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Availability of ATC Communications on Channel 9 thread [2011 Flights]

Availability of ATC Communications on Channel 9 thread [2011 Flights]

Old Mar 14, 11, 10:40 pm
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ch 9

3/14 mco den UA 215 - FA didn't turn on any audio until we were airborne.

Didn't remember to post my last 9 flights but haven't gotten Ch 9 for a LONG time! I don't understand why. It is one of the few ways I can relax while flying and catnap on planes. Otherwise, each ascent, decent, turn and bump give me complete adrenaline dump - ch9 let's me anticipate and relax even in bad weather or bad situations.
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Old Mar 15, 11, 4:13 am
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Big Thumbs Up!

3/14 UA835 ORD-PVG, on from push-back to pull-in -- about 15 hours! ^^^^^ The route was over central Alaska, across the Bering Strait, and then Siberia. So lots of great listening. Kudos to Captain Griffin for keeping it on the entire journey. Via the Purser I sent up my business card with a "thank you" -- and he sent back his card with a "you're very welcome"! Funny thing was, his card is the 747 card and we were on a 777. He apologized saying he just changed airplanes and didn't have new cards yet (Our 777 was in "new United" colors.)
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Old Mar 15, 11, 9:20 am
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3/14 273 phx-ord ^
3/15 636 ord-pit ^
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Old Mar 19, 11, 8:20 pm
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3/14 LAX-OGG 45 ^^ (except when outside radar coverage)
3/17 OGG-LAX 44 ^ on takeoff, over ocean and on landing (even though flight attendant reannounced channel 9 prior to landing)
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Old Mar 19, 11, 8:44 pm
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3/14 491 OKC-DEN ^
3/14 372 DEN-SFO ^ --especially useful for on the ground waiting during the ground hold
3/14 820 SFO-SEA I asked about it on boarding, the copilot looked at the board, and said it wasn't working. Don't know if it wasn't working or if they just wanted it off.
3/14 180 SFO-BOS An announcement was made that it would be on, but I couldn't get it. It was an overnight flight, so I didn't press it much while I slept.
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Old Mar 20, 11, 12:55 am
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3/16 166 LAX-BOS

Asked upon boarding if the purser could ask the Captain. She literally screamed at me that it wouldn't be on and don't bother asking.
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Old Mar 21, 11, 3:13 pm
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3/21 494 DSM-ORD
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Old Mar 21, 11, 6:49 pm
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3/12 UA 6 SFO to JFK B757 (p.s.) ^
3/20 UA 863 JFK to SFO B757 (p.s.) (Captain didn't want to run the risk of being recorded and posted on YouTube).
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Old Mar 26, 11, 3:55 pm
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3/26 935 LHR-LAX ^ throughout the whole flight (no announcement)
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Old Mar 26, 11, 8:30 pm
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Struck out 3/23


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Old Mar 27, 11, 6:37 am
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3/22 UA319 IAD-LAX 2-class 767 on w/no announcement
3/24 UA856 LAX-IAD 777 off
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Old Mar 27, 11, 8:43 am
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3/18 UA942 B767-300 IPTE ORD-CDG
3/21 UA943 B767-300 IPTE CDG-ORD Asked one of the FAs, who said the captain has mentioned that the 767 was not capable of Channel 9
3/21 UA657 B757-200 ORD-DEN ^
3/25 UA733 B757-200wifi DEN-SFO ^
3/26 UA760 B767-300 SFO-ORD ^^^ Captain Denny was PIC, so no problems getting it turned on ^^ Also saw where the Channel 9 switch is located
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Old Mar 28, 11, 11:58 am
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3/25 UA 975 IAD-SFO 757 (Jazz)

FA doing her welcome announcement mentioned how UA has "gate to gate audio and tower communications" but the audio didn't come on until after takeoff and there was no Channel 9
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Old Mar 28, 11, 1:08 pm
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UA 901 FRA SFO.^^ 3/27
Announcement made during climbout. On the entire flight. I enjoyed the transoceanic radio traffic.
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Old Mar 28, 11, 2:40 pm
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3/26 UA954 (B757) LAX-SFO ^ (but audio not on until after takeoff)
3/26 UA760 (B767) SFO-ORD ^^^ (as already reported by FriendlySkies)
3/26 UA129 (A320) ORD-LAX ^ (announced by purser; captain looked a bit startled when I thanked him after the flight for having Channel 9 available)

A pretty good day for Channel 9, I'd say.
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