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by Woodreau
Sun Jun 20, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1576

Re: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?

If the runway is grooved it’s considered to be a dry runway even when raining. At least that’s how it is at the three airlines I’ve worked at.

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by Woodreau
Sun Jun 13, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 38
Views: 4831

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

On that DFW airport diagram it bothers me that H turns onto the WF lane, and F turns into the WH lane. Just an odd intersection of naming convention. It would make more sense practically (and OCD) for H to turn into WH and F turn into WF. That would work for 18L. But then what would you name them f...

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by Woodreau
Thu Jun 10, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 38
Views: 4831

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

When there are large numbers of aircraft in the departure pad in DFW, tower will frequently give a sequence of when the flights will depart. Or some pilot will ask “Sequence?” Tower will rattle off a sequence of flight numbers in the order they intend to launch the flights. But for DFW departing on ...

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by Woodreau
Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12237

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

No stick shaker, no electric trim switches on the side stick. Only the manual trim wheel.

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by Woodreau
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12237

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

I just like the fact that I can recline my seat and lay it flat so that I can study the overhead panel…. And not hit my head on the aft bulkhead with the seat in the full aft position. Cant really do that in a 737. Just waiting for the day that I can fly an aircraft with only voice commands…. Drove ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Price of Full Motion Simulators
Replies: 7
Views: 1836

Re: Price of Full Motion Simulators

Whatever the price is.. Disney’s Smuggler’s Run ride is 28 fully articulated full motion simulators for each park - Hollywood Studios and Disneyland. So the 56 simulators Disney runs for a thrill ride probably exceeds some airline training centers. There are 7 simulators on a rotating turntable, and...

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by Woodreau
Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPA for the Airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: GPA for the Airlines

Well i had a 0.5 GPA semester during my junior year….

So I think you are okay..

All they care about is: Do you have 1500 hours? Do you have an ATP?

There is one airline where your GPA may matter, but i think they;re more concerned if you took more than 4 years to complete a 4 year degree.

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by Woodreau
Wed Jun 02, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"
Replies: 19
Views: 4033

Re: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"

When you initiate an engine start, the FADEC does it's thing and comes up with a countdown of how long it needs to motor the engine... On the first flight of the day, the FADEC comes up with the answer "Cooling Time 0:00" so there is no motoring of the engine. The engine starts immediately...

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by Woodreau
Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"
Replies: 19
Views: 4033

Re: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"

Ive found that if i dont have the second engine started before i start taxiing, i am going to be waiting at the end of the runway for the warmup timer to reach 5 minutes…. Maybe when airport congestion returns and taxi times increase to more than 10 minutes, then maybe i might consider starting the ...

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by Woodreau
Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"
Replies: 19
Views: 4033

Re: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"

The motoring sequence can be as long as 2 or 3 minutes. So in LAX when you get pushed in to the alley, ramp is chomping at the bit to get you moving. The push crew has disconnected and driven off, but the fadec is still motoring the engine and hasn’t even thought about doing the engine start sequenc...

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by Woodreau
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I was selected for both Civil and Military aviation. Professionals, please help me to choose
Replies: 26
Views: 3253

Re: I was selected for both Civil and Military aviation. Professionals, please help me to choose

Being conscripted and being an officer are two different worlds even though both are in the military. Officers tell others what to do. That is the nature of being an officer or even a non-commissioned officer. That is part of the job description. If you dont enjoy telling others what to do then bein...

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by Woodreau
Sun May 30, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics on interrupted flights?
Replies: 6
Views: 1459

Re: Crew logistics on interrupted flights?

In the US it depends on the pilot contract. So it differes from airline to airline in general all airlines follow FAR part 117 flight time duty time rules. Rules change between unaugmented (2 pilots) and augmented (more than 2 pilots) crews FDP governs how long crews can stay on duty. Crews can be p...

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by Woodreau
Fri May 28, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 2231

Re: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.

Its also quite annoying when the airline deadheads you somewhere but instead of getting a flight for you they send a ground transportation option... so instead of a 1 hour TPA to FLL deadhead it's a 5 hour deadhead from TPA to FLL in a surburban... I guess it's better to be paid $1325 (5 hours) to s...

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by Woodreau
Wed May 26, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 2231

Re: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.

It depends on the airline. At one regional I worked at there was a section in the pilot contract that allowed the airline to hire maintenance test pilots. They were not considered to be line pilots and they were not on the pilot seniority list. The maintenance pilots were based in ABI and had their ...

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by Woodreau
Sun May 16, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I was selected for both Civil and Military aviation. Professionals, please help me to choose
Replies: 26
Views: 3253

Re: I was selected for both Civil and Military aviation. Professionals, please help me to choose

There are advantages and disadvantages to the training that is being offered to you. The disadvantage ab initially training and the military flight training path you’re describing is that someone else is paying for the training so you are under pressure to meet training milestones on a specific time...

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by Woodreau
Mon May 10, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12237

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

The one that gives me the most time off with the most pay. I mean the BE-1900 was the most fun for me to fly, but I flew 120hrs a month in it and had 8 days off every month and I got paid peanuts.. The 320 pays me in 2 months what I got paid each year on the 1900 and flying an average of 60-65 hrs a...

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by Woodreau
Mon May 03, 2021 2:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Mid-life Career Change
Replies: 20
Views: 2860

Re: Mid-life Career Change

Being 40 means you have less time to keep starting over. Going the airline pilot route in the US means a minimum of starting at the bottom of a seniority list twice - once at a regional and a second time (and hopefully the last) at a retirement airline wherever that may be... You need to get 1500 to...

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Driving record impact on pilot background check
Replies: 13
Views: 2571

Re: Driving record impact on pilot background check

Don’t be like me. Busted doing 122 in a 50 zone. The cop that busted me did it on foot without a patrol car.

Had to talk about that one in the interview.

I guess they liked my explanation enough to hire me. Now I fly A320s

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by Woodreau
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What else is an ATPL pilot allowed to fly?
Replies: 4
Views: 1886

Re: What else is an ATPL pilot allowed to fly?

There are some other requirements as well.

A pilot can’t carry any passengers unless they have logged 3 landings in category and class within the previous 90 days.

All jets require a type rating.

Anything over 12,500lbs generally require a type rating.

Sailplanes are a different category.

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by Woodreau
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?
Replies: 52
Views: 12002

Re: Is it possible to access the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment?

On Canadair regional jets you can access the aft cargo bin thru the aft lav. Though you need tools to remove the access panel to gain access to the cargo compartment.

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?
Replies: 26
Views: 3607

Re: YouTube Video - Late Throttle Override. Any further information?

My question is why aren't they using simulators in Europe? The fidelity of modern full motion sims is so good that the lag is imperceptible. They work extraordinarily well for pilot training. Twice I've been on flights where it was the FO's first time actually flying the plane. Smooth as silk. ther...

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by Woodreau
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees
Replies: 22
Views: 4009

Re: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees

Given the exorbitant costs to park a car for passengers at airports. how does it work for employees? Are employee parking lots generally free or do they attract hefty costs for employees? Is there are general rule or does it depend on the type of employer and aspects such as availability of public ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crippled by a windshield wiper
Replies: 25
Views: 3459

Re: Crippled by a windshield wiper

The MEL will state whether an item may be deferred by the crew instead of maintenance. If it is crew deferrable there will be a maintenance procedure that will be outlined for the crew to perform. After the procedure is complete the PIC still needs to coordinate with maintenance and complete the pap...

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by Woodreau
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why not wider runways?
Replies: 31
Views: 5068

Re: Why not wider runways?

Is this runway wide enough?

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by Woodreau
Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jetblue 106 to Ponce missed approach today?
Replies: 13
Views: 1643

Re: Jetblue 106 to Ponce missed approach today?

There is an overweight landing procedure that you follow if you have to land over structural MLW. There may be other factors that reduce your MLW below your structural MLW, but after an overweight landing, you just make a logbook entry and maintenance does their thing.

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by Woodreau
Tue Mar 30, 2021 11:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines that don't require their crews to overnight
Replies: 21
Views: 2746

Re: Airlines that don't require their crews to overnight

The airline didn’t purposely move people, but crew bases opened and closed all of the time depending on the EAS contracts that were awarded to the airline and so virtually all of the movements are due to base openings and closings. As bases open, people voluntarily move their base there or if there ...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines that don't require their crews to overnight
Replies: 21
Views: 2746

Re: Airlines that don't require their crews to overnight

My first airline had no overnights. All trips were day trips that started and ended in base a 6-12 hours later all the crews were based in the outstations in locations like: Merced CA Moab UT Kingman AZ Joplin MO Columbia MO Jonesboro AR Dubois PA Massena NY Rutland VT Lewisburg WV Hagerstown MD Gar...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Air Traffic Controllers and personal cell phones
Replies: 4
Views: 1916

Re: Air Traffic Controllers and personal cell phone numbers

The number the controller gives you is not a personal cell phone number?

Darn...

The last time a controller told me to copy a number I thought she wanted to talk to me....

Nope it was the NTSB who wanted to talk to me. They had been trying to track me down for a few hours.

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by Woodreau
Tue Mar 23, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why not wider runways?
Replies: 31
Views: 5068

Re: Why not wider runways?

Chicago built its taxiways using cobblestones.

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question - Cycles - Hours
Replies: 5
Views: 1473

Re: Question - Cycles - Hours

A website that aggregates all of the information in one place doesn't exist -

but that doesn't mean you can't create it.

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by Woodreau
Sat Mar 20, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PIC Swap With Two Captains?
Replies: 10
Views: 1940

Re: PIC Swap With Two Captains?

Most airlines, captains are not qualified to operate as FO unless they also have a right seat qualification. Check airmen have a right seat qualification so can operate in the captain seat or the first officer seat. If the check airman is conducting training with a captain, then the check airman is ...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 19, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?
Replies: 104
Views: 10530

Re: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?

From what I understand while working during the Envoy approval process, the FAA FSDO responsible for the mountain region would rather not have commercial operations at ASE and “wished the airport didn’t exist,” due to the performance requirements.

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?
Replies: 104
Views: 10530

Re: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?

Then in that case, it looks like some mainline operator will need to either: Expand/relax scope to allow Skywest to operate a larger aircraft or Take delivery of an aircraft that can operate into ASE and get FAA approval to operate it into ASE. So looks like maybe not Skywest then, but Delta willing...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?
Replies: 104
Views: 10530

Re: What Will Happen to ASE as the CRJ-700 Sunsets?

There’s only one commercial operator currently flying into ASE. All of the United, American and former Delta flights are operated by Skywest. Republic (Q400s) and Envoy (CRJ-700) used to operate into ASE, but no longer do. Unless something changes, once the CRJ-700 goes away there will be no commerc...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 15, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Exit Limits on 737 and A320
Replies: 4
Views: 1454

Re: Exit Limits on 737 and A320

I don't know anything about 737s, but our 319s are limited to 145 instead of 156 because of life raft considerations.

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by Woodreau
Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Daylight Savings Time - connections
Replies: 14
Views: 2469

Re: Daylight Savings Time - connections

The airline schedule during the transition takes the time change into account.

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by Woodreau
Sat Mar 13, 2021 4:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle
Replies: 33
Views: 2982

Re: How do the carrier landing aircraft manage to descend during approach with such a big positive pitch angle

carrier aircraft unlike commercial airliners and general aviation, during approach and landing don't fly airspeed - Vref or anything like that. instead they fly AoA using the indexer that is a prominent instrument just to the left of the HUD. they're just looking for a circle that says they're "...

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by Woodreau
Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxi and Delay Times
Replies: 31
Views: 2633

Re: Taxi and Delay Times

JFK holds aircraft at the gate during peak traffic. I don’t know if it’s an airport thing or if it’s an airline thing... if you’re on the American ramp at T8 and you’re scheduled to push during the peak traffic, you call for push and ramp gives you an estimated push time and you get to hold on the g...

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxi and Delay Times
Replies: 31
Views: 2633

Re: Taxi and Delay Times

It is definitely tracked. to the point fuel planning is provided for taxi out.- historical average for taxi out for each individual flight.

- not so much for taxi in for fuel planning purposes - though the airline does know the average taxi in time as well.

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by Woodreau
Thu Mar 04, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW Runway Operations
Replies: 19
Views: 2035

Re: DFW Runway Operations

I think the pilots would scream murder if they had to taxi to 17L for takeoff. It’s hard enough trying to cross 17C

I’ve only departed 13L in a turboprop and it was always a radar vector to 2000ft.

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by Woodreau
Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:42 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 messages...

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by Woodreau
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2645

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

The thing that bothers me with the RNAV arrivals is that the landing runway changes the lateral track that is flown and sometimes the vertical descent profile. The enroute controller at center tells us to descend via. So we ask what runway? Don’t know the approach controller will tell you. Contact a...

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by Woodreau
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16876

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

I’ve only done cat iii in the simulator. I’m not focused on looking outside at any point during the approach and landing. I’m monitoring FMA. Checking to see the airplane is doing what it’s supposed to be doing and that the electronic guidance is valid throughout the entire approach landing and roll...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.
Replies: 31
Views: 2645

Re: RNAV (RNP) Approaches In The U.S.

I don’t know what their certification process is for the operator. None of the regional airlines I flew for were authorized for RNAV(RNP) and the LCC I fly for isn’t authorized for them either. We have RNAV visuals that make things easy like the Expressway Visual into LGA. The 7s and 19s for LAS. Th...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16876

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Every time I’ve been given a RVR below minimums and I’ve declined the approach clearance, the controller has always asked “what are your minimums?” We tell them, and the controller has always responded, “oh looks like RVR’s come up. RVR is now .... (the minimums I just told them). Maintain xxx until...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16876

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

I find that my “worst” landings are on calm windless days when the ride during approach is smooth. Those landings tend to be “firm” or who taught you how to land? on days where it’s gusty and I’m constantly having to correct for gusts and I’m wiggling and nudging the side stick constantly, the appro...

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus planes seeming to switch off engines on hold pattern
Replies: 16
Views: 4112

Re: Airbus planes seeming to switch off engines on hold pattern

The only operator that I know of that secures engine(s) inflight is the military. p-3 crews will routinely secure an engine to extend on station patrol time.

airlines do not secure engines inflight unless it’s an emergency.

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by Woodreau
Sun Feb 28, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16876

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

The only way to know the actual RVR is to look at the RVR reading in the tower and for the flight crew to ask the tower. The only requirement is that at the final approach fix, the visibility has to be at or above minimums. If so, the approach may be continued. When I was a new crewmember, I kept mo...

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by Woodreau
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"
Replies: 281
Views: 16876

Re: The Magic of "CAT IIIB"

Even in VMC weather every approach and landing is an “instrument” approach. When cleared for the visual approach. I’ll fly the plane to intercept the course guidance And fly the instruments all the way down to minimums especially at night. I peek up and look outside every now and then coming down th...

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