The only aircraft that I have flown that I have flown that could reach max certificated altitude at MAx structural takeoff weight were the BE-1900 and EMB-145. Flights on the 1900 would routinely be taking off at max structural takeoff and we could go all the way up to FL250. But the legs are so sho...Jump to post
Airbus 320 cockpit gets quite cold by the feet and legs on longer flights (3 plus hours). Some 320s are actually fitted with feet warmers in the cockpit, though my airlines current fleet doesn’t have them. The flip side is that the cockpit stays quite comfortable on hot days on the ground if the ap...Jump to post
At my air carrier use of thrust reverser during taxi out is generally prohibited.Jump to post
One of the more important things I’ve learned flying my airplane is if you have a caution or status message that is not supposed to be there. The first thing you do before calling the maintenance is to reference the QRH for the computer reset procedure. Basically Ctrl-Alt-Del the appropriate compute...Jump to post
I think it would probably easier to find someone to marry and gain citizenship to gain employment than to find an air carrier that sponsors for an H-1b visa. But that’s just my uneducated uninformed American opinion. We do have a pilot on our seniority list that married a Canadian spouse and commute...Jump to post
I find that the maintenance manuals have a little bit more in-depth info about the aircraft systems than the system descriptions in the flight crew operations manual. It’s like having to learn a whole new language, Using the hydraulic pump example, a maintenance manual might say, to access the hydra...Jump to post
The weather radar can be used in mapping mode. But the terrain display for GPWS does not use the radar. It is a virtual terrain database. All of the terrain and obstacles are in a database and the aircraft’s position is compared with the terrain database to provide the Enhanced portion of the GPWS. ...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
No stick shaker, no electric trim switches on the side stick. Only the manual trim wheel.Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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
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.
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.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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 ...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
The number the controller gives you is not a personal cell phone number?
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.
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 ...Jump to post
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.Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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 "...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post
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...Jump to post