What is a typical day for you as a pilot/ATC

As a pilot?
Taxi, Takeoff, Cruise, and then Ryanair landing.

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Haha I can imagine the view from ATC .

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Hahhah Ryanair landings is always known for its legend hard landing😂

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I go on ES, see what airports are open. I’m American and so I usually fly a US legacy carrier or Fedex/UPS MD11 (if anyone saw a Fedex MD11 yesterday at Heathrow or Amsterdam, that was probably me). With the 77F coming out, you’ll see me flying the Fedex 777 a lot, and you can bet I’ll be hogging UPS’s or Kalitta Air’s 747 if those get reworked.

I open up FR24 to see what routes these airlines operate from at that airport, see what works for my schedule (I usually do long hauls these days), and I spawn in at the proper gate in the proper aircraft with a proper callsign. You can identify me by my display name, Dan1 IFC.

For planning, I look at prior flight history for the route and trace the flight route as best as I can. For fuel, I take what the previous flight times were and add 1.5 hours of reserves.

I do the usual taxi/takeoff (The MD11 is funny in that it takes off like a brick, as anyone who saw me in Heathrow or in Colombo the other day can attest to, but once it’s climbing it goes up like a rocket). I handfly it to altitude or close to altitude, turn on the autopilot and arm VNAV. I like to be on it when I can during the cruise, you can see some interesting stuff.

VNAV handles the descent, automation comes off once I’m in or close to the pattern. I do the approach and landing, which ranges from beautiful (777) to firm (MD11, I’m not floating that thing ever, look up any MD11 landing incident for more info).

Taxi to gate, brakes set and engines come off. Not much more to it than that.

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I check Tyler’s schedule and plan flights in advance through SimBrief or FPLtoIF, and find a flight between airports with FlightAware to get the aircraft and airline, along with the gates.

I spawn in, start up the APU, get my FPL and weight set, request pushback, then start engines prior to taxi. When my engines are running, I turn the APU off and set flaps to the appropriate setting. I taxi, switch to tower, wait, request departure, turn on strobes and landing lights, then I’m off the ground, hopefully without strong crosswinds.

I switch to departure, and request a flight following. Then if center is open, I switch, check in, and a minute or two before my TOD I request decent via an arrival, then switch to approach, get cleared for an ILS approach, switch to tower, call inbound, get on the ground and switch to ground, and request taxi to parking, while turning off strobes and landing lights, and starting the APU.

I park, shut off the engines, open the doors, and turn off the APU.

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For me

.Wake up (not really usually from 9am-5pm)

.Check flightsfrom website which airline/aircraft I choose

. After doing passengers and cargo loads I wait for push back either 2-5 minutes

.Taxi with one engine then when im almost to my assigned runway engine 2 comes on then i take off smoothly to see how cool I am

.During flight i watch boring stuff and check what me flight is doing

.around 160-110nm I started my descent and check whatever runway is available due to winds

.after landing I speeeed to my gate and finished with some passengers sick and done for the day

. then I do 4 more flights and same thing lol

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This topic has some good info as well

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Relatable
My typical day is:

  • wake up
  • eat food
  • do homework
  • more homework
  • control
  • do more homework
  • sleep
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Haha taxi with one engine how do how you do that😂😂😂

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From a tutorial which taxiing with on engine is a thing to save fuel Your Guide To Single Engine Taxi in Infinite Flight

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Pretty normal to taxi with one engine. It’s done quite a bit IRL.

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Wake up
Takeoff
Eat
Land
Sleep

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With a commercial airline like 787😊😊

Yes, single engine taxiing is quite routine. Engines must be started within 5 minutes of setting takeoff thrust at most operators on departure. Some only allow single engine taxiing after landing, some allow before T/O and after landing. I don’t know for any 787 operators specifically but it is done on commercail airliners yes.

Ohhh that’s interesting first time I’ve heard of it 🛫🛫

Flying: These days, I’m mainly flying in and out of YYZ so each day looks approximately the same, wake up, land the overnight, do a short flight, return to Toronto, over to Europe to land late at night, then back to Toronto as an overnight.

Controller: I’m more of a flyer than a controller, but if no flights fit my schedule, I’ll check frequencies available, maybe open something, and rage at pilots who have no situational awareness or don’t want to follow instructions. Then I just go back and fly again.

That’s awesome dedication I try to wake up.early but unusually start my flight at 10am or 11am or 1 pm depending on how long the flight is going to be😊

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A typical day for me?,Let’s see here…

  • I wake up in the morning around 10am -12pm EST,
  • Decide on a Long haul to do or find out where ATC is the next day and do a long haul there
  • Go to Flight aware and check to see what Airlines do long hauls to the airports i want to fly to
  • Create a Plan on Infinite flight Planner then go to IF and copy the fuel,passengers and cargo weight
    ( I usaully like to set up couple hours before my flight so i can hop right into IF when the time comes)
  • Copy the flight plan and jump into IF and set up the (Deprture,Approach etc.)and Tracks if I am flying on one
  • Take off and fly manually until 2,500 ft then I engage Alt,Heading and Speed and later Nav.
  • Around 20 minutes out from the airport I start my descent (Sometimes i use VNav other times I don’t)
  • Park at the Gate and revert my aircraft back to the way it was when I started the App.(I try to strive for some sort of realism)

Well I’d usually be out of bed and ready to fly by 10. Then I’d take off, and relax for a bit. I’d either land if it was a short/medium haul. If it’s a long haul, I’d have lunch, and walk my dog at around 1. Then I’d come back and send my streaks on Snapchat (I have a lot) and then go out with friends. I’d come back for dinner and land my long haul. Then I’d usually either have training or go out with friends again.

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