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Consolidated "Channel 9 Availability" Discussion Thread [Merged]

Consolidated "Channel 9 Availability" Discussion Thread [Merged]

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Wiki note about the forum’s several, active “Channel 9” threads.

Offering live ATC communications on UA flights on Chanel 9 of the audio entertainment system (“Channel 9”) is exclusive to United and offered at the Captain’s discretion. This forum has four prime, active threads about Channel 9. This note will guide you to the right thread for your post, or to where you would look for those channel 9 posts you’re interested in.

1) This discussion thread to pursue issues about Channel 9 availability. (See the next paragraph. if you merely wish to list the flights offering or not offering channel 9.)

2) A thread – intended as a basic status thread only to list the specific channel 9-equipped flights offering or not offering Channel 9. The thumbs-up/down codes used in the thread are:
^ Channel 9 offered on this flight but no announcement made about it.
^^ Channel 9 offered and crew announced or promoted its availability.
Channel 9 not offered on this flight.
Channel 9 availability reports (no discussion)[Consoldidated]

3) A thread, to discuss interesting things heard on Channel 9, such as interesting exchanges between pilots and controllers or asking about pilot-controller phraseology. The Consolidated "Interesting Things Heard on Channel 9" Thread [Merged]

4) A thread to discuss United’s progress in converting legacy Continental aircraft to offer Channel 9.
Anyone get channel 9 on a reconfigured CO or PDE aircraft yet?

The following aircraft types have "From the Flight Deck" installed (commonly known as "Channel 9," as that's the location it is found on audio handset selectors):
pmUA 777-200ERs
pmCO 777-200ERs
pmUA 777-300ERs
pmUA 777-200As (high density, first class only)
pmUA 767-300ERs
pmCO 767-400ERs
pmUA 757-200 (28J p.s.)
pmCO 757-200 (16J p.s.) -- effective with cabin refresh announced October 2019

[pmUA A320 and A319 aircraft have had it removed. It is not installed on any 737s, 787s, nor pre-2019/2020 cabin refresh program pmCO 757-200s (16J p.s.) or pmCO 757-300s.]

The Moderators may move misplaced posts to conform to these thread aims.

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Old Feb 17, 19, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by bocastephen View Post
2/4 UA7 IAH NRT - PMCO777 so I don't think it was available
It is available on the pmCO 772s in J. Under "AUDIO," select "FROM THE FLIGHT DECK." But many of the pmCO captains either aren't aware or aren't interested in having it on. Of course now with the unified contract, it can be either a pmCO or pmUA captain in charge.

The switch is in the same place on the overhead panel, and requires the left jumpseater position's #1 VHR radio to be selected and audio faded up.
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Old Feb 17, 19, 1:18 pm
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Originally Posted by wxguy View Post
It is available on the pmCO 772s in J. Under "AUDIO," select "FROM THE FLIGHT DECK." But many of the pmCO captains either aren't aware or aren't interested in having it on. Of course now with the unified contract, it can be either a pmCO or pmUA captain in charge.

The switch is in the same place on the overhead panel, and requires the left jumpseater position's #1 VHR radio to be selected and audio faded up.
I could not find it on the pmCO 772 but after the flight Austin747 said on this thread that you have to have the inflight map open to be able to find it.
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Old Feb 23, 19, 2:31 pm
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UA 314 LAX > DEN 772 ^ On at the gate. Man I forgot how great CH9 was. It too was the reason I started flying UA. Hope they bring it back domestically somehow.
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Old Feb 23, 19, 4:27 pm
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UA871 SFO-TPE 777-300ER 22Feb.

The captain wandered through the J cabin greeting pax before departure.
"Hi, Captain, would you be kind enough to make Channel 9 available?"
"There's nothing to hear after take-off so it won't be available on this flight."
"Any chance of through take-off and once again when reaching Asia control?"
"IT WON'T BE AVAILABLE ON THIS FLIGHT."
Alrighty then.

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Old Feb 23, 19, 8:14 pm
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Originally Posted by wxguy View Post
UA871 SFO-TPE 777-300ER 22Feb.

The captain wandered through the J cabin greeting pax before departure.
"Hi, Captain, would you be kind enough to make Channel 9 available?"
"There's nothing to hear after take-off so it won't be available on this flight."
"Any chance of through take-off and once again when reaching Asia control?"
"IT WON'T BE AVAILABLE ON THIS FLIGHT."
Alrighty then.

The attitude is unnecessary - Capt discretion or not, I would be writing in to complain about the exchange.
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Old Feb 24, 19, 12:32 pm
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Perfect streak this trip

UA 1676 SFO-EWR On gate to gate
UA 134 EWR-ZRH On (I asked the FA to pass a request to the captain for it when boarding)
UA 135 ZRH-EWR On (asked captain, he was in the cabin -- he even told me to make sure to go to the maps page to hear it)
UA 1584 EWR-SFO On (asked FA, crew invited me to the cockpit)

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Old Mar 5, 19, 12:19 pm
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UA415, LAX-EWR 772
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Old Mar 14, 19, 8:25 am
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3/12 UA 957 GVA-EWR 767-300: Asked the flight attendant if it would be on and was curtly told no
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Old Mar 14, 19, 8:30 am
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I try to make an effort to go up to the cockpit and ask the captain personally, success rate is 80%!
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Old Mar 14, 19, 11:50 am
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March 14 UA 862 HKG-SFO 👍 gate to gate.
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Old Mar 25, 19, 3:00 pm
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On a recent Ch-9 provided flight, I was listening when the captain came on the PA to do his welcome announcement. It was very detailed, informative, and welcoming. Unfortunately, he transmitted it on the ATC center frequency instead of the PA When done, a lot of pilots chimed in with "Hey! Nice job!" "I just learned how to do a great PA!" and "Thanks for welcoming us. Now, try your passengers!" Oops.

A minute later, he was on the "real" PA, and did it all over again, as if nothing happened. A while later, he sent back business cards with thank-you notes.

A great captain, and nice recovery!
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Old Mar 26, 19, 7:05 pm
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I think it's been years since I've been on a flight with Ch9 turned on although I always check on the planes that are equipped, it's just never on. I'm pretty much always in Economy so don't feel like I should push my way all the way up to the front of the plane to ask. Maybe I should start? Or do you just ask a flight attendant? The last time I did that they looked at me like I'd spoken in tongues.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 9:40 pm
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Is Channel 9 not installed on all the sUA 777-200ERs? I had thought it was an option on all of them, but I couldn’t find it on the last one that I was on (neither on the Main Menu or the Audio section).
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Old Apr 8, 19, 5:10 am
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Originally Posted by econ View Post
Is Channel 9 not installed on all the sUA 777-200ERs? I had thought it was an option on all of them, but I couldn’t find it on the last one that I was on (neither on the Main Menu or the Audio section).
It should be the last selection in Audio -- "From the Flight Deck."
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Old Apr 8, 19, 9:16 am
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On the new reconfigured 772 aircraft, it is under the entertainment option.
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