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by Snuffaluffagus
Tue Oct 19, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft that are heavy on the controls or light?
Replies: 13
Views: 726

Re: Aircraft that are heavy on the controls or light?

In order of airliners I've flown over the years: ERJ-145: Handled like a sports car. Loved hand flying it. ERJ-175: Handled like a dump truck, felt heavy on the controls, especially compared to the 145. A320: Light on the controls, I enjoyed hand flying it. 737: Heavy on controls but a blast to hand...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Sun Oct 03, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your favorite junk food
Replies: 53
Views: 2069

Your favorite junk food

I'm sitting here watching the Chiefs and Eagles came and having some instant ramen. I know it's not nutritious or healthy, but I like it every now and then. What are some of your favorite junk foods? I like chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cups, cinnamon rolls/donuts. I have a massive sweet too...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Fri Oct 01, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How soon after takeoff can an airliner safely start a turn?
Replies: 24
Views: 2123

Re: How soon after takeoff can an airliner safely start a turn?

Here at my airline, we can do immediate turns at 50 feet on the 737. Needed for Juneau on a special downwind departure we are authorized for. Otherwise it's 400 ft for your run of the mill departure, unless specified.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Mon Aug 30, 2021 8:05 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 t...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Sun Aug 22, 2021 4:03 am
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.

iPad only at my carrier. At my first regional, I had to carry three Jepp binders and a flight ops manual. I'd always do the jepp revisions in flight so at least I got paid to do it instead of in a hotel room or crew room after my commute. No more having to run through the terminal to my commute flig...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Sun Aug 22, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do Airbus pilots have nicknames for their aircraft?
Replies: 17
Views: 3074

Re: Do Airbus pilots have nicknames for their aircraft?

A common nick name for the A320, and maybe other A3xx, is Fifi. Why? I have no clue, but that's what a few of us called it. The 737 is known as the guppy at UAL.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Fri Aug 20, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 1252

Re: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?

I flew the A320 for four years and I’m currently in my 737 type rating class/sims. The 737 overhead is as if someone took a box of switches and just threw them at the overhead and where they landed is where the switch went. The A320 was much easier to look at, same for the E175 which was a simpler o...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Tue Aug 03, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?
Replies: 12
Views: 1857

Re: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?

I haven't flown the 145 in over 6 years and the 175 in 4 years, but if I remember correctly on the 145, we'd climb at 290 IAS and transition to 0.65M until reaching our cruise altitude. Transition to mach is usually in the high 20s. Again, take this with a grain of salt, it's been a while. Interest...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Mon Aug 02, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?
Replies: 12
Views: 1857

Re: Any real-world ERJ pilots able to help?

I haven't flown the 145 in over 6 years and the 175 in 4 years, but if I remember correctly on the 145, we'd climb at 290 IAS and transition to 0.65M until reaching our cruise altitude. Transition to mach is usually in the high 20s. Again, take this with a grain of salt, it's been a while.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Sat Jul 31, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are pilots a little nervous when required to do a close in turning approach?
Replies: 4
Views: 860

Re: Are pilots a little nervous when required to do a close in turning approach?

Not at all. I'll just click off the A/P, maybe the autothrust, and fly the airplane as if I was in a big Cessna 172. Nothing to be nervous about and if they are, they shouldn't be flying professionally.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Thu Jul 15, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flap movement always in stages?
Replies: 14
Views: 1935

Re: Flap movement always in stages?

This is slightly off-topic, but on the bus if you put the flap lever in 1, the actual position of the flaps and slats depends on if the airplane thinks you're taking off or landing? Yes, if you're on the ground and select flaps 1, you'll get slats and flaps. In the air, you'll get slats only when y...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Wed Jul 07, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New FAA Standard Weights: A Summer and Winter of Fuel Stops?
Replies: 36
Views: 3851

Re: New FAA Standard Weights: A Summer and Winter of Fuel Stops?

Why can't scales be installed at the gates? I would think that a pad for each gear strut would be well within the technological limitations in 2021. Then, everything can be based on an exact weight. That or a scale that each passenger walks over with their carry on items. They can get the checked b...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Sun Jul 04, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much does a typical airline pilot know about his/her aircraft?
Replies: 22
Views: 4134

Re: How much does a typical airline pilot know about his/her aircraft?

This topic makes me think of a discussion here on a.net from maybe 10/15 years ago when, I think it was AA, updated the flap mechanism of their MD-80s to decrease drag. I was surprised that the pilots of the fleet were not aware of the change nor seemed to even noticed it happened. It’s just someth...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Sat Jul 03, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: A.net Location & Identification Assistance Requested For Airport & Planes
Replies: 7
Views: 1084

Re: A.net Location & Identification Assistance Requested For Airport & Planes

All those military airplanes lead me to believe it's Davis Monathan AFB in Tucson, AZ.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Thu Jul 01, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: SSSS screening
Replies: 13
Views: 2401

Re: SSSS screening

I've had SSSS two times. Once in BRU and the other in AMS. Both were on non-rev tickets that I booked a day or two prior to the flights. AMS was very quick and the security personnel friendly. In BRU, also a quick and friendly experience. Bags got searched, it took maybe an extra 1-2 minutes.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPA for the Airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 1688

Re: GPA for the Airlines

In three airline interviews, I have never had my GPA brought up. I graduated college with a 3.15 and no one cared, just wanted flight experience, your personality is easy to get along with, etc.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"
Replies: 19
Views: 5088

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

My airline has a small fleet of A321neo with LEAP engines. When the engine is cold, start up takes about a minute. When it's warm, you're looking at 1 minute 40 seconds to start and then a 3 minute warm up period before takeoff. Quick question: is that 3 mins before you can advance the throttle, or...

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by Snuffaluffagus
Thu Jun 03, 2021 9:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 14912

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

So far in my aviation career, I've flown ERJ-145, ERJ-175 and now the A320. The 145 was my favorite to hand fly, the short wing made it really responsive. E175 handled like a truck. The A320 is fun to hand fly. I'm moving to the 737 soon so we'll see how that one goes.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Thu Jun 03, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?
Replies: 21
Views: 5680

Re: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?

Back in my regional days, I really enjoyed doing LAX-SAN. We'd be filed for 10,000 feet and got to enjoy nice views of the CA coast. I also enjoyed flying into PWM and doing the harbor visual approach. Basically playing connect the dots with lighthouses and islands before a late turn to runway 29.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: SYR-FLL-MIA-SYR (Delta & jetBlue)
Replies: 5
Views: 3635

Re: SYR-FLL-MIA-SYR (Delta & jetBlue)

I enjoy reading your trip reports because they're to the point, no frills, don't ramble on and the pics are good. Thanks for sharing.

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by Snuffaluffagus
Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"
Replies: 19
Views: 5088

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

My airline has a small fleet of A321neo with LEAP engines. When the engine is cold, start up takes about a minute. When it's warm, you're looking at 1 minute 40 seconds to start and then a 3 minute warm up period before takeoff.

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