BR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2652 times:
I heard this from a flight attendant that because of the engine problems, AirTran has been denied by the FAA the right to fly OVERWATER with Lifevests. AirTran even had safety cards printed but then the FAA denied it, so now Safety Cards are just floating around with Life Vests. I didn't realize the BR715s were such pains.
Travatl From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7 Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2458 times:
Whoa, whoa, whoa.....
AirTran petitioned to fly FURTHER over water than simply having seat cushions allows (up to 50 miles). I believe with life vests, carriers can fly up to 160 miles off the coast, and still not have rafts.
There are indeed aircraft flying now that have life vests on them (I worked aboard ship 701 yesterday that has them). HOWEVER, I do not believe we have been denied the opportunity to do so. In fact, I'm fairly certain we've already gotten approval. The pilots have been trained, the flight attendants have been trained, and the aircraft are undergoing installation of vests. AirTran wouldn't have gone through the added expense if that were the case. And I hate to say it, but I doubt any of my F/A colleagues know what their talking about. Our captain yesterday was commenting that all they were waiting on was it to be added to their ops specs of their manuals.
As for the engine problems....huh? I think this is either a speculative, disgruntled flight attendant, or more likely a specualtive a.net poster.
Ops48 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 64 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2280 times:
FAR §121.340 Emergency flotation means.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, no person may operate an airplane in any overwater operation unless it is equipped with life preservers in accordance with §121.339(a)(1) or with an approved flotation means for each occupant. This means must be within easy reach of each seated occupant and must be readily removable from the airplane.
(b) Upon application by the air carrier or commercial operator, the Administrator may approve the operation of an airplane over water without the life preservers or flotation means required by paragraph (a) of this section, if the air carrier or commercial operator shows that the water over which the airplane is to be operated is not of such size and depth that life preservers or flotation means would be required for the survival of its occupants in the event the flight terminates in that water.
Rumorboy From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 352 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
Actually Airtran did get the approval for over water ops. But they want an exemption to it. I don't know what the exemption is but its important enough to where Airtran won't put into the op specs yet. It has nothing to do with the BR715s. Although they were problems when they first came. But when you have 99.5% dispatch reliability for 2 years straight I would hardly call it a problem. I think that F/A had her facts wrong. From what I understand it will cut the block times down to Florida and Bahamas a lot from BWI and PHL once we get into the op specs. Saving a lot of money.
Gr8slvrflt From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1587 posts, RR: 11 Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2113 times:
This is my understanding:
AirTran petitioned the FAA last year for permission to fly extended overwater (not ETOPS) and prepared to install passenger lifevests in addition to the flotation cushions and crew lifevests already in place. This would allow the 717s to fly a more direct routing from the Northeast to Florida and would reduce time and fuel usage. Apparently there were some concerns about the BR17s reliability because they are a new engine and in service with only a handful of airlines. It is my understanding that unscheduled maintenance has been higher than expected but there has only been one inflight shutdown that I am aware of. The pilots have been keeping additional logs documenting real-time temperatures, oil usage, fuel burn, etc. Apparently everything is fine now because the entire fleet will have the life vests (and new red Safety Cards) installed by the end of this month.
As you can see to date AirTran has had 11 unscheduled engine shutdowns with the BR715s. No, this does not deter me from flying them, as I always will, but it does prove that the BR715 has some sort of BUG.