Fun Day in the Sim!

Cheechako

Well-Known Member
Every six months airline captains have to go into the sim to "prove" they can fly. FOs do it once a year. Yesterday was my time in the hot seat. It was a fun one this time.

There are a handful of things that need to be done: 30 kt. crosswind takeoff and landing, steep turns, departure stall, some sort of malfunction (gen. 1 off for me), normal ILS, single engine ILS to landing, engine failure at V1, and a couple non-precision and CAT II approaches.

Thrown in is windshear, TCAS RA, and "roll upset." For this session, these all happened at once! We were on downwind for the approach and got the DESCEND, DESCEND, I disconnected the autopilot and followed the VSI pointer. . .TERRAIN, TERRAIN, WHOOP WHOOP PULL UP. Terrain takes priority, so I pulled up, back at my assigned altitude. . WHAM, we're inverted!

Later in the checkride, the elevator locks up. Now, there's a handle in every airliner that disconnects the left control from the right (both elevator and aileron). I pull the handle and I've got control. Then the ailerons lock up, we pull the roll handle and the FO has command of the ailerons. So now we're flying, me with pitch and my FO with the roll. One by one the screens start to disappear. So now we're shooting an ILS to minimums using the stand-by instruments (the ones in the center):

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/208399/M/

I've got control of pitch and power (without any engine gauges) following the glideslope meanwhile my FO is tracking the localizer using the mag compass card! FUN FUN! We made it and landed safely!

. . . just another day on the job!
 

Athena

New Member
I imagine after aceing all that you prolly felt like Captain Pimp. Congrats on you simcheck.
 

A300Capt

Freight Dawg
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Now, there's a handle in every airliner that disconnects the left control from the right (both elevator and aileron)

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Not in any "airliner" I've flown. The "handle", I mean.
 

Cheechako

Well-Known Member
I thought that was a Part 25 requirement to disconnect the right side from the left side. The reason being if a cable on one side gets jammed all is not lost. We had it in the Brasilia.

I guess not all do that.
 

A300Capt

Freight Dawg
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I thought that was a Part 25 requirement to disconnect the right side from the left side. The reason being if a cable on one side gets jammed all is not lost. We had it in the Brasilia.


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They will disconnect if one person pulls while the other pushes. We just don't have a mechanical handle to do it. Remember the Egypt-Air B767 that crashed off the East coast in 1999 that suggested the f/o was committing suicide? The Capt was pulling while the f/o was pushing. The elevators split. There was no mechanical handle. That was the only point I was trying to make.
 

aloft

New Member
Sounds like a definite E-ticket ride! Is that sim over on the east side of the airport (SLC) in the FlightSafety bldg?
 
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