N685FE From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 451 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 9225 times:
I have been on mx test flights that have only gone as far as JAN/BNA/LIT to do touch and goes on a MD10/11, and some just circle MEM. Other test flights have gone out to look for bad weather to fly into, either case the flight plan was dependent on what phase of flight needed to be tested or the proficiency of the crew with the new systems. I particularly liked flying at JAN, 3-4 hours of touch & goes, aborted t/o's at 2 am.
113312 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 573 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8985 times:
There are a series of flights scheduled, each about 5 hours, to check out initial group of Flight Standards Check Airmen as well as conduct proving flights for FAA. This is pretty typical when a carrier introduces a new type of equipment to the fleet.
Stratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1653 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6299 times:
Yeah on Sat the 3rd they went MEM- JAN-AMA-MEM doing touch and goes. Then yesterday they went MEM-JAX-MEM doing many touch and goes in JAX were going to do some in BNA on he way back but changed their mind most likely because of WX so they did a few more touch and goes in MEM before calling it a night.
Lexy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2515 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5713 times:
Quoting Stratosphere (Reply 11): Yeah on Sat the 3rd they went MEM- JAN-AMA-MEM doing touch and goes. Then yesterday they went MEM-JAX-MEM doing many touch and goes in JAX were going to do some in BNA on he way back but changed their mind most likely because of WX so they did a few more touch and goes in MEM before calling it a night.
Damn them! LOL!! Seriously though, BNA had horrible weather yesterday so perhaps it helped them out flying through the bad weather in the new T7. I noticed it turned toward JAX at BNA.
They still do from time to time and I know UPS does as well. UPS was doing weekend training flights from SDF to HSV in their 744's. They would spend a few hours doing touch and goes and other things. Usually, two crews would fly down there and perform some circuits and then they would switch out and do it all over again. Of course, they had instructors onboard with them.
Some airports do not allow "touch and go" training circuits. BNA is one of them. The airspace around BNA is too busy for training missions like that to be performed in an airplane as large as that.
ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4132 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2819 times:
Some airports are crying for Federal funding, and one of the ways is to show a certain number of operations. Up at Pease (New Hampshire) they are waiving landing & fueling fees to attract World and Omni Air International MD-11s and DC-10s doing troop runs to/from Europe. There's a million dollars in it for Pease if they can hit a certain metric.
So, I'm wondering whether some of these training flights could be focused on airports that need the 'touch-and-go' operations to boost their FAA metrics?