XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 3952 posts, RR: 36 Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4900 times:
Basically... take a 3 crew airplane with normal dial instruments.. and make it into a modern 2 crew plane with FMS's, full glass cockpit with PFD, ND, and EICAS and alot more automation- i believe the flight guidance system is basically teh same as the MD-11's too.
744lover From Brazil, joined Nov 2000, 164 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4712 times:
I'm sure this conversion is very expensive, *but* when you weight all benefits you'll have with it, it's perfectly payable!
- One man less on the cockpit (one income less at the end of the month)
- Less maint. (Glass cockpit's are much more easy to work than old "steam gauged" ones)
- More automation = less crew work = more time for the crew "watch" the aircraft do its job = more safety
- great integration with the MD-11 (I ever heard that a same crew is able to fly the MD-10 and MD-11 - same type rating)
So, if you have a big DC-10 fleet (like FDX), it's perfectly payable. Needless to say too that's cheaper than buy a MD-11!!!!