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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Oct 18, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest Crew Base in Hawaii?
Replies: 77
Views: 10649

Re: Southwest Crew Base in Hawaii?

The longest flight is hnl-ito. About 35 minutes. The turn times are all at least 50 minutes if not longer. We routinely downs lire time in the ground then we do flying, out there. During covid cancelations of flights from San, Smf, sjc... there was lots and lots of deadheading. Dozing for dollars is...

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Oct 12, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In your airline, do you start the APU upon landing?
Replies: 23
Views: 3041

Re: In your airline, do you start the APU upon landing?

I typically start the apu as part of my after landing flow... flaps up, start apu, start switches off, unnecessary lights off, window heat off, auto brakes off, call operations... by the time it has been started and warmed up for a minute, we are often reasonably close to the gate. Packs on apu blee...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation
Replies: 13
Views: 1769

Re: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation

I bargain with the check airmen... please take us off motion when we exit the runway snd I promise I won’t puke at the gate...

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Oct 09, 2020 5:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation
Replies: 13
Views: 1769

Re: Simulators and Spatial Disorientation

It’s quite real in the air. But taxiing... ugh. Vomitado. That was the worst part of all of my type ratings.... taxiing.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if you don't stab trim an aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 1721

Re: What happens if you don't stab trim an aircraft

On the 737 there are certain conditions where the aircraft will apply some trim for you. And, this is exclusive of anything MCAS on the Max. If you remain at takeoff trim the whole flight... between 4-7 units in an 800 depending on weight and flap setting... the elevator control pressures will be -v...

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?
Replies: 29
Views: 4154

Re: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?

I’m sure there’s some things that are the same. Maybe the windshield glass. Maybe the passenger window panes. Maybe the radome.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Off position for landing gear handle
Replies: 24
Views: 4080

Re: Off position for landing gear handle

Off depressurizes the actuators. Non-max 737s have “off” and they do not have gear doors.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Off position for landing gear handle
Replies: 24
Views: 4080

Re: Off position for landing gear handle

Very much NOT resting on the gear doors but rather, on the up locks themselves.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Sep 13, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hazardous APU exhausts
Replies: 14
Views: 3447

Re: Hazardous APU exhausts

I very much enjoyed standing in the plume of the CRJ’s exhaust when preflighting on a wintry day in Portland Maine. If you were quick, you could fill your coat with warmth and finish the left side of the aircraft before you started to feel cold again.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach Lighting - Sequential Flashing Strobes
Replies: 10
Views: 1242

Re: Approach Lighting - Sequential Flashing Strobes

Faster than that. They flash at twice a second and if the course is 1500 ft long, 3000 fps is over 2000 mph

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are spoilers on some aircraft and not others?
Replies: 9
Views: 2145

Re: Why are spoilers on some aircraft and not others?

Jets are super super slippery, by design. We need drag devices since it isn’t always practical to slow by configuring. The turboprop I once flew had five bladed 114 inch props. If i put condition levers flight and power to idle it would slow in a real hurry. Think of how much drag a 114 inch circula...

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The Smell of Airline Cabins
Replies: 82
Views: 12165

Re: The Smell of Airline Cabins

You should smell it before I start the apu. Back in the day it was coffee, steam table from the galley meal heaters, exhaust, leather, and ass. On the newer ones it’s still coffee, leather, exhaust, and ass. You’ll often see a packet of coffee grounds used as a deodorizer in the lavs, tucked under t...

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing eicas font???
Replies: 4
Views: 1707

Re: Boeing eicas font???

From flying the plane...

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1646

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

Using vs to shallow a climb is just as a courtesy to the other aircraft by trying not to cause a climb escape if it can be avoided.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s
Replies: 24
Views: 4485

Re: KSFO Parallel Departures from 28s

You sure the 28R traffic didn’t go around?

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1646

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

So if you arm the vnav on the ground, you’ll have the window open and v2 set. When you take off, the window will close and the speed bug will be set by the vnav and you will be in vnav speed for your climb. Assuming you don’t have 7000 set as your cruise altitude, to continue your climb you would mo...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX Upper Fuselage Antennas
Replies: 6
Views: 1857

Re: 737 MAX Upper Fuselage Antennas

From front to back you’ll find tcas, transponder 1, beacon, VHF1, satcom (plate) WiFi/tv enclosure, and ELT.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Dec 28, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: QF A380 LAX Runway Performance
Replies: 24
Views: 4871

Re: QF A380 LAX Runway Performance

Last Christmas I took a little trip to Australia with my family and because of a little professional courtesy (and three stockings full of candy) the captain stopped by during his rest period. He told me that a fully loaded a380 could do lax to Mel, on the hottest day of the summer, from the shorter...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Working at Southwest?
Replies: 11
Views: 1734

Re: Working at Southwest?

I believe strongly that if you are the culture you mourn the loss of, you’ll find that it hasn’t really been lost at all.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Can a pilot fly another airline's aircraft in an emergency?
Replies: 94
Views: 19656

Re: Can a pilot fly another airline's aircraft in an emergency?

I had an incapacitated first officer once. He was puking so hard he was of no use to me on the flight deck. There were no other company pilots on board. I’d have been reluctant to draft a jumpseater unless (s)he was already up front. It wasn’t like we were united 232. This was a fully functional air...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All call before taxing and on arrival at gate
Replies: 5
Views: 1897

Re: Roll call before taxing and on arrival at gate

At the airlines that do it, all call means all the FA get on the inter phone and confirm doors armed, disarmed. Other airlines do it by PA and you’ll head “1L/1R” or some such.

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: High pressure hydraulics vs bleed air
Replies: 15
Views: 2995

Re: High pressure hydraulics vs bleed air

The crj I once flew used pneumatics to actuate the thrust reversers...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Small Cockpit Device On All Passenger Planes
Replies: 10
Views: 4574

Re: Small Cockpit Device On All Passenger Planes

I would adjust my seat center them. Then, slide one notch back and one notch down. Whatever works.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Recirc Fans/ engine start
Replies: 9
Views: 2358

Re: Recirc Fans/ engine start

They run on a 737.

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Apu overheat protective shutdown in flight
Replies: 4
Views: 1887

Re: Apu overheat protective shutdown in flight

Why were you running it at 350? Overwater? And more importantly, why did you attempt a restart on the ground?

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hot towel service logistics
Replies: 17
Views: 3058

Re: Hot towel service logistics

We had those when I was at the regionals. Kind of an art to doing it. Your goal was not too hot, not too cold, not too dry, not too juicy.

They cane in trays and ours were made in Pakistan. Single use then thrown away. Hugely wasteful, it seemed.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jun 05, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fear of aircraft lavatories
Replies: 19
Views: 3231

Re: Fear of aircraft lavatories

I’ve had passengers become stuck in the lav on several aircraft I’ve flown. In all cases it was on a folding door and the center hinge pin slid down and caught on the metal floor plate. I talked through the fa getting the pax out by pushing the door in slightly, sliding a safety briefing card under,...

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri May 24, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Motley Fool 5.19.2019 - Southwest Inter-Island Service, "doing extraordinarily well."
Replies: 70
Views: 11509

Re: Motley Fool 5.19.2019 - Southwest Inter-Island Service, "doing extraordinarily well."

I was out there doing inter island flying recently and we were full on several flights and mostly full on others. The gate utilization will depend on how many overwater flights are leaving at one time. Overwater departures need the plane to sit there for at least an hour and soaks up turns we otherw...

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue May 21, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins
Replies: 30
Views: 6693

Re: Distinct noise inside 737 cabins

If I had to guess it would be the compressor used to pressurize the potable water when aircraft bleeds are off at the gate.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue May 21, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hand flying commercial jets - routes
Replies: 50
Views: 7396

Re: Hand flying commercial jets - routes

The only thing that makes hand flying somewhat of a nuisance is that the fa and pax keep moving around, so it changes your trim. Other than that it’s easy and frankly, my happy place.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun May 19, 2019 5:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 derated takeoff power question
Replies: 26
Views: 5060

Re: 737 derated takeoff power question

In my 737 autothrottles are armed prior to taking the runway. When cleared for takeoff I advance the thrust to 40% N1 until everything stabilizes. Then when I press TOGA the autothrottle advances the thrust levers to the FMC programmed setting. I could do this manually if the AT is deferred by movin...

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed May 15, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Deck visit in-flight?
Replies: 24
Views: 4018

Re: Flight Deck visit in-flight?

Isn’t the service ceiling of an atr FL250? A lousy platform for viewing a mountain 4000 ft higher th that...

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating
Replies: 24
Views: 4286

Re: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating

Cold soaked fuel frost aside... you and I both know a jet can encounter icing conditions at any time of the year.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Apr 28, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating
Replies: 24
Views: 4286

Re: Researchers invent new, permanent, anti-ice coating

You think Fiji airlines never encounters icing conditions?

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Descent in a holding pattern - Boeing 777
Replies: 18
Views: 3262

Re: Descent in a holding pattern - Boeing 777

Why would I use vnav in my 737? Because why not. Set the altitude and press altitude intervene. Box figures out LRC or holding speed for new altitude, everything is cues up for further descent later. There are many ways to skin the cat, but, the folks who designed an integrated cockpit presume you w...

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: White painted Wings, are they allowed on airliners in the US?
Replies: 22
Views: 3563

Re: White painted Wings, are they allowed on airliners in the US?

Oh they’re painted. Painted grey or silver.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jetblue Burbank-Boston fuel stop question
Replies: 6
Views: 8891

Re: Jetblue Burbank-Boston fuel stop question

Pretty sure this fuel stop is because of an obstacle climb weight restriction out of Burbank because of a departure from 33 due to winds, or an accelerate-stop performance restriction due to a wet runway 15. They can normally do the flight nonstop off a dry runway 15.

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by Redbellyguppy
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: No more LAX loop on departures
Replies: 24
Views: 6975

Re: No more LAX loop on departures

I disagree. I flew it the other day.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off
Replies: 42
Views: 5193

Re: What happens if an emergency slide deploys during take-off

For the most part this is is industry standard. Below 80 knots stop. Above 80 knots we only stop for: Fire Failure (engine) Loss of directional control Unable or unsafe to fly After v1 we continue. Without knowing how much drag a slide exerts, still, I think a slide blowing satisfies the criteria to...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service
Replies: 341
Views: 45502

Re: Southwest get final authorization from FAA to begin Hawaii service

If he was really an insider he could look in crew web to see when service starts to various destinations. It’s not at all what he claims.

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by Redbellyguppy
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX - Pilots complain of fast landings?
Replies: 40
Views: 5612

Re: 737 MAX - Pilots complain of fast landings?

Those brakes work surprisingly well. I make the reverse at 24R LAX without particularly heavy braking.

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by Redbellyguppy
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dual seat pitch in economy?
Replies: 19
Views: 3002

Re: Dual seat pitch in economy?

expat92 wrote:
So; yes it makes a difference. Make the most of your ability to squeeze into those southwestern/ryanair seats whilst you can.



There are actually many instances where Southwest offers more pitch than similar aircraft operated by their legacy and LCC competitors.

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jan 23, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Plane flying low. reasons?
Replies: 20
Views: 5063

Re: Plane flying low. reasons?

I did Chicago to the Bay Area at FL280 the other day because winds at 280 were 80kts as opposed to 150+ at altitude. And, a better ride.

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by Redbellyguppy
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground Op 737 Nose Wheel Well
Replies: 8
Views: 2630

Re: Ground Op 737 Nose Wheel Well

The jack for the headset is not in the wheel well on a Max. It is in the same location as all other 737s on the right side of the fuselage next to the ground power connection socket. If a wireless device is used, the receiver box will still plug into the same location. All I can think of was that he...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?
Replies: 18
Views: 2547

Re: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?

He was asking about ATL-DCA. There is no ocean between those two points.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?
Replies: 18
Views: 2547

Re: What is the minimum takeoff fuel requirement policy for commercial aircraft?

I flew this city pair recently. Here’s the numbers from my flight. You couldn’t possibly do anything harmful with this info but this is real world for a 737. Burnout for a 700 at 390 was 6.2 Alternate fuel was ORF 3.0 FAR reserve of 46 minutes 3.3 Contingency fuel 25 minutes 1.8 Dispatch gave us an ...

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by Redbellyguppy
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most expensive aircraft part
Replies: 39
Views: 8394

Re: Most expensive aircraft part

I am the most expensive thing on my aircraft. Over the course of my 20 year so far career I’ve put a hundred grand of my own money into training. Initial on seven types @ 50k each is 350,000. Recurrent probably another 100k at least. My actions are also insured by my employer for 2 billion dollars i...

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of N772SW?
Replies: 11
Views: 2645

Re: The future of N772SW?

It was patched enough to get it to the repair facility at PAE. The only way to fix it that doesn’t involve a large skin doubler at the incident site is to re skin the whole side of the fuselage, which is economically impractical. So it was then flown to VCV for retirement.

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by Redbellyguppy
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What does a moderate turbulence PIREP from a cargo aircraft mean to other pilots?
Replies: 21
Views: 3040

Re: What does a moderate turbulence PIREP from a cargo aircraft mean to other pilots?

I give a turbulence report from Fedex or UPS the same credence as one from United or my own airline. While boxes may not give a crap, those professional aviators have feelings too. Delta smooth is meaningful too. Frankly we consider all turbulence reports, because even a severe report from a 172 lik...

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