US Airways - September 2013 - (Page 49)
While you’re waiting at the gate to board,
employees are busy getting your flight ready.
by tara titcombe | Illustrations by Otto steininger
> A flight dispatcher writes a
report that includes the route
and altitude to fly, the fuel load,
airports along the way, and other
details. The dispatcher then sends
the report to airport authorities
and the flight’s captain.
The pilots and flight attendants
arrive in the crew room for a quick
meeting to review both the flight
report and a checklist that
ensures every task is done
properly before, during,
and after the flight. Each
group then conducts its
own meeting to assign
> Carts filled with meals and
beverages are loaded onto
a catering truck that
heads to the airport.
After passing through
a security checkpoint,
the carts are loaded
onto the plane.
> A cleaning crew disinfects
lavatories and galley counters and removes service
items from the cabin and
galley. The crew also
crosses all seat belts
and, in First Class, places
folded blankets and
pillows on the seats.
> Customer bags, mail, and other
> Gate agents make the
pre-boarding announcement and
begin assisting passengers with
cargo begin loading.
> The captain performs the pre-
flight inspection. He or she tests
the inflight systems and conducts
a walk-around to examine the
Flight attendants close
the doors. The jet bridge
is pulled back by a gate
agent, and the ground
crew hooks up the pushback tractor to the plane.
> Wheels up. bon voyage!
> Gate agents begin boarding
by zone. After the final
boarding call, an agent
prints the final passenger
list and delivers it to
the flight attendants
Weight and balancing
numbers are called in to the
pilots after the passengers, fuel,
and bags are loaded. The weight
and balancing team ensures that
the weight is properly distributed
in the plane. The captain then signs
off on all paperwork and numbers.
A fueler fills the plane. The
fuel amount is prescribed in the
prepared flight report.
> The plane is pushed back from
the gate by the ground crew. The
tower tells the captain the assigned
taxiway and runway.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - September 2013
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Top College Football Rivalries
Hub Crawl: Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
Wine & Dine: Las Vegas Dining
Golf: Pacific Links International
University Spotlight: Salisbury University
Style Spotlight: Yacht Club
Gear Up: Cookout Tools
Travel Feature: Jamaica
US Airways: Countdown to Departure
Great Tastes: Fearrington Village, NC
Professional MBA: Wake Forest University
Travel: Apps for Business and Leisure
High Style: Fashion by Peter Millar
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Window or Aisle?
US Airways - September 2013