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What Are They Doing To These BA Jets?  
User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2684 times:

Take a look at these pictures. What's going on? I didn't think they took the inside completely out to maintain them!

BA 744

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User currently offlineLINDY FIELD From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 3131 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2564 times:
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The photos of the interior are the first photos of British Airways' new 4th class seating arrangement, popular among students and working families.

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4810 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2556 times:

Looks like a "D" check to me.

User currently offlineExpratt From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2543 times:

The airplane was undergoing a C-, or most likely, a D-check since it was being done at Cardiff.

User currently offlineRed Panda From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2000, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2527 times:

yah, looks like a D-check.


regards,
r panda


User currently offlineTeej13 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 2515 times:

What's a D-check?

User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2509 times:

Yeah, I'm with Teej13 on this one... what is a D or C check?

User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2499 times:

Definitely a D check at Cardiff.

Basically a thorough strip down and rebuild.

Remember needing my last Eastern L1011. In 1988, when the FAA had their claws into Eastern, I was given a ramp tour at Miami and dropped into Eastern's Maintenance base.

There was what looked like an L1011 skeleton. The fuselage had traces of the reg, which was my last one, but the airframe was almost a shell.

I asked the FAA guys what was going on. "We've just invented the E check" was the reply!



User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

4th class?

User currently offlineDelta777-XXX From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1017 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2487 times:

EGGD, It was a joke! lol

So what is the difference between a C, D, & E check?





User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

I highly doubt that any 744 is old enough for a D Check.

User currently offline747-451 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

I hope it includes removing their atrocious, un British recent liveries! Yuck!

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4810 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2458 times:

Cba, Air Canada is sending the 744s to New Zealand for their D-checks.

User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Beat me if I'm wrong but to my knowledge a D-Check is due after 6 years in service and a C-Check ... well, dunno .. after 2 years?


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User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2544 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

I think they are already here CPDC10-30!!

Cheers
mikey


User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2426 times:

Why cba?

As BA's first 747-400 is just two months under 12 years old, I would expect it to have in excess of 35,000 hours racked up by now.


User currently offlineTeej13 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2420 times:

I'm still a little unsure at to why a d check is done, and what exactly it is.. why does it need to be taken apart?

User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 17, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2416 times:

Every so often an aircraft needs taking apart to look for corrosion, cracking, to replace worn out parts, revamp the avionics, cabin decor and to fully repaint.

Its called good practice engineering as aircraft are made of materials that wear out!!


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

I didn't realize that a D check was needed so soon. Are these checks due after a certain amount of cycles or years? I'd guess cycles, because I saw an add for a 25 year old DC-10-30 that was up for a D check soon.

User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8037 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2369 times:

Based on my cousin told me about C and D check overhaul procedures at TWA, the pictures are NOT that of a D check overhaul.

For one thing, it appeared they didn't completely remove all of the interior fittings in the passenger seating area; a D check overhaul would involve removing the overhead bins and all the interior walls on the plane.

However, engines are frequently removed from the plane on a C check overhaul. I remember in 1982 when I saw a TWA L1011 undergoing C-check overhaul all three RB.211-22B engines were removed from the plane.


User currently offlineBoeing 747-311 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 795 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2354 times:

Ya it looks like a d check


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User currently offlinePhilB From Ireland, joined May 1999, 2915 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2323 times:

Ray,

As we don't know where in the cycle of the check these photos were taken, you cannot surmise it is not a D check by what is and is not in the photos.

I can surmise it is because BA's 747-400 have been going through Cardiff for D checks and most C checks are still carried out at LHR.

cba,

Checks are carried out based on both cycles and age. If an aircraft is in regular use, cycles will be the dominant factor.

If an aircraft spends a long time sitting on the ground between ownerships and is not stored in dry conditions then age will be taken into account.

Again, if an aircraft has been the subject of many leases and has been used by different airlines, serviced by different agencies and generally used very hard, the C and D check cycle might be accelerated for that period of its life.


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8037 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2296 times:

PhilB,

Actually, the more I think about it the more I think these planes are probably undergoing a D check overhaul. Embarrassment

I note the following: 1) the scaffolding surrounding the 747-400's is something you don't normally see on C checks and 2) they completely stripped the cockpit of all interior fittings including the instrument panel, something that's not common on C checks.


User currently offline737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 38
Reply 23, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2261 times:

FYI, there are such things as 1/4-D's and 1/2-D's...in which the a/c is not as stripped down as if it were a full D-check.


Patrick Bateman is my hero.
User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (13 years 8 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 2245 times:

Maybe they're still building them...

Jas


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