What should a pilot do to perform a successful emergency water landing, also known as ditching of a big commercial jet?
Is there any checklist, or best practices, like "elevate the nose" or "retract the landing gear", to make it safer?
Are commercial Jets buoyant?
What should a pilot do?
Follow the checklist?
Is there any checklist?
There are many such checklists in the intertubes and whole books have been written on the subject
Here's the start of one for 737s
For comparison, here's one for a Cessna light aircraft
Are commercial jets buoyant?
Yes, initially, if substantially in once piece. We know that because several intrepid pilots have tested this idea (obligatory hat-tip to Sullenberger).
It makes sense that the fuel tanks in the wings, especially once emptied of fuel, are buoyant. The wings are obviously capable of supporting the fuselage. The fuselage is a pressurised tube and should be buoyant too, until the passengers and crew start making large holes in it.
What should a pilot do to perform a successful emergency water landing, also known as ditching of a big commercial jet? Is there any checklist, or best practices, like "elevate the nose" or "retract the landing gear", to make it safer? Are commercial Jets buoyant?
An autobrake is a type of automatic wheel-based hydraulic brake system for advanced airplanes. The autobrake is normally enabled during takeoff and landing procedures, when the aircraft's longitudinal deceleration system can be handled by the automated systems of the aircraft itself in order to keep the pilot free to perform other tasks - Wikipedia How does the aircraft "know" when is time to activate the autobrake systems on a rejected takeoff and landing? Does it apply full brake to all the aircraft's wheels? Is it really used by commercial jets?
In a full motion Level C or D simulator like those used by the airlines and for jet type ratings: How should a pilot log the simulator time in their logbook? I.e. Can you log: Total Time Instrument Time Time in Type Cross Country Time Night Time Landings (including night landings) Dual given/received Anything else?
translate to a deflection of the surfaces, mimicking the "old" mechanical control setup. It is my understanding that this is the design choice of Boeing in its new aircrafts. I do not wish to discuss how Airbus and Boeing made their design decisions, but rather see if there has been performed a study on what interface is preferred by pilots, eventually differentiating among private/commercial pilots
pinged to track an aircraft's position and heading? Would this require any intervention by the pilots? (posted separately) Is this system standard on commercial airliners? What data do Airlines collect
Aircraft categories include: Airplane Rotorcraft Glider Lighter than air Powered lift Powered parachute Weight-shift-control I'm familiar with all of these except for weight-shift-control. What are they??
What does ATC do when there is an emergency? This could be a tower or an ARTCC being evacuated or otherwise unusable. How do they decide whether to close the airport/airspace? What do they do with the traffic, whether they do or don't close? On this related question, it turned out that Newark closed because of smoke in the tower. Another user posted an interesting anecdote about another tower being evacuated, so I thought it warranted a question.
Inspired by this question. My knowledge concerning helicopters is quite limited: what is auto-rotation? are there other "rotations" possible? in what do they differ?
Here are a few thoughts: 'Real' accidents happen much too seldom to be of any real measure, and they would have to be compensated for the number of passenger kilometers as well to be objective. Large airlines may have be involved in more accidents, but they have more aircraft. Many airlines low down on the reports had accidents many years ago. Avherald and the like may be good sources but emphasize that they don't report on all accidents. Different jurisdictions have different reporting requirements. What is a fair and unbiased method of measuring airline safety?
It's easy to go online and look at prices of a Cessna 172, but what are some examples of how to breakdown the real world costs of ownership? how much other maintenance should you plan for? How much does an engine overhaul cost? Insurance hangar etc.. It would be great to also get some typical costs and ranges, since some element are more predictable than others. Obviously the costs... for the structure of the costs to start making a plan for cost analysis and diligence. For example, with an IFR aircraft, what costs are involved with keeping it current?