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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

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: 12
Views: 2521

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: 12
Views: 2521

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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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Jul 26, 2021 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size
Replies: 12
Views: 2521

Re: DC-10 Horizontal Stabilizer Size

The landing issues were corrected with a LSAS software update.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Jul 24, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reducing to climb power during a turn
Replies: 12
Views: 1646

Re: Reducing to climb power during a turn

We used to do a noise abatement departure out of Long Beach, I believe, in the 727 that was pretty aggressive. I don't remember the details but at around 1500' you made a big power reduction and a left turn. You really had to push the nose over to keep the speed. In a way it was fun but you had to p...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jul 22, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reducing to climb power during a turn
Replies: 12
Views: 1646

Re: Reducing to climb power during a turn

you can always just lower the nose as you reduce power

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jul 21, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do FedEx pilots fly the MD10 and MD11 ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1588

Re: Do FedEx pilots fly the MD10 and MD11 ?

N1120A wrote:
They are, which was major driver behind the flight deck recertification on the 10 (the other being removal of the FE). Apparently, the handling dynamics are stupidly different, with the 10 handling much better.

For me the -11 was better by far.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jul 21, 2021 1:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1272

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

It's been a while since I flew a DC-10 but I don't remember it being a big deal. It was only for T/O flaps and the after T/O chk list had you zero out the dial. If you forgot you would be surprised when you selected LDG flaps. I guess I should have clarified I was talking about the dial a flap but ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1272

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

It's been a while since I flew a DC-10 but I don't remember it being a big deal. It was only for T/O flaps and the after T/O chk list had you zero out the dial. If you forgot you would be surprised when you selected LDG flaps.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10
Replies: 21
Views: 1272

Re: SOP flap/slat movement on the DC-10

It's been a while since I flew a DC-10 but I don't remember it being a big deal. It was only for T/O flaps and the after T/O chk list had you zero out the dial. If you forgot you would be surprised when you selected LDG flaps.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Jul 19, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do FedEx pilots fly the MD10 and MD11 ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1588

Re: Do FedEx pilots fly the MD10 and MD11 ?

Yes, they are a common type rating. When I was in the DC-10 I thought it was the easiest jet to land but the moment I went to the -11 I loved it more. As for the MD-10 it still flew like a DC-10 so it was a little more work than the -11. Since the A/Ts were different I started disconnecting them at ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jul 14, 2021 12:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flap movement always in stages?
Replies: 14
Views: 1731

Re: Flap movement always in stages?

Not to mention with every flap change there's trim changes and possibly airspeed changes.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon May 31, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Age 67 for pilots
Replies: 6
Views: 1847

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: 1847

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: 2553

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: 2553

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: 2553

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: 2134

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: 3603

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: 3603

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: 3603

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: 2635

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: 5199

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: 1999

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: 1657

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: 4204

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: 4204

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: 4204

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: 4204

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: 4204

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: 2006

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: 1739

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: 1739

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: 2296

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: 17223

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: 2591

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: 2296

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: 2296

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: 2591

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: 24142

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: 17223

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: 4873

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: 3130

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: 3962

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: 1599

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: 1942

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

What parameters were you using for a stabilized approach?

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