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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Magnetic Navigation >60 deg lat N/S
Replies: 21
Views: 1519

Re: Magnetic Navigation >60 deg lat N/S

I was a little disappointed that the mag compass didn't point at the mag N pole. It just wandered a little. Best I remember our FMS went from NAV to True Track to finally Track Hold. Click on my avatar and it shows how close we got.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10/MD-11 with only engine number 2?
Replies: 10
Views: 3193

Re: DC-10/MD-11 with only engine number 2?

Obviously in cruise you would make a gradual descent to a lower altitude.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jun 21, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10/MD-11 with only engine number 2?
Replies: 10
Views: 3193

Re: DC-10/MD-11 with only engine number 2?

We did it the sim all the time. V1 cut then at about 1,000' lose the other one. Dump immediately and you would fly.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Jun 15, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot deviations
Replies: 6
Views: 1586

Re: Pilot deviations

Also, is there a procedure for pilots to bring possible errors by controllers to someones attention? Yes. Have a look here at a scenario I posted two years ago: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1393879 Basically New York Approach was having planes doing 210 knots until they g...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake
Replies: 33
Views: 2554

Re: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake

Just using your assumption, they would most likely still used reverse, less on the outboard, more on No. 2 unless directional control was a problem then just two,

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake
Replies: 33
Views: 2554

Re: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake

True mmo. I, however, don't remember us ever turning off the anti-skid on the DC-10. Maybe some folks did. Wasn't it inhibited below a given speed anyway?

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jun 10, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake
Replies: 33
Views: 2554

Re: Landing - Thrust Reverse and Brake

It's my understanding they had MAX brakes selected. I'm sure they were using max reverse as well. Everyone that flew there knew the problems that existed.
The reversers are only stowed when the reverse levers are stowed.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing wind direction
Replies: 28
Views: 2911

Re: Landing wind direction

Best I remember the -11 was 208. In a no flap/ no slat ldg you were really pushing it.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing wind direction
Replies: 28
Views: 2911

Re: Landing wind direction

Not a prudent decision considering extra wear on brakes, tires & engines.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue May 26, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot Seniority
Replies: 20
Views: 3554

Re: Pilot Seniority

I happened, by luck a few years a go, to sit next to a Cathy Pacific pilot who was in Paris to interview applicants. He told me they don't use seniority and pilots are all given random but equal lines every month with few modifications. To mr seniority is the best all round way to go. As long as you...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon May 11, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do I know if I can use CAT I, II, III in particular airport
Replies: 12
Views: 2192

Re: How do I know if I can use CAT I, II, III in particular airport

We had a more restrictive policy on CATIII approaches in that at anytime from the "feather" inbound if the viz went below CATIII mins we had to make a missed approach. I asked about it and was told they decided if it were below mins you might be hard pressed to taxi to the gate so just miss.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun May 10, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do I know if I can use CAT I, II, III in particular airport
Replies: 12
Views: 2192

Re: How do I know if I can use CAT I, II, III in particular airport

Starlionblue just answered that question. If there is a CATII/CATIII approach it will be on the chart or on a chart by itself.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon May 04, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ship a freezer by air?
Replies: 16
Views: 3195

Re: Ship a freezer by air?

I remember seeing F-1 cars and race horses but never a freezer! LOL

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight route or lack thereof between India & China (Himalayas?)
Replies: 2
Views: 818

Re: Flight route or lack thereof between India & China (Himalayas?)

We used to fly HKG-ALA (Almaty, Kz) and flew the L888 route. The escape routes were Y1, Y2 & Y3 best I remember and you had to update them as you progressed the route.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Mar 05, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wing Lights Usage at AA
Replies: 9
Views: 3614

Re: Wing Lights Usage at AA

Probably the same as what we did at my carrier. At FL180 the turn off/ inspection lights came on to aid others to see us. At 10,000 we turned on the landing lights as now you're in most GA airspace. When cleared to land the nose taxi light came on.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Feb 28, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Using a NDB during a storm
Replies: 36
Views: 2732

Re: Using a NDB during a storm

I actually shot an NDB approach into Campinas, Brasil in the DC-10. It was raining but no lightning. When I went to the -11 we were about to do an NDB in the sim and the instructor said one guy has to be on raw data. I said sure I'll take the raw view. It took about 10 seconds before I told the F/O ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Narrowbody Freighter Conversion Discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 3739

Re: Narrowbody Freighter Conversion Discussion

I noticed on the pie chart that there’s a 737-500.. Who converted a -500 into a freighter? If that's the Citilink (Indonesian carrier) aircraft, it's not a cargo-door conversion. It's like the old Airborne DC9s -- stripped interior with a cargo floor, but cargo comes in the L1 door. When I flew for...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ditching Or Water Landings On Commercial Airliners
Replies: 17
Views: 2262

Re: Ditching Or Water Landings On Commercial Airliners

just youtube the old films of B-29s, B-24s and C-97 ditching. Some were done, as you say for science, and are very interesting.They are rarely as perfect as the Hudson landing. I can't imagine the 777 being much different.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine wear: What happens?
Replies: 8
Views: 1624

Re: Engine wear: What happens?

Looks to me like you answered the question. I don't think bearing wear is limited to "desert use". I was flying a 727 once and got a thrust reverser unlocked alert. We shut the engine down and landed at our destination. The next day maint told me it was a worn switch that caused the"f...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Were the 737 Max crashes a first of its kind?
Replies: 9
Views: 1239

Re: Were the 737 Max crashes a first of its kind?

Early 737s had a rudder PCU problem that resulted in several crashes.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Go around vs aborted approach?
Replies: 17
Views: 1841

Re: Go around vs aborted approach?

No, most don’t require a report after a go-around, missed approach, aborted approach, unless there was a significant hazard outside the aircraft, say a near-miss. The point of “no fault “ go arounds is to not inhibit doing so with reports and investigations. That's interesting. We report a go-aroun...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Go around vs aborted approach?
Replies: 17
Views: 1841

Re: Go around vs aborted approach?

I would say if the crew was asking the tower for the reason for the G/A then it wasn't a crew generated event. They were more than likely wanting a reason to code a delay. I would think a mandatory report for any G/A could be looked at as a reason to never go around therefore encouraging unsafe deci...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Go around vs aborted approach?
Replies: 17
Views: 1841

Re: Go around vs aborted approach?

You can call it what you want. At one Fortune 500 co. I flew for the Chief pilot, who was a respected WWII Naval pilot, decided that missed approach sounds too negative so he had it in all our manuals as a PDM, Prudent Decision Maneuver. I always thought that was funny. At the major airline I flew f...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American CLT-/RDU-LHR trips
Replies: 22
Views: 2608

Re: American CLT-/RDU-LHR trips

Considering AA's predisposition for big delays in CLT I see a major can of worms opening up.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight path changes
Replies: 18
Views: 2167

Re: Flight path changes

The last time I flew across the north Pacific there were 5 airways that didn't change. We tried to never fly the most northern one. Not sure why you you would avoid the most northern airway (R220)?. Close to Russian airspace for sure, but we have been flying further north in Russian airspace for ye...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight path changes
Replies: 18
Views: 2167

Re: Flight path changes

The last time I flew across the north Pacific there were 5 airways that didn't change. We tried to never fly the most northern one.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight path changes
Replies: 18
Views: 2167

Re: Flight path changes

We were usually flying against the tracks and were given random routes. Dispatch would file flight plans for the low altitude and then tell us to ask for higher. Usually it happened but if it didn't there was no fuel penalty to contend with.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question for you commercial pilots!
Replies: 14
Views: 3056

Re: Question for you commercial pilots!

True Stalionblue. I agree completely. At least it was my experience.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight plans
Replies: 10
Views: 1072

Re: Flight plans

yep! We were always departing STN.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jan 05, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight plans
Replies: 10
Views: 1072

Re: Flight plans

Starlion jogged my memory. UK controllers would often give you "no speed restriction" on departure meaning you could ignore the 250 below ten or whatever their limits were. 320 out of 5,000 was a real hoot!

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single pilot flight decks
Replies: 48
Views: 2969

Re: Single pilot flight decks

If it's the same Alaska crash I'm thinking about they had an elevator jack screw fail. No elevator, no recovery

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of autopilot to fly an IFR flightplan
Replies: 20
Views: 3422

Re: Use of autopilot to fly an IFR flightplan

And usually get more direct routes with a GPS route.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 takeoff on a snowy day: Unusually LONG run-up?
Replies: 6
Views: 2314

Re: 737 takeoff on a snowy day: Unusually LONG run-up?

the MD-11 was 30 seconds as well.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 21
Views: 2039

Re: Pilot shortage

When I got my PPL back in 1967, a C-150 wet with an instructor was $8/hour or $5/hour solo. You could also buy $100 worth of time and get a 10% discount! IIRC, a 172 was $8/hour and a 177RG was $12/hour. Not that I am old...... Absolutely! I still have a receipt from a lesson in '65. J-3 Cub $6/hr ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 21
Views: 2039

Re: Pilot shortage

Well put, CosmicCruiser. Wouldn't trade it for the world. It's the passionate guys that are a delight to fly with. Conversely, when you're sitting at the pointy end with a miserable bastard you know it is going to be a long day. Or even worse a long night. And that's when you crack the manuals open...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could a human stop an engine start?
Replies: 20
Views: 4184

Re: Could a human stop an engine start?

ParkFSI wrote:
Don’t know if it’s a urban legend but I’ve heard it could be done with a PT-6 turbo prop, but I wouldn’t want to try it !


saw it done on a PT-6 once but it was a free turbine and not geared.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 21
Views: 2039

Re: Pilot shortage

I heard a talk from our chief pilot that said that the job of airline pilot is no longer a glamorous job and fewer people are applying. Part of the problem is that flying on an airliner is no longer fun. Glamour is something only old pilots talk about. I don't know a single pilot who trained in the...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot shortage
Replies: 21
Views: 2039

Re: Pilot shortage

I heard a talk from our chief pilot that said that the job of airline pilot is no longer a glamorous job and fewer people are applying. Part of the problem is that flying on an airliner is no longer fun.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?
Replies: 41
Views: 14177

Re: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?

Well, I'm sorry for possibly a misunderstanding but I did say "decent" layover. I can say that in my 30 yrs no one wanted to be at the airport if you had a layover in excess of 24hrs. I'm not sure what the "hassle" was that it wasn't worth because you get in the "van" a...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?
Replies: 41
Views: 14177

Re: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?

If you have a decent layover time nobody wants to be at the airport.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: STOL performance from airliner
Replies: 22
Views: 1891

Re: STOL performance from airliner

Show me a airport with a 5-6,000’ runway with ramp space for one A330/MD-11 and sufficient PCN. Then, show me a private operator regularly needing 150-200 seats. The one I can think of and I flew, flew on their Global and chartered a 767 for the friends and families. Seventeen years of operating C-...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: STOL performance from airliner
Replies: 22
Views: 1891

Re: STOL performance from airliner

FWIW, we had a min runway length for dispatch in the MD-11 of 7,000'. This was for planning purposes only.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Disarming the Door
Replies: 17
Views: 2431

Re: Disarming the Door

though we never had pax except for J/S'ers, but the F/O would go back and disarm the doors after the parking brake was set.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC10 varients
Replies: 32
Views: 2525

Re: DC10 varients

Ok, so I’m not a DC10 expert, but I seriously doubt that extending the center gear was optional. On the MD11, the center gear can be MEL’d (with a significant weight penalty). In the 20’ish years we’ve been flying the aircraft, I suspect you can count the times we’ve applied this MEL on one hand. I...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Psychology in aviation
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

Re: Psychology in aviation

we had a psychological "interview" as part of the 3 day interview process. I think it has since gone away but if a crewmember has a trend of CRM issues there have been cases of them having to go to a "charm school" before they can return to flying.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: US airline transatlantic crew compliments
Replies: 14
Views: 1551

Re: US airline transatlantic crew compliments

The US standard is full pay and credit for deadheading, so if you need to send the third pilot to the downroute station, he might as well be part of the operating crew in both directions. GF That's exactly what I was referring to. Positioning where I was whether D/Hing or operating is calculated in...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: US airline transatlantic crew compliments
Replies: 14
Views: 1551

Re: US airline transatlantic crew compliments

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Some routes operate as 3-crew because the destination station doesn’t have extra crew in place, for example once a day service and the westbound flight time drives the requirement.
gf


For a while the 3rd guy on the EWR-STN leg was strictly to position a RFO in CDG.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: US airline transatlantic crew compliments
Replies: 14
Views: 1551

Re: US airline transatlantic crew compliments

We occasionally did EWR-STN with 2.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Nov 24, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Speeding Tickets and GPA
Replies: 28
Views: 5018

Re: Speeding Tickets and GPA

The FAA requires reporting moving violations when you get your FAA flight physical. One or two in the past aren't going to hurt you but a trend will.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew overnighting in hotels question.
Replies: 16
Views: 2405

Re: Crew overnighting in hotels question.

The only time I ever had to share a room was the 1 ½ yrs I was at ABX. The capt. got his on room and the F/O shared a room with the load master. The worst part was the load master slept most of the flight so when we got to the hotel he would light up ciggies, turn on the lights and watch TV. I'd hub...

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