OT- Any pilots in Denver?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Bad Wolf, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Proettermann

    Proettermann The Mule

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    Late to the party. Training biz jet pilots for an aerospace giant. Focus on cockpit data link. If anyone needs clarification on data link (FANS,ATN,ACARS/AFIS), I am happy to give pointers.
  2. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    I like biz jets...


    Have 4 hours fly time so far. Any pointers as to direction I should be taking aee always welcome!


    I know...I'm like 3 years early.


    :deal
  3. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Who is up for Sat the 19th at 11 or noon at Perfect Landing?


    I was too busy this week to even remember today was Sat.
  4. Proettermann

    Proettermann The Mule

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    In case anyone is using domestic CPDLC, and you have seen the NBAA notice from Tuesday, you can continue using FANS DCL on the ground, just don’t file the “E” in any iteration in Field 18 DAT/ untill further notice.

    What is the current limitation?
    Enroute CPDLC for biz jets in KZKC and KZID.

    What works?
    FANS CPDLC everywhere else works fine. FANS DCL on the ground, KZAK and KZNY oceanic enroute, international - all of that is good to go.
  5. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    And just like that, I feel like the zombie boy on the news...

    "I like turtles.'


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  6. Proettermann

    Proettermann The Mule

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    Haha, yes, turtles are great.

    The Future Air Navigation System Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (FANS CPDLC) allows for a discreet text messaging between ATC and crew, using pre-defined message sets in lieu of voice communications. Has been around since the mid 80s for airliners, and is becoming more relevant now for biz av, as select airspace has started to mandate the use thereof.

    Super convenient. A crew and I flew a CL604 from Iowa via Iceland (tech stop) to Switzerland and made exactly two radio calls over the North Atlantic (HF checks), while the rest was texting.
  7. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Thanks. Now I get it.


    To let you know where I am...I know what a 6 pack is.
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  8. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Back on the ground. I did take off today. A little wind, just enough to make it interesting and learn how to control the plane when the wind has just enough other ideas...like making turns a little more bank than intended.

    Next lesson is tomorrow.
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  9. flybigjet

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    22 years into this, and I just picked up my Initial Captain’s Bid on the 737-700/800/900/900ER/Max today.

    And the best part?

    my vacation to Truk Lagoon this coming April is protected, and I’ll be senior enough to NOT be on Reserve.

    Denver seniority is terrifying.

    R.
  10. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Congrats. The real congratulations will come later when all the work is done, and you "EARN" that 4th stripe. Being on reserve is sorta a right of passage, and being able to bypass it is...…………"PRICELESS"..
  11. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Switching from a C152 to a Cheetah. Getting in and out of the 152 was just too tight and lack of leg room I think was affecting my rudder control.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    The Cheeta is an aileron airplane. That means it's well balanced and doesn't need lots of rudder control. So doesn't teach good rudder control. Great airplane, and I always really enjoyed flying its predecessor. Never flew the exact type though.
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    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    Instructor figured it would be more comfortable for the both of us. I can really stretch out my legs and relax. Considering rudder seems to be my biggest weakness, at least on the ground, this might help me some at least till I get more experience and confidence. Just getting in and out of the 152 was a challenge let alone flying it with the yolk between my knees. Forget having a knee board with it.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    If your comfortable with it, then stick with it. It's a fun airplane. Remember the rudder and aileron are not connected, and can be used liberally, and separately. But they have an effect on each other. So get comfortable with both and what they do for you.
  15. winonarider

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    Been reading this thread-lots of good info.

    I'm considering getting back into it myself, but am on the fence as to whether or not it's realistic. Looking more Biz Jet/Charter/Air Taxi than airline.

    Short bio: I'm 49, have Commercial Multi, Instrument Rating, High-Performance and Tailwheel endorsements. About 400 hours; relatively high percentage of multi and high-performance PIC, x-c and actual instrument conditions flying. No kids or mortgage and have no problem living like a hobo.

    I got out of it in 1993. Between working at a flight school/FBO and having a roommate who was an airline pilot, that went through the ringer. Not to mention things slowing down, hiring-wise, it was best to move on. Knew it wasn't going to be easy, but jeez.. It was pretty bleak at the time.

    Now, I am considering getting back into it. 50/50 to be honest. Basically going to study over the Winter and get a medical. Then come Spring hopefully should have an idea whether or not to start throwing some money into the flaming hole to get current.

    If I then get current, flight instruct to build some more hours, it will probably put me at around 52-53 years old when I would be in a position to get hired. That's my main concern. Too old?

    Any insight would be great. Thanks!
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    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    I'm just now starting out at 47. So far, many people have been supportive in and out of the industry. You might not see Captain of a 777, but smaller planes seems better opportunity for us old fogeys.
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    Corporate aviation is wide open for folks your age and even the airlines are definitely hiring with no age restrictions up to 60, just know your estimated upgrade times and that it may never happen. But even that is changing, a guy I went to college with just upgraded at United after a little over 4 years in the A320 and another guy I know at Delta upgraded in a little less than 2 because he bid the Mad Dog JFK base that basically no one wants. The airplanes are going away so he may be an SIC again in something else.
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  18. winonarider

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    Thanks! If I am reading the chess game right, it seems like the upper ranks of the airlines will be filled no problem and corporate and the regionals will have the shortages?

    Such a fickle industry.
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    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    The guy I spoke to at SkyWest said smaller outfits will scoop up us older folks. The younger ones come in to rack up a few hours and jump ship to the big boys while they believe the silverhairs are in for the longer term.
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    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    @winonarider

    Fun name too!



    Back to the point, I am flying out of Centennial. Still working on my private, but once I get to that solo stage, I'm looking for someone to share plane time with for hours building.



    Has anyone heard if CAP is a good way to build hours without a lot of expense?
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