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Exciting video. Yes, those controllers are the greatest. The secret to the communications is knowing what to expect, situational awareness, and practice. Approaching the airport yesterday, they had my humble little 200 mph aircraft slow down for departing traffic. (grin)
The pilot really wasn't flying the plane...he was just flying the autopilot. You can see how some professional pilots get overwhelmed when they actually have to hand fly the aircraft in an emergency. There was a recent Citation crash in N Georgia where the the plane was flying erratically - speed and altitude were all over place. The pilot reported to ATC that they were "troubleshooting an autopilot problem". Well, they were in the middle of a snow storm so that didn't help.
What is it that he's doing that's so special?
30 seconds ahead of his plane is a big passenger jet that weighs 25 or 30 times as much as his Beechcraft and carries 40 times more passengers, 30 seconds behind him is another one, on and on and on, day and night. They are all piloted by well trained competent pilots, most I expect with many more flying hours and experience than this guy. As a fighter pilot, he probably retired with about 3,000 hours as opposed to the guys flying the big jets who retired with about 10,000 hours. In other words, they had more flight time when they left the military than this guy will have when he quits flying. At the end of their commercial careers they will have 25,000 to 30,000 hours.
He's just another one of the 150,000 commercial pilots in American, just a lot less expereinced than many
I don't think you can meaningfully compare the number of hours in a military jet fighter to the number of hours in command of a commercial airliner. The military hours are all hand-flown in either training or combat. The airline hours are flown 95% on autopilot with a cup of coffee in one hand and another pilot sitting next to you as a backup.
My point is that he's doing exactly the same thing that millions of other pilots have done at Hartsfield and do every day. But my point about his experience still stands, he's flying a small passenger plane now and doing exactly the same thing as the big boys. I'm sure he's a fine pilot but I'm confused why TNJ thinks he's so hot.
Heck, five years ago I flew my single-engine two-passenger airplane (that I build in my garage) right over LAX on my way to Torrance. So I guess I was just doing the what the "big boys" do, right? In my old age, I have sadly learned that some folks just enjoy tearing down the accomplishments of others. I'm guessing you're a Bernie Bro. Am I right?
Haha! Well,no, you’re about as far away from what the big boys are doing short of walking. Did you miss the part where I said I’m sure he’s a fine pilot? But there are tens of thousands of fine pilots without even including private pilots like you. But you’ll never be as good as an ATP for the simple reason that you probably fly about 50-100 hours a year in a good year and they fly 1,000 year in and year out. That’s not a swipe at you but experience does matter. Remember the 10,000 hour rule?