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  1. I just chose to skip that one level and enjoyed the rest of the game immensely. I agree that the airport level was very tasteless and unnecessary to get the story across and they could have mentioned the massacre during one of the mission briefings or in a newscast cut scene instead. Playing the level where Russian paratroopers were landing in a US suburb had a bigger impact on me than watching clips on youtube about the airport level.  


  2. Related to a previous poster who said his hopme country was "...it's civilized and everything."

     

    It's also to  relevent to protecting the rest of us from terrorists - including those who make up plausible reasons to get in an arliner's cockpit

     

    In the US you can ask to visit the cockpit on the ground no problem, plane can't go anywhere while it's chocked and hooked up to all sorts of equipment and papers like dispatch sheets and whatnot are not secret in fact they are often tossed in a bag on the galley floor for the cleaners to throw away. 

    Too bad dispatch modelling ain't available yet for pmdg f@nb0yz!

     

    Look up PFPX, close as you can get.


  3. I have to say that the new cockpit looks less inviting than a 777 or the new 747.   I don't really like the 787 cockpit to be brutally honest!   I know people are going to throw stones at me for this, but hey, it is what it is right hahaha?

     

    One of the reasons that I have never liked Airbus that much was because it had a cold, plastic and completely impersonal feel to it.   Boeing was always different but now seems to be moving in that same direction.   I just liked the older style cockpits more :-).

     

    Kind regards 

     

    Was never a fan of brown though, preferred Airbus blue or Douglas grey.


  4. It depends on workload and company SOP's, some guys I know start hand flying about 15-20 miles out and as for takeoff there are a few pilots within my airline who like to handfly all the way into the FL200 range and the company encourages that.


  5.  

    Zero love for the E-Jets...absolutely none.

    1. They're - in my opinion - the worst looking aircraft to be currently flying the skies.
    2. They're considered regional aircraft, which means mainline gate planners usually haven't a clue in the slightest where they should go, which causes the next issue:
    3. They need air stairs or a gate, but gate planners usually just think "RJ, they can go to the surface gates...no problem!  Good luck finding stairs, guys!!!"
    4. The bag bins are worse than an MD80s.  If any rampies are on here, you'll know my pain.  If you're not a rampie, then think of this: imagine a room that's just too small for just about anything.  You can't stand, and you can't just hunch over.  You have to load bags while on your knees (better have knee pads), which means you lose most of your leverage and speed.  Oh, and the icing on the cake?  The fire detectors are protected by a flattened steel cage.  No, not rolled steel like the CRJs (thanks Canadians), where if you bump your head, you just bump your head.  No, here, we have flattened steel so that when you bump your head, it's like being attacked by a dull knife to your scalp.  Brilliant design guys.  Just...all around...gold star!
    5. The yoke.  That's all I can say about it.  It kinda speaks for itself.
    6. The rest of the flight deck looks cheaper than some of the home cockpits you see here.
    7. Was the intention to make the gear handle as tiny as humanly possible?
    8. I'll stop here...

     

     

    1. Disagreed, they looks more sleek and modern than the garbage CRJ's.

    2. Not here with Delta at ORD, they usually use the same gates for Shuttles, Endeavor, and Skywest.

    3. I hate the CRJ fold up stairs, those things are kinda heavy for small people to lift and very slippery if wet. 

    4. No comment.

    5. One of the most comfortable yokes I handled and this is coming from someone who dislikes yokes in general.

    6. Avionics are the most advanced for an RJ and even make the 777 look antique. 

    7. I guess that's an issue for those with large hands.

    8. Vacuum system lav beats the snot out of the CRJ's old system, as a lav tech I wonder why Bombardier stuck with the old school blue juice lavs and that's a pain on the CM9 where you have not one but TWO service panels to do.


  6. Hello

     

    the summer holiday period could take affect on the development / testing of the 77W/SP1?

    I mean it may be delayed the whole process because of it?

     

    sorry, my english is not the best.. :P

     

    Regards,

     

    Norbert

     

    I'm sure they are operating normally since in the US summer doesn't effect work schedule unless its the 4th of July or a weekend.


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    And a simple scenario will be when only captain or FO are not capable to fly. Just sit in the chair and assist, listen to the pilot, try to help, how hard that can be?

     

    Usually they have an off duty pilot who may be in the cabin step up to help but if none are available the one of the FA's sits in the cockpit to assist with checklists, watch for traffic, etc.


  8. I'd ask ATC for an ILS system capable of an autoland but if its a plane with no autoland or its MEL'd then with my real flight experience in GA aircraft I'd probably stand a fair chance at best. The plane will probably incur damage but I wouldn't doubt that everyone would still be alive. 


  9. APU is really pilot's discretion if the airport has no regs on it, our 777's ran the APU non stop since ground power is unreliable and ground air is worthless at our station but you need to have full electrical power with passengers onboard whether its from the APU or GPU. If both are inop then you need to keep one engine running to operate the generator until the last pax is off (and that happened to one our 767's), they kept #1 running so the ground crews can still unload on the #2 side without dealing with the risk of getting sucked in or blown over 


  10. I don't see the relevance of fight 1549, except as you say a great example of CRM.

     

    I used them as a great example of high workload being split between both pilots, one pilot is concentrating on flying/navigating the aircraft whether its manually or via AP and the other is dealing with the problem at hand but both are kept in the loop as to what the other guy is doing. 

     

     

     

    That is SOP... For some reason I thought you flew the A330? Maybe I am mixing you up with someone else.

     

    No I never flew the 330, just going from what I observe and discuss with crews I run into during work. Airbus may have their FCOM's but AFAIK airlines can modify some (but probably not all) of those SOP's as long as its ok with the FAA or whoever has jurisdiction of their airline. in the end the Captain is the final authority on safety and he may deviate from SOP if he feels that such procedures are not in the best interest of safety for his given situation. 


  11. Domestic these times are +/- 5 minutes:

     

    -1:00 pilots show up to check the log book and start preparing the cockpit and if its a hot or cold day they get the APU running.

    -0:50 to 45 Cabin crew arrives to do their safety and galley checks

    -0:40 to 34 briefing with the entire crew is held

    -0:30 boarding starts and one of the pilots does a walk around (usually the pilot not flying)

    -0:20 to 15 fueling should be completed

    -0:07 ramp crew chief should closeout his flight and that sends the final loads to the cockpit via dispatch if there are no expected gate checks

    -0:05 cabin doors closed, and last minute gate checks handed to ramp

    -0:01 cargo doors closed and chocks removed, CC sends revised closeout for last second bags

    -0:00 pilots call for PB clearance

     

    International (memory is a bit fuzzy on this one)

     

    -1:30 Pilots arrive and some of the cabin crew start trickling in little by little

    -1:00 Cabin prep and safety checks completed by cabin crew, initial cockpit prep should be completed be pilots.

    -0:55 Crew briefing (items like weather, special passengers, aircraft shape, hotel information, and company policy changes are discussed), one pilot starts walk around after briefing is completed

    -0:40 Boarding starts, APU should be running to provide best cabin comfort if airport regs permit

    -0:30-20 mins, cockpit crew busy with FMC and systems, cabin crew busy directing passengers and galley prep

    -0:15 fuel sheet delivered and signed off

    -0:10 main cargo loading should be complete and doors closed

    -0:05 log book arrives from mx, cabin doors closed and all gate checks should be loaded in bulk cargo, CC closes out the flight on his scanner, belt loader removed from bulk cargo door.

    -0:02 chocks removed and pilots should finish before engine start checklist

    -0:00 request pushback


  12.  He was correct, in the event of an engine failure on departure you get on the automatics ASAP if available, no time to mess around showing of your hand flying skills.

     

    In FS yes this applies very much so since you are only one person but in the RW you have two pilots who split the duties between flying and the other pilot handling the problem but it gets even better if you have a relief pilot or an off duty pilot hitching a ride in the JS who can assist. Perfect example is AWE 1549 where Sully took controls after starting the APU to get electrical power running again while FO Skiles concentrated on the QRH and on trying to get at least one engine re-started right up to the last minute. CRM at its absolute finest and even right before impact he still asked his FO if he had any last second ideas.

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