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by CosmicCruiser
Tue May 14, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Seat change - forced
Replies: 14
Views: 1569

Re: Seat change - forced

seems everytime my family (4) has traveled we've never been given any priority to stay together as a family. Never.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight
Replies: 42
Views: 5800

Re: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight

CosmicCruiser wrote:
I should have said we called it a re-release but still the same


not to confuse 2 different things. the no alt plan was different thing than an int'l re-release.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight
Replies: 42
Views: 5800

Re: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight

I should have said we called it a re-release but still the same

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight
Replies: 42
Views: 5800

Re: AI completes dispatch with no alternate destination B787 flight

US carriers are frequently dispatched with No Alternate Required under the operators OpSpecs (Domestic). Not a big deal and no one is going to run on fumes getting their destinations. Redispatch on an international leg may delete the requirement for an Alternate once released to continue. Example: ...

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 4986

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

how true. is there no way to get this banned?

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 4986

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

spacecadet wrote:
CosmicCruiser wrote:
no one got the joke yet?


There was a joke?

April Fool's Day is April 1st. This was posted on April 13th.

yeah, DHMO is water

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Staying on the centre line
Replies: 33
Views: 4519

Re: Staying on the centre line

we never used the tiller once lined up.

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by CosmicCruiser
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Runway Aquaplaning
Replies: 9
Views: 1804

Re: Runway Aquaplaning

thepinkmachine wrote:
Perhaps higher tire pressure prevents aqua planning?


I was always taught the the speed at which you will hydroplane is 9 x the square root of the tire pressure so higher the tire pressure higher the hydroplane speed.

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 4986

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

no one got the joke yet?

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by CosmicCruiser
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 4986

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

"He's right you know" (Monty Python)

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 4986

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

I find this alarming! lol

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by CosmicCruiser
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are these contrails alarming?
Replies: 40
Views: 4986

Re: Are these contrails alarming?

what? were there about 4 contrails? Heck the other day I saw 12 contrails all crossing over the MEM VOR! What a site! Wish I had my camera

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by CosmicCruiser
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The Plane Crash (Documentary)
Replies: 3
Views: 1220

Re: The Plane Crash (Documentary)

It wasn't that slow and there was no extra risk. P.S. the PIC was a Fedex pilot. You can google the story but was done as a docu for the Discovery channel and a British TV channel.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did I get struck by lightning?
Replies: 8
Views: 2223

Re: Did I get struck by lightning?

the crew would have made a maintenance write up.

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by CosmicCruiser
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aero Commander 500 - floatplane conversion and reverse thrust
Replies: 9
Views: 965

Re: Aero Commander 500 - floatplane conversion and reverse thrust

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
I’d look at an Aztec Nomad or Beech 18; both have float STCs approved already.

Why amphibs? Maybe he’s had enough of taxiing a Commander with its goofy nosewheel steering

GF

Ha! I'll agree with that!

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by CosmicCruiser
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Attendants are Selling Their Seniority
Replies: 196
Views: 21361

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: 8624

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: 3142

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: 3142

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: 2077

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: 2077

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: 5996

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: 5996

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: 2066

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: 1589

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: 2066

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: 1147

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: 3920

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: 3920

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: 4403

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: 4954

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: 1834

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: 4954

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: 3965

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: 2013

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: 3399

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: 11981

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: 11981

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: 3393

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: 838

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: 11981

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: 11981

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: 11981

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: 11981

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: 11981

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: 11981

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: 11981

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: 11981

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: 11981

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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