Depart - La Paz (SLLP) / Arrive - Lima (SPIM)
Capt Simon - First Officer Gary
OUT - 1544Z / OFF - 1556Z
IN - 1719Z / ON - 1724Z
Block - 1:40 / Flight - 1:23
Fuel Loaded - 25.0 / Remaining - 9.5 / Used - 15.5
Landing Rate - 133
It was all to play for on this one. Two good-ish landings so far, no failures of the sim. The scene was set with Simon and Gary happily prepared for the flight in the dispatch lounge. They took their places in the sim followed by Peter, our resident Sensai/guru/retired 747 training captain.
The preflight carried on with some helpful pointers from behind the pedestal. The crew plowed their way through the departure briefing to make a quick departure from La Paz, all the while with the cabin replicating an enviroment not too dissimilar to that of the top of Mt Everest. At over 13,000ft, the airport is the highest the sim has visited to date. With little to no performancea data available for the runway, the crew decided to skip a de-rated takeoff, and reassured with comments along the lines of "what could possibly go wrong...?" they reached the cruise with no malfunctions...yet!
The cruise phase of flight is generally a more relaxed and minimal workload situation for most of the crews. Peter, who meanwhile was relaxing in the rear of the flight deck, took the decision to amuse himself (don't worry, this is safe for work!). With Simon and Gary settling themselves in for a nice relaxing cruise, Peter made use of our in-built failures system to evaluate how the crew would react. What failure would he spring on the crew? Engine fire, depressurisation, hydraulic system failure? Peter was in a good mood and played it safe by temporarily lowering the quantity of one fuel tank.
"How is our fuel looking chaps?".
"Oh ****! Quick! Abandon ship!".
Simon lunged for the overhead panel to address the problem, whilst Gary scrambled for our newly added Quick Reference Handbooks (QRHs). The atmosphere became nervous when the crew wanted to join all the fuel tanks together in an attempt to isolate what the crew had rashly determined as a leaking fuel tank. Peter could only giggle for so long before he began to feel sorry for the seasoned crew. "Have we actually got a leak?". Things instantly settled down with Peter explaining why this could happen and how the problem should be addressed.
With the crew is safe hands, their approach and landing into Peru was spot on!