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19th Nov 2006, 22:24
This morning crossed 30 West for 100th time this year.
Not bad for TMI 323:ok:.
Is this a record?

fox niner
19th Nov 2006, 22:28
Perhaps your airline should get CPDLC so that you don't even have to do a position report.........:ok:

19th Nov 2006, 22:37
I doubt it.
A good friend of mine, a retired TWA Captain has Atlantic crossings that number well over 2000, in three different aeroplanes, B707, L1011, B747.

19th Nov 2006, 22:42
2000 in a year, eh, 411A? That is some going!:ugh:

Yes, Farns, I reckon that will be a record.:ok:

19th Nov 2006, 22:50
There is a colleague, who a few years ago wanted to create an e-mail address. He wondered where he really lived, and at that time we were battling to & fro across the Atlantic. He ended up deciding that XXXXX@30W was an appropriate address. He grew old quickly but gracefully, and once off the pond crossing recovered his true youth.

20th Nov 2006, 01:24
It gets even better, BOAC.
TWA had a couple of guys that were triple qualified...L1011, 767, 747.
One bid Atlantic crossings only...for five years straight.

He was however, looking older well before his time.
The sims wore him out....:ugh:

20th Nov 2006, 04:32
The Atlantic is OK but they keep moving the airways every night.

I prefer "Radar Contact Lost, Report NIPPI to Tokyo Radio...":)

20th Nov 2006, 04:42
All too right, Airbubba, the Atlantic can be a pain.
Trans-Pacific is much better...longer flights, longer layovers, more pay (usually).
Dozing for dollars, Captains especially:E

Captain Airclues
20th Nov 2006, 08:57
My highest number of 30W crossings in a year is 88 (1992). Highest number in a month is 12 and managed two in an hour in 1985.


20th Nov 2006, 10:45

I'm in stiches....your previous comment has been, and is still completely lost on him! :D

Anyway...for me, the Indian Ocean is far worse than the Atlantic....

20th Nov 2006, 10:56
Let's keep it as our little secret, eh? Don't want to make it TOO obvious............:ok:

Mind you, Captain A has to have some sort of record! What happened, Sir - change your mind? Forget to lock the house?:)

20th Nov 2006, 12:19
2000 eh. Well there are still 6 weeks left:ok:

20th Nov 2006, 12:22
2000 eh. Well there are still 6 weeks left:ok:

Perhaps you could make a few orbits out there and make more than one call per tripo :-)

20th Nov 2006, 12:35
As an RAF chap, where is this 'West' that you all speak so fondly of.;)

issi noho
20th Nov 2006, 16:38
Wonder how many more you'll make this year if Shanwick bring in their new SAATS system tomorrow, could go horribly wrong.

We'll see.

20th Nov 2006, 17:54
could go horribly wrong.

Oh ye of little faith :E

issi noho
20th Nov 2006, 18:18
Experience tells me faith and aviation haven't had much to do with each other since the Wright brothers.

We'll see.


20th Nov 2006, 21:35
Well.whoopee do! So what? All this thread tells me is that you've probably only done 50 landings this year. I don't care about the quality of your position reports. How are your landings? Also, how are you on navigational errors, clearance readbacks etc? Are your family proud of this statistic or are you so shallow no reasonable woman would have you? You're not that guy/gal who pretends to be a delta winged, T tailed individual are you? Could be you are on the Halifax - Prestwick run this year in which case you have my sympathies. If you're military then forget all before. Me , I fly often, land frequently(not always delicately) but I don't see passing 30W as a great achievement(do it myself sometimes). Maybe the Easyjet guys would like to start telling us how many LGW - GVAs theyve done?

20th Nov 2006, 21:52
Spoil sport!

20th Nov 2006, 21:56
I agree; you are to be congratulated.
You also have my sympathy.
I crossed 30W for the very last time (in the front seat) a few weeks ago.
Thank God.
Best wishes and Happy landings.

UP and Down Operator
20th Nov 2006, 23:34
Can not claim that I have crossed 30W more than a single time sitting in the front, but then i had 11 landings in one day in stead... commercially that is :{

Girlfriend mentioned that I looked older as well, and performed as an old man, when i got home that night :E :\

21st Nov 2006, 02:19
Well I've reported 30W 6 times in the last two weeks...Got to love that ol 91 flying!!! Congrats I hope thats a record@ (not one I want to repeat!) :D

21st Nov 2006, 03:58
Isn't anyone going to inform Redcarpet (of the RAF - a revered organization in my country) the meaning of 30W? He asked the question and you have flown right by him.

21st Nov 2006, 08:00
Actually, Millers, I fancy that post was TIC, since there are very few RAF 'active ops' west of the Greenwich meridian.:) I guess the 'W' button on the keypad will last a long time.


Any feedback on how it is doing?

issi noho
21st Nov 2006, 08:54
I think it comes in tonight at about 2100.

Captain Airclues
21st Nov 2006, 09:00
Just to keep rmiller774 happy, I am pleased to inform Redcarpet that '30W' is a place that is between Ascension and Mount Pleasant. :)


21st Nov 2006, 09:11
Farns744, Sincere Congratulations!
Is there a tatoo involved? :cool:

Now as if it was even a consideration......
no worries on competition from the likes of me.

I agree; you are to be congratulated.
You also have my sympathy.
I crossed 30W for the very last time (in the front seat) a few weeks ago.
Thank God.
Best wishes and Happy landings.

Please share your heading upon the last crossing, Fantom ? :}

21st Nov 2006, 14:21
Please share your heading upon the last crossing, Fantom ? :}

East, of course. That's what the 'E' on the compass-card means: Europe. The 'W' means Wild West. :)

fox niner
21st Nov 2006, 14:45
Eeeehhh guys,

I usually fly to the far east/africa, but coming friday (TMI 329) I'll be going to JFK.

What the hell is this SAATS thing? Is everything going to be easier, or am I going to find out while reading the books in the Scottish FIR?:ok:

21st Nov 2006, 15:34
What the hell is this SAATS thing?

This touches on it:


Basically, SAATS is the new ATC computer system due to replace the current 20 year-old Flight Data Processing System, (FDPS), at the Prestwick OACC.

It is due to go live tonight and for the next few days there will be some minor flow restrictions in place for Westbound traffic entering the Shanwick OCA, just to ease the system/Controllers/Assistants into working flat out without any regulation.

If all goes to plan these restrictions will be lifted ASAP.

Hope that answers your question.:ok:

22nd Nov 2006, 02:19
Jonesy Boyyo, What a rambling, bitter posting! Perhaps your your last "delicate landing" rattled your brain. Try to chill out a bit.

Flying Guy
27th Nov 2006, 20:06
Jonsey, if you think making smooth landings is the sign of a good pilot I'm afraid you really miss the point. Making smooth landings is about the most least important feature of being a good, professional pilot.

Sounds like a student pilot remark.

27th Nov 2006, 20:22
I imagine Concorde crews would have built up their Atlantic Crossings very quickly!!! :)

30th Nov 2006, 15:12
Ooops - rumbled!:ok: