Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck: Bluff Your Way on the Flight Deck

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Shortly after it dawned upon the average hijacker that his anti-social pastime had less future than that of a chocolate oven-glove, many airlines returned to their convivial practice of allowing the occasional passenger to visit the flight deck.
To bluff successfully in this subject it is necessary not only to understand some of the technology involved but also to appreciate the sort of lives which the ...
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Overview

Shortly after it dawned upon the average hijacker that his anti-social pastime had less future than that of a chocolate oven-glove, many airlines returned to their convivial practice of allowing the occasional passenger to visit the flight deck.
To bluff successfully in this subject it is necessary not only to understand some of the technology involved but also to appreciate the sort of lives which the practitioners live.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903096482
  • Publisher: Can of Worms Enterprises LTD
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: Bluffer's Guides Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Captain Ken Beere began his flying career with the Royal Air Force who taught him how to fly a jet fighter and the officially approved method of shining a pair of black square-bashing boots. Deciding that life was becoming too dangerous he bluffed his way into a career in the then unsophisticated civil aviation industry.

The RAF's gain proved to be BEA's loss, and he spent the next 32 years flying services in the highlands and islands of Scotland, then Europe, finally operating a British Airways Boeing 747 to countries of the former British Empire.

When not prostrate with jet-lag he wrote advertising copy for shaky companies, often administering the final poke which sent them toppling into bankruptcy. He renounced the pastime when companies offered to pay him good money to extol the virtues of their competitors.

He also edited a couple of aviation house magazines, one of which is now defunct and the other run by a damage limitation committee. In his editorial capacity, it is his proud boast that he never once rejected one of his own articles and often had to be restrained from sending himself a letter of congratulation.

Still a frequent flyer, he now agrees to undertake it only with a book by Bill Bryson in one hand and a large malt whisky in the other while sprawled on a passenger seat in the most expensive class he can wangle.
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The Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck


By Beere, Ken

Oval Books

Copyright © 1999 Beere, Ken
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1902825500

Stress factors
Psychologists put pilots' stress levels at the top of the league alongside surgeons, although the latter have an advantage - if the scalpel slips they do not accompany the patient to the mortuary. The pilot's stress is rarely apparent, except when the airline loses his suitcase.

Tick off
Pre-flight checks are a vital part of the operation and cover virtually every aircraft system - electrics, hydraulics, pressurisation, flight controls, autopilots down to the windscreen wipers. Someone also has to do an outside check to make sure that all the bits of an aeroplane are still there.

Fuel consumption
Because of the extra weight, up to three percent of any extra fuel taken aboard will be used each hour simply to carry it. Thus, on a ten hour flight an extra thirty tonnes of aviation kerosene can use almost ten tonnes of itself simply by being there.

Burning rubber
Airlines like their pilots to make firm landings. The wheels are stationary. The runway is passing by at around 150 mph. The two have to meet up. If the pilot does a smoothie, the tyres drag along the runway surface without spinning up which burns off rubber. A firm landing gets the wheels spinning with less loss of expensive tread.

Manual controls
If the weather is fine, enthusiastic pilots often disengage the autopilot in the latter stages of the descent and fly the aircraft by hand. Not only is it enjoyable, but with the relentless increase in automation it is sometimes a comfort to discover they still can.


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Excerpted from The Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck by Beere, Ken Copyright © 1999 by Beere, Ken. Excerpted by permission.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Before the Flight 7
Flight Planning 7
Fuel 8
Weather 8
Aircraft Serviceability 9
Flight Notices 9
Pre-flight Checks 9
The Dispatcher 10
Getting Started 12
Start-up Clearance 12
Push Back 13
Engine Start 13
Taxying 14
Before Take-off Checks 15
Runways 16
Take-off 17
Initial Climb 18
Pressurisation 19
The Pilots 20
Who's Who on the Flight Deck 20
Fitness 21
Maxims 25
Who's Who Among the Captains 26
The Cabin Staff 28
The Sharp End 30
Flight Decks 31
The Glass Cockpit 33
Recorders 35
Radio Communications 35
The Phonetic Alphabet 37
Air Traffic Control 37
Turbulence 38
Navigation 39
Behind the Sharp End 42
Wings 42
Passenger Doors 44
Conversation Pieces 45
The Descent 48
Ground Proximity System 50
Holding 50
Diversions 51
Intermediate Approach 51
Final Approach 52
The Landing 53
Instrument Landing System 53
Landing Limits 54
Automatic Landings 55
Landing Lights 55
Touchdown 55
Reverse Thrust 56
Doors to Manual 57
Parking 58
Hierarchy 59
Never Ask, Never Say 61
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