I certainly don't want to take anything away from the original "A Day In The Life Of An Airline Pilot" but here is just a little different slant.
I am currently on an 8 day trip that takes me from SIN
Day one, freighter leg, SIN
. Check in time 1500L for a 1600L takeoff. Around noon, I figure it's time to think about my upcoming 8 day trip. Log on to dispatcher.org and check the weather in BRU
to see what I need to pack. Weather looks pretty good, so it's some shorts, polo type shirts, bathing suit, hat, light jacket, shaving kit, shoes, trainers for running (yuck), uniform shirts, phone charger. Check the flight bag to make sure my kids haven't gotten into it, they love my foreign currency collection!
Get a taxi and arrive at the airport around 1430L, electronically check in and see my schedule for the next 6 weeks, not too bad, a LHR
, an ICN
trip and a NKG, ANC
My F/O is already there and has done an excellent job of getting the paperwork together. First thing I check is the weather, a clear shot to DXB
with some TBs over India, but nothing to worry about, then Notams, nothing there, finally, since it's a freighter, the hazmat. Today our payload is just over 118 Tonnes, or 118,000KGS. Fuel is about 88,000KGS and we should arrive at DXB
with 16,000KGS. I sign the flight plan and off we go to the A/C.
Arrive with about 45 minutes to go before T/O. I ask the F/O if he wants to fly and he is not hesitant about taking the first leg. I do the walk around and he does the cockpit. Loading is still underway so there is no rush just yet!
Now it's time to go to work, I get into my seat and I do my preflight checks. Then we both verify the FMS inputs, give a T/O briefing and we're done. It's now about 15 minutes prior to departure. Just about that time the loaders come on the gnd interphone and advise, they're just putting the last pallet and will be done in about 5 minutes. With that as a hint, we get our clearance and call our "5 minutes" to go to ground. We are going to try to get out a few minutes early.
Sure enough, ground buttons up all the doors and we're 10 minutes early when we release brakes and the clock is running. Normal push back and normal engine start. The F/O taxis out and we run the before T/O checks. No delay at the departure runway, so off we go...
We're just about 20 tonnes below MTOW, and elect to use TO
-1 assumed temp. So, we roll a long way down the runway, and finally reach VR
and off we go...passing 3000' we start to clean up...and settle in to our 277kias climb to 10000'. Then we accelerate to 340 and hold that until we pick up our cruise Mach of .847 we climb to FL330 and head west. The next 6hours are just normal cruise. In fact, we're about 6 minutes ahead on the flight plan and 2000Kgs ahead on fuel. Finally, around 135 miles from DXB
and we start our descent. It's pretty much a straight shot to 12L and the F/O does a nice job of getting the airplane down softly and we use the whole length of the runway, It's about 42C in DXB
and the airplane only has one hour on the ground there, so we don't want to get the brakes too hot. Once clear of the runway, we do the after landing check and I taxi to the parking spot.
It takes about 10 minutes to do our paperwork and the shutdown checklist. As we are leaving the a/c the next crew is arriving. We talk for a few minutes and then it's off to the hotel. My body clock is telling me it's around 11pm but the local time is only 7pm. The joys of international flying.
Luckly we are off the whole next day, but then it's an early AM
departure for BRU
. Clearing customs and immigration takes but a matter of minutes and once on the other side of that process we are met by the hotel representative who escort us to the Range Rover that is our transport to the hotel. The F/O and I make plans to meet in about an hour and have some dinner at a local restaurant within walking distance of the hotel.
Very uneventful night...I set my alarm for 8am to get up and run..before it gets too hot. Only 7 more days till I am home.....