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Ask the Pilot

Ask the Pilot By: Captain John McLoughlin Q – “Captain, when ARFF crews are asked to stand by for an arriving aircraft with a reported “anti-skid” system failure, what should the ARFF crew be concerned about and looking out for?” A – First, a description of an Anti-skid system… The anti-skid system, through various mechanisms, […]

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Ask the Captain By: Captain John McLoughlin In this two-part edition of “Ask the Captain” I’d like to provide an answer to a question and then add a second piece of important information regarding America Airlines evacuation procedures for Flight Crew Part One Q.  Captain, without naming specific airports, are there some that you feel […]

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Ask the Pilot By: John McLoughlin Q. Besides the obvious loss of thrust, what other issues can the loss of an engine cause to an aircraft? Are there system losses (hydraulic, electrical etc.) that should be a concern for ARFF personnel? A. In a “basic” loss of an engine, the generator and hydraulic pump associated […]

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Question: For emergencies due to cargo smoke detector activation, will the flight crew always activate the fire suppression system in the cargo hold? Will the flight crew advise ARFF that the system has been activated? Answer: If the cargo fire detectors activate, the pilots should always activate the fire suppression system. Flight crews should advise ATC that […]

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Question: When declaring an emergency for a hydraulic system failure, what type of issues should be under consideration by the ARFF crews standing by? Is there a way to pass on to ATCT/ARFF what your major concerns might be upon your arrival, for example, if you’ve lost flaps and land fast, are your main concerns […]

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Question: Can you tell me where to find the Brake Status indicators on the Boeing -787? Answer: 1) The front of the nose gear of a B-787 has three lights that are helpful to ARFF crews near the aircraft. The panel on the front upper (aircraft) right side of the nose gear lets you know […]

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