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Wiki note about the forumís several, active ďChannel 9Ē threads.

Offering live ATC communications on UA flights on Chanel 9 of the audio entertainment system (ďChannel 9Ē) is exclusive to United and offered at the Captainís 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 youíre 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 Ė 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 Unitedís 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 6, 18, 8:51 am
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In the past, I have had PAXs actually criticize our interaction with ATC, and often times the CA will not turn on channel 9 for that reason. One time in particular, going into SFO, we had a passenger actually argue with us over the decision to accept an approach he felt we should not have accepted, for various reasons. Mind you, he was not an ATP or type rated for the Boeing, but marched into the flightdeck after the flight, and proceeded to criticize the last 40 minutes of our flight. It was downright bizarre. Making it even more ironic, it was during a line check, and the line check airman and he got into a pretty heated argument. People are very strange sometimes...
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Old Feb 6, 18, 9:23 am
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Originally Posted by 757FO View Post
In the past, I have had PAXs actually criticize our interaction with ATC, and often times the CA will not turn on channel 9 for that reason. One time in particular, going into SFO, we had a passenger actually argue with us over the decision to accept an approach he felt we should not have accepted, for various reasons. Mind you, he was not an ATP or type rated for the Boeing, but marched into the flightdeck after the flight, and proceeded to criticize the last 40 minutes of our flight. It was downright bizarre. Making it even more ironic, it was during a line check, and the line check airman and he got into a pretty heated argument. People are very strange sometimes...
It's too bad that what I assume is a small minority has to ruin it for everyone else. I, like many who have posted in this thread, love Channel 9 and have enjoyed listening to it since I was young (so long ago).
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Old Feb 6, 18, 9:53 am
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Originally Posted by 757FO View Post
In the past, I have had PAXs actually criticize our interaction with ATC, and often times the CA will not turn on channel 9 for that reason. One time in particular, going into SFO, we had a passenger actually argue with us over the decision to accept an approach he felt we should not have accepted, for various reasons. Mind you, he was not an ATP or type rated for the Boeing, but marched into the flightdeck after the flight, and proceeded to criticize the last 40 minutes of our flight. It was downright bizarre. Making it even more ironic, it was during a line check, and the line check airman and he got into a pretty heated argument. People are very strange sometimes...
I'll second this. Had to answer to a Chief Pilot years ago about a passenger complaint similar to that - said we were flying at the wrong altitude.

I'll reluctantly turn Channel 9 on if someone asks, but it usually stays off.
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Old Feb 12, 18, 9:09 am
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Asking FAís to relay my request seems like an exercise in futility. On a 763 right now and asked my FA if they could ask the pilot to turn it on, FA came back saying he asked his lead attendant and they said itís not available on this plane...Iím staring at the screen right now that says to turn into the channel. All I can do is smile and say thanks for trying.

edit: the lead FA came back to me an apologized for the misunderstanding and said that this plane does indeed have it and the pilot would turn it on. For that, I will make sure to leave a good word for the crew.
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Old Feb 13, 18, 10:20 pm
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Originally Posted by BThumme View Post
Asking FAís to relay my request seems like an exercise in futility. On a 763 right now and asked my FA if they could ask the pilot to turn it on, FA came back saying he asked his lead attendant and they said itís not available on this plane...Iím staring at the screen right now that says to turn into the channel. All I can do is smile and say thanks for trying.

edit: the lead FA came back to me an apologized for the misunderstanding and said that this plane does indeed have it and the pilot would turn it on. For that, I will make sure to leave a good word for the crew.
That was exactly my experience. Iím glad the 77W has it, that means it may not be completely dead after all. Iím still hoping it gets added to the PDE like they mentioned years ago.
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Old Feb 14, 18, 7:37 am
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Originally Posted by asphaltman View Post


That was exactly my experience. Iím glad the 77W has it, that means it may not be completely dead after all. Iím still hoping it gets added to the PDE like they mentioned years ago.
Actually...they said they would turn it on for me but it didn't get turned on at all. And I didn't want to be "that guy" so didn't followup.
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Old Mar 2, 18, 8:11 pm
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Originally Posted by wxguy View Post
It's likely that the enabling switch was on, but the #1VHF radio at the left jumpseater's position was not faded up. Both must happen to allow passengers to hear ATC. The fact that it happened twice on the same aircraft months apart is just a coincidence.
Originally Posted by BThumme View Post
Actually...they said they would turn it on for me but it didn't get turned on at all. And I didn't want to be "that guy" so didn't followup.
Maybe this is what happened on your flight.
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Old Mar 2, 18, 11:30 pm
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Originally Posted by pushmyredbutton View Post
BOS-SFO on a p.s. 752

I was one of the last to board and I happened to ask the FO on the jetbridge if Ch 9 would be on. He didn't think that the aircraft had it, but said he would check with the Captain. Never was turned on.
Beleive the 16-seat lie flat 752 version does not have CH9 . But the 28 seat lie-flat 752 does.
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Old Mar 3, 18, 7:33 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Beleive the 16-seat lie flat 752 version does not have CH9 . But the 28 seat lie-flat 752 does.
You are correct, WC. The 16-seat is a pmCO plane and never had the capability installed. The 28-seat is pmUA and their legacy fleet had it.
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Old Mar 3, 18, 10:03 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Beleive the 16-seat lie flat 752 version does not have CH9 . But the 28 seat lie-flat 752 does.
Sorry, should have been more specific. This was a pmUA 752.
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Old Mar 3, 18, 10:35 am
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Originally Posted by WineCountryUA View Post
Beleive the 16-seat lie flat 752 version does not have CH9 . But the 28 seat lie-flat 752 does.
Thanks. I didnít know about the pmUA 752s. Iíll be on one next week and am going to ask about channel 9.
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Old Mar 8, 18, 7:37 am
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It has been such a long time since I was on a Channel 9 equipped plane that I have almost forgotten that this still even exists.

There was a time that listening to Channel 9 was the only entertainment I did on a plane. Oh, how I wish...
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Old Mar 8, 18, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by Karl-MDW View Post
It has been such a long time since I was on a Channel 9 equipped plane that I have almost forgotten that this still even exists.

There was a time that listening to Channel 9 was the only entertainment I did on a plane. Oh, how I wish...
Just had channel 9 available on my SFO-AKL flight. Captain announced they have it on the whole flight, but let everyone know due to most of the flight being over water only the first 30 and last 30 of the flight would have any actual audio. I appreciated him letting us know it was available versus having to go and search.
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Old Mar 8, 18, 8:59 pm
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Originally Posted by 757FO View Post
In the past, I have had PAXs actually criticize our interaction with ATC, and often times the CA will not turn on channel 9 for that reason. One time in particular, going into SFO, we had a passenger actually argue with us over the decision to accept an approach he felt we should not have accepted, for various reasons. Mind you, he was not an ATP or type rated for the Boeing, but marched into the flightdeck after the flight, and proceeded to criticize the last 40 minutes of our flight. It was downright bizarre. Making it even more ironic, it was during a line check, and the line check airman and he got into a pretty heated argument. People are very strange sometimes...
if i knew someone on my flight did that, Iíd wait until we were clear of the terminal and kneecap Ďem for bein a wise guy. LOL
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Old Mar 12, 18, 6:28 pm
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I just came here to say... I miss Ch 9. All I fly are 737s these days and I have no idea what is happening from the cockpit.
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