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  1. AviatorInsight

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    I had no problem adjusting. I went from a Saab to a highly automated B777 with just a co-pilot endorsement, so it wasn't that intense, especially from the instructors knowing I was never going to hand fly it under normal circumstances. But I still had to meet the requirements for the...
  2. AviatorInsight

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    Autoland yes on a CAT IIIB however, dual engine approach only. I am told that approval is coming soon for our newer NGs (and MAX) for OEI autoland to CAT II and IIIA. At the moment, we're limited to CAT I only.
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    Yep, spot on. Sums it up nicely.
  4. AviatorInsight

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    It’s an airport cost kinda thing. MEL on runway 16 only and PER on runway 21 are the only places in Australia certified for CAT III.
  5. AviatorInsight

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    No CAT III. CAT II only on 34L/16R. And "new" (from 2016) special authorisation CAT II (SA CAT II) on 16L/34R. This is a rule that basically takes advantage of new technology in aircraft. Being a HUD and autoland capability to runways which wouldn't previously be allowed to land below CAT I...
  6. AviatorInsight

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    Out of about 2500 flights, only about a dozen or so. The amount of almost is a whole lot more but still a good strike rate.
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    Not that I have the final say but I’m always suggesting to carry more at the moment for holding delays, both on the ground and in the air. Same with weather into Sydney recently. On a number of occasions the holding fuel has gone from 30mins to 60mins in flight. Not taking the extra juice...
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    Qantas Passengers "dumped" at Christchurch airport after diverting from Wellington after missing curfew

    Yep I concur. So we used full go around thrust just to make it known.
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    Virgin flights to Bali require technical stop in Darwin

    As far as I can see, Surabaya’s runway works will be going on until 21JUL and Lombok’s change of operating hours is NOTAM’d until 31AUG. As a reinforcement to the above, my roster has now been changed to include the DRW stop on Thursday night.
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    Qantas Passengers "dumped" at Christchurch airport after diverting from Wellington after missing curfew

    I don’t have any experience with international curfew, but I have tried to make curfew in SYD from BNE once before, only to get told 30secs before touchdown that curfew was now in operation and we missed it. So, a go around was performed and the 1hr flight back to BNE was made. The difference...
  11. AviatorInsight

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    A really good question! Yes it's intentional that most (some 727s and Convair 660s? had them) commercial aircraft don't have nose gear brakes. The center of gravity doesn't move on landing. Because the main wheels are located closer to the CG then most of the braking effect will be around that...
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    Virgin Australia Delays/Cancellations

    I believe that's because they've renumbered the flights to VA63 to accommodate for the DRW stop-over.
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    Virgin flights to Bali require technical stop in Darwin

    I don't live in Indonesia so I can only go from what I read. However, if the government is still not relaxing rules (because of Covid) then this still presents a problem. Obviously, they want to contain the spread. The Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) that is issued to all flight crew and gives details...
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    Virgin flights to Bali require technical stop in Darwin

    That’s all well and good to say what about the billion other airports in Indonesia, however there are a few things to consider before you rock up on their doorstep. Lombok is on an island which is closed to internationals (as far as I’m aware - most other islands are in the same situation and...
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    Virgin flights to Bali require technical stop in Darwin

    Tech stop now needed in DRW due to Indonesian Covid restrictions and runway works with alternate airports. As an international flight we are required to carry an alternate, the restrictions on Surabaya (SUB) and Praya (LOP) mean that we need fuel to get back to DRW if we can’t land at DPS...
  16. AviatorInsight

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    Tattoos don’t change your ability to do the job. However there needs to be a line drawn if the airline wants their staff to be taken seriously, especially during an emergency.
  17. AviatorInsight

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    Depends. Some prefer to sleep in their own beds every night and just do day trips. Others like to get their flying done in a block of days and then have a string of days off. I’m personally the latter. Love just being on the road and then I only drive to work a few times a month as opposed to...
  18. AviatorInsight

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    4 Days is the maximum that can be rostered at the moment. Pilots used to opt-in for 5-day trips, particularly during the PER-HKT days. Now if you get sick down route (especially if it's affecting your ears) then you would stay in the hotel until cleared to fly. The company is generally pretty...
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    Virgin ‘New Era’ event Thur 19th. [*Postponed*]

    Maybe it’s to add Bonza as the Tiger offshoot? The Tiger AOC is still active. Or it could also be allowing pets inside the cabin. Anyway, rumours are fun and it’s definitely keeping the crew occupied on overnights.
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    Virgin ‘New Era’ event Thur 19th. [*Postponed*]

    Definitely. But no more than a SYD-DPS or PER-HKT which is blocked around the 6:15 - 6:30 mark. Also similar to a BNE - PER in winter with strong winds, I’ve done it in 6:30. So no doubt it’ll be full tanks from BNE. This is all hypothetical of course and I have no insider information.
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