Day 3 started with, you guessed it, more coffee – starting to notice a trend here? If you haven’t noticed yet, pilots are 100% addicted to coffee. Dave and I headed over to the training center at 6:30 AM and tomorrow we start at 5:30 AM… the days just keep getting earlier! So you can see why coffee is a required preflight item.
Today was another busy day and we spent a majority of our time in the same FTD/IPT room as yesterday. We practiced the entire Preflight Inspection again, except the exterior items. We practiced entering another flight plan into the FMC and then conducted various flows and checklists including the Before Start Checklist, Starting Procedure, Before Taxi Flow, Before Taxi Checklist, Before Takeoff Checklist, and After Takeoff – Climb to 10,000′ Checklist. Then we reset the FTD and attempted the Before Landing Checklist, After Landing – Taxi Flow, After Landing – Taxi Checklist, and Parking Checklist. I am going to let the pictures tell you the rest of the story…
I am increasingly convinced that the airline treats the B757/B767 like a big Cessna 172. As many of you know when you fly a GA airplane, you read checklists and you do what is on the checklist. The way we do things on the B757/B767, a transport category airplane, seems to be very similar to GA operations in this way… but this is not the way all of our fleets work. Most of our fleets have a trigger that initiates a flow (basically a memorized procedure conducted in a strict pattern). After the pilot accomplishes the flow, they do the checklist to verify critical items on the flow were completed. For example, let me show you the way we did the Before Pushback Flow on the E190.
- Trigger: Flight attendant comes up to the cockpit and says, “Alright Captain, passengers are seated and stowed.” This satisfies the the cabin ready notification.
- Flow: Before Pushback Flow
- Checklist: There is no checklist because there are no critical safety items in this flow.
Keep in mind that the E190 is a different fleet, but part of the same company. Now take a look at the way the B757/B767 training handles virtually the same material (see below). Big difference isn’t it? Talk about checklist overload! The company is actively working to harmonize the B757/B767 with other fleets that use triggers and flows, but it is hard to teach an old dog new tricks (i.e. the guys who have been doing it the same way for a quarter of a century).
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update, we will be training in a full motion B767-200 simulator and I will have a full report!