|Quoting JetMech (Reply 1):|
A short while later, when I assume they are doing after take off checks, the FO calls "all green".
I don't think he's saying the gear is "green" and they aren't running a checklist at that point. The gear indication is blank (not green) when up and locked. I believe he is waiting for the flaps to reach 5 degrees before selecting the L/Gear Lever to OFF
. Maybe he says something about the gear so the captain knows he is going to move the lever. Or he may be saying the flap indication is green (i.e. in the selected position). Philsquares
would know if it is typical SOP to wait for Flap 5, or whether they just wait a sufficient time with no gear disagreement indications.
The nosewheel steering only responds to tiller position. On the ground, i.e. with weight on the nosewheel, a pedal/tiller interconnect means rudder pedal movement also moves the tiller, which in turn moves the NWS. If the pilot holds the tiller still while the pedals are moved (a lost motion device in the interconnect allows this to happen), the nosewheel does not move. With no weight on the nosewheel leg, the pedal/tiller interconnect is disengaged so the nosewheel steering is not active as the gear retracts should the rudder pedals be moved. Once the L/Gear Lever is in the OFF
position, NWS is depressurised anyway.
The glass isn't half empty, or half full, it's twice as big as it needs to be.