bobMD11
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A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sat Jun 02, 2001 12:50 am

i was always wondering when u are on lang haul flights, when you have reached your cruise altitude, navigation is well programmed, no bad weather etc., what are u doing then, just sit back all the time in cockpit, play cards or what ever??????
 
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sat Jun 02, 2001 4:44 am

friends uncle used to fly for quantas.... he was the grand master champion of crosword puzzles Smile
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elal106
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sat Jun 02, 2001 10:03 am

when i fly in with elal
they play with their cool laptops. (mostly games like Israeli Air force.) then they look around for the nice view that they never miss and talk about stuff. its pretty neat, i guess they never got bored up there.


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sushka
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sat Jun 02, 2001 1:35 pm

As they travel along they stay intouch with different center frequencies. They also monitor the progress of the flight. Is that true that they play with laptops???
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apuneger
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sat Jun 02, 2001 7:57 pm

As Sushka pointed out, I think that most of the time they have to maintain contact with different centers, or even other aircraft depending on the location. Also, they constantly have to monitor their instruments, to make sure that everyting is working as it should be.

But, of course, flying the cruise-part is much less hectic than taking off and landing, so things are much calmer.

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elal106
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sun Jun 03, 2001 6:13 am

sushka ya if they want...!
but of course i agree with u and apuneger about the monitoring and checking, etc. that is a must first.
 
ILOVEA340
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sun Jun 03, 2001 1:59 pm

hey f;ying over the south pacific with no trafic. what is ther to do?
 
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apuneger
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Mon Jun 04, 2001 12:56 am

When they are cruising, the flight crew also has a unique opportunity to take pictures of each other. I've seen a website with many pictures of colleagues the webmaster, a pilot, has worked with during the last few years.

I don't think he took those pictures when taking off or landing (as a matter of fact, I'm sure, because you just have to look outside the window to see all the clouds below).

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miller22
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Tue Jun 05, 2001 7:19 am

On long domestic flights, I find myself playing with the FMS to see what I can get it to do.

Captain and I do a bit of speculating on pilot union problems.

Other than that, I just sit back and watch the DME tick down.

The highlight of the trip is reaching back to refill the captains coffee...whoopiee!
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Fri Jun 08, 2001 12:30 pm

Apuneger, do you remember the url of that website? Would love to see it.
 
modesto2
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sat Jun 09, 2001 5:37 am

Yes, the pilots speak to the controllers. However, on oceanic crossings, contact with the controllers is limited. When I flew UA954, SFO-LHR, the pilots were transmitting position reports every 30 minutes. Also, Selcal eliminates the need to monitor the HF frequencies.
 
AirOne
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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sat Jun 09, 2001 7:35 am

Hi,

My friends father is a Fedex pilot specializing in the transpacific routes like LA-Tokyo or San Fran-Hong Kong.

He tells me they all have tons of pictures of their family and they talk about them, and crack some jokes. He gave me a movie of what they were doing in the cockpit of a flight on a MD-11 from Memphis-San Francisco-Taipei. WHile out over the pacific they looked for islands and palyed crooswords and cards. There were five pilots. two captains, two copilots, one navigator. While in autopilot on one or two has to be monoriting the flight so the other three or four have some free time.

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RE: A Question For Real Life Pilots

Sat Jun 09, 2001 8:59 pm

So that is just like releif pilots right?
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