Ask an airline pilot anything.
Thread started yesterday by some cocky dutchfag claiming to work in china and rubbing his salary in everyones faces. This isn't one of those threads.
And by airline I mean flying an airbus a319/20/21 in europe. ex 738.
Yeah I think he was. No big deal anyway to be taking a photo while the other guy is flying. Unless you're some paranoid freak who is no fun to fly with. A comment like that makes me think you might be :/
I'd do the training with whoever you want provided you're paying.
Actually. No. I'm quite happy in my job and where I live so I don't think I'd like to move at all. Next question.
Yup. Once. 2 fighter jets on portugese/spanish border. they were working a difference frequency and flew close to use. Trigger a TCAS RA. Traffic Collision Avoidance System - Resolution Asomething. Lots of bells and noises and flashing.
Think it means about 20s or less from hitting them. Had to manouvre the aircraft so as to not descend into them. Was fine though. Had a couple of warnings since due to other aircraft climbing/descending but nothing where i went "fuck nearly died there"
after you get your PPL or LAPL, get certified to tow gliders. You don't get paid for it obviously but you also don't pay for flying. If you find a competition to fly for, you can easily get 3-5 hours in a day.
And are you flying for a company at the moment? You read the guy you're sitting beside after a while. You start to know who will care and who won't. I would never stress about someone taking a picture beside me in most cicrumstances.
Never had anyone flying drunk. Know of one guy that got send home from crew room for being too ropey after the night before. Did encounter one guy who was a bit too far gone from the night before to be flying so he let the other guy do the work. bit risky.
Some are bitches. Some are not. Generally I find in my current company people are treated better by management and are happier in general then.
An airbus a319/20/21??? Do you even fly brah? Also, the is SOME THING on the wing of this plane!
Don't like french ATC. But not as bad as some. Really don't like the guys speaking french only especially in small shitty places like Carcasone etc.
Only flown into BVA and CDG in paris.
Oh I researched how to become a pilot for many months, spoke to so many pilots in so many different countries, in the end I decided it just wasn't worth it.
I mean £90,000, then a license that I could do barely anything with? Getting a job in Europe is almost impossible. It was my dream from the start, since when I was a kid. Guess my parents aren't rich.
I even considered going to aviation university in Russia, but citizenship would be impossible.
How did you do it OP? Rich parents?
Prefer 737 to actually fly. Far better in crosswind and for feeling of control when manually flying. Much prefer the FMS in the 737 as well.
Airbus is much nicer flight deck to sit and work though. And you can't beat that pullout tray.The ECAM is pure class when something goes wrong too.
Sorry to hear that, as I'm working to be one, but seriously you should file an ASR if a controler won't communicate in English, that's fucking serious.
Yeah I said serious twice, that's how serious I am.
Parents helped me with some of the initial training buy I went outside of europe to do that so it cost a lot less. Probably around 45k euro. They are far from rich, just were in a position to help out at the time. Type rating for first job (737) I paid for myself via bank loan.
I know lots of guys who paid for everything with bank loans, but that was when the banks were lending.
Nowadays the cost is ridiculous. And I fear for the industry with the guys its attracting.
Oh no the guys talking to use always speak english. It's the others that speak french to french guys. Destroys our situational awareness. And you can hear them using french to skip the queues in big airports for departure. gets very frustrating. but at least you're not the spanish or the italians!
See lots of usage of thrust reversal in scandinavian airports, especially during winter when there's even small amounts of snow on the runway during landing. Is it harder to control the airplane during thrust reversal? The airplane always feels a bit more wobbly to me during that, as opposed to normal braking.
65k euro including sector pay. and that's because i moved company and am at the bottom of the pay scale.
had a couple of medical issues needing us to land but never diverted or had to request priority/mayday no.
Well when it's icy/slippy the thrust will cause the plane to wobble and the brakes will kick in as well with the anti-skid and she will shimmy around a fair bit as it hits ice/non ice etc. Just ride it out until you slow down. And if you start veering too much you cancel the reverse until you center yourself again. You get the hang of it. But the reverse saves your ass on those runways cos at high speeds on ice the brakes aint worth shit.
That con isn't true all the time. There's a lot more places doing cadet schemes. I highly suggest only doing that. You can get your parents to go as collateral while you borrow from the bank. But it's so hard to get a job now in europe you might as well not bother. For that reason I'd find it very hard to recommend anyone doing it. It's such a big gamble. I got really lucky.
At the moment I think it's around 60-100k to get to the CPL-MEIR stage with an MCC. Then you're employable on a jet once you get the type rating. That's another 20-35k and if you're lucky your company covers this. Process up until type rating should take 1.5-2 years. But fuck paying all that.
Heh, my parents don't have a mortgage or anything, so I can't get a large loan. I live in a large expensive city, that's why.
Cadet schemes, yeah they're great but still expensive as fuck.
I've just settled for becoming a ship/cruise officer, eventually I'll become captain.
We're supposed to follow the pilot's lead, if he talks french, so do we. I guess if it becomes a serious (fuck, again? ) problem they'll force everyone to go to English, but that will pose other problems (have you heard some french pilots talk in English? )
Yeah I know that's the rule but it's a pity for the rest of us. I have heard them speak english but every other non-english nation had the same problem and they sorted it. ICAO levels exist for a reason.
Oh and by the way I should be saying thank you. French ATCOs have been great with the directs lately. Years with none and now loads!
No. Seen the space station a few times and some awesome shooting stars/small meteorites burn up. That's about it!
Here's the alps.
ICAO levels exist but a) a level 4 will still have trouble outside of normal phraseology and b) quite a lot of controlers also have to deal with PPL pilots, who mostly can't speak English to save their lives.
Do you mean that in the rest of europe, English is mandatory?
Yup basically france is the biggest issue. They still speak it a little bit in spain and italy (mainly just VFR traffic though) but in france its the most common among the big planes.
Well they're still working on SERA C so maybe the UE will make us switch too.
Couldn't care less personnaly but it'll piss off the PPL "union" (namely the french aviation federation).
>>584062075 I can't be a military/jet pilot because I wear glasses. So can I be an airline pilot with glasses or maybe do a laser surgery(I know you can't fly in the military if you do the surgery)?
PPL, 170h, doing the CPL exams, half way through, gunna get my CPL & MECIR done by half way through next year amd will have around 250-300h.
How in the fuck do you get your first pilot job and what's the best way to progress to the airlines, say, within 5 years?