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Old 09-02-2017, 12:50 AM   #7801
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It is possible you wont fly fighter jets
I'm pretty sure the Canadian Forces only have one left
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Old 09-02-2017, 02:27 AM   #7802
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I'm pretty sure the Canadian Forces only have one left
What do you mean?
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:06 AM   #7803
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he means the RCAF only has one active type of jet fighter, the CF-18 Hornet
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:55 AM   #7804
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

Wox my workplace is due north of DFW airport a couple miles and some days when planes are landing from the north they fly right over our parking lot, but when taking off to the north they never fly over us, they are always to the west of us. I looked at Google maps and when they are landing over us they are coming in on the easternmost runway which is shorter than most of the others.

Which is more likely the reason they do not use the easternmost shorter runway for takeoffs? A, they need the longer runways for takeoffs or B, there may be noise issues taking off from the eastern runway?
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Old 09-02-2017, 09:58 PM   #7805
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he means the RCAF only has one active type of jet fighter, the CF-18 Hornet
Although true (I guess they could equip the Hawk if they cared), it was more of a joke that the Canadian military has one F18 total - because they're poor.
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:21 PM   #7806
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I hope you don't get tired of hearing how helpful and kind you are. This thread was linked in a workplace blog post (since you cannot avoid flying anymore and be taken seriously in your position - the blog is Ask a Manager, should you wonder) and I have since recommended it to dozens of other people. I have no idea how many fearful flyers you have helped but it has to be a LOT. I will never love flying but I better suck it up because I have to do it for work and because my family is 1700 miles away...but your patience, professionalism and reassurance that your colleagues are generally as trustworthy as you are has made it better. Safe travels, good health (so you can get back where you belong!) and many thanks.
This is a great post, especially from a first-timer.

In a strange way, this thread also helped me a lot when I was looking forward to my first flight. Everything I had packed up reminded me of coffins, and I couldn't help but picture that my guitar would survive everything I wouldn't when the plane came crashing down.

That first time was a totally exhilarating experience, but I learned that I get altitude sickness really bad. Even so, looking out the window, seeing lightening below, and diving through what feels like a mile of cloud cover to land on an unseen runway is highly impressive, and a true testament to the professionalism of the industry.
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:27 PM   #7807
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I have a hoser friend that jokes about the Canadian Navy being a canoe.

At least I think he's joking.
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:33 PM   #7808
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This is a great post, especially from a first-timer.

In a strange way, this thread also helped me a lot when I was looking forward to my first flight. Everything I had packed up reminded me of coffins, and I couldn't help but picture that my guitar would survive everything I wouldn't when the plane came crashing down.
This reminded me of Dave Carroll's guitar, broken by the harsh handling of United Airlines. I've probably posted it in this thread already, but you might enjoy it.

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Old 09-02-2017, 11:49 PM   #7809
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Wox my workplace is due north of DFW airport a couple miles and some days when planes are landing from the north they fly right over our parking lot, but when taking off to the north they never fly over us, they are always to the west of us. I looked at Google maps and when they are landing over us they are coming in on the easternmost runway which is shorter than most of the others.

Which is more likely the reason they do not use the easternmost shorter runway for takeoffs? A, they need the longer runways for takeoffs or B, there may be noise issues taking off from the eastern runway?
The two reasons you mentions could be factors at work here. As you said, the easternmost runway (35R/17L) is the shortest at 8500'. This is plenty of pavement for landing and even for takeoff, but given a choice I'd prefer the extra length on takeoff and, especially for larger planes on a hot day, 8500' could easily be inadequate for takeoff. The four long runways are all 13,400' long (two and a half miles), which is plenty for even the heaviest planes.

Another factor is the taxi pattern in use by the airport for expeditious flow of planes going out and taxiing in. I know that when I've been there, we park at the E terminal and we always takeoff on the closest runway (35R/17R). I've landed on the short runway many times, which necessitates crossing two runways to get to our gate. But we need at least a three minute cooldown period on our engines so it usually works out pretty well.
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Old 09-03-2017, 03:49 AM   #7810
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Although true (I guess they could equip the Hawk if they cared), it was more of a joke that the Canadian military has one F18 total - because they're poor.
But we have 77 cf-18s
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Old 09-03-2017, 12:22 PM   #7811
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This reminded me of Dave Carroll's guitar, broken by the harsh handling of United Airlines. I've probably posted it in this thread already, but you might enjoy it.

My acoustic was in a gator case, which could probably take a gunshot and not be affected. It also weighed about 30 pounds, so wouldn't toss very far, lol.

Southwest had a special area to set guitars and other instruments. The guitar also came out on a special conveyor belt at landing. I'm not sure how much difference this made irt to being fragile or not, but it sure looked like a different process from my end.
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Old 09-03-2017, 12:37 PM   #7812
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I have a hoser friend that jokes about the Canadian Navy being a canoe.

At least I think he's joking.


I would say that it is half true
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Old 09-04-2017, 02:59 AM   #7813
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But we have 77 cf-18s
Thus making it a joke.
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Old 09-05-2017, 04:12 PM   #7814
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Been on sabbatical for few months, so the questions 'added up'

(a) Back in the air? I hope so! haven't seen you on any MD88/90
(b) What do you think of the new 'captain in six months' initiative? (referring to this one https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...this-old-plane )
I was surprised as I thought a captain position in one of the big ones is in high demand, even for the MD's. Also, isn't there a certain 'risk' in rushing a pilot to a captain rank with limited experience on the plane itself?
(c) Never had a go around, but all of a sudden I had two in three months. Both at ICN. In the first one, the captain came on the mic and noted that the airport ATC brought them too close to 'conflicting' traffic on landing, and they were going around. Does not real feel comfortable flying low and slow on a 777-200LR. How often does it really happen in real life setting? (not SIM)
Second one had all of a sudden very strong winds, nothing too dramatic, though it felt a bit like a roller coaster lol
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Old 09-05-2017, 06:15 PM   #7815
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Passing along some good vibes on the medical front.
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:09 PM   #7816
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Any thoughts about this?
https://twitter.com/i/moments/905487561182908416

My only takeaway is that there are two pilots that are definitely getting laid tonight.
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Old 09-06-2017, 08:14 PM   #7817
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Any thoughts about this?
https://twitter.com/i/moments/905487561182908416

My only takeaway is that there are two pilots that are definitely getting laid tonight.
I must have missed that clause in our contract.


I'm sure they had a planeload of very grateful passengers.
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Old 09-06-2017, 10:40 PM   #7818
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It's under the hurricane evacuation rider. Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general
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Old 09-07-2017, 01:55 PM   #7819
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Im not sure there are many people capable of properly handling the mammoth cojones on those two
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Old 09-08-2017, 12:27 AM   #7820
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Guys y'all know that when they say the hurricane has 185MPH winds that's not the case through the entire storm, right? On the outer edges it's just rain.
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Old 09-08-2017, 01:17 AM   #7821
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W0X0F

You should make a bio update since your last one was in 2007?

Unless theirs an updated on in these 313 page forums lol
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Old 09-08-2017, 02:11 AM   #7822
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I have a question,

IS it possible a flight sim like x-plane will teach me bad habits for real life?
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Old 09-08-2017, 02:35 AM   #7823
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As WOXOF can attest, you can go straight from the simulator to solo take off and landing.
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:09 PM   #7824
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You should make a bio update since your last one was in 2007?

Unless theirs an updated on in these 313 page forums lol
Well, let's see. I'm 10 years older (which is a sobering thought; it starts to feel like the end of the runway is coming up).

Tell you what, I'll post a complete update when I get back to flying. I just had a another clear CT scan a couple of weeks ago and I'm now putting together a complete synopsis of my medical history and current prognosis for consideration by the FAA (with the help of the ALPA Aeromedical people in Colorado). I'm told that I have a very good case for getting my medical certificate, but the wheels turn slowly and so I'm trying not to get too anxious. I think shooting for the end of this year is realistic.

If and when I do get back to flying, I'm going to consider a change of airplanes since the MD-88 is being phased out from NYC. I could stay on the plane and switch to Atlanta, but I'm going to look at transitioning to the 737 or go back and fly as Captain on the 757/767.

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As WOXOF can attest, you can go straight from the simulator to solo take off and landing.
de captain is right and you can read about it somewhere itt. But to answer your question, it is possible to get some bad habits. For example, you might find some technique that works for you during approach and landing in the software simulation that would be very risky in an actual plane (such as cutting power completely prior to touchdown, an action that could result in what we politely call a firm arrival).
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Old 09-08-2017, 05:29 PM   #7825
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Bacon, here's what de captain and W0X0F are referring to.
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