I was wondering if you could explain a bit more of the ground ops that take place at the the beginning/end of the day.
1: When starting up the aircraft for the first flight of the day, what state do you find it in (Cold/dark in parking vs ‘warmed up’ at the gate already)? In cold weather, how is the aircraft warmed and does this happen before you get to it or during your preflight?
2: I’ve heard pilots say that after a flight they only have about 15min after shutdown before they can “clock-out”. It sounds like they power everything off and leave the aircraft for ground to manage while they drop paperwork. How accurate is that?
3: Also, how common is it to find a mechanical problem large enough to delay a trip? If the aircraft is put OOS, is there often a ready backup you switch into and continue the flight?
4: (Just for fun) I’m a bit of a foodie, find any good eats in your travels? Maybe a little hidden gem that surprised you?