Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Ride On An MD90  
User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1395 times:

I apologize if this is the wrong forum, but I didn't know quite where to put this.

Yesterday I was on an MD90 for the first time (quite surprising actually considering that I live in SLC). I noticed that my ride felt considerably different than I am used to: for instance through the departure it didn't feel like we were taking off at all, very smooth and I didn't feel like I was being pushed back into the seat. Then mid-flight, the flight was smooth but I noticed that I had a feeling like I was going up and down almost like a cyclical surge of power every couple seconds. Lastly, it felt as if we powered up on approach every time the flaps were. Is there an explanation for all of this, or is it just me?

2 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

First off, let me ask you if you've even flown on an MD-88?

The -90 is a sweet ride overall....you can bairley hear it, even at T/O thrust. The at-cruise movement you're talking about is just something that's a part of Mad Dog life...it's an oscilation (if I remember all this correctly), just small varations in the aircraft's trim (as dictated by the autopilot) and small corrections in throttle position (as dictated by the autothrottles). It's nothing more than just a small up-down feeling. I've been on these things literally hundreds of times, you kind of just get used to it after awhile. Wish there were more 90's!

As for approach...when you have flaps out, you're creating more drag on the airframe as you know...if you left the throttles at idle (which is usually where they are on descent), the drag from the flaps/slats would slow the jet down too much...so at that point, the pilots are putting power back on the plane and giving it juuuust enough power to keep it descending perfectly in that configuration....an oversimplifed explanation but hey  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

DeltaGuy


User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

I've never flown on an MD88, and this was my first time on any MD actually, I'm too used to Airbus, Bombardier/DHC, Boeing, and Embraer Aircraft as well as the occasional tristar, wish I had flown on more of 'em. Thanks for the explanations, I thought it was a nice ride, just felt very different to me.

Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
How To Catch A Ride On An MS 743 posted Thu Apr 8 2004 07:48:36 by AirxLiban
Taking Ski's On An Airplane? posted Tue Nov 14 2006 21:26:09 by Jaws707
Loads On An AA Flight posted Mon Oct 30 2006 18:14:17 by Slovacek747
Journalist Rides Shotgun On An A380 Flight Test posted Sat Sep 16 2006 00:39:43 by Leelaw
Delta Booked Me On An Iberia Air Flight! posted Thu Jul 6 2006 20:26:24 by Jumbojet
Flying On An ATR-42 On Saturday posted Thu May 4 2006 06:54:51 by Scoliodon
Staying On An A/C If It Is An Ongoing Flight. posted Mon Apr 3 2006 10:53:36 by Joffie
New Engines On An Aircraft, How Hard? posted Thu Mar 2 2006 02:23:32 by Cadet57
Ride On A DC10 posted Sun Feb 12 2006 01:41:42 by Filejw
Stateroom On An Aircraft posted Sat Jan 21 2006 01:57:13 by ETStar