Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3238 times:
Was thinking about the largest aircraft to ever be stalled recently, wondering what it is. I read in an fs2004 PMDG 737 manual that 'a stall is an unacceptable condition of flight for a 737' or something like that, but could it theoretically be done and recovered successfully / would there be lots of damage. Has any crazy test pilot tried stalling a 747 etc.
Please pardon my ignorance if this is a really dumb question!
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2380 posts, RR: 26 Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3170 times:
Boeing 747s have been stalled a few times in revenue service, the most famous being the China Airlines SP over the Pacific Ocean. A Singapore based major airline has stalled both Boeing 747-400s and A340-300s over Central Asia a few times.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 69 Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3155 times:
Worth noting that even the airliners have "positive dynamic stability" as a design feature. There is nothing exceptional about their stall characteristics except that if stall entry is power off, it may take a while to get spooled up and get some thrust back to fly you out of the condition. It will return to the state it was trimmed for and basic pitch and power still applies.
Now at high altitude, well you can have my share of it.
Lots of fables on this subject that are just not true.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
Philsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3127 times:
In doing acceptance flights of new aircraft, one of the tests is to take the aircraft to "initial buffet".
I have done this on the 747 and 747-400 numerous times. No big deal, the stick shaker c/b is pulled, a initial buffet speed is calculated. You set a minimum EPR/N1 and just sit there and trim and fly the airplane.
To the poster who referenced a "major airline in Singapore", perhaps you'd like to give some more specifics. I work for a "major airline in Singapore" and it's news to me. I do know of several other carriers who have gotten to stickshaker, but not a stall. Perhaps it's another one of those legendary aviation myths.
QantasA332 From Australia, joined exactly 10 years ago today! , 1500 posts, RR: 34 Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3110 times:
All aircraft - even the very large - stall at some point in there lives, be it only during flight testing. After all, no plane can/should really enter service without stall characteristics examined and stall control procedures practiced...
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2380 posts, RR: 26 Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3093 times:
Philsquares, following one of your company aircraft through the multiple turns over the Southern 'Stans a pan was transmitted with the reason 'stalled'. The aircraft descended about 6,000' without a clearance, then climbed back to their cleared flight level. The controller calmly vectored aircraft away from the errant 747, as the climb was also conducted without a clearance. After that no more was said until the flight was passed on to the next frequency.
AJ From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 2380 posts, RR: 26 Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2936 times:
A330, sorry, missed your post in there. I was not present for the event over Calcutta, and it wasn't the 345 Phil, it was a 343. Not being Airbus rated I won't comment further.
As for the -400, stick shakers are not uncommon during high level LNAV turns when approaching maximum altitude, especially with the temperature shifts prevalent around the Himalayas. The situation I witnessed was as I related in my previous post.
"I think what you're referring to is the same as the "Warren" incident at QF"; patronising will get you nowhere.
Philsquares From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (9 years 6 months 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2729 times:
If the stall occurred in any FBW airbus, it is impossible. The 343 has the same control laws as the 345, a stall is impossible while in normal law.
I have been on the 747/747-400 for over 15 years, I have never had a stick shaker at high altitude. I guess I don't fly the aircraft that close to max altitude. Plus I am not sure what stall protection you have in your FMS, so it may be a common occurrence at QF but not at SQ.
Again, I am not as you say, being patronizing, but something like what you have described would have spread through SQ like wildfire. It could have been an engine problem that required a descent to a lower altitude. But again, I find what you described just a little hard to believe. Again, it's like the "Warren" story.
JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4472 posts, RR: 21 Reply 17, posted (9 years 6 months 5 hours ago) and read 2447 times:
I seem to remember a magazine article stating that the A380 actually has negative dynamic stability about the longitudinal axis, but the flight software is designed to give it positive stability. Anyone else heard this, or am I just remembering wrongly?
411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 9 Reply 18, posted (9 years 6 months 5 hours ago) and read 2438 times:
In the early eighties, SaudiArabian operated TriStars on an extensive network, and 'round about 1982, started to do their heavy maintenance checks in JED.
After the first 'D' check, I personally was scheduled for a PC in the aircraft, the simulator then not approved for PC's/type ratings.
After the PC was completed, we climbed up to 8000msl, and completed a series of full stalls, both clean and in the approach configuration.
A Lockheed senior production test pilot was in the RHS just to be sure everything went according to hoyle.
An interesting experience, to say the least.