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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: 2248

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: 3167

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: 3167

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: 3167

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: 1424

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: 3167

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: 1869

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: 2215

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: 1805

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: 2284

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: 1475

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: 1770

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: 2183

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: 2183

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: 2183

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: 1600

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: 1887

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: 3612

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: 3612

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: 3612

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: 13
Views: 3612

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: 1994

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: 1994

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: 1970

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: 1633

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: 1633

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: 1633

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: 1970

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: 1988

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: 2765

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: 2765

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: 3013

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: 3013

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: 3013

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: 2758

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: 3822

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: 3822

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: 3822

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: 2744

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: 5400

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: 2064

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: 1803

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: 4467

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: 4467

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: 4467

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: 4467

Re: Holding the nose wheel off

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

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