Rob Mark, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Arnie discussed on Airplane Geeks Podcast


Aircraft. Hello, max. I hope you can hear me from my mobile studio aboard the ark, where floating here in Northern California. And I can almost see it can almost see Nevada from here. Unfortunately, you're sending all that weather to the east coast. So we're bracing for that. Somewhere in the middle of the country is rob Mark. He's a contributing editor to business and commercial aviation, which is a part of the aviation week group, and he's also publisher at jet wine dot com. Hey, good evening to everybody. And I can tell you guys that we started to see some rain, maybe about ten o'clock in the morning yesterday. And it did not quit until maybe 8 o'clock this morning. So we were inundated and the only thing that really matters is my basement was absolutely dry. Oh, good, good. It's soggy everywhere. Well, let's introduce our guest for this episode. That's Arne quest. He is a new Boeing 7 8 7 captain for United Airlines, based at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. He's been a pilot for 31 years at United. He's flown as a crew member and just about every aircraft type united has in their fleet. Arnie began learning to fly at a young age. When he was 15 years old, learned that a central New Jersey airport and he earned his private pilot license at 17 after a high school. He attended embry riddle aeronautical university, he earned the rest of his pilot ratings, as well as a bachelor's degree in aeronautical science. Now, during his senior year, at embry riddle, Ernie worked for a United Airlines as a flight operations intern. And that internship helped him get hired as a united pilot at age 23 and launched his career as an airline pilot. So Ernie, welcome to the airplane geeks, podcast. Good evening max, it's great to be here. I just hope this isn't a disappointment at some point, because if it is, it's max's fault. No. It turns out rob Mark has a long time or an old connection to Arne, which is partly how we're able to get Arnie on the show. And we're going to jump right in with Arnie. And I'd like to start with the Dreamliner because, well, it's a cool aircraft. The Arnie the 7 8 7 is supposed to be the airliner that was designed with the passenger in mind. It's got the windows. It's got the lighting, the lower altitude cabin pressure. So what do you think? Our passengers responding favorably to the 7 8 7? It's definitely a very comfortable airplane, the cabin, like you said, maxes out at a cabin altitude of about 6000 feet. Versus all the other airliners around 8000 feet plus it's humidified and it's extremely quiet. It's very quiet cabin and then when the wind windows are dim down, it makes for a very comfortable atmosphere where people want to sleep or rest. It makes it very non fatiguing to fly. So when you started flying this machine Arnie, did anybody ever tell you just how far up the wingtips would bend in first place? Yeah. They didn't tell me exactly but boy when you look out the windows, and I can't put an exact figure on how far they bend up. But when the airplanes heavy, it's quite noticeable. I'd have to look up the exact amount that they do flex, but they are definitely out there and they move quite a bit. That's the thing I remember the first time I flew. I was right near an over wing seat and I said, with the wingtips, up at the wingtips are above the top of the cabin. It looked like it was that high. I think the number is around 16 feet or something like that. He thinks the magic number that I've heard, but it's a very long, narrow, efficient wing and yeah, it's very noticeable. Well, I haven't flown in the 7 8 7 yet. And that's something I really like to correct. As soon as I can because I want to experience that, but what kinds of roots are you flying or will you be flying, Ernie? Well, I've only been on the airplane since the beginning of September. I got my type rating August 23rd. And out of Chicago, where I'm based, we fly the aircraft just about everywhere around the world. Most of the regular European destinations, such as London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, and Brussels are common. Over to Asia, normally, when we're outside a COVID, we go to Shanghai and Beijing. We go to both the Tokyo airports, haneda and narita airports, and go down the South America, literally, the best way to say it, I can name all the cities. It's global reach and off the east coast from Newark. During my Iowa I did a nonstop from Newark to Johannesburg, South Africa, which is about a 7500 nautical mile leg and takes approximately 15 hours to get down there. It's deployed to quite a few destinations around the world. Quite capable with its range. Iowa, it stands for initial operating experience, Iowa. And basically, the training process starts out going through a program out in Denver at the United flight training center. It's a 23 day footprint where you go through ground school, simulator training, fixed space training, and then upon completion of your type rating, you transition out of the training center to the actual aircraft in a revenue flight with passengers in the back. And you're under the supervision of a pilot that is known as a line check airmen or LCA. And.

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