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    The FMS, yes should know it depending if it is...

    The FMS, yes should know it depending if it is VNAV capable. Some are, some are not. Some have the VNAV capable but can't be coupled to the autopilot. Now, as far as the sim goes (Airbus) I have...
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    With an RNAV approach it's not like an ILS. The...

    With an RNAV approach it's not like an ILS. The display looks the same but you don't tune any radios to get the vertical guidance. The glide path is usually derived by math using the altitude at...
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    In the US, airline on time performance is...

    In the US, airline on time performance is determined mainly by two variables. The D+0 and A+14. The D+0 is the scheduled departure time. The departure time is taken when the main cabin doors are...
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    Horizontal guidance is the left and right...

    Horizontal guidance is the left and right indications from the course needle on the primary flight displays. The other, vertical guidance, is provided by the pointer on the right hand side of the...
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    This is your other problem. You don't select any...

    This is your other problem. You don't select any autopilot modes when on the ground. When the only mode you should see rolling down the runway is ROL <- TO

    The proper takeoff profile is ROL <-...
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    Disregard my question. I understand what you're...

    Disregard my question. I understand what you're asking I think. You're saying that after takeoff, BEFORE you engage the autopilot, the airplane is climbing like a rocket ship for outer space? If...
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    What is the trim value before you disengage the...

    What is the trim value before you disengage the autopilot?
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    Must have been an old military field?

    Must have been an old military field?
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    Not always mandatory. Yes if there is adverse...

    Not always mandatory. Yes if there is adverse wx, low vis, low ceiling, high winds, even if braking action is fair or worse. But not always mandatory. Remember the captain is the final authority...
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    Except in an emergency. A fuel line may be...

    Except in an emergency. A fuel line may be blocked by debris or tank may be leaking.
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    The Hazards of Going on Autopilot

    Not really. C-17 is more complex than a skyhawk. More engines, swept wing, however the basics of stick and rudder are the same. It's just a matter of "getting the feel" of the bird and learning...
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    To be honest, the autopilot is a great tool. ...

    To be honest, the autopilot is a great tool. However, nothing supersedes airmen skills and knowledge. I have been shocked at how dependent some pilots get with the autopilot. As a personal rule I...
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    Wow. So FSX does not incorporate engine...

    Wow. So FSX does not incorporate engine performance effects of the anti-ice being on? Interesting.
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    If I may put my opinion of the matter on here. ...

    If I may put my opinion of the matter on here. I'm not saying anyone is doing anything wrong. You fly the way you fly. But, does FSX simulate the anti-icing systems appropriately?

    Reason why...
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    I'm glad you mentioned this because I left out...

    I'm glad you mentioned this because I left out this detail in my previous post. Usually when you start during the push, it is cleared by the push crew when you can start. Just for the reasons...
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    Well, this is getting probably a bit deep. But,...

    Well, this is getting probably a bit deep. But, the reason why some start during the push, before, or after is personal preference. Also, some are legitimate reasons like hydraulic pressure being...
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    That deserves an....LOL

    That deserves an....LOL
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    Because at night it becomes a problem of being a...

    Because at night it becomes a problem of being a pain when in close proximity of other aircraft. Sometimes we have to leave the strobes on. But that's in case if our beacon light inop or broke.
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    The FAA sent out a bulletin out a few years ago...

    The FAA sent out a bulletin out a few years ago to airline operators about using aircraft lighting to help prevent runway incursion/incidents. My employer has us do it and have been doing it for...
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    Some taxi fast, some taxi incredibly slow...

    Some taxi fast, some taxi incredibly slow (milking off the clock). In my honest opinion the AI does taxi a little too fast. I find it extremely annoying hearing "hold your position" followed after...
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    LOL....good question!

    LOL....good question!
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    I work for a regional airline, as an FO. Yep. ...

    I work for a regional airline, as an FO. Yep. I'm poor compared to a 757 FO. This iPad I use for work is not company issue either. Christmas present from the family. And when I say family, I...
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    What is in your flightbag?

    You missed the first sentence. That's my actual kitbag, presently. For simulation I just use the iPad for charts and simple calculations.
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    For what it's worth, the flight attendants are...

    For what it's worth, the flight attendants are not trained to use the radios. So getting talked down is only a matter of "will they figure out how to key the mike and turn on the speaker".
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    No flashlight. I just use one of the two in the...

    No flashlight. I just use one of the two in the pit for inspections. Plenty of reading lights as well. I have seen some guys with those LED torches, but that costs money, and the company doesn't...
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