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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When does the Pilot of an inbound flight receive the gate/stand information
Replies: 21
Views: 3301

Re: When does the Pilot of an inbound flight receive the gate/stand information

we usually got our gate in range either by acars or an inrange radio call.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent
Replies: 51
Views: 7089

Re: Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent

I was thinking the post was about a normal standard descent. Yes you should be able to calculate the descent point so as not to use the speed brakes. Does it happen every time? Of course not. There are a lot of variables but if you start out with a good plan it will show. I'm reminded of a couple of...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..
Replies: 21
Views: 4372

Re: A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..

gee, guys looks like your standard condensation off the flap tips. I'm just referring to the photo not the article which I did not read. Obviously high humidity. Maybe they left the chemtrail switch on.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Expense Policies
Replies: 36
Views: 4554

Re: Pilot Expense Policies

I flew CX from HKG to JFK years ago and as I met family at a hotel in Manhattan, in walked the pilots and cabin crew from my flight. We had a good chuckle. I noticed what appeared to be one of the pilots handing out what I presumed to be per diem. Anyway, the hotel was as described above, slightly ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Expense Policies
Replies: 36
Views: 4554

Re: Pilot Expense Policies

I flew CX from HKG to JFK years ago and as I met family at a hotel in Manhattan, in walked the pilots and cabin crew from my flight. We had a good chuckle. I noticed what appeared to be one of the pilots handing out what I presumed to be per diem. Anyway, the hotel was as described above, slightly ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Expense Policies
Replies: 36
Views: 4554

Re: Pilot Expense Policies

Yes, we had the contractural agreements too but having them enforced every time was not going to happen. From hotel to hotel there was always the ice machine, the elevator, as starlion said, the roof top disco and list goes on. Of course we were often on the backside of everyone else so it was more ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri May 24, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does the MD-80 climb better than pretty much every other aircraft?
Replies: 55
Views: 13750

Re: How does the MD-80 climb better than pretty much every other aircraft?

I was light out of BOM one day in a MD-11 and had the V/S ind. pegged The MD11 screams when it's light. The 747 does really well when light, too. A lot of aircraft do. So long as all three are turning, the MD11 does well at higher gross weights as well, though nothing like when it's empty. Well we ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon May 20, 2019 2:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 38
Views: 4985

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

did a couple, one being MEM-SEA with a deferred A/P in a 727. The F/O & I took turns flying the jet.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue May 14, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Seat change - forced
Replies: 19
Views: 3717

Re: Seat change - forced

seems everytime my family (4) has traveled we've never been given any priority to stay together as a family. Never.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight
Replies: 42
Views: 6279

Re: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight

CosmicCruiser wrote:
I should have said we called it a re-release but still the same


not to confuse 2 different things. the no alt plan was different thing than an int'l re-release.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight
Replies: 42
Views: 6279

Re: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight

I should have said we called it a re-release but still the same

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight
Replies: 42
Views: 6279

Re: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight

US carriers are frequently dispatched with No Alternate Required under the operators OpSpecs (Domestic). Not a big deal and no one is going to run on fumes getting their destinations. Redispatch on an international leg may delete the requirement for an Alternate once released to continue. Example: ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5276

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

how true. is there no way to get this banned?

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5276

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

spacecadet wrote:
CosmicCruiser wrote:
no one got the joke yet?


There was a joke?

April Fool's Day is April 1st. This was posted on April 13th.

yeah, DHMO is water

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Staying on the centre line
Replies: 33
Views: 4862

Re: Staying on the centre line

we never used the tiller once lined up.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Runway Aquaplaning
Replies: 9
Views: 1932

Re: Runway Aquaplaning

thepinkmachine wrote:
Perhaps higher tire pressure prevents aqua planning?


I was always taught the the speed at which you will hydroplane is 9 x the square root of the tire pressure so higher the tire pressure higher the hydroplane speed.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5276

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

no one got the joke yet?

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5276

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

"He's right you know" (Monty Python)

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5276

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

I find this alarming! lol

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 5276

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

what? were there about 4 contrails? Heck the other day I saw 12 contrails all crossing over the MEM VOR! What a site! Wish I had my camera

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Plane Crash (Documentary)
Replies: 3
Views: 1299

Re: The Plane Crash (Documentary)

It wasn't that slow and there was no extra risk. P.S. the PIC was a Fedex pilot. You can google the story but was done as a docu for the Discovery channel and a British TV channel.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did I get struck by lightning?
Replies: 8
Views: 2268

Re: Did I get struck by lightning?

the crew would have made a maintenance write up.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aero Commander 500 - floatplane conversion and reverse thrust
Replies: 9
Views: 1086

Re: Aero Commander 500 - floatplane conversion and reverse thrust

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
I’d look at an Aztec Nomad or Beech 18; both have float STCs approved already.

Why amphibs? Maybe he’s had enough of taxiing a Commander with its goofy nosewheel steering

GF

Ha! I'll agree with that!

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority
Replies: 196
Views: 21824

Re: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority

tell me where I wrong but the junior FAs don't have to buy the trips. they are willing so how can this be evil. I think it's somewhat devious but it takes two to tango. I certainly remember a scams like that some of the pilots did. I almost got caught in one. Pilot calls and says he's got a one leg ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying
Replies: 80
Views: 10349

Re: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying

commanders are not expected to instruct, debrief and report deficiencies. We were expected to debrief every flight. It usually involved "have any questions" but could be more involved if there was any confusion on any part of the flight. There were a few instances were an F/O was reported ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?
Replies: 35
Views: 3247

Re: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?

that sounds horrible but yes we had those guys too. I knew one guy who would come down to the hotel restaurant and chow down on the free buffett for over an hour then retreat to his room never to be seen until breakfast the next day.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?
Replies: 35
Views: 3247

Re: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?

Starlionblue, You brought up a great point. When I made the jump from Corp. jets to the airline I was naive to think that everyone would love to fly and travel and it would be one fun filled family. I soon learned that there was no stereo typical pilot and everyone had their own reason for being the...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo pilots ... ever board your own water, grounds, and filters?
Replies: 18
Views: 2150

Re: Cargo pilots ... ever board your own water, grounds, and filters?

G and fake Kona. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/03/02/hawaii-news/kona-coffee-farmers-sue-walmart-amazon/?HSA=3c0eb9e937cfa27d7f92e73da9caacfa6c5d24bc no wonder I never could tell much difference! LOL! I never expected aircraft coffee to be fantastic but then I would judge a cappuccino more ha...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo pilots ... ever board your own water, grounds, and filters?
Replies: 18
Views: 2150

Re: Cargo pilots ... ever board your own water, grounds, and filters?

I don't remember anyone doing it. We were stocked with coffee, creamers, sugar, etc and we used what was on board. Some stations would resupply and it was always nice to the KONA coffee in HNL. We had a large ice chest with bottled water and maybe a left over soda. When we ordered our catering there...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 6133

Re: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?

well said and I can identify with most of your experiences. We saw the aurorae with Halley's comet in it on one N.A. flight. On another a crewmember was talking about a satellite that flashed like a strobe. We all teased him with oh yeah I've seen it sure, it's alien. Then in the next 5 minutes we s...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 6133

Re: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?

stratclub wrote:
IDK. Fly the airplane maybe? After all flying the airplane is sometime passively monitoring the automation. Pretty tough job...........

not in RVSM airspace

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jump seat - question
Replies: 28
Views: 2119

Re: Jump seat - question

ha! funny!

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crash pad incidence, major vs. regional pilots
Replies: 21
Views: 1631

Re: Crash pad incidence, major vs. regional pilots

I don't know the figures on "shared" but where I was there were many commuters who had a crash pad. I think most were shared with the idea that several will be flying at any given time leaving the pad uncrowded or the renter would have only as many pilots as bedrooms. You would use it only...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jump seat - question
Replies: 28
Views: 2119

Re: Jump seat - question

on a humorous side don't forget Frank Abagnale's adventures

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS CAT III
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Re: ILS CAT III

what you're saying is true Woodreau but I think all he's asking is what airlines are certified. at some companies one type may not be certified but another will. At my old place we were CATIII (A/B or as some say with/ without rollout)

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Categories US Major Airports
Replies: 23
Views: 4078

Re: ILS Categories US Major Airports

If it was CATIII I'm sure they were not going to expedite any turn offs. So they did take it easy on the exit.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Categories US Major Airports
Replies: 23
Views: 4078

Re: ILS Categories US Major Airports

I'm surprised they had you that close to the MD.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed
Replies: 35
Views: 4484

Re: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed

Like everything in life; If you really want it, you’ll do it. Find your way with the great advice above. speaking of determination ,there was a young Japanese girl who worked for FDX in Narita who would jumpseat to Anchorage for her flying lesson then jumpseat back. it was so much cheaper in ANC th...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations
Replies: 72
Views: 5224

Re: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations

well said 747Whale and GalaxyFlyer

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew lodging...
Replies: 10
Views: 1868

Re: Crew lodging...

or they could have revised the pairing with an earlier pickup.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations
Replies: 72
Views: 5224

Re: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations

Canada's RCMP uses single pilot, night IFR pilots of Pilatus single engine turboprops IN THE ARCTIC 24/7. Just wait.... I spent two years flying single pilot night freight in all kinds of weather with no radar in single and twin piston aircraft Difference was I was flying almost every day professio...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines That Have Pilot Bases Outside of Hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 4025

Re: Airlines That Have Pilot Bases Outside of Hubs

Fedex European hub is CDG but domicile is CGN

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Humidifier/Lower Altitude Pressurization Question?
Replies: 15
Views: 2143

Re: Cabin Humidifier/Lower Altitude Pressurization Question?

Had a humidifier for them main cabin of a privately owned 757. To say it was maintenance intensive is an understatement. Don't know who manufactured this system. it's my understanding that originally the MD-11 had a humidifier and Fedex disabled it for the exact reason you mention. Just as it disab...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?
Replies: 32
Views: 3449

Re: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?

As for autoland, I was always impressed at how dual autopilots "compare" each other on a CATIII app.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 12818

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

yes 747whale agree and at that speed it would float if you tried to flare. no flare.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 12818

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

I'm looking at the 2 engines inoperative QRH for the MD11F. It's an inclusive checklist with the speed and distance tables. Minimum flaps up, slat retracted speed (Vmin +30) is 255 KIAS at 230,000 kg. Flaps up, slats extended Vmin+30 at 230,000 kg is 212. That makes Vmin +15 197 KIAS. Once speed is...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots and AMTs, when do you use the a/c horn?
Replies: 37
Views: 3495

Re: Pilots and AMTs, when do you use the a/c horn?

747Whale wrote:
It's called a landing light.

that's all we ever used

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