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New Members of TWVA / Re: New STL Pilot
« on: December 13, 2017, 06:02:52 PM »
Hi PC-12 Fan!

Many thanks for your kind words. Wow! 18 years working in STL is nearly a life! Even you may have seen the good and the not so good I am pretty sure you ended up here because the good memories outweight the bad ones.

Why aren't you flying with TWVA yet? Which is the contribution you are making? I see you have more than 100 posts so  you must be somehow involved with the airline, flight simulation, Ozark or something close.

I am glad I discovered TWVA, the people here have been very kind and warm, as the memory of the real airline should be. In the end memories are the only things will carry with us to the orher life so let's allow on board only the good ones!

Thanks again PC-12 Fan

PD: Charlie, why didn't you like flying the 700? I was always very surprised by the pitch attitude during the approach of that plane but other than that looks to me like a business jet :)

THE LOUNGE / Re: Real life 737 flying experience feedback requested
« on: December 09, 2017, 09:06:50 PM »
Hi Brian! Thanks for welcoming me 😀

Do you work in maintenance/engineering? That is a very interesting point of view that is always worth listening to!

I have seen the pictures of the MAX flight deck and it does have a newer look compared to the NG, however it is still a 737 so I suppose it will retain much of the older systems. If I joined Norwegian I might end up on that fleet as they are planning to deploy the MAX in Malaga/LEMG which is where ideally I would like to be based but, honestly, I'd rather go to the NG as I don't want to be doing long haul flights on a narrow body aircraft.

There is one particular feature I don't like about the Boeing, the size of the flight deck. It feels crammed compared to the Airbus. And of course the tray table! I would miss that a lot if I changed fleets.

The truth is that I am attracted to a more conventional, hands on type of flying. The A320 is a marvel, yes, at the expense of making me feel I am flying a huge Iphone with its own "character".

In my view, too many computers and a philosophy I don't agree with. Apparently the 737 requires a deeper understanding of the plane prior to fly in on the line unlike the Airbus where all SOP's pretty much rely on following the ECAM instructions and you get to fly it with a much shallower starting knowledge. I am missing the learning factor, the joy of knowing your plane inside out but as a Training Captain friend of mine working for Vueling said: "don't try to understand the plane, I have been flying it for over 10 years and I still don't fully get it".

I don't mind working more having to make necessary imputs to manage the systems as it would eventually make me feel I am actually flying the aircraft as opposed to the Airbus where it does it all itself until a failure arises and then you end up with a different bird. It is like flying a plane with "personality issues" 😂

I can't help being a nostalgic of classic airplanes and this is the closest I can realistically be. Let's not forget that in the end, airline flying is not very exciting, at least to me, so I'd rather find parallel motivations and rewards.

We'll see what happens next. I still need to go to Oslo for the interviews and sim check so time will tell.

Thanks again for your words Brian. 😀



New Members of TWVA / Re: New STL Pilot
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:49:47 PM »
Many thanks Charlie!

Looking forward to chatting about the CRJ 😀

THE LOUNGE / Real life 737 flying experience feedback requested
« on: December 07, 2017, 04:23:40 PM »
Hi everyone!

I was wondering if anyone here has, or had in the past, real life experience flying the 737-500/6/7/8 series.

The reason is that I am tempted to apply for an airline called Norwegian on the short haul fleet (737-800), with the intention to return to my home country, Spain, and I was interested in exchanging views on the Boeing vs Airbus philosophy or any other sort of feedback. I currently fly the A320.

Anyone who has an opinion on this topic please join and express your thoughts, I would greatly appreciate your inputs.



New Members of TWVA / Re: New STL Pilot
« on: December 06, 2017, 03:33:20 PM »
Many thanks Howard!  :)

New Members of TWVA / Re: New STL Pilot
« on: December 02, 2017, 06:42:01 PM »
Hi everyone!

My name in Francisco, a spaniard living in France, passionate about planes since I was a kid and a very lucky one to have flown TWA when I was 15......many moons ago!

I fly in real life for an airline called easyJet based in Paris Orly airport (ORY) rated on the A320 and over 3000 hours on type.

Names like TWA will always be in the heart of all of us who love aviation so when I found out I could "wear" its uniform I couldn't resist joining in.

If I can be if any help or if anyone is up for a chat about commercial aviation please feel free to drop me a line.



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