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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 Jan 14, 17, 6:46 pm
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Originally Posted by SFO 1K View Post
The new Hawaiian IPTE 777 have "From the Flight Deck" on the AVOD. I did not ask if it was on and for a moment when I tuned in there was a light hiss.

Since these aircraft had Channel 9 before, it's possible the patch to the IFE is in fact working. Hopefully someone else can check on this.
Yes, indeed! Ch 9 was working on a reconfigured 777 HNL-SFO I flew on Dec. 30. It was the first time in many months I'd had it on a flight, and I'd almost forgotten how much it added to the experience.
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Old Jan 17, 17, 2:15 pm
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wow, good to know that.
Anyone know if former 77H now 77Gs (2379 being only one at this time) has the similar capability?

Originally Posted by transportprof View Post
Yes, indeed! Ch 9 was working on a reconfigured 777 HNL-SFO I flew on Dec. 30. It was the first time in many months I'd had it on a flight, and I'd almost forgotten how much it added to the experience.
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Old Jan 17, 17, 3:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Hartmann View Post
1/16 - UA743 - EWR-ORD (763) - Channel 9 was available the entire flight, even during the 2 hour mechanical delay where I could hear the discussion with Ops and the Mechanical teams and the frustration from the pilots since the fix was easy, but no one showed up for over an hour.
Interesting - I was on that same 763 which came in from ORD (UA385 ORD-EWR 1/16) and Channel 9 was turned off throughout my flight.
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Old Feb 7, 17, 8:17 pm
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Old Feb 8, 17, 11:23 pm
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I have given up on Ch 9 domestic. I find it available sometimes on SIN-HKG and then again out of HKG to SFO a well as ORD but it stops once we are past NRT. Channel 9 used to be such a wonderful offering especially for enthusiasts but Unions have put an end to it.
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Old Feb 9, 17, 1:46 pm
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In my experience the two main limits to availability of live ATC in the form of Channel 9 are the very few domestic aircraft having the capability and, for those international craft that are Ch. 9 enabled, that direct radar monitoring of flights doesn't occur more than about 200-250 miles from land-based radar.

That over-ocean flight is monitored by non-radar means with HF and ACARS communication is likely the reason that most UA pilots switch off channel 9 or replace it with some other audio; and some may forget to switch back when their over-land segment resumes.
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Old Feb 15, 17, 1:16 pm
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As noted in the "What do you want to know about the new 77W??" thread, Channel 9 (aka "From the Flight Deck") is offered on this new type! Here's the post. ^^^^^
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Old Feb 15, 17, 1:28 pm
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Originally Posted by Exleftseat View Post
I have given up on Ch 9 domestic. I find it available sometimes on SIN-HKG and then again out of HKG to SFO a well as ORD but it stops once we are past NRT. Channel 9 used to be such a wonderful offering especially for enthusiasts but Unions have put an end to it.
What's the stories with the unions over this?
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Old Feb 15, 17, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by ELAL View Post
What's the stories with the unions over this?
Incorrect information. CH 9 has always been at the PICs digression and many appear to less than enthusiastic about it due to concerns of over zealous passengers (real or not). UA has not been making much of an effort to added it to sCO aircraft and it was lost from A3xx in the IFE retrofit. But the availability on the 777-300ER is good news.
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Does anyone know if the Ch9 on the 77W is wired in or part of streaming entertainment? I know UA has maintained that it's coming back, but that they were trying to integrate it with the streaming system somehow. If it's streaming, it's a great sign. Even if not, still a good sign that it's not dead. I think there are many more Ch9 fans than they realize.
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Old Feb 15, 17, 10:48 pm
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Originally Posted by asphaltman View Post
Does anyone know if the Ch9 on the 77W is wired in or part of streaming entertainment? I know UA has maintained that it's coming back, but that they were trying to integrate it with the streaming system somehow. If it's streaming, it's a great sign. Even if not, still a good sign that it's not dead. I think there are many more Ch9 fans than they realize.
I was under the impression that the wired and wireless entertainment on the 777W were intigrated together and intigrated into the flight management system in some way.
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Old Feb 16, 17, 7:25 am
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Is Channel 9 live on the current 77W flight (EWR-SFO)??
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Old Feb 16, 17, 8:29 am
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Yes. See posts 258 and 262, above.
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Originally Posted by Ocn Vw 1K View Post
Yes. See posts 258 and 262, above.
I know it's available, I was curious if it was on during the inaugural flight.
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Old Feb 16, 17, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyHighInTheSky View Post
Is Channel 9 live on the current 77W flight (EWR-SFO)??
It might be there, but it was not on, I checked multiple times throughout the flight to no avail.
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