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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority
Replies: 195
Views: 23911

Re: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority

tell me where I wrong but the junior FAs don't have to buy the trips. they are willing so how can this be evil. I think it's somewhat devious but it takes two to tango. I certainly remember a scams like that some of the pilots did. I almost got caught in one. Pilot calls and says he's got a one leg ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying
Replies: 80
Views: 11006

Re: Flying the Plane, versus systems management flying

commanders are not expected to instruct, debrief and report deficiencies. We were expected to debrief every flight. It usually involved "have any questions" but could be more involved if there was any confusion on any part of the flight. There were a few instances were an F/O was reported ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?
Replies: 35
Views: 3501

Re: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?

that sounds horrible but yes we had those guys too. I knew one guy who would come down to the hotel restaurant and chow down on the free buffett for over an hour then retreat to his room never to be seen until breakfast the next day.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?
Replies: 35
Views: 3501

Re: Should I fly Cargo or Passenger?

Starlionblue, You brought up a great point. When I made the jump from Corp. jets to the airline I was naive to think that everyone would love to fly and travel and it would be one fun filled family. I soon learned that there was no stereo typical pilot and everyone had their own reason for being the...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo pilots ... ever board your own water, grounds, and filters?
Replies: 18
Views: 2433

Re: Cargo pilots ... ever board your own water, grounds, and filters?

G and fake Kona. https://www.staradvertiser.com/2019/03/02/hawaii-news/kona-coffee-farmers-sue-walmart-amazon/?HSA=3c0eb9e937cfa27d7f92e73da9caacfa6c5d24bc no wonder I never could tell much difference! LOL! I never expected aircraft coffee to be fantastic but then I would judge a cappuccino more ha...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo pilots ... ever board your own water, grounds, and filters?
Replies: 18
Views: 2433

Re: Cargo pilots ... ever board your own water, grounds, and filters?

I don't remember anyone doing it. We were stocked with coffee, creamers, sugar, etc and we used what was on board. Some stations would resupply and it was always nice to the KONA coffee in HNL. We had a large ice chest with bottled water and maybe a left over soda. When we ordered our catering there...

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 6515

Re: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?

well said and I can identify with most of your experiences. We saw the aurorae with Halley's comet in it on one N.A. flight. On another a crewmember was talking about a satellite that flashed like a strobe. We all teased him with oh yeah I've seen it sure, it's alien. Then in the next 5 minutes we s...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?
Replies: 44
Views: 6515

Re: What Do Cockpit Crew Do on Long Haul Flights?

stratclub wrote:
IDK. Fly the airplane maybe? After all flying the airplane is sometime passively monitoring the automation. Pretty tough job...........

not in RVSM airspace

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jump seat - question
Replies: 28
Views: 2606

Re: Jump seat - question

ha! funny!

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crash pad incidence, major vs. regional pilots
Replies: 21
Views: 1827

Re: Crash pad incidence, major vs. regional pilots

I don't know the figures on "shared" but where I was there were many commuters who had a crash pad. I think most were shared with the idea that several will be flying at any given time leaving the pad uncrowded or the renter would have only as many pilots as bedrooms. You would use it only...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jump seat - question
Replies: 28
Views: 2606

Re: Jump seat - question

on a humorous side don't forget Frank Abagnale's adventures

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS CAT III
Replies: 4
Views: 1263

Re: ILS CAT III

what you're saying is true Woodreau but I think all he's asking is what airlines are certified. at some companies one type may not be certified but another will. At my old place we were CATIII (A/B or as some say with/ without rollout)

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Categories US Major Airports
Replies: 23
Views: 4421

Re: ILS Categories US Major Airports

If it was CATIII I'm sure they were not going to expedite any turn offs. So they did take it easy on the exit.

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ILS Categories US Major Airports
Replies: 23
Views: 4421

Re: ILS Categories US Major Airports

I'm surprised they had you that close to the MD.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed
Replies: 35
Views: 5038

Re: Student Pilot Feeling Overwhelmed

Like everything in life; If you really want it, you’ll do it. Find your way with the great advice above. speaking of determination ,there was a young Japanese girl who worked for FDX in Narita who would jumpseat to Anchorage for her flying lesson then jumpseat back. it was so much cheaper in ANC th...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations
Replies: 72
Views: 6014

Re: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations

well said 747Whale and GalaxyFlyer

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew lodging...
Replies: 10
Views: 2006

Re: Crew lodging...

or they could have revised the pairing with an earlier pickup.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations
Replies: 72
Views: 6014

Re: Single Pilot Passenger Jet Operations

Canada's RCMP uses single pilot, night IFR pilots of Pilatus single engine turboprops IN THE ARCTIC 24/7. Just wait.... I spent two years flying single pilot night freight in all kinds of weather with no radar in single and twin piston aircraft Difference was I was flying almost every day professio...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airlines That Have Pilot Bases Outside of Hubs
Replies: 18
Views: 4381

Re: Airlines That Have Pilot Bases Outside of Hubs

Fedex European hub is CDG but domicile is CGN

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Humidifier/Lower Altitude Pressurization Question?
Replies: 15
Views: 2539

Re: Cabin Humidifier/Lower Altitude Pressurization Question?

Had a humidifier for them main cabin of a privately owned 757. To say it was maintenance intensive is an understatement. Don't know who manufactured this system. it's my understanding that originally the MD-11 had a humidifier and Fedex disabled it for the exact reason you mention. Just as it disab...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?
Replies: 32
Views: 3670

Re: How have autopilots evolved over the decades?

As for autoland, I was always impressed at how dual autopilots "compare" each other on a CATIII app.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

yes 747whale agree and at that speed it would float if you tried to flare. no flare.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

I'm looking at the 2 engines inoperative QRH for the MD11F. It's an inclusive checklist with the speed and distance tables. Minimum flaps up, slat retracted speed (Vmin +30) is 255 KIAS at 230,000 kg. Flaps up, slats extended Vmin+30 at 230,000 kg is 212. That makes Vmin +15 197 KIAS. Once speed is...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Jan 03, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots and AMTs, when do you use the a/c horn?
Replies: 37
Views: 3925

Re: Pilots and AMTs, when do you use the a/c horn?

747Whale wrote:
It's called a landing light.

that's all we ever used

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Knob-pointers-kollsman window, mechnical relation
Replies: 3
Views: 1034

Re: Knob-pointers-kollsman window, mechnical relation

flight007, just review the link you posted. It describes it perfectly. turn the knob both the needles and the alt. setting in the window move. you change altitude and the diaphragms expand or shrink to move the needles.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

185 to 196knots , looked it up :-) Not true, I flew it for 12 yrs. At Max Ldg Wgt Vapp was 168kts. If you mean some abnormal config like no flaps it was 186 best I remember. The Shuttle or the MD11? Because if you want to go extreme with two engines inoperative and flaps/slats retracted and a GW of...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

WIederling wrote:
WIederling wrote:
( Landing speed of the Shuttle Orbiter ? :-)


185 to 196knots , looked it up :-)


Not true, I flew it for 12 yrs. At Max Ldg Wgt Vapp was 168kts. If you mean some abnormal config like no flaps it was 186 best I remember.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

WPvsMW can I PM you?

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

I don't think that's a fair statement to say. You weren't at any any of these places nor familiar with the any situations . I'll leave it at that.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

CC, you're correct, 12ºNU at MEM. The 7ºNU was in a different report. yeah 12º is probably a strike. Anything around 10º is scary. The 7ºNU was the conclusion to the NRT accident. It didn't happen immediately at all. It was well after the final investigation. I think the instinctive reaction to a h...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

FedEx was having issues from the get go. The rest is history. I waited about a yr before going to the -11. In that year the software load in LSAS was causing some pitch ups on landing. When I heard guys talk about it I decided to stay in the -10. By the time I went over it wasn't an issue I ever enc...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

Tail strike after one porpoise at MEM... go around... clear WX, 10 knot c/w. The pilots executed the prescribed "fix" .. 7 degrees NU and power after 1 porpoise. https://www.fss.aero/accident-reports/dvdfiles/US/2004-09-19-US.pdf I suspect a W&B error... like the tail strike at PDX (a...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 16, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

We never kicked it out at the last minute. We entered the slip at about 200' agl and therefore would be well stable by touchdown. In all the accidents the design side load was far exceeded. And at least until the day I walked out the door nothing had changed. I'll check with a MD buddy and see if an...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would have made the MD11 safer?
Replies: 127
Views: 13994

Re: What would have made the MD11 safer?

I say every time I see another MD-11 post I WILL NOT comment but here I ago...again. I will say I did not go back and read all these posts so forgive any repeats. The ONE biggest problem that repeats in both Fedex crashes was side loads not just hard landings. Like 747whale said I had my hard ldgs t...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What does a moderate turbulence PIREP from a cargo aircraft mean to other pilots?
Replies: 21
Views: 3113

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

We tried 3 times one night to get into JFK to no avail. When we finally said we were going to EWR this El Al 747 asked who said that. The App. controller said it was FDX. The 747 said ok we're going to Montreal. In the end we didn't get into EWR either and finally diverted to BWI. Waited about 3 hou...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 6169

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

well said 747whale. While reading your post I was mentally laughing at all the possibilities here. Could the seat be deferred? Maybe just the F/Os. lol Jumpseaters are screwed but hey they chose to come. Of course there will have to be some new regs re: seat position at all times during the flight. ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What does a moderate turbulence PIREP from a cargo aircraft mean to other pilots?
Replies: 21
Views: 3113

Re: Q for pax airline pilots...

dunno, we had an on going joke about FDX chop. If we weren't spilling our coffee we were fine. in all honesty we all try to make the right call.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?
Replies: 56
Views: 6169

Re: Pilot ejection in cargo aircraft?

I can't imagine a B-52 crew didn't get up to relieve themselves but regardless can you imagine the what it would take to get this certified? Just think of the change in weight, change in CG, cost, testing and down time for the a/c during the mod. As 747whale said it would require different clothing ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Combatting Unreliable Airspeed
Replies: 19
Views: 2649

Re: Combatting Unreliable Airspeed

Maybe I’m still asleep and need a second cup of coffee before I respond but...... I haven’t been retired THAT long but don’t jets still have standby sirspeed, altitude and horizon? Absolutely we were taught pitch and power settings as most here have said but we also had the standby Instruments that ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Smoke in the cabin
Replies: 16
Views: 2981

Re: Smoke in the cabin

You would think that opening a door would just increase the air flow and feed any fire. Didn’t that happen in the case of Ricky Nelson’s DC 3. The two pilots opened their DV windows to help clear the smoke from the cockpit but it actually increased the fire.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?
Replies: 46
Views: 8072

Re: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?

we were speaking about knowing WHAT freight one had on board. Of course, we had all the weight and balance info required. Since the crew did not calculate the C.G. and TOW, I just received a "final" wgt & bal from dispatch via ACARS showing all the data I needed for the FMC.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?
Replies: 46
Views: 8072

Re: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?

we only had hazmat manifests reminds me of the days I did air cargo saes in the US- The "freight guy" usually had a desk in a remote Corner of the warehouse and he had no clue what he was doing- The flight Crew should know the weight of the cargo and where it is loaded and there is a lot ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?
Replies: 46
Views: 8072

Re: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?

we only had hazmat manifests

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?
Replies: 46
Views: 8072

Re: What Cargo Freight Planes Carry The Most?

yes they are though it isn't 100% effective.

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilots: approaches that remind you how great your job is?
Replies: 34
Views: 3618

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

VOR app to Narvik Norway. Broke out below the hills and flew across the fjord to the runway. very cool

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by CosmicCruiser
Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC10 engine question.
Replies: 29
Views: 4698

Re: DC10 engine question.

Do you mean the apparent slight nose up angle of the tail engine? That's just the inlet duct. It follows the contour of the fuselage. The engine itself is mounted perfectly horizontal just like the wing engines https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=776385&start=50#p11201691 yo...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC10 engine question.
Replies: 29
Views: 4698

Re: DC10 engine question.

Do you mean the apparent slight nose up angle of the tail engine? That's just the inlet duct. It follows the contour of the fuselage. The engine itself is mounted perfectly horizontal just like the wing engines https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=776385&start=50#p11201691 yo...

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is this thing in the 747 cockpit?
Replies: 25
Views: 5048

Re: What is this thing in the 747 cockpit?

it's not only height but fore and aft position as well. you move the seat until the little white ball is centered on the opposite red ball. I always thought it was too far forward for me.

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do pilots appreciate compliments on good landings?
Replies: 45
Views: 6230

Re: Do pilots appreciate compliments on good landings?

funny, since I didn't fly pax I never experienced that and usually the other pilots won't say anything except an occasional "nice" so I just look at it as something that makes me feel good that I did what I was trying to do and don't need to hear it from others. Too bad my wife wasn't on b...

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