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by CosmicCruiser
Mon May 09, 2022 1:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Augmented crew - logging flight hours
Replies: 28
Views: 2769

Re: Augmented crew - logging flight hours

3&3 is 3 t/o & 3 ldg every 90 days

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri May 06, 2022 1:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FDX EVS and Adoption Across Airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: FDX EVS and Adoption Across Airlines

The first EVS appeared on the fedex fleet around 2011/2012, on a MD11 if I remember well. Then suddenly, the whole fleet started to be retrofitted, except Airbuses. I was kind of shocked as it happened at a time when we, on the ramp, were asking for proper gloves and more ramp snakes for bulk ops, ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Apr 29, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Augmented crew - logging flight hours
Replies: 28
Views: 2769

Re: Augmented crew - logging flight hours

There were guys that would bid RFO to make it easy then complain to the capt they were coming up on their 3 & 3. Then there was the issue of "hey man you knew this so why did you bid RFO? Ugly.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Apr 28, 2022 2:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Augmented crew - logging flight hours
Replies: 28
Views: 2769

Re: Augmented crew - logging flight hours

I would say you would log the hours as a crewmember but probably won't get credit for a landing.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Apr 20, 2022 4:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: airplane gliding
Replies: 43
Views: 4849

Re: airplane gliding

90deg bank, you're now aerobatic.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Apr 18, 2022 5:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?
Replies: 20
Views: 3783

Re: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?

We never went as far as robes and PJs. Sweat pants and a sweat shirt was typical.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Apr 16, 2022 12:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes
Replies: 18
Views: 2047

Re: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes

I guess what I'm not understanding is the time tables to certain altitudes. From, at least what we were taught, 51 min to 10,000'? That's hardly an emerg. descent. For us it was idle pwr, full speedbrakes and red line. It better not take 51 min or you will bust the chk ride. So what emerg. descent ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Apr 14, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes
Replies: 18
Views: 2047

Re: Understanding Emergency Descent Altitudes

I guess what I'm not understanding is the time tables to certain altitudes. From, at least what we were taught, 51 min to 10,000'? That's hardly an emerg. descent. For us it was idle pwr, full speedbrakes and red line. It better not take 51 min or you will bust the chk ride. So what emerg. descent a...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Apr 08, 2022 10:17 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Favorite Song about aviation?
Replies: 69
Views: 7526

Re: Favorite Song about aviation?

5 Miles Out.....Mike Oldfield....There's a Be-18 (or Lockheed 10) on the cover High Flying Bird.....Zephyr Traveling Band.....Creedence Clearwater Revival...."737 coming out of the sky, take me down to Memphis on a midnight ride Teterboro Tower.......Arthur Godfrey.....1950s. He was a pilot as ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Apr 08, 2022 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DHL 757 off runway at SJO
Replies: 131
Views: 25531

Re: DHL 757 off runway at SJU

Dumb question - but to cargo aircraft have escape slides on the L1 door, or to they just use a rope for the crew to evacuate? Don't know the answer to that, but they were actually taken off the aircraft by firefighters using ladders. Just saw a video a few minutes ago of them coming out.[/quote Car...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Apr 02, 2022 12:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Altitude of the static 6g maneuver?
Replies: 13
Views: 1759

Re: Altitude of the static 6g maneuver?

.... Probably part of the reason a lot of flights go around the Himalayas. Also explains better something I never quite understood - why flying "The Hump" to China was so dangerous in WW2. Max cruising level for a laden WW2 planes was in the mid-20's; if you hit a strong up/down draft off...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Apr 01, 2022 1:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?
Replies: 20
Views: 3783

Re: music/movie in cockpit on (ultra) long haul?

Obviously there's extremes on both sides. I flew with a Capt. on the 727 many years ago who wouldn't turn on the thunderstorm lights in cruise and forbid any reading. every leg in the middle of the night was horrible. Then on the other end, I came up front from my rest period, MD-11, to find the F/O...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Mar 24, 2022 1:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP pilot call-out differences?
Replies: 13
Views: 2843

Re: SOP pilot call-out differences?

Starlionblue wrote:
CosmicCruiser wrote:
Not only is it company specific but where I was they changed on a regular basis.


Yep. This always adds some spice to sim and line checks. :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Especially when they change 1 week before your sim ride!

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Mar 23, 2022 1:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP pilot call-out differences?
Replies: 13
Views: 2843

Re: SOP pilot call-out differences?

Not only is it company specific but where I was they changed on a regular basis.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Mar 23, 2022 1:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 pushes nose down in flare mode
Replies: 12
Views: 2983

Re: A320 pushes nose down in flare mode

If I remember correctly, and anyone feel free to correct me, the MD-11 had something similar. The software update was done before I went to the jet but it had to do with LSAS trimming nose down at a given point in the flare to prevent tail strikes. guys told me something about the nose continuing up...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Mar 21, 2022 11:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airline accident investigations SO 242, etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 3280

Re: Airline accident investigations SO 242, etc.

As for choosing a field I would have to say it's as always easy to be a Monday morning quarterback, as we say. They had just had a horrible experience that left them with cracked windshields and a double engine failure. Time did not slowdown and I must admit if I had seen the terrain as I came out o...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Mar 15, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Layovers changed from pre covid
Replies: 5
Views: 2756

Re: Layovers changed from pre covid

From where I was, guys tell me that there are not many long layovers anymore and trips are constantly revised.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Mar 09, 2022 3:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about quotation on MD-11 landing speeds.
Replies: 7
Views: 2102

Re: Question about quotation on MD-11 landing speeds.

Good catch. My mind just saw kts.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 06, 2022 3:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about quotation on MD-11 landing speeds.
Replies: 7
Views: 2102

Re: Question about quotation on MD-11 landing speeds.

It's been a while since I was in either of the jets but I don't remember the MD-11 being 20-30kts faster than the DC-10 at the same wgt. . Remember that the -11 had higher landing weights so that accounts for some increase. Other than that what someone posted about the smaller horizontal stab is tru...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Feb 13, 2022 7:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA Draft AC on Flight Path Management
Replies: 13
Views: 2266

Re: FAA Draft AC on Flight Path Management

3.2.2.1 An air carrier’s line operations policy should permit and encourage MFO and should incorporate the following: 1. Encouragement to manually fly the aircraft when conditions permit, including, at least periodically, the entire departure and arrival phases and potentially the entire flight, if...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Feb 02, 2022 11:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the range of landing speeds for the MD-11?
Replies: 7
Views: 1257

Re: What is the range of landing speeds for the MD-11?

The Vapp at max ldg wgt was 168kts. Got to see it a few times. Better have your ldg data correct.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jan 20, 2022 5:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tu-204 requiring no anti-icing system
Replies: 15
Views: 2687

Re: Tu-204 requiring no anti-icing system

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
CosmicCruiser wrote:
The Saberliner didn't have wing anti ice initially but you could get ice.


I only flew the Sabre 65 with the wing that heard ice was in the area would stall. We turned on the WAI lots after the two crashes.

Yep, different wing. I just flew a -40 & -60.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tu-204 requiring no anti-icing system
Replies: 15
Views: 2687

Re: Tu-204 requiring no anti-icing system

The Saberliner didn't have wing anti ice initially but you could get ice.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Jan 14, 2022 3:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RTO for impending fire
Replies: 59
Views: 4623

Re: RTO for impending fire

Starlionblue wrote:
As an aside, would you really be looking at the fuel flow 10 knots before V1?


My thoughts exactly

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Jan 11, 2022 6:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question
Replies: 32
Views: 2217

Re: Hours on Type/Total Flying Hours Question

Not sure what you're meaning with "a high-time 121 pilot could bid into the left seat,". Are you saying as a new hire or moving from one 121 carrier to another. As a new hire, as several people have said, you are at the bottom of the seniority list regardless of your hours and experience. ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 19, 2021 12:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Diverting back to origin airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1762

Re: Diverting back to origin airport

The Senator was also the guy who frequently rode for free on numerous Corp. jets but still tried to ramrod a bill that disallowed any corp. to write off the cost of their corp. jets above the cost of a coach class seat to the same city. I'll say no more.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Nov 30, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?
Replies: 30
Views: 4124

Re: After mandated changes, are MD-11's now safe?

If I missed something important tell me but I skipped down about half way thru the comments. First the Fedex crash in EWR was more complicated than just saying the -11 is dangerous. The Capt. made a significant error in his landing brief that resulted in a hard touchdown and big bounce. This was bef...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Nov 03, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Restrictions on #2 Thrust Reverse L1011/DC10/MD11
Replies: 20
Views: 3301

Re: Restrictions on #2 Thrust Reverse L1011/DC10/MD11

We had no separate policy for no.2. It was a blanket policy..out of reverse by 80kts.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Nov 01, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?
Replies: 31
Views: 3587

Re: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?

I never knew about any Md-11 restrictions regarding that. I just got in the same just jet I was used to flying and left. Not sure what you mean by PIP. Performance Improvement Packages, see : https://www.airlinercafe.com/page.php?id=392 As far as I can tell all the -11s we had were were in that gro...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Oct 31, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?
Replies: 31
Views: 3587

Re: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?

I never knew about any Md-11 restrictions regarding that. I just got in the same just jet I was used to flying and left. Not sure what you mean by PIP.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Oct 30, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?
Replies: 31
Views: 3587

Re: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?

Don't know if the 777 has taken it but we used to do MEM-HNL and KIX-MEM

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?
Replies: 18
Views: 1698

Re: Can flaps be used to slow an aircraft or only to allow it to fly safely at slower speeds?

Max Q wrote:
Flaps should not be used to slow an aircraft, they are there to allow you to fly slower


Using flaps to decelerate is poor airmanship


That’s what the speed brake is for

Agree, we always told not to lower flaps at their max operating speeds to prevent unnecessary stress on the flaps.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?
Replies: 31
Views: 3587

Re: Could MD-11's used domestically do without the winglets?

The -400Ds were exclusively used for short missions (the lack of winglets is only one of a few modifications from the -400). I don‘t think FedEx has a dedicated MD-11 fleet solely for the domestic network. Instead the flexibility is more important than weight savings for a few short sectors. Correc...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Oct 17, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?
Replies: 17
Views: 2153

Re: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?

Back in the late 60s I used to ferry new Cessnas from ICT to MEM to the regional dealer. Very often the new planes had no radio package so we would take a portable VHF radio that we would use to call the tower when reaching MEM. Often there might be a flight of 2 or 3 and the guy with the radio woul...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Oct 12, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: For pilots: Was the DC-10 a joy to fly?
Replies: 7
Views: 2479

Re: For pilots: Was the DC-10 a joy to fly?

When I moved from the 727 to the DC-10 I thought it was a roomy, easy to fly, predictable jet. Much easier to land than the 727. After I went to the MD-11 I was so used to the sensitivity of the the controls that the MD-10 felt sluggish and yet it was just a DC-10. You always get used to what you're...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Oct 10, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could flap operation be automated?
Replies: 18
Views: 2003

Re: Could flap operation be automated?

Many folks beat me to a few comments like the NA Saberliner slats, I remember them as just on rollers, no springs. The co-pilots, like me, got to polish them weekly! As well as the comment on weather, ATC, etc. Along those lines, if flaps were automated then you'd need to be able to disable the syst...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Sep 13, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Personal items left onboard American Airlines flight
Replies: 10
Views: 2490

Re: Personal items left onboard American Airlines flight

In the late 60'sI flew to EWR to pick up a plane the A/C salesman I worked for had bought. I forget the airline but when I got off and was walking down the concourse I realized I didn't have my wallet. I dashed back to the gate and asked the agent if I could go back on and look for my wallet. She sa...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 727 V-speed cards
Replies: 7
Views: 1644

Re: 727 V-speed cards

Same as we had.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Freighter VS Passenger variants.
Replies: 8
Views: 1908

Re: Freighter VS Passenger variants.

The freighters have reinforced floors so not sure what the weight trade off would be

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2381

Re: Around the weather

Very true. A lot of our deviations were in non radar environments and looking and tracking the storm on our radar we would pick a good heading and ask for the turn. I see your point too. Worst case scenario was those times that when not only were you not in radar contact but you couldn't raise anyon...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2381

Re: Around the weather

We usually just said we need a 20 deg left turn for weather though the offset would certainly be a good choice too. . I rarely did offset track except over the Atlantic.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Sep 03, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2381

Re: Around the weather

I think you may be making this too complicated. When you deviate you will ask for a "x" number of degrees turn or "x" number of miles L or R. When you're ready to resume your course ATC may give you direct to a point down the road or a heading or turn to intercept your course.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Aug 17, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: At what point do JT8D engines need to be spooled up before landing?
Replies: 13
Views: 1704

Re: At what point do JT8D engines need to be spooled up before landing?

Maybe I'm missing something here but on the 72 once you select flaps and gear you better be adding some power. Once configured you will have all the the power spooled up sufficiently and on speed. Way back in the 70s I flew a Sabreliner and the Capt I flew with would partially extend the speed brake...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Aug 05, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: So sick of hearing of all these cancelled flights!
Replies: 8
Views: 1983

Re: So sick of hearing of all these cancelled flights!

I'm always reluctant to make a "new" law but the airlines certainly need to get their Sh*t together and be the customer service industry they are supposed to be. Not only do they not care about you or your schedule but don't go out of their way to help. This goes back pre-Covid for a few y...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size
Replies: 13
Views: 3788

Re: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size

2000-2012 in the -11. I never saw the nose come up after touchdown or while in reverse or anything similar which is what I remember the problem being before I went over to it. I don't remember any surprises except my own screw up during landing with flaps 50, LOL. I guess the 777 is the way to go. F...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size
Replies: 13
Views: 3788

Re: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size

The landing issues were corrected with a LSAS software update. I think a lot of MD-11 pilots would disagree with you. Well, I was among them and don't remember too much being said after the update. Everyone will have some interesting moment as we all do but nothing habitual. I could say the same th...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size
Replies: 13
Views: 3788

Re: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size

The landing issues were corrected with a LSAS software update. Out of curiosity, do you recall what year the corrective software update was released? I went to the -11 in 2000 so it was done before that. I avoided bidding it for awhile after hearing the stories of landing issues. When I did go to i...

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