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Takeoff Signal Question

Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:44 pm

Hi Everyone,

I have a question about a signal being given just prior to takeoff. On domestic American airlines (i.e. AA, UA, DL, B6, etc.) there is no signal given. However, when I flew LX, the "no smoking" sign was turned on and off, accompanied by the double-ding, just before we started the take-off roll. Was this performed manually by the captain, or was it automatically triggered by something on the plane, perhaps programmed in by LX? I guess it's a good signal to cabin crew in addition to hearing the engines spool up.

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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:58 pm

It was done by the pilot I imagine. On almost all flights the FAs are given a signal a minute or two before takeoff so they can perform final checks.
Sometimes in America one of the pax signs will be cycled to signal the FAs and sometimes one of the pilots will make a PA announcement.
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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:29 pm



Quoting Soxfan (Thread starter):
Was this performed manually by the captain, or was it automatically triggered by something on the plane,

done by the pilot. Some airlines have procedures for it to make the F/As aware that we are taking off.

Some pilots use PA as well and just say: "take off in 30 seconds" or something like that.

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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:43 pm

On most flights that I have been on, the flight deck crew will use the PA system and say something like:

"Folks, we are #2 in line for departure so we will be airborn shortly. Inflight Crewmembers, please take your seats for takeoff."

I am thinking that if ATC is pushing you to move it (i.e.: you are taxiing to the runway and ATC says early "you are #1 for the runway, no delay, clear for takeoff"), the flight deck crew might just flip the No Smoking light switch due to no time to make a PA announcement.
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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:24 pm

Thanks for the comments! The announcement is what I've usually heard on US airlines. However, when I flew Swiss BOS-ZRH-WAW and PRG-ZRH-BOS, on all four flights the no smoking sign was turned off either in lieu of, or in addition to, the captain's announcement. Perhaps this was just LX's policy?
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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:05 am

On AA flights you will get both a PA and a chime (cycle the seat-belt sign).
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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:17 pm

Basically, the cabin crew have to be notified when departure is eminent. This can in the form of an announcement, chimes, or, in the case of single F/A aircraft, a simple phone call, or a combination of the three.
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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:51 pm

At WN we use a single HIGH-low chime in the cabin and then the pilots must wait for the FA's to make a PA "We've been cleared for departure" which verifies we're seated for takeoff and notifies the pax that we're close to taking off.
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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:49 pm



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 6):
Basically, the cabin crew have to be notified when departure is eminent. This can in the form of an announcement, chimes, or, in the case of single F/A aircraft, a simple phone call, or a combination of the three.

Depends on what's in the FOM for the individual airline. We had to wait until the interphone light went out meaning the FA was seated, then make an announcement 3 to 5 minutes before takeoff. It varies between companies, but the exact procedure is spelled out word for word.
 
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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:25 pm



Quoting DashTrash (Reply 8):
Depends on what's in the FOM for the individual airline.

Exactly, and it has to be signed off by the FAA.


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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:16 pm

AS does this on every single flight when it is safe to do the cabin service and prior landing.
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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:20 pm

At bmi, on the A320 family, once the cabin crew have reported to the flight supervisor that their respective cabin areas are secure via the interphone, the FS will push the cabin ready button on the FAP (Forward attendant panel) which lets the flight crew know that we're all ready to go. If the cabin becomes unsecure (passenger standing up, medical situation etc) the button is deactivated. As we approach the holding point, the pre take off checklist requires that the cabin status is checked, and the seatbelt signs are cylced off / on which sounds a double chime in the cabin indicating to the cabin crew that we're off. Prior to landing, we get a "cabin crew 10 minutes to landing" PA from the flight crew, at which time we secure the cabin, sit down, call in our checks to the FS who presses the cabin ready button. As the landing gear comes down, the aircraft automatically illuminates the exit signs and sounds a single chime, and the seat belt signs are cylced by the flight crew sounding a double chime (so we end up with three chimes).
 
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RE: Takeoff Signal Question

Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:12 am

When I pushed planes out I sometimes hear on the headset the pilot calls the FA and says its going to be a quick taxi to the runway so be ready after we leave the gate. Out here in MLB 27L is right next to the terminal and if there is no delay they can be there and on the runway with in a min or 2.

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