Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6341 posts, RR: 56 Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 6364 times:
Yes I made it back in one piece. There was a small delay for a couple of days as some last-minute things were rectified, but after that we departed on a beautiful sunny day back to Hong Kong on a 14hours flight.
Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6341 posts, RR: 56 Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6089 times:
They can't delete my photos because there are no photos on this website which can substitute these photos! If I had linked a photo of a US Air 737 landing, then they would delete it, as there are plently on this website!
A new 777 does indeed smell almost exactly like a new car (without leather). A very nice smell indeed!
That crank is to wind the sunroof back!
Actually, it's to wind the rudder pedals closer, or further away to you.
Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6341 posts, RR: 56 Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 5944 times:
Normally when an aircraft is rolled out of the hangar, it will do a test flight pilotted by Boeing test pilots. This is called a B1 flight. All going well, this is the only Boeing flown test flight the aircraft does. If there are any issues, they may do a B2, or even B3.....as many as it takes. When they are happy, it is handed over to the company's test crew (With Boeing supervision). This is called the C1. Any subsequent flights are C2, C3 etc...
Ideally, an aircraft can get away with a B1 and a C1, and then be delivered. Each of these flights will be around 4 hours. B-HNM did up to a B3 or B4, and up to a C2 before delivery.....so it was well work by the time we took it!
Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6341 posts, RR: 56 Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5732 times:
I can't remember what initial cruise was at, but it was not long before we were up at FL350. We eventually cruised at FL430 by the time we passed Japan. (Max altitude of the 777 is FL431!) However because we were light, we still had a good 20 margin between the MERS (Minimum EnRoute Speed) and the overspeed tape.
We initially cruised at M.845, and then M.85 further down route. The flight took 13:57Hrs.