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As a kid they let me into the cockpit and I saw the pilots smoking and they said it's a secret that pilots can smoke. Do they still do this?

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The ILS really is extremely accurate, but that isn't a problem as every landing, no matter how good, is always different, so will touch down in a different place, which is enough to prevent undue wear on the runway. That's true even of automatic landings.

As for taxiing, if you stay on the centreline you'll stay inside the taxiway. It's not a problem once you get used to it and we train it in the sim just like flying. You correctly said length gets in the way, the solution is to overshoot turns thereby keeping the main gear in the right place and not in the grass! Our manuals even include descriptions of where the centreline should appear for you to be on it. It's more about wingtip awareness, tbh, it's easy enough to be on the taxiway, but you have to make sure you have clearance either side, especially on the 321 where you can't see the wingtips at all.

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Wasn't the ILS so accurate they had to put a margin of error because the planes would land at the same point on the runway every time :/



How do you actually keep within the taxi lines? Like the view from the cockpit is so high up and if you're in a long plane such as the A321 (Relative to the A319) then Taxiing must be a nightmare?
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Hi, I'd say the best way is to play around with Flight Simulator. It's actually really good for learning, get some payware addons (Aerosoft's Airbus X or PMDG's 737, for example), they're very realistic and will give you an idea of what's involved. I learned a lot before starting flight school just by flying on there. Get VATSIM once you feel more confident for some added realism.

As for "Yaw, FMS, ECAM", look them up on Google or feel free to message me if you need a better description. SKYbrary is a good place to go for definitions and information (link to their FMS article here). As for ECAM, you'll like this: http://www.ipadecam.co.uk. I've used it to prepare for sim checks, it's really good.

(Original post by ImyAfridi380)
are there any sources/website that you would recomment for a 17 year old wannabe pilot to learn from? i am struggling understanding stuff like Yaw, FMS, ECAM etc.
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Hi tinycharlie,

No, we can't smoke in the plane. A long time ago that may have been the case, but not anymore (seeing as you were allowed in during flight, I guess this was a long time ago).

I can't really say how easy or stressful it is since every flight is different. If everything goes according to plan, it's quite routine (I wouldn't say a flight is "easy," there's always something new to think about). If something doesn't go according to plan, it can get very busy very quickly, or if you're flying into a busy/difficult/unfamiliar airport it will be quite busy all the way until you park at the stand. I prefer calling it "busy" than "stressful" since we're trained to deal with many situations, so it's seen as more of an increase in workload than a stressful situation. I guess there's always some element of stress, but as we learn in Human Factors during groundschool, you always need some stress otherwise you'd fall asleep!

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As a kid they let me into the cockpit and I saw the pilots smoking and they said it's a secret that pilots can smoke. Do they still do this?

How stressful or easy is the job?
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Hi tinycharlie,

No, we can't smoke in the plane. A long time ago that may have been the case, but not anymore (seeing as you were allowed in during flight, I guess this was a long time ago).

I can't really say how easy or stressful it is since every flight is different. If everything goes according to plan, it's quite routine (I wouldn't say a flight is "easy," there's always something new to think about). If something doesn't go according to plan, it can get very busy very quickly, or if you're flying into a busy/difficult/unfamiliar airport it will be quite busy all the way until you park at the stand. I prefer calling it "busy" than "stressful" since we're trained to deal with many situations, so it's seen as more of an increase in workload than a stressful situation. I guess there's always some element of stress, but as we learn in Human Factors during groundschool, you always need some stress otherwise you'd fall asleep!
It was about 10 years ago what I was 6
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Yeah, not any more. As for visiting, we really like having people in! Unfortunately it can only be on the ground before/after a flight these days.

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It was about 10 years ago what I was 6
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Yeah, helicopter jobs seem far more difficult to get, am sure it's a lot of fun though! I have to admit, it makes you a damn good pilot!
It varies - the helicopter industry is going through a horrible period at the moment. Hopefully it'll pick up in a couple of years and I'll be in a position to take advantage! Have you tried flying a helo?
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Sorry to hear that, hope it picks up soon! Never flown one, I wouldn't mind trying but I'll stick to fixed wing in terms of what I do full time

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It varies - the helicopter industry is going through a horrible period at the moment. Hopefully it'll pick up in a couple of years and I'll be in a position to take advantage! Have you tried flying a helo?
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Is it true Pilots and flight attendents hook up?

Also do you have to be very extrovert to be a pilot? I wouldn't mind interacting with the passengers but its the cabin crew.

Do you always have the same crew + Captain or does it change every now and then?
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Can I use you as a specialist for my EPQ?
It’s about commercial aviation safety.

And if you’re unable to, could you tell me what the biggest new emerging threats for commercial aviation safety are?
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One of the big UK holiday airlines, flying the Airbus A321
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Hey,
1. Haven't heard of it happening on a flight, it can happen on layovers though, of course depending on the crew!
2. Not necessarily, you can be as quiet or as talkative as you want, as long as what's operationally necessary is said, you're fine. Whether you want to have dinner with the crew on a layover or isn't a job requirement, noone will care. 😊
3. The crew changes every day. In smaller bases you might fly with the same people a few times in a row, but that's a coincidence when the roster (timetable/schedule) was created.

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Is it true Pilots and flight attendents hook up?

Also do you have to be very extrovert to be a pilot? I wouldn't mind interacting with the passengers but its the cabin crew.

Do you always have the same crew + Captain or does it change every now and then?
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Nice username

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Hi, don't know what an EPQ is but it sounds like you need info for an essay? DM with what you need, happy to help as much as I can 😊

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Can I use you as a specialist for my EPQ?
It’s about commercial aviation safety.

And if you’re unable to, could you tell me what the biggest new emerging threats for commercial aviation safety are?
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Did you do FTE Jerez's AFOP?

Also on Vatsim, do you control or just fly? If so what ratings do you have?
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What happens after a flight? Say you flew from the UK to Greece or something would you get to spend a night sleeping in Greece before you fly your next flight? Or is the plane simply refuelled, a quick maintenance check and a new set off passengers get on and then you fly straight to your next destination?


In summary - what's the routine afternoon landing?
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Yeah, that was the course I took, I recommend it!

I fly on Vatsim, it's been a while since I've done it but I'm rated on the Airbus so I stick to flying that on Vatsim. Would be interested in trying controlling on there one day, to see what goes on on the other side of the radio!

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Did you do FTE Jerez's AFOP?

Also on Vatsim, do you control or just fly? If so what ratings do you have?
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Most times we spend an hour on the ground then fly back, in which case we start refuelling and setting everything up for the return. These "turnarounds" can be very busy! Usually the person who was pilot flying on the outbound will be pilot monitoring on the inbound, so they go out and do the external inspection ("walkaround") while the other person sets up inside. Maintenance engineers only attend if we're at home base or if we've called them to check something. In the mean time the cabin crew prepare the cabin for the return.

If we're night stopping then the other crew are usually waiting for us already, we wait for the passengers to get off and hand the aircraft to the other crew and head over to the hotel. Whether or not we fly back immediately depends on how the airline operates the flight, and the number of hours we can work in a day. Sometimes we can spend up to 10 days somewhere! 😊

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What happens after a flight? Say you flew from the UK to Greece or something would you get to spend a night sleeping in Greece before you fly your next flight? Or is the plane simply refuelled, a quick maintenance check and a new set off passengers get on and then you fly straight to your next destination?


In summary - what's the routine afternoon landing?
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Do you know ATC frequencies by heart?

120.4 Heathrow director
127.1 Daventry etc...
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are there girls pilot?
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