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Re: MD95 MD11

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dfw_pilot wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:48 am
Sorry for the bump.

@717driver, I never realized how similar MD kept the 717 cockpit to the MD-11.
Haha! It’s very similar. The box does not like short legs, it has a lot of things in it left over from oceanic flying that we’ll never use on it. When you are on a flight where you don’t reach your planned cruise, say HSV-ATL, then it gives up on descent planning and PROF modes are nearly useless. It’s a great machine and the avionics package is awesome, it’s just comical how much was Copy + Paste. They even left the gap for the 3rd engine start switch, but just removed the switch. I wish we had the MD-11 seats, though.

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My most memorable flight was when I was doing one of my early solo cross countries as a student. I picked out an airport about 65nm away with a greasy diner nearby and took off on my way in a faded Old piper warrior. I remember my instructor making a point to say that he had signed me off to take off and land only at my destinations and nowhere else. All was well on my way there, picturesque day, uneventful flight....I land and head in for lunch. Finish up and head back to the plane to make my way back home. About the time the wheels left the ground I get this overwhelming feeling that I’m about to have a problem. About 2-3 min go by and I’ve decided that today could be the day that I poop my pants as an adult.

As I contemplated for the entire flight home whether to break the rules and land somewhere else or poop my pants It made for one of the most unpleasant flights I’ve ever taken.

Lessons learned. If you eat a greasy burger on a flight In a small airplane...You may want to declare a different type of emergency.

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LOL :D
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I worked a flight line for a number of years and still today, it was my favorite job, ever. Was in the thick of it during 911 and we were also a dod ramp. I never got my license, but flew our 172 rentals many times with my friend who was atc.

I really loved the aviation game but unfortunately, after 911, the private game really died and being the highest paid guy and still struggling, it was time to find another career.

God bless you guys who stuck with it.

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USAF Flight Engineer. Previously on C-130E/H/H1/H2/H3. Now on C-37A/B (Gulfstream GV/G550). Also A&P License.

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Navy P-3 and P-8 Pilot. Looking to hop over to the civilian side next year. Hoping all this craziness passes and things get back to normal.

The most memorable flight was flying out of the Boneyard (Davis-Monthan AFB), Wife was the plane commander, got a good picture that is hanging on the wall at home.

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The sun is chasing away the moon over the San Gabriel mountains as they hold in the cloud cover over the LA basin this morning.

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@dfw_pilot

^^^^ That is a really beautiful picture. Looks like you are in a spaceship of some kind.... 8-) :thumbup:
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Currently with the dfw airline, through metamorphosis 🤣🤣

Most memorable flight was my son and wife surprising me with him picking me up at local airport after he got all his ratings. First time in a small airplane in 25+ years. Had to tell him not to be afraid to take it away from me on landing. 🤣🤣🤣

My solo memorable as my instructor was a bit. He jumps out send me back up. As I’m starting to flare I notice something out the corner of my eye. It’s my instructor on a moped on edge of runway pacing me reenacting the Tom cruise top gun scene on his motorcycle.

Freight dogged it for a number years in the 90’s, out of corrosion corner in MIA. Too many
stories. Late night over Mexico in 727. Aft air stairs came unlocked and procedures had us depressurize open door and raise stairs. (Was a pax charter so we out a life line on a flight attendant and let her take the few steps down to pull the handle). It didn’t work had to get seat belts daisy chained around the handle back into cabin to keep the handle and air stairs locked up)
Max weight Take off in a dc-8-63. Break ground and fire bell goes off. F/E goes to immediately open dump chutes, nothing happens. Company had safety wired the dump chutes up as owner was tired of us wasting his gas.
Lost best friend / room mate in fine air 101 in mia ‘97.
Flown around the globe in all sorts of conditions with no support network once you took off out of MIA. Helped changes tires brakes starters hydraulic lines bleed valves all sorts of crap. Just keep the plane moving (we normally either had a flight mechanic with us or one of the crew (usually fe as we still had a lot of PFE back then)

Now I sit back and enjoy the country club flying and laugh when guys start b---- about their current job.

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crzipilot wrote:
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Freight dogged it for a number years in the 90’s, out of corrosion corner in MIA.
Wow, that's pure awesome. When you decide to tell more stories, you'll have my attention and I'll be listening.
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I might have to wait to retire before I incriminate myself any more. 🤣🤣

Was escorted out of Brazil at gun point back across the border to Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. Open border town between Brazil and Paraguay. Then there was the flight eze to wpb. 33 polo ponies. No autopilot. And one horse was insured for a few million.

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I guess I’ll have to change my avatar now... my efforts to save the Maddog were unsuccessful. Last MD88s and MD90s were delivered to permanent storage/disassembly at BYH yesterday. It was a good run, will miss the sound for sure.

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717driver wrote:
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I guess I’ll have to change my avatar now...
I was curious about that - gonna try out the 767?

ETA: Sorry, I forgot the 717 is probably here to stay for a long time.
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dfw_pilot wrote:
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717driver wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:49 am
I guess I’ll have to change my avatar now...
I was curious about that - gonna try out the 767?

ETA: Sorry, I forgot the 717 is probably here to stay for a long time.
They’re permanently parking half of 717’s. :( I lost my seat on the 717 too. Waiting in the bullpen now to see what happens 01OCT.

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