Avioniker From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1109 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1869 times:
If I may slightly oversimplify,
ETOPS is for over water to make sure you can get "over land" before you need to. The engine is for weight vs. thrust to make sure you can get fast enough to fly before you run out of runway.
Remember, Engines Turn Or Passengers Swim...
One may educate the ignorance from the unknowing but stupid is forever. Boswell; ca: 1533
Rick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 49
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 1835 times:
Actually that is a common misconception, ETOPS has nothing to do with water, simply the unavailability of suitable alternate airports en-route.
ETOPS applies, for example, flying down from Europe to South Africa at night, when many airports across the continent are closed. No water there... ETOPS still applies in a twin as you are further than 60 minutes from a suitable airfield.
Clearly it's common application is on Atlantic / Pacific crossings, but don't confuse the issue here - which is suitable alternates, not water.
I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
Coa764 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 328 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 5 days ago) and read 1823 times:
ETOPS (Extended Twin Engine Operations) describes ER (Extended Range) flights with twin engine aircraft. This applies to flights that are operating over routes that have points further that one hour flying time (one engine, under standard conditions in still air)from an adequate airport (this can be either over land, water or a combination). The FAA allows max diversion times of 75/120/138/180 and 207 minutes. Basically the difference between suitable and adequate is that a suitable airport has to have weather minimums to land were an adequate airport does not (you can get a more detailed definition by reading FAR 139)
[Edited 2004-04-10 00:22:00]
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