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by AABusDrvr
Sun Aug 04, 2019 4:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Suspected drunk DL pilot arrested just before flight
Replies: 118
Views: 15435

Re: Suspected drunk DL pilot arrested just before flight

I find it amusing that we just had a rather large thread applauding Delta for including Narcan in their onboard EMK's, but now we are trashing the HIMS program. Let's require the airlines to spend huge money for some junkey who decides to OD, but forget HIMS, hang those pilots with a problem. And if...

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by AABusDrvr
Wed Jul 24, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines flight attendant bitten by emotional support dog
Replies: 88
Views: 10810

Re: American Airlines flight attendant bitten by emotional support dog

This whole "emotional support animal" thing is utter nonsense. They shouldn't be allowed in the cabin at all. Unfortunately the ACAA allows it. ADA doesn't specify but because the ACAA does, airports and airlines are stuck with them. Crew members at the WO's do not have "AA" ID'...

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by AABusDrvr
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines flight attendant bitten by emotional support dog
Replies: 88
Views: 10810

Re: American Airlines flight attendant bitten by emotional support dog

This whole "emotional support animal" thing is utter nonsense. They shouldn't be allowed in the cabin at all. Why does this matter ? They were flying under the brand for the flight. And envoy actually is Owned by American fully if I recall It is not mainline AA, they don’t work for AA, Env...

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by AABusDrvr
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

The AOA DISAGREE NNC has no memory items -- it just advises that you may have an IAS DISGAREE alert and/or an ALT DISAGREE alert as well as airspeed and/or altitude errors. The IAS DISAGREE NNC sends you to the Airspeed Unreliable NNC which has memory items. I guess ideally facing a lone stick shak...

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by AABusDrvr
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Yes, the MAX has an AOA DISAGREE NNC. It’s exactly the same as the procedure for the NG. OK Thanks. Is that also a memory item? The AOA DISAGREE NNC has no memory items -- it just advises that you may have an IAS DISGAREE alert and/or an ALT DISAGREE alert as well as airspeed and/or altitude errors...

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by AABusDrvr
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

[ Does the 737 (MAX) have an AOA DISAGREE NNC? Yes, the MAX has an AOA DISAGREE NNC. It’s exactly the same as the procedure for the NG. OK Thanks. Is that also a memory item? That would be operator/regulator specific, but I highly doubt it's a memory item. At my airline we have zero memory QRH/NNC ...

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by AABusDrvr
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I might be wrong but I don't think Lionair or ET paid for the optional sensors so it would never had worked anyways. From the RT article "Pilots were supposed to be alerted about possible problems with the sensors by an AoA Disagree alert, which should light up when data coming from two AoA se...

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by AABusDrvr
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 38
Views: 4998

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

Pilots don't arbitrarily say they won't fly the aircraft if the auto pilot is inop. They refer to the MEL and read the restrictions and that's usually after the dispatcher is involved and is fully aware of the restrictions. If the MEL says it is acceptable fly with restrictions like number of fligh...

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by AABusDrvr
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Have we done this one yet? https://www.yahoo.com/news/ethiopian-pilot-pleaded-training-lion-204958229.html A few quotes from the full article, it’s worth the read. “We are asking for trouble,” veteran pilot Bernd Kai von Hoesslin wrote in a December email obtained by The Associated Press, adding tha...

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by AABusDrvr
Thu May 30, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

First it's not a warning light. The AOA DISAGREE alert is an amber alert message that pops up on the PFD (Primary Flight Display) just like the IAS DISAGREE and the ALTITUDE DISAGREE alerts. In the 737NG it was standard. My understanding is that in the MAX only customers (very few) that bought the ...

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by AABusDrvr
Mon May 27, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Never before the Runaway Stabilizer Procedure was about a repetitive discontinuous automatic movement that still allow the manual electric trim to work. How do you know this for a fact? "Boeing 737 Flight Crew Operations Manual -Runaway Stabilizer Condition: Uncommanded statbilizer trim moveme...

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by AABusDrvr
Tue May 21, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

The EAD says MCAS "could" experience a stick shaker event but makes no mention at all of not lowering the flaps as a means of avoiding nose diving into the dirt. The only option it gives is the Trim Runaway. The point is: Why were the Flaps retracted with an active stick shaker, contrary ...

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by AABusDrvr
Mon May 20, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 38
Views: 4998

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

On the 737 at my shop, any flight with the auto pilot deferred must be limited to 3.5 hours, or less. On a good WX day, at low traffic airports I'd probably be ok with it. Bad WX, going to a busy airport, or a multiple leg day, I'd lean towards refusing the airplane.

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by AABusDrvr
Sun May 19, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

2) MCAS does not introduce a new failure mode, it adds another source of runaway stabilizer. The 737-8/9 MAX introduce a new unsafe condition compared to the 737-800/900 NG: this is Boeing own description in the EAD-2018-23-51: (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by analysis performed by the ...

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by AABusDrvr
Sun May 19, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 derated takeoff power question
Replies: 26
Views: 3831

Re: 737 derated takeoff power question

How do pilots physically handle the throttles in an assumed temperature takeoff? In flight sim I will push the throttle levers to around 40% N1, let the engines stabilize, then hit the toga button and push the throttle levers all the way forward. In the PMDG 737 it will select the proper N1 setting...

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by AABusDrvr
Sat May 18, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Maybe I'm missing something but wouldn't you be controlling the pitch manually with column and trim whenever the A/P isn't engaged, regardless of how you got to that state? Why should it be a separate step on the checklist? The way it is written, it sounds like a reminder of standard pilot procedur...

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by AABusDrvr
Fri May 17, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

If the section for controlling pitch manually with column and trim is ALWAYS to be followed, it should not be indented. The following modified checklist would make that far more obvious... Do you see the subtle but important difference? The first suggests that you only manually trim if you had to d...

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by AABusDrvr
Fri May 17, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

It’s not about “procedures to follow”; trimming is a basic task taught on Flight 1. Look at the FDR traces, very few, intermittent and short manual electric trim actuations on either mishap flight. Boeing designed a very risky system that depended on one vane at time not failing, but the pilots had...

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by AABusDrvr
Fri May 17, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

I think this is where the problem is. A lot of US pilots are trained by those barely above initial level, things are not systematically learned but picked up by try-and-fail. Crash rate in GA is unbelievable. Some still survive. So hours of survival are the only professional metrics. Education requ...

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by AABusDrvr
Thu May 16, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

This has always been the lament of the new pilot. I know things are different in other parts of the world, but in North America, those that want it bad enough, find a way. When I was starting out, we became flight instructors , charter or freight pilots, towed banners, or did tours. I even know one...

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by AABusDrvr
Thu May 16, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

It’s NOT pilot bashing, it’s pointing the truth of the their backgrounds. Do you think 153 hours is adequate flight time to pilot an airliner? GF How do you expect a pilot to start flying an airliner? 5000 hours coded in his/her genes? All pilots start with zero hours. It is pilot bashing. In addit...

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by AABusDrvr
Thu May 16, 2019 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Everybody is acting like it is a binary game. "It's all Boeing's fault" or "It's all the pilots' fault". The real world isn't that simple. IMHO, Boeing designed a very flawed system (yes, bordering on criminal). But very competent pilots should have been able to get out of it. A...

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by AABusDrvr
Wed May 15, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Please provide evidence that ET302 were not. Please speculate what it was they were doing if not Airspeed Unreliable (cup of coffee, waiting for a bloke in a cloak to turn up?) Ray Trying to get the Auto-Pilot to fly it for them as they didn't seem to have much clue how to fly the plane manually ? ...

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by AABusDrvr
Wed May 15, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

If by deficiencies you mean 'clairvoyance' especially in terms of the lion Air pilots then many would be in complete agreement with you. I will reserve judgement until the final reports are out, but it appears he isn't wrong. Why the Lion air crew didn't jump on the "RUNAWAY STABILIZER' NNC is...

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by AABusDrvr
Tue May 14, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

If by deficiencies you mean 'clairvoyance' especially in terms of the lion Air pilots then many would be in complete agreement with you. I will reserve judgement until the final reports are out, but it appears he isn't wrong. Why the Lion air crew didn't jump on the "RUNAWAY STABILIZER' NNC is...

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by AABusDrvr
Tue May 14, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Still blaming the pilots? Nope 60-80% Boeing as I have said multiple times. I'm just getting sick of typing - "It's mainly Boeing's fault - however the accidents have also exposed some real deficiencies in Pilot training that need to be addressed as well" If by deficiencies you mean 'clai...

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by AABusDrvr
Mon May 13, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Let me start by saying I don't lay blame on the crews in either of these incidents. You say this and then enumerate many, many [legit] reasons why they should possibly be. You are correct, I should have said I don't lay blame solely on the crews. I think there will be a large human factors componen...

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by AABusDrvr
Mon May 13, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Great post. Can I ask, as a 737 pilot. If you were piloting a 737-max simulator and had the exact same issues as the indonesian and ethiopian crash, with the paper manuals and not knowing about MCAS at all, would you be able to "save the plane" to a safe landing every single time? Edit - ...

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by AABusDrvr
Mon May 13, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

OK. Thanks for the info. Can you speculate as to why 4 crews appeared to follow the former with 3 subsequently intending to return? Ta. Ray Let me start by saying I don't lay blame on the crews in either of these incidents. I've flown both A and B airplanes, not a "fan boy" for either, it...

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by AABusDrvr
Mon May 13, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Well, not quite. Airspeed Unrelaible QRH 10.2 points you to the performance tables. The applicable table for climb is Flaps UP, Max climb thrust. http://www.737ng.co.uk/737-800%20Quick%20Reference%20Handbook%20%28QRH%29.pdf We have 4 crews who all apparently all did this when encountering similar c...

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by AABusDrvr
Mon May 13, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

Please comment on this quote from Aviation Week https://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/ethiopian-max-crash-simulator-scenario-stuns-pilots : The key point to understand here is that the "severe runaway trim" situation is far more possible on the 737-8/9 MAX due to MCASv1, and his re...

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by AABusDrvr
Thu May 09, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

The airpseed unreliable checklist for the 737 has been criticized more than once in the past: For example: http://www.aaiu.ie/sites/default/files/report-attachments/REPORT%202013-017.pdf And here is a QRH handbook for a NG http://www.737ng.co.uk/737-800%20Quick%20Reference%20Handbook%20%28QRH%29.pd...

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by AABusDrvr
Thu May 09, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019
Replies: 3768
Views: 385626

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounded Worldwide Q2 2019

The airpseed unreliable checklist for the 737 has been criticized more than once in the past: For example: http://www.aaiu.ie/sites/default/files/report-attachments/REPORT%202013-017.pdf And here is a QRH handbook for a NG http://www.737ng.co.uk/737-800%20Quick%20Reference%20Handbook%20%28QRH%29.pd...

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by AABusDrvr
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 derated takeoff power question
Replies: 26
Views: 3831

Re: 737 derated takeoff power question

You're right that's what I was originally asking, however all of this has been helpful information to know. Thanks for the replies. So then my next question, are all the 737 operators in the US using 26K thrust rated engines or are there lower derated engines mixed into the 737 fleets (24k, 22k)? T...

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by AABusDrvr
Sat Apr 27, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 derated takeoff power question
Replies: 26
Views: 3831

Re: 737 derated takeoff power question

Are you referring to Derated or Reduced thrust ? If you derate an engine to a lower maximum thrust that is the new maximum available thrust, even if you firewall the throttles You can reduce thrust from a derated engine though and if you want more power / toga will return you to that maximum derate...

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by AABusDrvr
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: approaches that remind you how great your job is?
Replies: 34
Views: 3426

Re: Pilots: approaches that remind you how great your job is?

After 30 years of airline flying, the approach that reminds me how great my job is, is the one to my driveway, on my days off.

If I had to pick one while I was flying, it would be the last one of the trip, going back to base. Or the river visual 19 at DCA, or the expressway visual 31 at LGA.

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