I have just finished reading a book about flying that I bought on a trip to Taiwan. From the book I know that an aircraft is flying at around 3 degrees when cruising in the air. I also know that the table on the passenger's seat is also designed to be at 3 degrees.
I have a question. Is the aircraft flying upwards at 3 degrees or downwards at 3 degrees? And if it flies upwards at 3 degrees, will it climb to a higher level? Flying from an opposite direction, would it descend at 3 degrees towards the ground?
I've been recently told that the Boeing 777/787 FBW philosophy differs from Airbus only in 1 thing:-
The Boeing 777 will not override pilots input on the column (it will give you sirens, EICAS messages and stick shakers but you are ultimate decision maker)
On the Airbus you have to push the button in order to turn Flight Envelope off and control in the direct mode (Boeing seem to believe that reaction has to be uninterrupted by button switching)
As far as taking flight path, calculating the desired input on the flight controls (decision how smooth pull it horizontally or vertically) or in case of emergencies (i.e. if left flaperon fails, flight controls will work to minimize the asymmetry effect without change in the column input)
Thanks for your wonderful and resourceful website. I am curious as to how you guys remember and repeat all the ATC instructions within a few seconds. I listen to ATC channels sometimes, and it could be a bit tough.
"Qantas 001, information is now Echo, altimeter 1008. Turn left to 270, direct to (some waypoint), decent to FL370, expect a 3 minute left hand pattern at ___, expect BORRY2 arrival for runway 24L".
And if they are mean enough, they sometimes say all of that in one transmission plus radio frequency change.
I have heard some pilots write it down, while some pilots just know it because they fly that route quite a few times. But how often do you see pilots actually writing the stuffs down?
As a First Officer or Captain, it might be a bit embarrassing.
I stumbled upon your website while looking for some information on interviews for second officer and would really really appreciate your advice and enlightenment.
My boyfriend had graduated from a renowned flying school in the UK for almost close to a year now. He had been to two interviews for two major regional low cost carriers and unfortunately failed both interviews. I understand that reasons are not provided after you were not selected, but I am really curious as to what might have been the factors that could have led to him not getting through.
He recently got rejected at Stage 3 of the selection, which was based on group work and a face to face interview. As per his academics and track record, he's performed well. As an individual, he's an excellent team worker, as well as an calm and composed boy.
He's in his early twenties. I do not know whether his age was an issue, but from what I remembered, the airlines that he both interviewed with, he spoke to some individuals who were working for the airline and was told that they could help him and give him some advice. I'm not so sure if that could have jeopardized his interview instead. He's currently very depressed and clueless.
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