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by CosmicCruiser
Mon May 31, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Age 67 for pilots
Replies: 6
Views: 1546

Re: Age 67 for pilots

It's a bad idea. Just kicks the can down the road and creates less opportunities for younger pilots, while older ones stagnate at the highest paid positions. Your statement indicates that the responsibility for “creating opportunities” falls on: -older pilots -the government Neither is true. Opport...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon May 31, 2021 11:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Age 67 for pilots
Replies: 6
Views: 1546

Re: Age 67 for pilots

Varsity1 wrote:
It's a bad idea. Just kicks the can down the road and creates less opportunities for younger pilots, while older ones stagnate at the highest paid positions.


that's a very sensitive statement and I guess you are a younger low seniority crewmember.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat May 08, 2021 2:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FDX and UPS routes from Asia to EU
Replies: 11
Views: 2269

Re: FDX and UPS routes from Asia to EU

It would depend but usually 1-3 days. Some guys would go skiing but I hung around close to the hotel. Some nice restaurants. At the foot of the mountains so the weather can be interesting. It's a safe city. One amusing story I experienced was the afternoon I was sitting at the hotel bar reading and ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue May 04, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FDX and UPS routes from Asia to EU
Replies: 11
Views: 2269

Re: FDX and UPS routes from Asia to EU

Hello, What are the reasons FDX and UPS fly their planes from Asia to Europe (and vice versa) straight across Kazakhstan instead of the shorter great circle route? Flyover fees? Any other fees? Are they the only airlines to do so ? Any insight would be very much appreciated ! Take care Alex I reall...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon May 03, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FDX and UPS routes from Asia to EU
Replies: 11
Views: 2269

Re: FDX and UPS routes from Asia to EU

The best I can tell the great circle route from Hong Kong to Paris is over Kazakhstan. Chk out the Great Circle Mapper program. FWIW, In the MD-11 we used to layover in Almaty going between FRA or CDG to HKG. The 777 does it nonstop now.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any chances of getting a EASA medical class 1 when exceeding vision limits?
Replies: 17
Views: 1958

Re: Any chances of getting a EASA medical class 1 when exceeding vision limits?

I'd book an appointment with a medical examiner, but specifically NOT for an aviation medical exam. You don't want to fail that if something should/can be corrected beforehand. He or she can examine you and advise on next steps. Nothing wrong with contacting an aeromedical examiner. Just make sure ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crippled by a windshield wiper
Replies: 25
Views: 3460

Re: Crippled by a windshield wiper

Jumpseating on a Continental Air Micronesia 727 flight before push back, I observed the CPT opening up the side window and reaching around and applying Rain-X to his front window. I asked him how it worked, and he stated during the rain showers when landing at the airfields in the islands, it did t...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crippled by a windshield wiper
Replies: 25
Views: 3460

Re: Crippled by a windshield wiper

No reason to use them in flight except for landing and then only in heavier rains.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Apr 11, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crippled by a windshield wiper
Replies: 25
Views: 3460

Re: Crippled by a windshield wiper

There's also the issue of leaving with a known problem.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Mar 22, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Grass landing strips
Replies: 21
Views: 2558

Re: Grass landing strips

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Flying taildragger off grass is a whole different deal than off asphalt—the forgiveness of slipping is great.


True. My J-3 was based on grass and all the tail wheel warbirds use the grass at Duxford 95% of the time

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Mar 22, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why not wider runways?
Replies: 31
Views: 5068

Re: Why not wider runways?

And you're expected to have control of your jet

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PIC Swap With Two Captains?
Replies: 10
Views: 1940

Re: PIC Swap With Two Captains?

We had an unusual situation sometimes where two trips would arrive one city and then both crews would depart on one jet for a 12+ hr leg. In this case the senior capt was PIC.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 19, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: HUD on commercial aircraft.
Replies: 8
Views: 1608

Re: HUD on commercial aircraft.

And to add to GalaxyFlyer, the EFVS is great for those low vis taxis. STN comes to mind.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Holding the nose wheel off
Replies: 35
Views: 4065

Re: Holding the nose wheel off

DH106 wrote:
CosmicCruiser wrote:
Holding the nose wheel off certainly won't adhere your landing distance data.


Adhere it to what?!

Bad wording I meant it wouldn't adhere to the landing distance calculations. I think I worded it better further down.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Holding the nose wheel off
Replies: 35
Views: 4065

Re: Holding the nose wheel off

During the famous last landing of DDR-SEG this technique has also been applied to improve the braking action. But of cause this was a one off under very special conditions. But I find it still worth watching https://youtu.be/3w_Qj2jwxi4?t=73 I can't see how that is accurate. It was a gooned up land...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Holding the nose wheel off
Replies: 35
Views: 4065

Re: Holding the nose wheel off

DH106 wrote:
CosmicCruiser wrote:
Holding the nose wheel off certainly won't adhere your landing distance data.


Adhere it to what?!


Maybe I'm speaking of just my career but the landing distance data the you calculate is based on lowering the nose and applying the brakes not holding the nose off.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Mar 11, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Holding the nose wheel off
Replies: 35
Views: 4065

Re: Holding the nose wheel off

Holding the nose wheel off certainly won't adhere your landing distance data.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 05, 2021 1:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Holding the nose wheel off
Replies: 35
Views: 4065

Re: Holding the nose wheel off

I remember some guys in the 727 holding the nose off while going to idle reverse. It was strictly a no no to hold the nose off anytime for all the reasons mentioned above. Hard on the nose gear,

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radar coverage over Atlantic and other oceanic zones
Replies: 9
Views: 1955

Re: Radar coverage over Atlantic and other oceanic zones

I’m not sure how CPDLC works/ if the text messages are going directly between the flight crew and the ATC controller But when doing it via voice on HF. The controllers and flight crews aren’t talking directly with each other. Instead there is an intermediary ARINC radio operator that relays message...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fedex 777 EFVS
Replies: 8
Views: 1694

Re: Fedex 777 EFVS

true

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fedex 777 EFVS
Replies: 8
Views: 1694

Re: Fedex 777 EFVS

Just spoke to a 777 f/o and he said all the 777s have it.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal
Replies: 16
Views: 2226

Re: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal

Fed Ex paid for customs/immigration folks to man their HUB in ANC so they didn't have to be transported to the terminal. Unfortunately, we freighter folks at NW up there didn't rate that luxury, so we parked at the north freighter terminal and taken by company folks to the pax terminal C/I and then...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16876

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

I would say that the crew may not know the actually RVR when they touchdown. We had a co. policy that if the RVR dropped below CATIII mins after G/S capture, actually the feather, we were to make a MAP. I asked about it and was told that if below mins they didn't want you to try to taxi therefore mi...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ligthning Strikes.
Replies: 12
Views: 2540

Re: Ligthning Strikes.

It's not grounded

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal
Replies: 16
Views: 2226

Re: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal

Fed Ex paid for customs/immigration folks to man their HUB in ANC so they didn't have to be transported to the terminal. Unfortunately, we freighter folks at NW up there didn't rate that luxury, so we parked at the north freighter terminal and taken by company folks to the pax terminal C/I and then...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal
Replies: 16
Views: 2226

Re: Cargo Pilots Dropped Off At Passenger Terminal

Customs and Passport Control, pretty normal procedure for CI to only be available at pax terminal, not elsewhere. GalaxyFlyer is correct. It depends on the city as well. At some places we were dropped off at the pax terminal and met by a co. rep who would accompany us thru CI and then take us ramp ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ligthning Strikes.
Replies: 12
Views: 2540

Re: Ligthning Strikes.

AS I commented on another post, We were it in a DC-10 MEM-BOS. Loud bang but all indications were normal. Afer landing in BOS there were 8-9 burn marks around door R-1 and a 7-8" piece of the left elevator missing.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Feb 19, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?
Replies: 42
Views: 20232

Re: Have you ever had a "Tensed Situation" during your flight ? How did you deal with it ?

Obviously we had no reason to be scared but we departed MEM-BOS early one morning in the DC-10. We were about 60nm NE of MEM in the clouds with moderate rain when there was a huge 'BOOM"! I turned on the thunderstorm lights and as we got our vision back we scanned the instruments. I asked the F...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16876

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Boy, did this thread change directions.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Calling out 80 knots
Replies: 39
Views: 4760

Re: Calling out 80 knots

I believe 80kts is when Airbus transitions from flight phase 2 to flight phase 3. Not phase 1 to phase 2. It's the transition from phase 3 to phase 4. Phase 3 starts with "ENGINE TO PWR" and ends at 80kn. Phase 4 starts at 80kn and ends at liftoff. Thus, take-off inhibits starts at 80kn. ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Feb 07, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Upgrading to a new type in the same airline
Replies: 19
Views: 3078

Re: Upgrading to a new type in the same airline

A friend of mine’s brother at AA went from Super 80 to B777, left seat in both. Sat on his seniority until he could hold senior trips in the T7; hadn’t been outside the US until first trip on the B777 And that is why we hear pilots from the USA on the freq. in Europe and elswhere that don’t seem to...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Feb 04, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can someone explain all the components of this ORD METAR?
Replies: 29
Views: 3910

Re: Can someone explain all the components of this ORD METAR?

But, some codes are based on plain French! And, how would weather geeks remain geeks if not for using special codes. Pilots do it all the time, heck, we have whole conversations no outsider would understand. While weather is easy, I agree on NOTAMs, most are so obscure and indecipherable as to be u...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10/MD-11 Engine #2 thrust question
Replies: 3
Views: 1584

Re: DC-10/MD-11 Engine #2 thrust question

And you've got bigger problems to worry about! LOL!

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often do airliners perform visual approaches in good weather?
Replies: 11
Views: 1914

Re: How often do airliners perform visual approaches in good weather?

What parameters were you using for a stabilized approach?

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many runways does an airport need?
Replies: 17
Views: 3267

Re: How many runways does an airport need?

As long as you have your "D" ring to prove it. LOL!

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jan 06, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many runways does an airport need?
Replies: 17
Views: 3267

Re: How many runways does an airport need?

Reading this post, I was visualizing Fedex having only one runway during the afternoon and night arrivals and departures. They will use 3 and sometimes all 4 at MEM.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?
Replies: 26
Views: 3838

Re: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?

Correct. I wasn't going to get into 9/11 but that's true, Calloway had nothing to do with it, I was incorrect that the 727 had j/s in the foyer. It did not. Didn't the expected performance of the 9G net have something to do with it too? Most everything in the galley would be crushed if the only supp...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?
Replies: 26
Views: 3838

Re: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?

All of our freighters have doors here at FedEx. This is probably because all of our ships have entry way jump seats, except for the 767's which have the jump seats on the flight deck itself. Several years back we installed locking ballistic doors on the MD10's and 11's. It was an interesting projec...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?
Replies: 26
Views: 3838

Re: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?

All of our freighters have doors here at FedEx. This is probably because all of our ships have entry way jump seats, except for the 767's which have the jump seats on the flight deck itself. Several years back we installed locking ballistic doors on the MD10's and 11's. It was an interesting projec...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?
Replies: 26
Views: 3838

Re: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?

Our MD-11s had a locking cockpit door with a key pad for entry and an allow/deny switch in the cockpit. It was closed and locked regardless of jumpseaters or not. Yea now that I know I remembered it correctly, I believe the crew closed the door for takeoff until cruise, and then kept it open for th...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Dec 19, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?
Replies: 26
Views: 3838

Re: Do cargoliners have locked cockpit doors? Or cockpit doors for that matter?

Our MD-11s had a locking cockpit door with a key pad for entry and an allow/deny switch in the cockpit. It was closed and locked regardless of jumpseaters or not.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Nov 19, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: San Diego (SAN) Runway touchdown zone lights on 27
Replies: 6
Views: 1979

Re: San Diego (SAN) Runway touchdown zone lights on 27

Didn't 27 originally have an ILS until the parking garage was built?

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 3168

Re: Pilot and business

I knew a pilot that had a twin Cessna that ran a Part 135 operation and flew for a 121 carrier too. It was a little shady since the FAA and the 121 carrier really looks at flight AND duty time totals. He was a risk taker being the only pilot in his operation.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Nov 15, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7520

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

We had an internal dept who handled hotel/transportation. There were staff that would fly/ J/S to any new hotel and check it out before it was added to the accepted hotels.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Nov 14, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7520

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

We had some hotels that would give you the company discount even if you were on a personal/ family trip and it was definitely significant. As well as the freebies that went along with it. Nice deal. To the poster who asked me about turning in an ops report to the hotel dept for bad experiences at co...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7520

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

We had certain hotels that on occasion would play dumb "we didn't know you were coming today" because they did sell our rooms to a wedding party though we had contracted rooms. One in particular was in Campinas, Brazil where we stayed at a "resort" hotel outside of town. They con...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 7520

Re: Why do aircrews stay in cities and not near the airport?

Of course length of layover often determines where you stay. We had airport hotels for layovers less than 24 hrs and other hotels in the city for longer layovers.

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