Por estudante e colaborador de Plane English Ricardo Abritta.

Ricardo é um piloto de linha aérea regional brasileira com uma paixão pela aviação. Quando ele não está voando, ele pode ser encontrado com sua câmera tirando fotos impressionantes de aviação.  A foto desse artigo é por Ricardo. mais fotos de Ricardo pode ser encontrada aqui

Ricardo tem atualmente ICAO nível 4 Inglês, mas, certamente, vai obter o nível 5 em seu próximo teste.

Sua determinação para obter o nível 6 é incrível e esperamos fazê-lo em breve.

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Waking Up and Getting to the Airport

The day starts early!!! 4am and the alarm clock rings. I look outside the window just to check the weather and see what is Waiting for me…. I take a shower, eat a small breakfast (I’ll have another breakfast in flight). My bags were packed last night to save me more time to sleep! Finally it is time to put on the best uniform ever… I kiss my wife goodbye because, after all, I will only be back 5 days later… she’s a little sad but it’s okay. I Jump in the car and, for me; it’s time to listen to some good music to keep away the tiredness and to fully wake me up…. I live just 8 minutes away from airport it’s a short trip.

Once at the airport, I meet some colleagues in the company’s room called “the D.O.” and the other crew members of today’s flight. Today we have a long journey. It will be about 6,5 hours of flying with 5 sectors, f Ribeirão Preto to São Paulo, back to Ribeirão Preto and then to Goiania, Palmas and the final step to Araguaína, a small city in the state of Tocantins , in the centre of the country.

About 40 minutes before departure a ground staff member comes and tells us that the aircraft is already positioned on the apron and asks about boarding clearance….. “Just after the Flight attendants say the cabins is okay for boarding” – the Captain says… We meet for a short briefing about the weather conditions, door opening procedures and other security items.

Walk Around and Preflight

On the apron, the Captain performs the walk around and I get onto the airplane, after the ladies, of course. Once in the cockpit, the airplane is cold and withouth power, usual for the first flight of the day. I check the Technical Logbook to see the airplane’s status and to check for any previous maintenance actions. Ok, the airplane is good, no ACR Items, let’s turn this baby on: Battery ON – and the machine comes to life….. After, I check to see if the external Power has sufficient voltage to supply the entire airplane and put it online to supply all DC systems. With the aircraft energized and all systems running and checked according to my airline’s policy, I can start the pre-flight preparation:

The preflight sometimes takes a little time to conclude. Maintenance calls, ground staff and flight attendant calls break the routine, which can induce you to make a mistake or forget something so, I focus and strictly follow the airline’s policy. This is the best manner to avoid making mistakes.

Light test…

Compass and Storm Light…

Fuel pumps and Cross feed valve…

Doors switch test…

Engine 1 Fire Handle…

Exterior lights…

Electrical Panel…

CVR…

Passenger Signs…

Anti-Icing and De-icing Panel…

Hydraulic Panel…

Air Conditioning Panel…

Engine 2 Fire Handle…

Trims…

Throttle quadrant…

Engine instruments… and etc….

After I copy the ATIS, I am aware of the airport conditions, the runway in use is 18, wind is 120/07kt and temperature is 23ºC. “OK, runway 18 so, I can assume a ULAM departure to Guarulhos as usual and a PIRA 5 arrival (but this might change). I decided to request ATC clearance quickly because there are a lot of flights departing at the same time and we do not want to stay in position awaiting ATC clearance so, we decided to get it early. In fact, it is normally available from ATC only 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time but in Ribeirão Preto we have good rapport with the guys and girls in the tower. And then…

DIN DIN…..

  • Cockpit from ground: Go ahead!

  • They told me the fuel is 2400kg is it ok for you?!

  • Urg…Uhm… yes!! 2400 its okay!

  • Thanks!! I will start to refuel…

PA announcement: Cabin crew, the airplane is being refueled!

Ok, where I was…. Ah!! FMS (Flight Management System)!!

After some predicted data insertions into the FMS…. I check the runway analysis to get our MTOW and Vspeeds – the Take Off Data Card is almost completed – just waiting for the last of the paperwork (Navigation and Load sheet).

  • 2261, clearance”

  • Go ahead, 2261!”

  • 2261 is cleared to São Paulo Guarulhos as filed FL 150. Departure runways 18 – ULAM departure, after ULAM, fly direct to TUBE, departure frequency 119.75, SQUAWK 4204.”