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  1. AviatorInsight

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    You may sometimes get lenticular clouds at the peak of the mountain where it‘s shaped like a lens. In the aircraft you get this oscillation and the speed slows down and then speeds up as you go up and down the hills. That’s what we were experiencing as we were climbing out on that flight. But...
  2. AviatorInsight

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    Yes, given it’s quieter in the surroundings, and elevation above sea level is above 5000ft (making the real altitude above ground in the low 300s), I think it’s possible to hear it. As for the routing, seems normal to me. I have experienced mountain waves many times flying to the south coast...
  3. AviatorInsight

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    Actually, there is and it's quite in depth. It assumes you still have engine power and instructs you to turn the APU off and at touchdown, reduce thrust to idle. In the 737 checklist it advises not to use the aft entry and service doors as they may be partially submerged, but after impact to...
  4. AviatorInsight

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    I have noticed I have been flying with more Sydney based flight crew, but cabin crew are still from all bases. I have been avoiding the crew room and just go straight from the car park to the aircraft avoiding the food court etc. WA is the only state that I have to do a COVID test on arrival...
  5. AviatorInsight

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    My roster has basically been replaced with standby days. I’m getting the occasional return flight here and there due to a couple of commuting FOs not being able to do their flights, but essentially yes, it’s all come to a grinding halt…again.
  6. AviatorInsight

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    It’s not that they don’t know how to handle it, it’s more a case of, how precise are they? I find that I’m able to put the aircraft right where I want it to. This definitely helps when doing a visual circuit into AYQ for example and it’s always turbulent there. I’ll even fly “through” the...
  7. AviatorInsight

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    You're not missing it at all. Not every SID will put you on the airway. Out of SYD there's a lot of RADAR transitions meaning that once you get to that waypoint on the SID expect to be vectored to cleared route. Because EVONN isn't part of the SID expect a route discontinuity in the FMC. When...
  8. AviatorInsight

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    At the moment nothing has changed to my roster. VIC and QLD have just mentioned that they are still open to other LGAs other than the ones mentioned as hot spots. I'm on a couple of days off at the moment (just got my first dose of the vaccine today) but I'm closely monitoring my flights...
  9. AviatorInsight

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    I agree, it's the best part! Unfortunately there's a few pilots out there that believe it should be maximum automatics...so I shut up and just let the flying do the talking once they disconnect.
  10. AviatorInsight

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    I was in Adelaide the other day and witnessed an A330 MRTT land onto runway 23 and straight away taxi out and depart in front of us for Canberra for air work to be joined by another A330 who had departed from elsewhere. Could be the RAAF burning up some cash before the financial year is out? 😉...
  11. AviatorInsight

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    One aircraft I wanted to fly was the 747. Just an awesome machine both inside and out. I would love the opportunity to also fly the 767, I still have a couple of mates operating that aircraft and they love it. My ultimate aircraft would have to be the F-14 though.
  12. AviatorInsight

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    No one has had a full time roster in over a year. We were on track for the next roster period (coming up in just over a week) to get our first full time roster (and much needed salary!) back but Victoria’s lockdown had other plans and now it looks like a 75% roster with a whole heap of reserve...
  13. AviatorInsight

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    I asked the Checkie that exact same question. The reason, is that at 400ft the AP puts in a huge amount of back trim ready for the go around. So if we were to do that in Cat I conditions or better and we disconnect the AP for a manual landing then there’s the risk of pilots not being ready to...
  14. AviatorInsight

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    Can it be done? Yes. Look at Air Canada Flight 143. Is it advisable? No. The high side loads could do damage to the engine pylons at high speeds. Likewise with the high aerodynamic loads on the control surfaces at high speeds. Look at American Airlines Flight 587. The rudder in a large...
  15. AviatorInsight

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    Yes exactly, an emergency descent. Idle thrust, speedbrakes out and descend at maximum speed. The help it out further and not in the checklist, I’d drop the landing gear (most likely needed on the 737 because the speedbrakes aren’t highly effective), which can be done at maximum speed to further...
  16. AviatorInsight

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    6 months on and I’ve had to do a line check in the aeroplane which had expired followed by my standard cyclic check. Looking back over the last 12 months in my logbook shows that I had only flown around 100hrs in the last 15 months. Compared to the previous year. When I was doing around 850 in...
  17. AviatorInsight

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    Never thought of doing it really and I’m sure I’d have to do it while captains were on the walkaround… Usually when I switch from DATA to a VHF frequency on VHF3 it’ll clear it but in this case it didn’t.
  18. AviatorInsight

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    When ACARS decides to not work this morning so I had to load it manually. You can tell I’ve requested the plan to come through by the highlight of the word REQUEST, and I can’t request it again when it has “frozen” like that, so it was a manual entry.
  19. AviatorInsight

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    ICAO is used on route page 1 for the Departure and Destination. But for preloaded routes, which is on the same page just half way down, it’s the IATA code. There’s actually not enough room for ICAO codes on the Co Route line. ICAO codes are used everywhere else. So the Depart/Arrivals page, the...
  20. AviatorInsight

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    That’s right. Unless you’ve got ACARS and the flight planned route gets downloaded into the FMC when you request it. If non ACARS then yes there’s a number of company routes in the data base. Ours are preloaded as SYDMEL1 SYDMEL2 etc. There are only certain airways that IFR aircraft can...
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