When in doubt couple the autopilot to the approach or just follow the ques of your flight director. I though that most airlines have made it mandatory that crews back up visual approaches with an instrument approach? ....I have in my part 91 department. We go as far as to build a simple 3 nm fix in the FMS on runways without approaches just as a reference.
"Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it!"
Ok.....For all you controllers out there (especially the ones who work Washington Center). Next time I'm heading north on the east coast and you tell me to descend to FL240 400nm from my destination I should tell you unable due to fuel?......Really? I've tried that before and it doesn't work. You tell us that you have to layer traffic bases on destination.
My opinion, ya'll got yourselves in a nice easy routine and to do anything different is work.
Of course your neighbor is going to tell you that they work harder then everyone else. Did he also tell you that they are the biggest whiners in the industry?
The fact is unless they've done it all he hasn't a clue what others go thru! I know for a fact that there are pilots that fly for companies that don't have their own meteorologists, dispatchers, cleaners, stockers, flight attendants, and the list goes on and on. Yet they too have to do week long road shows!! So please!!
Lee Moak is an Airline Pilot....Airline Pilots bitch.....I should know I was one once and I bitched. Then I grew up and got out of that funk!!
It's never the Pilots fault, it's the AutoThrottles fault for not activating or managements fault for making them work so hard or the training departments fault for not thinking of every senerio etc, etc, etc!!!
This happen to me a few years ago and I too elected to wait the exrta 2 hours for my scheduled flight. Turns out that my flight was overbooked and they had to ask for volunteers to take the next flight. I walked up to the counter and preceeded to berate them about their short sightedness.