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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 17, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?
Replies: 14
Views: 1186

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

Surprised NavCanada didn’t bill the bathtub guy.

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can you talk with a handheld transreceiver to aircraft?
Replies: 14
Views: 1186

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

Deicing crews are probably using portable handheld transceivers to communicate with aircraft.

I think the limitation for the handheld radio is power out.

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 15, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights
Replies: 13
Views: 1005

Re: Changed Departure Route Out Of MIA on LAX Flights

There was an airspace rework for central and south Florida that went into effect in August? I think? All of the arrivals and departures are all new.

All of the old departure and arrivals were discontinued.

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by Woodreau
Thu Oct 14, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Was this Boeing 707 takeoff dangerous or only appears so to a non-pilot?
Replies: 8
Views: 1617

Re: Was this Boeing 707 takeoff dangerous or only appears so to a non-pilot?

Looks just like taking off from Las Vegas when OAT is 46C... That's also the first time you ever notice there is a wall at the end of the runway in Las Vegas. - even though you've taken off that same runway for many years. As long as the ASDR is 0 or greater, the aircraft has the takeoff performance...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320 "MaxPax" Cabin (Y188)?
Replies: 35
Views: 5153

Re: Airbus A320 "MaxPax" Cabin (Y188)?

A lot of work for 2 extra seats. Operators are already running 186 seats with the current 320 configuration.

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 10, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What exactly is a "short final"?
Replies: 11
Views: 2094

Re: What exactly is a "short final"?

I consider short final less than 500ft AGL along the extended centerline of the runway.

4 miles is right on the edge of towers airspace and definitely not in any sort of traffic pattern. 8 miles you’re not anywhere near the airport.

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could flap operation be automated?
Replies: 18
Views: 1630

Re: Could flap operation be automated?

The flaps on a f-18 are automated, You have 3 positions half full auto. Based on the flap setting, the airspeed, the airplane alpha, the flight control system positions the leading edge and trailing edge flaps automatically I guess you could have a system similar to autothrust where TLA tells the sy...

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by Woodreau
Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC
Replies: 16
Views: 1494

Re: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC

JAC is a special qualification airport meaning there are 19-0 Jepp airport qualification pages available for review. the 19-0 pages it directs you to the Jackson Hole airport website for airport specific operating procedures. https://www.jacksonholeairport.com/about-jac/pilot-information/ http://www...

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by Woodreau
Wed Oct 06, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC
Replies: 16
Views: 1494

Re: Circling to Land in an Airliner. JAC

Effectively the minimums for most 121 operators is 1000ft AGL not what is published on the approach plate unless the charted minimums are higher. If you don’t have visual conditions you can’t circle. My first airline did do circling at charted minimums, so my type rating for my first airliner does n...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY
Replies: 81
Views: 11288

Re: Spirit A320NEO involved in a birdstrike and fire at ACY

Arguments about what should or shouldn't have happened inside the plane aside is this NK's first major incident (every airline has emergency landings and such but I don't think NK has ever had something like this in the way WN had flight 1455 or B6 had a flight 292) Does this count as a major incid...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 05, 2021 1:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How many miles before touchdown are final landing flaps selected?
Replies: 5
Views: 690

Re: How many miles before touchdown are final landing flaps selected?

It depends on ATC flow and airline procedures. During times of high traffic, ATC will strictly dictate specific speeds for aircraft on final (setting up the string of pearls for example), Some examples of speed instructions are "Maintain 250kts" "Maintain 210kts or greater" "...

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by Woodreau
Tue Oct 05, 2021 12:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: During a standing takeoff on a water-injected aircraft like the early 707, when does the water start?
Replies: 17
Views: 2266

Re: During a standing takeoff on a water-injected aircraft like the early 707, when does the water start?

Right before the shooter kneels and taps the deck and the Harrier launches off the flat end of the ship.

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by Woodreau
Mon Oct 04, 2021 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which airliners are able to use APU while airborne?
Replies: 10
Views: 1499

Re: Which airliners are able to use APU while airborne?

You need two independent electrical sources. So an inop APU doesn’t preclude Cat III operations. If you only have a single electrical source, i.e. IDG 2 disconnected with an inop APU the equipment review for Cat III operations allows Cat III Single (fail passive) approach but not a Cat III Dual (fai...

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by Woodreau
Sun Oct 03, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing lights question
Replies: 12
Views: 1923

Re: Landing lights question

Don’t know if you can see the landing light from the passenger cabin. You can see the wing inspection light though.

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by Woodreau
Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US
Replies: 10
Views: 1017

Re: VFR with Single Engine Piston into big airports in the US

I’m not sure how things work in Europe. in the US ATC is not privatized and there are no user fees to use ATC services. Airports are first come first served as far as ATC is concerned. All public use airports are available to any aircraft unless there are slot restrictions or reservations. ATC may b...

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by Woodreau
Thu Sep 30, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which airliners have ram air turbines. Which power hydraulics and which provide electricity?
Replies: 31
Views: 2158

Re: Which airliners have ram air turbines. Which power hydraulics and which provide electricity?

Since all of the other planes are covered to finish out the regional jets The EMB-145 does not have a RAT. No hydraulics other than what is in the accumulators The elevator is manually controlled with no hydraulics in normal conditions. The ailerons and rudder are hydraulic with control via pulleys ...

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by Woodreau
Wed Sep 29, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it true that the American 191 and Air Florida 90 accidents could have been averted if the pilots had added power?
Replies: 16
Views: 2383

Re: Is it true that the American 151 and Air Florida 90 accidents could have been averted if the pilots had added power?

As a result of many accidents in the past the FAA has been emphasizing stall recovery and awareness. They’ve mandated periodic training going back to basic airmanship. The accidents due to rudder hard over the pilots never recognized what they had gotten into either and had very little time to diagn...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 2:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Idle Speed
Replies: 11
Views: 1359

Re: A320 Idle Speed

Foiled by Autocorrect again… lol

However, opening the crossbleed is not procedure during normal single engine taxi.

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What constitutes a dive as opposed to a sinking situation in an aircraft?
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: What constitutes a dive as opposed to a sinking situation in an aircraft?

Wouldn’t want to start at 10000ft. The whole point of the maneuver is to get to MEA or 10000ft whichever is higher so that you don’t need oxygen masks So you can start above 20000ft where depending on the altitude the TAS is probably going to be around 400kts-480kts with an IAS around 250-260-270ish...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What constitutes a dive as opposed to a sinking situation in an aircraft?
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: What constitutes a dive as opposed to a sinking situation in an aircraft?

You should disconnect the association of pitch attitude (whether the nose is nose low or nose high) with flight vector (whether the plane is climbing or descending). Normally nose high the plane is climbing, but a plane with a nose high attitude or nose level can be descending as well. For an a320 f...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Since LAX departures are usually out over the ocean, do all aircraft need overwater equipment?
Replies: 24
Views: 2229

Re: Since LAX departures are usually out over the ocean, do all aircraft need overwater equipment?

Under FAR 121 rules, aircraft that are not overwater equipped cannot fly further than 50nm from land. Most regional jets in the US operated by regional airlines are not overwater equipped (I.e. no liferafts and life jackets onboard.). There should be a placard at each seat stating the seat cushion c...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 27, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Idle Speed
Replies: 11
Views: 1359

Re: A320 Idle Speed

The idle speed of the engine increases if you open the crossbreed. Normally single engine with the crossbreed in Auto, the crossbreed stays closed and pack 2 doesn’t receive any bleed air. When you open the crossbreed, bleed air demand increases and the left engine idle increases to supply bleed air...

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 26, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD-90 7,000 fpm rate of climb?
Replies: 8
Views: 2475

Re: MD-90 7,000 fpm rate of climb?

Talking to an air traffic controller in April-May-June-July 2020. He said everybody that was flying was climbing out at 7000fpm after takeoff flying around with no passengers on board even the RJs.

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 26, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Embraer E3 turboprop: Same airplane platform, either with TP or jet engines
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

Re: Embraer E3 turboprop: Same airplane platform, either with TP or jet engines

Embraer already did this with the EMB-145... stretched an EMB-120 and put on a different wing taking off the turboprop engines and bolting on two turbofans engines in the rear.. i believe there is about 75% parts commonality with the EMB-120.

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 17, 2021 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?
Replies: 9
Views: 2256

Re: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?

The one incident where the pilot moved the passengers to gain better aircraft control was Delta 1080 with the jammed elevator He moved all of the passengers to the front of the cabin. By doing so he was able to regain some pitch authority between using the engines and stabilizer. Before the CG chang...

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by Woodreau
Wed Sep 15, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2501

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Don’t really understand that mindset Me neither. Not my rules. It was the airlines rule approved by the FAA. I agree with everything you’ve posted. The limitation looks like it was written by lawyers. pilots would get counseled by the chief pilot for using thrust reversers. Don’t work there anymore...

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by Woodreau
Tue Sep 14, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2501

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Prohibited, even on a contaminated runway? The only thing I remember the last time I flew the plane 13 years ago is that thrust reverse use is prohibited on runways longer than 7000ft. Reversers may be used on runways less than 7000ft and reverser use is mandatory to prevent runway excursion is how...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 13, 2021 6:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Reason [s] for strange routings?
Replies: 8
Views: 1704

Re: Reason [s] for strange routings?

People who fly in bizjets don’t really care about the cost It’s amazing hearing some of the stories former biz jet pilots tell about the people they fly… One pilot told me he was just one pilot in a pilot group that crewed a fleet of planes assigned to each member of the family - 5 planes 1 for the ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2501

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Landing distance is calculated without the use of thrust reverser. So if the landing distance allows, all airliners can land without using thrust reversers. ? (Better way of asking: What aircraft can be dispatched on a 121 with all T/R inop?) Emb-145 can dispatch with no thrust reversers operative. ...

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 12, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?
Replies: 9
Views: 2256

Re: Do 5-abreast setting arrangements unbalance airliners?

That's very interesting. I'll have to do more reading on that. Thanks GalaxyFlyer. I guess that puts to rest the myth that when passengers move inside an airliner that the pilot has to retrim. That is not a myth. As passengers move forward and aft. The aircraft retrims to account for the movement o...

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by Woodreau
Sun Sep 12, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 20 years ago............. 9/11
Replies: 49
Views: 2842

Re: 20 years ago............. 9/11

I didn’t get to see the towers fall until over a week after they fell. I was going over maintenance plans for some repair work that needed to be done aboard the destroyer of which I was a crew member. After the second plane flew into the World Trade Center, the radioman walked into the wardroom and ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraft?
Replies: 5
Views: 853

Re: Nomenclature question: What are the standard call outs during flap extension/retraction on the MD-80 series aircraf

It depends on the airline. At one airline, the callout is

Below 240, Slats Extend
Below 280, Flaps 11
Below 240, Flaps 23
Below 200, Flaps 28
Below 200, Flaps 40

Another airline may have different callouts to accomplish the same thing.

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 10, 2021 5:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2953

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

If you have an RMI, an NDB approach is a piece of cake, if a bit cruder than a VOR or TACAN. We did NDB in the F-100; at least at 170 knots it didn’t last long before you at the runway or wildly off course. It would be nice if my airline paid extra for RMIs to be installed... lol Even then the airl...

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by Woodreau
Fri Sep 10, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2953

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

There was lots of gnashing of teeth when newhires showed up to indoc, and they learned demonstrating an NDB approach on their PC was required. “But our flight instructor said we’d never see NDB approaches in our career ever….” So lots of panic “how do I fly an NDB approach” happening back at the hot...

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by Woodreau
Tue Sep 07, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2953

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

Don’t know about Boeing’s but Airbus aircraft are not capable of tracking any VORs. They do tune the DME portion of the VORTAC but the actual VOR portion is not used. Even the CDI presentation of tracking a VOR using raw data in rose nav is virtual. RNAV arrivals have supplanted many of the arrival ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 06, 2021 6:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?
Replies: 30
Views: 2953

Re: How did they decide where to put the VOR stations?

Yes ZFW was just on the eastern edge of the GSW airport. And the DFW airport was built immediately to the north of GSW. Both GSW and DFW were open for an overlapping period of about 3 months before GSW closed. Must have been fun separating DFW 17L (today’s 17C) and 17R arrivals from GSW 17 arrivals ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?
Replies: 21
Views: 2066

Re: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?

This is sort of a hypothetical question since I realize there are many backup navigational instruments on a commercial airliner and the the odds of losing all of them would be astronomical. A private pilot once told me that if he lost all navigation instruments he would look for landmarks on the gr...

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by Woodreau
Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Re: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?

But still, I've not heard of a DC-10 or MD-11 accident due to stabilizer runaway. Anyone? First thought to my mind was Delta 1080 But then it was a L1011 and it was a jammed elevator not stab. So that’s not a valid answer https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/opinions/1978/10/08/the-saving-of-flig...

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by Woodreau
Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2252

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

None of those are warnings.

Some are cautions and some are not monitored by ECAM (CG and fuel consumption)

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by Woodreau
Wed Sep 01, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2252

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

Okay... the warning is for the parking brake only? So you won't get a warning when you forget the flaps, or tha auto brake (RTO/MAX)? There is no warning if you applied takeoff thrust without auto brake armed. The Autobrake is MEL-able and the T/O MEMO will annunciate AUTO BRK ….. MAX in blue/cyan ...

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 31, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?
Replies: 22
Views: 3085

Re: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?

Sometimes the climb thrust setting is the same as the takeoff thrust setting. When you pull the thrust levers from the FLEX detent back to the CLB detent, nothing changes. The engines stay at the same thrust setting.

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about cockpit audio warning
Replies: 8
Views: 1132

Re: Question about cockpit audio warning

If the plane annunciate your flap setting every time you changed it you’ll eventually tune it out and never hear it Especially on an EMB-145. The plane generates so many caution messages that several times we’d have the master caution going off and we never noticed it until one of us said what’s tha...

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by Woodreau
Mon Aug 30, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2252

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

The one I get a lot is (maybe twice a year) FIRE. LAV SMOKE People get surprised when the flight attendant barges in to the lavatory when they don’t answer the flight attendant knocking on the door or ignore the demand to open the door. It’s always during cruise and it’s most alarming when you’re tr...

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by Woodreau
Sun Aug 29, 2021 2:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2125

Re: Around the weather

Except the in the photo above, it doesn’t make any sense as there is no valid NAV intercept, and so the FMA shouldn’t annunciate NAV armed to capture the lateral path. When in a radar environment, ATC can see where aircraft are and pilots ask for a left/right deviation. I usually ask for a left/righ...

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot schedluing/"bidding" at European full service airlines?
Replies: 10
Views: 1522

Re: Pilot schedluing/"bidding" at European full service airlines?

Most US air carriers no longer use the line bidding process to assign schedules.

Preferential bidding has replaced line bidding at most places in the US.

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by Woodreau
Tue Aug 24, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2077

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

CarlosSi wrote:
It wasn't that long ago that airlines switched to iPads, wasn't it? I remember a Delta video about the switch in recent history.

Delta switched from paper to Microsoft surface tablets. Then to iPads.

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by Woodreau
Sun Aug 22, 2021 11:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2077

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

We still carry charts and maps but it’s now in the form of a tablet weighing less than 1.5lbs and not paper weighing 40-50lbs If you fly an approach you still have to reference the chart. If it’s in your FMS database but the approach is not in your tablet you’re not allowed to fly it. You still have...

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