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    Ask a Controller

    Unfortunately not. it is 737 territory, so only the regular “Aeromexico”s are the ones you listen.
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    Boeing or Airbus?

    Widebodies: Boeing. Narrowbodies: Airbus. I don’t really like the 737, except for the 200 series.
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    Getting your type rating

    Unfortunately in Europe, Ryanair started exactly the opposite thing. Now pilots pay to fly!!!!!
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    As anyone here a 737 pilot?

    That’s right. They are the only ones I’m familiar with. I don’t know a lot about classics, except that they have VNAV too. Actually no all Aeromexico’s 737 have the Speed Intervention mode in the MCP, but as older ones are retired, it is becoming more common.
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    Aviation Models

    Me. I build 1/144 plastic and resin ones. I have won awards
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    Ask a Controller

    Which centre do you work for? Maybe we have met at the frequency. Our callsign is COSTERA (aka Aeromexico Connect).
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    Boeing 707. Has anyone flown on one recently?

    Long gone even there. Last ones were used by Saha Air in Iran until 2016. In Africa they were mostly took out from passenger service around the late 90s, and in South America some years before. Argentinian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina) kept one for passenger service until the late 90s but...
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    ATC spoken language questions

    ICAO official languages are: English Spanish Chinese French Arabic Russian However English knowledge is required throughout all the world‘s airspace. For example I have crossed Haitian airspace many times, while French is spoken there (and sometimes I greet controllers in French) all...
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    Keeping the nose gear high after landing

    Well. I have asked some older captains about this and they have told me that it was pretty common in 707s and 727s. There was even a pilot that would keep the nose up of a 727 even at 80kts!!!! However in my airline this is heavily discouraged and you can even get a report for that. Anyway, we...
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    Are pilots aware of where they are?

    Yes we are. while we rely heavily in GPSs, IRSs and even backup VOR tuning, I’m always checking charts for diversion airports, and even any safe landing strip should an emergency arise. Also, I’m always watching the Sun’s and magnetic compass position, should we lose all navigation info (which...
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    Why is Airbus better than Boeing?

    i have never flown Airbus but some of my best friends are even A320 captains (I fly E-190). Ergonomically, Airbus wins. Hands down. As a pilot’s aircraft; the 737. Despite having a late 50s layout (with screens) once you master some systems intricacies and endless scan flows, everything feels...
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    As anyone here a 737 pilot?

    OK. I don‘t fly currently 737s but I know how some things work out since my airline flies them too. -Cost Index: Each airline determines best cost index according to fuel saving and best economical cruise speed. Here is a Boeing definition “The CI is the ratio of the time-related cost of an...
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    ILS Holding Point

    ILS hold points are mainly for CAT II and III approaches. While a normal ILS beam can work with aircraft standing on the usual hold points, in low visibility they can really cause signal interference with autoland systems. Usually they are used when these procedures are in effect and local ATIS...
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    Manualy flying a descent to ILS approach.

    I do it many times and company approves it whenever visibility is OK or local air traffic is low. Howver, rather than doing a hand flown ILS, I prefer a visual approach with only PAPI guidance. It is even more interesting. We are required to hand fly some ILS or LOC approaches in the sim...
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    Challenging Approaches

    Challenging???? it depends on the country, area and even local weather. So far the most difficult to me has been SJO, San José de Costa Rica. Wind is highly variable, rising terrain and surrounding mountains make runway perspective very challenging (it looks like you are coming high). There are...
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    Getting your type rating

    Hello. i’m writing from Mexico (quite a different story, we usually get hired by a major airline with around 250-500 total) and then get all ratings paid by them. That is how I got hired in Aeromexico. I have some friends from Germany, France and Britain that got hired as cadets by their...
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    Embraer 170/175/190

    . Yes. I have them all, except the E-195 which is not in my airline. All we had was a differences course and some different limitations like landing gear extension and retraction speeds, engine temperatures (and other limitations), fuel tank capacity, and some performance differences too that...
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    Is this the best path to take?

    Honestly, I would instead get a regular college degree (in some airlines is a must) and go to a smaller local flight school. I really don‘t trust ATP style flight schools. I taught aviation English in one of those “pilot mills” back in my home country and really, they were only interested in...
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    Licenses(P.S. can ya'll somehow get Kelsey to read this would make my day)

    You are very welcome. i sent an application for direct entry FO since I was already turbojet rated about 8 years ago. At that time I was a new hire ERJ-145 FO (less than 700hrs total time) but they got me in the pool, or so it said their e-mail. Never heard of them. I remembered about it when...
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    ICAO English proficiency test

    As far as I know, Level 6 is not available any more in some countries. At least in Mexico nobody gets a 6. But it was available many years ago. Although Mexican born, I got graded as Level 6 by an ICAO examiner many years ago, but I’m a native speaker. Most of the pilots I fly with are Level...