So, you walk into ops and they give you a bunch of paperwork.
Do you then sit down with your Captain and go through it with him/her or do you find a corner somewhere to study it? I wonder if you could tell me when do you allocate the time to analyse all the data, the Met, the fuel, the levels, etc., etc., the lot?
Ha if only. We need to print our own release. The Capt will usually print one and bring it to the plane. (Sometimes you won't even see the Capt until you are at the airplane if they don't come into the crew room. I have flown with guys who have shown up and sat down 10 minutes before departure and barked out "Before Start Checklist"!) Unless there is wx that will be a factor along the way or the destination is near minimums (and we are both in the crew room), we usually review it onboard the plane. Not much data for us to 'analyze'. No long haul flights here. Check wx, check fuel load, check MEL status/compliance, match N-number & crew names to paperwork (people have departed with the wrong airplane before!) and review the AML/aircraft maintenance log and check open write up status (everything should be closed or MEL'd and placarded properly). The data is all worked out by the Dispatcher and we generally go with that. If the winds aren't much of a factor we may request a different altitude from the controller enroute. Or if the Capt wants an alternate or fuel added (if for some reason the dispatcher didn't) that is their discretion.
Therefore, how much time do you get to do a gross error check to see if the data is correct for this flight? Or do you Gross Error check then plug in all the figures into the FMS?
Gross error check?!? FMS?? LOL We don't have no stinkin' FMS...
How much time have you got? If you turn up early - and the stuff is not ready, can you ask for your paperwork or do you stay in the queue of next slot next served, my point being, do you get your paperwork on time, or do they mess you about - do you ever get rushed to preapre for flight and get into the air, if so, IF SO, can you utilise your power to bring things down to a manageable speed or do you have to play catch up to the departure slot.... I am merely interested, for future jobs.
The release is printable 1 hour before departure. I often look up the burns, planned fuel and weather in the computer and start to fill that stuff in on my weight & balance manifest before getting on the plane. Rushed? We are seemingly always in a rush. 30 minutes prior at the gate doing the walk around, do the cockpit scan, cockpit equipment check, set up NAVs & COMs, get ATIS, print departure clearance, send FOB to dispatch, run checklist, start an engine to use for HP/High Pressure airflow AC (no APU), complete manifest, prepare a TOLD/Take Off & Landing Data card (V speeds), brief the takeoff, start the left, two more checklists, then finally leave the gate.
And if that makes you feel rushed just thinking about it get this: yesterday we were followed by an EMB-120 into the airport. We both landed about 3pm and he pulled to the gate only 2 minutes behind us. By 3:15 we were boarding pax again and the EMB was already boarded and taxiing out! Another EMB was on the ground waiting for the gate and that plane was also turned around in 15 minutes! Before we ever got out of the chocks, two
EMB120s were turned! Talk about rushed.....