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Old 02-25-2015, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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First Year at Atlas

Hey gang. Well, one year ago this week I started working for Atlas Air, Inc. I went to Miami having not worked a civilian job for almost 20 years!! I had no idea what to expect. Well, some, but still, I had no clue what this life would look like. The first few months were rough, I'll be honest. All the adjustments to the new lifestyle, low seniority, etc. But now, a year later, my family and I have settled in, I'm finally climbing that ladder, and have absolutely fallen in love with the 747. I can't believe I get to be a part of the history this plane represents to aviation. So, enjoy these shots.


A year ago this week headed to Miami for training.



In the training center at Miami.


Getting ready to be typed in the 747!


And . . . . typed in the 747!


Very first flight, very first leg . . . and it's in the Dreamlifter LCF.


My first time in a 747-8!


This plane is HUGE!


My first Atlas painted tail that I flew.


I AM LOVING THIS!!
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She is an awkward, hot dog, fat looking thing, but so incredible to say I get to fly her.


One of the -8's we got back from British Airways. That's why they are still blue and white.


The legs of the 747.


The moving map display in the 747-8. This is such an amazing tool. It updates through the ACARS. So if there is a taxiway NOTAM'd out, it will show up with yellow text and "x's." You can zoom into a .25 mile scale, see EVERY gate and parking spot. It's really awesome.

The electronic checklist of the 747-8. Anything the plane can detect, it will. So if the hydraulic pumps should be on, and they are, it shows up as green when the checklist is pulled up. All emergency and irregular checklist are in there as well. So, if you have a component failure, and there is a checklist for it, you simply call up the checklist and the proper one for the condition just pops up. It's pretty sweet.


You can see your vertical profile, as well as the terrain (as it is being painted on the screen along your path, or the magenta line) so you have so much more SA vertically what you are doing.


This was my first set of passengers flights. We flew pilgrim's from Jakarta to Saudi Arabia for their pilgrimage to Mecca.

Nom Nom Nom in Huntsville, AL.

Our best contract IMHO. The best food, blankets, pillows, noise canceling head sets . . . Etihad puts on a great show.
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And here is a video I made the other day of a flight in the -8, from Mexico up to Alabama to close out the day. The landing is completely botched and stiff. There was NO flare on my part. Notice the other FO patting me on the shoulder to console me! LOL! So, enjoy.

http://youtu.be/KkVmqySqbSM
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And here is a video I made the other day of a flight in the -8, from Mexico up to Alabama to close out the day. The landing is completely botched and stiff. There was NO flare on my part. Notice the other FO patting me on the shoulder to console me! LOL! So, enjoy.

http://youtu.be/KkVmqySqbSM
Really cool to see the eye-to-wheel height you are dealing with - totally freaky! In the airplanes I fly I wouldn't even be starting the flare yet

I can't believe it's been a year already, Sirecks. Love to see how big you are smiling in all of the pics - you are obviously enjoying what you do - that's really great. Totally awesome airplanes!
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Old 03-01-2015, 03:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It is even higher than the C-17. The first few landings in the sim caught me off a bit. However, like all landings, if you make them mechanical, you can make it look like you know what you are doing. So, when the 747 starts counting down, you start your flare rhythm, and all will work out. Heck, I did NO rhythm and it was fine. A stiff landing, but well within parameters!

What has thrown me, and still does sometimes, is the speed. I'm so used to the C-17 (having only flown ONE plane professionally), that an approach speed in the 120's and 130's is what I know. When the 747 needs 160+, it comes much quicker than I'm used to. Plus, we don't "flare" the C-17. You actually add power at 50 feet to break the descent rate. That's how we "flare." To learn to flare a 747, at 160+ knots took some getting used to for me.
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That is a fast speed to get used to - you'd be one of the guys I hate to have behind me in the Islander - my final approach speed is 65 kts! I'm always hearing the guy behind me getting the instruction to slow to min approach speed, and often with notes like "You have 50 kts on the traffic you are following". That's when I pipe in with "Please be advised I'll be slowing by 40 kts in another mile..."

Mostly ATC knows me, but occasionally there's a new guy that brings in the following traffic too close...
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LOL!! That's right, I'm back there throwing out the anchor and the kitchen sink to try and slow down. S-turns, lazy 8's, etc.!!

It is all in the controller for sure. If they are on their game, you shouldn't have to worry.
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Terminal is always asking me to keep the speed up, to which my reply is
"I'll do my best, but I am an Islander...!"
Twice they had to overshoot or break off the traffic - and I knew it looked bad both times. It's a bad sign if the following traffic is inside the IF and I've still got a mile to go, he can s-turn all he likes - he ain't gonna be able to stay behind me (I need to be below 114 kts to get in any flap at all and 88 kts to get full flap)

And speaking of speeds, what kind of TAS do you get at cruise (and what is a typical/preferred altitude on that beast)?

I'm fascinated that you can keep in your head all of that technology - my brain hurts just looking at that cockpit layout!
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Glad your at a place you enjoy. How's the schedule there? I hate that freight ramp in Huntsville BTW!
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Hey Red. It's like 10 - 14 on, 10 - 14 off. Flying out of Huntsville, it's a lot of Europe (Luxembourg, Belgium, Frankfurt, and England), some Middle East, some Africa, and some Asia, mostly Hong Kong. Also, Australia and Hawaii are in there sometimes. It's a good deal, really. If you figure we all fly the same amount in a month. However, unlike Delta and such, I do it all in one shot, then I'm done. No 4 on, 3 off, 4 on, stuff.

The freight ramp at HSV is a great one, in our world. Maybe two jets, the whole Panalpina building feels like it's just for us when we are there. There are no SID's or STAR's in and out, because the traffic is light, and you can even get away with uncontrolled operations at night. Talk about easy!! LOL!!
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Blue, our TAS at cruise is in the high 400's usually. Like 460 to 480. We usually cruise around .83 to .86 Mach. The weight will usually dictate the initial cruise altitude. When maxed out, it might not get higher than about FL310 to FL330. As the fuel burns off, we incrementally climb up. So, by the end of a long flight, we can get up to the FL400's. Now, when the jet is lighter, you can get higher initial cruise altitudes.
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Hey Red. It's like 10 - 14 on, 10 - 14 off. Flying out of Huntsville, it's a lot of Europe (Luxembourg, Belgium, Frankfurt, and England), some Middle East, some Africa, and some Asia, mostly Hong Kong. Also, Australia and Hawaii are in there sometimes. It's a good deal, really. If you figure we all fly the same amount in a month. However, unlike Delta and such, I do it all in one shot, then I'm done. No 4 on, 3 off, 4 on, stuff.

The freight ramp at HSV is a great one, in our world. Maybe two jets, the whole Panalpina building feels like it's just for us when we are there. There are no SID's or STAR's in and out, because the traffic is light, and you can even get away with uncontrolled operations at night. Talk about easy!! LOL!!
Anymore my goal is to be home as much as possible

It's sitting in that lousy office waiting for freight that I hate. With planes our size, most of the time we go to the FBO some are pretty nice, but just about all are better than the best freight ramps.
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