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by greg85
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why GE’s Affinity Is a Supersonic Enabler
Replies: 10
Views: 2005

Re: Why GE’s Affinity Is a Supersonic Enabler

Their video mentions it's got the world's most popular hot squeezy bang section. Might that be from the CFM56 core? Or is it a military design being repurposed? Seems to me to be a low bypass design anyway but with that twin fan that is interesting. The CFM56 core is a repurposed military design. R...

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by greg85
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cockpit differences between the modern A320/321 and the ones made in the 1990s.
Replies: 26
Views: 3152

Re: Cockpit differences between the modern A320/321 and the ones made in the 1990s.

At my airline (probably everywhere else too), the DDRMI is now gone (the old fashioned backup VOR needles). But their is still a cut out in the plastic fascia for it. There is literally an empty hole in the panel.

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by greg85
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Series Doors
Replies: 9
Views: 1703

Re: A320 Series Doors

Are you sitting near the front when you hear it?

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by greg85
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European aviation in a over supply situation?
Replies: 34
Views: 5861

Re: European aviation crisis

I think “crisis” is a bit sensationalist. I disagree that competition is smaller than ever. All of the airlines you mentioned have to deal with easyJet and Ryanair being bigger than ever. Disruption (eu261 payments) has been greater than ever before in Europe. Now the fuel price is creeping up. Thes...

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by greg85
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK's EDI flight not performing to expectation ?
Replies: 43
Views: 8454

Re: EK's EDI flight not performing to expectation ?

We've had notification that the new DXB - EDI flights is already going down to 5 a week and no, not due to DXB's runway closure next spring. Forward bookings not up to plan ? From what date? The Emirates website currently allows bookings for EDI directly to DXB 7 days a week, between October and Au...

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by greg85
Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet ordering the Cseries?
Replies: 17
Views: 5386

Re: Easyjet ordering the Cseries?

The new TV advert has the A320 NEO in it. You can even see the letters NEO on the side of the plane within the first 5 seconds of the advert. You said “I know most customers don’t know the difference”. Seems that you’ll have to include yourself in that.

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by greg85
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian closing EDI base
Replies: 27
Views: 6601

Re: Norwegian closing EDI base

I do think APD is a bad thing. But they knew that before they opened the base. I think Norwegian made some poor choices with EDI. When they opened the base, they announced routes that already have lots of competitors. With the exception of Hartford, which was just an odd destination to choose in the...

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by greg85
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian closing EDI base
Replies: 27
Views: 6601

Norwegian closing EDI base

https://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/exclusive-norwegian-to-scrap-us-budget-flights-from-edinburgh-1-4803827 It seems that the 3 Norwegian long haul routes from EDI weren’t viable. The Hartford route had already stopped some months ago, but now they will close the base. It’s a long way from the ...

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by greg85
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LHR - New ATC frequencies
Replies: 12
Views: 2712

Re: LHR - New ATC frequencies

SELMER40 wrote:
Is this 5Kh spacing?


8.33kHz

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by greg85
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: When will American Airlines have largest A319 fleet?
Replies: 45
Views: 7301

Re: When will American Airlines have largest A319 fleet?

I imagine easyjet will lose the top spot at some point in the winter 18/19 schedule. Although the A319 will still be around in big numbers at easyjet for a long time. The last A319 deliveries were in 2011. With current expansion plans, and ongoing NEO issues I’m sure they’ll be around for a while.

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by greg85
Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flying with Type 1 Diabetes
Replies: 8
Views: 750

Re: Flying with Type 1 Diabetes

The U.K. has stopped allowing diabetics to gain an initial class 1 medical. Apparently EASA is not so open minded about it. For the small number who did get a class 1 medical in the U.K. They have to do a finger prick test before each flight, and every hour of flight. The data from all these tests i...

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by greg85
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumour: British Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon
Replies: 248
Views: 57716

Re: Britiah Airways - Big Aircraft Order soon

Noshow wrote:
So neither Airbus nor RR engine order from the UK's biggest airline? They build the buswings too.


BA are not the UK’s largest airline, and they certainly don’t make wings.

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by greg85
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: easyJet A321neo Boasts Leather Seats in Contrast to A320neo
Replies: 21
Views: 4575

Re: easyJet A321neo Boasts Leather Seats in Contrast to A320neo

The A321 is the first ezy with “e-leather”. This will become the new standard for all deliveries. A new design of overhead bin is also coming in the near future.

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by greg85
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Effect of wind on the ground?
Replies: 6
Views: 1279

Re: Effect of wind on the ground?

You can’t use the sidestick to taxy. It’s not connected to the nose wheel steering. They don’t taxy perfectly straight anyway, and often you’re holding a bit of left or right with the tiller to go in a straight line. I suppose wind is one of the things that affects this, but 5 kts isn’t really going...

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by greg85
Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A319 drain mast
Replies: 17
Views: 1555

Re: Airbus A319 drain mast

Thanks Greg85 and Lpbri. I mean specifically on the Airbus A319 how often does a fuel leak occur which is discharged through the drain mast. This means a leakage from the center fuel tank or APU plumbing. I guess ground service crew should know how often this occurs by checking the Leak Monitor Val...

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by greg85
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A319 drain mast
Replies: 17
Views: 1555

Re: Airbus A319 drain mast

On the CFM-56, fuel leak on startup used to be more common. Especially when cold. I believe the HMU seals were re-designed in a minor way to correct this. I personally haven’t had a leak on startup for years, and I believe it is less common now. Sorry I don’t have any numbers.

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by greg85
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: £80 million investment plan for Edinburgh Airport
Replies: 148
Views: 16836

Re: £80 million investment plan for Edinburgh Airport

Does this international arrivals area replace the existing one, or are there now two separate international arrivals areas? Two separate arrivals. The new one will only be open for certain flights at certain times of the day. This allows the airport to control the size of the queues to an extent. T...

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by greg85
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 757/767/747 Technology or A350/B787 ??
Replies: 7
Views: 1622

Re: 757/767/747 Technology or A350/B787 ??

Great responses on this, thank you. In short, you have got to the point I suppose I was trying to make. If you are not well trained in the technology, then things could run away from you quickly. I suppose one thought is that if you qualify under the mpl in glass cockpit single engines, and spend y...

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by greg85
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Out of this world upgrades and downgrades!
Replies: 66
Views: 5470

Re: Out of this world upgrades and downgrades!

BA have done plenty on its domestic routes over the years. The Concorde flying from LHR to GLA or EDI has been mentioned above. And even now in periods of disruption, they’ll swap an A320/321 for a 777. Usually to combine passengers from 2 cancelled flights. A nice novelty for those who get a lie fl...

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by greg85
Mon Jun 25, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair to launch Mainland European routes in 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 1402

Re: Loganair to launch Mainland European routes in 2019

Might Scotland have its own "major" airline in the coming years? https://www.scotsman.com/news/transport/loganair-to-launch-new-european-routes-1-4759063 Surely no is the answer. Perhaps a few niche routes. But I don’t think anyone at Loganair expects any kind of miracle major expansion. ...

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by greg85
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A question about Germanwings
Replies: 1
Views: 494

Re: A question about Germanwings

Well, I thought the plan was to no longer exist. Isn’t it the full airline that’s rebranding to eurowings?

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by greg85
Sat Jun 16, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Easyjet A319s out of storage
Replies: 20
Views: 7973

Re: Easyjet A319s out of storage

When easyJet got the A319, there was a quote that was repeated again and again about the low cost model. “We’ll only keep them for 10 years, maximum. We’ll never have aircraft over 10 years old”. Now it looks like there will be some 15 year olds. I’ve seen plenty in allegiant colours recently in STN...

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by greg85
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A320 RA Callout Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1646

Re: Airbus A320 RA Callout Question

Far more fun that this, is the TCAS voice. Over the years I’d become accustomed to hearing an American man say “traffic, traffic” every now and then. But then one day (a couple of years ago), out of nowhere I heard the voice of an English woman saying “traffic, traffic”. She’s so calm about it in co...

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by greg85
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018
Replies: 667
Views: 188939

Re: Airbus A320neo Family Production/Delivery Thread 2018

A380MSN004 wrote:
817Dreamliiner wrote:
First easyjet A321neo MSN8314 in full livery:

ImageA321NX A321LR Easyjet G-UZMA by Tobias Gudat, on Flickr


Sounds Like a dense cabin. Someone Knows how many Y for that 321 EZY?


It’s 235 seats!

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by greg85
Tue Apr 03, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Etihad cancels EDI
Replies: 68
Views: 12748

Re: Unconfirmed: Etihad cancels EDI

I assume its also co in siding with hanians services to PEK and DUB as they arrive at the same time as etihads and as we know EDI canny cope with 2 a330s a 787 and multiple 76's and 75,s until the extended part becomes operational Highly unlikely. EDI wouldn't have taken on Hainan if they didn't ha...

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by greg85
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lufthansa Pilots Use Autopilot less?
Replies: 14
Views: 3265

Re: Lufthansa Pilots Use Autopilot less?

Just to add some flavour to the conversation. You were on a shorthaul airliner. Your pilots potentially have the opportunity to fly several approaches and landings each working day. In some operations, a working week could offer a pilot 8-12 approaches as pilot flying, maybe more. This amount of pra...

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by greg85
Fri Mar 16, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How is easyjet doing in Berlin Tegel?
Replies: 5
Views: 1968

Re: How is easyjet doing in Berlin Tegel?

It’s only been a couple of months! You can’t just magic up 25 planes and trained crews to fly them. I think you need to come back to this question in a year (minimum).

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by greg85
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 707-320B vs. Airbus 321LR: an unfair comparison.
Replies: 34
Views: 3550

Re: Boeing 707-320B vs. Airbus 321LR: an unfair comparison.

Yes. I think progress has slowed. WW2 and the Cold War drove huge advances in technology without considering a need to make profit. Whereas now, we can see that the "new generation" of shorthaul airliner is just a refinement of the previous generation. There's no doubt that we have the tec...

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by greg85
Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do Stabilised Approach Criteria Differ Among Airlines?
Replies: 12
Views: 1114

Re: Do Stabilised Approach Criteria Differ Among Airlines?

And once stabilised, what are typical maximum deviations from reference airspeed, rate of descent and lateral/vertical separation from localiser and G/S before an approach is no longer deemed stabilised?... Faro between +10 and -5 kts, 15 deg angle of bank, 3\4 of a dot deviation on the localiser o...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update
Replies: 21
Views: 1619

Re: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update

My airline was going to use the apple iPad for all EFB functions (charts, manuals, performance etc.). But this was identified as issue during trials. There was no way to stop the iPad from performing app updates, that could lead to this situation (if it starts an update, but is unable to complete t...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ETOPS and Tri-Jets
Replies: 29
Views: 3695

Re: ETOPS and Tri-Jets

Not strictly on topic. I remember an ex British airways Guy telling me that he would occasionally give crews a dual engine failure, on the same side of the 747, at max takeoff weight in Kai tak (in the simulator). He said you couldn't get above a few hundred feet! Not sure if he was talking about th...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-300 engine rattle
Replies: 26
Views: 2501

Re: 747-300 engine rattle

Well, I'm talking about the CFM-56 on the A320. So, yes it's a feature of fan engines in general. I suppose you also wouldn't notice this if you board via a jet bridge (because you're inside). But I'm sure you'd have used steps on the occasion in question. I can't imagine Wide Awake has many jet bri...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update
Replies: 21
Views: 1619

Re: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update

My airline was going to use the apple iPad for all EFB functions (charts, manuals, performance etc.). But this was identified as issue during trials. There was no way to stop the iPad from performing app updates, that could lead to this situation (if it starts an update, but is unable to complete th...

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by greg85
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-300 engine rattle
Replies: 26
Views: 2501

Re: 747-300 engine rattle

If you see it in a very light breeze, with the fan spinning very slowly. You can see each blade "falling" into place at top of the engine. You can hear each individual "clink" that makes your "rattling" noise.

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by greg85
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 42346

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

sevenair wrote:
Why aren't eJ going for 240 seats? It seems a waste not to fill it.


Where would all the sandwiches go?

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by greg85
Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time
Replies: 260
Views: 42346

Re: A321LR takes to the skies for the first time

I am sure some LCC's will go for 240.Perhaps Easyjet? Of course it won't do 4knm with max pax,actually will be interesting to see what range it can do in that dense config. Brochure says 206 in generous 2 class for 4knm.But this must be only one of a myriad of possibilities.Would have thought reduc...

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by greg85
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Named Runways
Replies: 27
Views: 2134

Re: Named Runways

Thanks to everyone for the interesting replies and examples. Do I assume correctly that all these names will never be used for ATC communication, like takeoff clearance, which - I hope - strictly identify a runway by the means of their number ("18R")? Or has anyone ever witnessed an ATC o...

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by greg85
Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Named Runways
Replies: 27
Views: 2134

Re: Named Runways

Thanks to everyone for the interesting replies and examples. Do I assume correctly that all these names will never be used for ATC communication, like takeoff clearance, which - I hope - strictly identify a runway by the means of their number ("18R")? Or has anyone ever witnessed an ATC o...

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by greg85
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tailstrike Closecall?
Replies: 6
Views: 1377

Re: Tailstrike Closecall?

I think it looks like takeoff. I think the flaps look fine. I believe on all of the current Airbus models, flaps 1,2 and 3 are all acceptable takeoff positions. Only flaps full is not allowed for takeoff. The fact that it is passing a rapid exit taxiway facing that direction is a give away that it's...

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by greg85
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?
Replies: 11
Views: 1084

Re: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?

zeke wrote:
There is no FAF on an ILS approach


However, many airlines do use 1000ft as the equivalent point. For the purposes of what was described above, at my airline if the RVR went below required after we passed the FAF equivalent point (1000ft) then we would continue to minimums.

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by greg85
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?
Replies: 11
Views: 1084

Re: Take-Off/Landing RVR equivalent?

For takeoff, it's 125 RVR. For approved operators only. You need a greater RVR for takeoff than you do for landing. Again, this is airfield specific. Some places require higher RVRs.

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by greg85
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Hapag Lloyd A310
Replies: 12
Views: 1957

Re: Hapag Lloyd A310

Do you have a picture? Is it not just the standard wingtip fence that all A310s had?

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by greg85
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A380 wing lights - no lights?
Replies: 4
Views: 810

Re: A380 wing lights - no lights?

It dawns on me that you might mean the strobe/navigation lights on the end of the wing. If that's the case, I don't know. The A380 has a lot of wing, I imagine there are seats that see almost nothing from the lights that are angled away from the aircraft.

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by greg85
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A380 wing lights - no lights?
Replies: 4
Views: 810

Re: A380 wing lights - no lights?

It is normal to leave the wing / ice lights off 99 % of the time. You switch them on if you want to look at the wing for ice. Then off when you're done. Some airlines like to have the wing lights on for landing too. My knowledge is mainly A320, but I think this one translates across most types.

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by greg85
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IFR fix question
Replies: 20
Views: 1676

Re: IFR fix question

LOREL and HARDY. NEEDL and THRED. TARTN and TWEED.

BEVIS is out there in Croatia, but I can't find BUTHD.

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by greg85
Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Loganair predicts profit loss this year.
Replies: 25
Views: 3545

Re: Loganair predicts profit loss this year.

I think the Saab 2000 has been a disaster for Loganair. They brought them in for a contract that they didn't win. They are a different type rating from the 340, high operating costs, poor reliability, and of course they very nearly crashed one. Combined with how rare they are, it was a bad decision ...

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by greg85
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chinese Farmer Builds A320
Replies: 58
Views: 16052

Re: Chinese Farmer Builds A320

a couple of Chessna´s in perfect flying condition for 100k$?


No, £90000. You could get 2 oldies for that.

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by greg85
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 16820

Re: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.

Deportees are often troublesome passengers, because often they do not want to travel. I remember a deportee who had been released from prison in the UK, to be deported to Russia. He was booked to travel on my airline. He was an abusive and violent person, and on each occasion (they tried 4 days in a...

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by greg85
Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Autopilots and reverse thrust
Replies: 18
Views: 4489

Re: Autopilots and reverse thrust

I don't know any type that gives you auto reverse. However, there is a feature that was introduced by Airbus on the A350 and A380 (and as far as I know it is also available as on option on A320, however I have never flown an A320 that had it installed) which is called ROPS (Runway Overrun Preventio...

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by greg85
Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Noise abatement procedures in bad weather
Replies: 14
Views: 2162

Re: Noise abatement procedures in bad weather

A great example is LFMN / NCE. When the weather is good enough, they will use VOR or RNAV approaches. These approaches take arriving aircraft out over the sea, this keeps the noise level down for all of the incredibly expensive houses on the extended centre line of runway 04. But if the weather is n...

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