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Old 09-20-2017, 04:37 PM   #7851
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

W0X0F, was that fiord runway the same one featured in Gann's Fate is the Hunter?

I might add that you can also have runways where the takeoff and landing distances are not the same. If you have a displaced threshold (so the official landing threshold of the runway is painted on a ways into the runway), typically for landing obstacle clearance, the landing distance will be shorter than the takeoff distance. There might be other examples as well.


Also a photo of a one-way airstrip here in Fox Glacier, with a slope and a mountain preventing takeoff to the east:
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Old 09-20-2017, 04:42 PM   #7852
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

I did flight number 3 two days ago. I suppose, flying from Memphis to LAX, I'm jet "unlagged."

This time, I made sure I had decent rest, enough to eat, and a few beers the night before. I didn't get aviation illness, but I still got very light-headed during the flight. It seemed mitigated this time, perhaps because I was listening to music?

Beyond that, I have no real complaints. I had a window seat and...

The first hour felt like we were on a large bus driving the side of a cliff. I had no idea airplanes can hit large "bumps" and fishtail, lol. The woman in the seat next to me was praying and crossed herself at the end of the flight.

At first, the air wasn't working. After spending the past several months in 110 degree weather, this didn't bother me, but we are talking about Los Angelinos, who go nuts once the temp scoots over 75. There was some rain outside, but seriously, it wasn't enough to cause a 1 hour delay. The turbulence tacked on another 30 minutes.

Leaving LAX is pure hell. It's confusing, large and just a mess of traffic and people. I had no idea where to catch the bus to downtown, so I just jumped on the shuttle to the ghetto green line.

I also want to point out that flying with an instrument is horrible. It's actually not bad for the instrument itself, since airlines put it in the oversized / fragile area, so you don't have to watch the luggage guy toss it onto the ground after missing the little ramp. It is painful because, at the start, you have to watch the box like a hawk. I supplied keys for the security. Once off the plain, that luggage is the last thing to get sent over the oversized area, and that takes over an hour.

Overall, I can't complain too much. I suppose there is a slight risk to using Allegiant airlines. It was a direct flight and less expensive than a Grayhound bus, so you sorta get that crowd on the plane. The A319 is definitely an uncomfortable plane to sit on.

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As I was looking out, I noticed there were these columns of clouds with the tops pushed far to one side. I was guessing that is airstreams. When the pilot is looking out the window, do they "read" the clouds, and do they react to those reads in any way?
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Old 09-21-2017, 02:11 AM   #7853
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

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There was another airport, somewhere in Iceland, that also fits this category of having a designated departure and arrival runway. My father told me about some place they used to go to in his Navy P2 days where the runway sat at the end of a narrow fjord. There wasn't enough room in the fjord to maneuver so you always landed straight in and took off the opposite direction, heading straight out the fjord towards the sea. They only used this airport in VMC because you have to maintain visual separation from the terrain and a go around is out of the question.
Pretty sure that you're thinking about Isafjordur. I think you can land both directions there, but if you look at the approach charts you will see that it's pretty unique, and requires an early decision (i.e. visual conditions) to decide whether you want to enter the fjord or not.
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Old 09-21-2017, 04:00 AM   #7854
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

So something I've not noticed before (I'm not a super frequent flyer by any means, but I travel by air semi-regularly).

When I took off from London Heathrow two weeks ago, I really noticed (what I assumed was) the Cats-Eyes/Lights embedded in the runway.

They felt super harsh, like as if we were going over a pot-hole once every second or so.

I've never noticed it before, certainly not to the extent that it felt then.

Is that because pilots try to use just off-centre on the runway to avoid them? Or another reason?
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Old 09-30-2017, 05:54 PM   #7855
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

Air France A380 from Paris to Los Angeles makes an emergency landing in Goose Bay, Labrador. One of the 4 engines had an explosion or something over the Atlantic.

Goose Bay has two runways, and at least one is over 10,000ft..

Actually, the modified Boeing with a space shuttle on top landed in Goose Bay years ago.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou...-bay-1.4315132
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Old 09-30-2017, 06:07 PM   #7856
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

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I'm doing a translation about an airport at the moment and the original says something like "Between 1974 and 1977, the take-off and landing runway was extended by 1,100 metres."

In the translation I'm going to ditch "take-off and landing" and just call it "the runway" (it's probably in the original as the word for runway has a wider meaning, something more like "track") but it occurred to me to ask, is there ever such a thing as a take-off only runway or a landing only runway on a permanent basis?
http://imageserver.fltplan.com/afd/C...17/CFS-497.PDF

Here is an interesting one for you. Grise Fiord in Nunavut in Canada. It has a curved approach (with lighting) and the overshoot process for 32 is an immediate left turn, as there is a mountain north of the airport. For the most part aircraft land on 32 and depart on 14. I flew in there (as a passenger) about 20 years ago in a Twin Otter out of Resolute Bay.
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:45 AM   #7857
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

I am watching the Northern Illinois vs San Diego State game and they said this about their flight


"Landing in San Diego the pilot overshot the runway and the load was too heavy and they didn't have enough gas to make a second run around so they had to re route it to Palm Springs to get more gas".

How could they not have enough gas for a go around but have enough to get to palm springs form San Diego?
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:51 AM   #7858
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

Goose Bay used to have tons of fighter jets practice there from all over the world - not so much now. Used to be military but now run by a contractor. Also my neck of the woods.
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Old 10-01-2017, 12:41 PM   #7859
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Click image for story: Engine breaks up on Air France Airbus A380, forcing emergency landing in Canada

Any conjecture W0X0F? Defect, maintenance error, bird strike?

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Old 10-01-2017, 01:54 PM   #7860
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Re: Ask me about being an airline pilot or flying in general

Took a trip to Des Moines last weekend, on a smallish regional jet (Canadair something or another). A few things occurred to me to ask.

1) skill -- more, less or different to fly small craft vs big? Big craft seem less susceptible to weather and probably are more sophisticated (i.e., do more to help the pilot). But, having to handle that much more mass is an issue, I imagine.
2) remoteness -- DSM seems like it's kind of "at the end of the road" in flying terms. What's the most remote place you've piloted into?
3) urban legends -- I don't know why this occurred, but can you think of any urban legends about flying that are strictly that--just legends?

Thank you again for this thread, and continued good luck with the FAA clearance.
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