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Friday, June 16, 2006 

Enter the Jet Phase

Automation, is it a good thing or a bad thing? I've already undergone almost two weeks of ground studies. Learning the intricacies of systems that keeps a jet plane in the air AND keep it one of the safests instruments of transportation in the world.

Automation has alot of acronyms. FMS, EICAS, AHRS, ADC, DAU, MFD, GPWS, and many many more. Plus, an acronym for one system might mean a whole other thing for another system, an ECU for the airconditioning system is totally different than an ECU for the APU. I sit in my personal bay at the computer based training room, staring at the huge monitor day in day out, trying to sponge off all the information I can get until my head starts getting wobbly, and I call it a day.

Did you know that you could get an information of how your engines are doing through at least THREE different displays and systems? Talk about redundancy! This doesnt even take into account of methods of implying what your engine is doing through other types of instruments. The systems are so sensitive that they'd tell me if the plane is off course by 0.1 Nm (roughly 200m) and this is accurate by 50 ft! Hell, if both engines blew off, which is the main source of power through generators, there are still basic equipments which would let me glide the plane for a landing. Of course we would descend a whole lot faster than a normal glider, but it's still somewhat of a controlled descent!

A few more weeks of groundstudy, some exams, and just waiting for space to open up at the next training point. I just cant wait to fly this sports car of aviation. Small, sleek, powerful. Hopefully I'll be one of the few who would be going up to FL490 (49000ft) and see the curvature of the Earth.

Seeing the curvature of the Earth...wow! Good luck for it,buddy!

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