
. I prefer using the MCP speed for the climb, when used properly, it does a nice job.
Even though VNAV is not hooked up, we still have VNAV info displayed on the CDU
's and in the NG
's also on the flat panel displays. It works perfectly; at the computed top of descent, all you do is pull the throttles to idle and pitch over (using VS
or Control Wheel Steering) to maintain as close to a zero vertical deviation as possible. It's really very easy to maintain a profile descent that is every bit as accurate as full VNAV/AT without all the extra costs.
Hope this helps.