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by Tristarsteve
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA remaining 763 routes
Replies: 35
Views: 5574

Re: BA remaining 763 routes

The Eurostar London to Amsterdam service is direct with no need to debark the train for customs and immigration in Brussels.


This is only true for LON-AMS. You do have to get off on the return leg, at Brussels for customs and immigration.

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by Tristarsteve
Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Top 5 busiest intercontinental long-haul routes for AMS, CDG, FRA, LHR by 2017 pax traffic in comparative light
Replies: 19
Views: 1863

Re: Top 5 busiest intercontinental long-haul routes for AMS, CDG, FRA, LHR by 2017 pax traffic in comparative light

shows that the LHR figures are out by a factor of 10 from the official statistics


which one? Posters figure for LHR DXB is 2 870 000
CAA figure is 2 873 011

seems close to me, and about what I would expect?

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA remaining 763 routes
Replies: 35
Views: 5574

Re: BA remaining 763 routes

Also I was expecting more than 60,000 hours. Delta's oldest have over 130,000 hours. But these have been on short haul.. Lots of LHR-CDG and LHR-AMS at 40 mins flying each way. Very little night flying. The hours build up slowly. Also they carry lots of freight, and have long turnrounds, usually on...

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA remaining 763 routes
Replies: 35
Views: 5574

Re: BA remaining 763 routes

Yes they can be all economy, but the fwd cabin is usually club class, and has very nice old convertable leather seats with good legroom. Much moire comfortable than the seats on the A320s. I am booked on BA781 next month.

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by Tristarsteve
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are air stairs an option on the A320 family?
Replies: 21
Views: 2283

Re: Are air stairs an option on the A320 family?

The 10 A320 ordered by BCAL and delivered to British Airways had airstairs fitted on delivery from Airbus. They worked in a similar fashion to the B737 stairs, with a separate door under the L1 pax door. If you look closely at any A320 up to about serial 3000, you can see the door cut out blanked ou...

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by Tristarsteve
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: deicing questions
Replies: 37
Views: 1541

Re: deicing questions

Anecdotally, it seems as though in decades past, the fuselage was targeted, whereas recently, it seems only the airfoil was targeted. Perhaps this is just coincidental (more judicious use of fluid). The top of the fuselage needs deicing mostly with rear engined aircraft. DC9 B727 Tristar and DC10 a...

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by Tristarsteve
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rebooting a 787
Replies: 22
Views: 4148

Re: Rebooting a 787

I worked on the A320 from 1988 until last year when I retired. (and many others B777 A330 etc), but my knowledge of the B787 is limited. When I started on the A320, repowering the aircraft was common, but as we learned the systems, it became less common, and when I finished it happened very rarely, ...

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by Tristarsteve
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 429
Views: 51477

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

Finnair advertising that from Arn to sto the shortest connection is via HEL.


The quickest connection is on the train! From ARN to STO the train runs every 15mins :D

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by Tristarsteve
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways seeks increased presence in China via mainland airline deals to keep pace with European rivals
Replies: 28
Views: 4298

Re: British Airways seeks increased presence in China via mainland airline deals to keep pace with European rivals

When a Chinese tourist makes a once in a lifetime trip to Europe they need a visa. They get themselves an EU visa for the Schengen zone. If they want to visit the UK, they need a separate UK visa. Most don't bother, and only visit mainland Europe. This cannot improve with Brexit unless the UK govern...

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by Tristarsteve
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft maintenance engine career
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: Aircraft maintenance engine career

One point to consider. B2 engineers work in hangars and at main base. If you want to travel around, then nearly all outstation work is carried out by the B1 man. With todays BITE systems, the B1 engineer can change and certify nearly all boxes, and troubleshoot all but the most obscure avionics defe...

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by Tristarsteve
Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do short RJ flights of 60 to 70 miles get logged a compress/decompression cycle
Replies: 16
Views: 3260

Re: Do short RJ flights of 60 to 70 miles get logged a compress/decompression cycle

During training when the aircraft is conducting circuits with touch and go landings, each touchdown is recorded as a cycle for the records.

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by Tristarsteve
Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?
Replies: 143
Views: 21294

Re: Which airlines have Airbus and Boeing done custom modifications for?

I think TWA had all the switches going in the opposite direction of standard. ON towards the rear/down. When BA bought new BAC 111-500 they ordered them with the switches upside down. This made the switch operation the same a s the Dh Trident which they already operated.. This was the BAC 111-510. ...

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by Tristarsteve
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Self tag outside the US
Replies: 19
Views: 1358

Re: Self tag outside the US

Back in 2014 BA had a trial of electronic permanent bag tags that were updated from your phone by NFC. Were they dropped?

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by Tristarsteve
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pre-flight engine check on large jets
Replies: 30
Views: 2295

Re: Pre-flight engine check on large jets

One of the very young (never seen an airplane before NW) guys

How can you inspect an aircraft for condition if you have never seen one before. Surely you must have some training before you do a walkround?

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by Tristarsteve
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am at Oslo
Replies: 37
Views: 3880

Re: Pan Am at Oslo

I am guessing the Boeing 707 was a Direct flight to the USA, The runway at FBU would not allow direct ops to the USA. When FBU was open, all long distance aircraft used Gardemoen (the new OSL). I looked after the TWA Tristar at ARN. It operated JFK-FBU-ARN-JFK. One day some bright spark decided to ...

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by Tristarsteve
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pre-flight engine check on large jets
Replies: 30
Views: 2295

Re: Pre-flight engine check on large jets

I think you are missing the point. The aircraft is inspected by shop and inspection and is not released to the flight crew until it is serviced/inspected and verified as airworthy. Go into any airlines records and you will see how this is set up in a fail safe manner to insure only an airworthy air...

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by Tristarsteve
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin crew rest areas
Replies: 24
Views: 4290

Re: Cabin crew rest areas

777 also have a below deck option The MH B777-200ER had a container at the front of the rear cargo hold with six beds in it. Access was from a door in the cabin in the R aisle. No markings on the door at all. Remember it well as there was a smoke alarm reset just inside the door at the top of a nea...

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by Tristarsteve
Sun Mar 04, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Reference to A321NX in updated documentation
Replies: 20
Views: 4033

Re: Reference to A321NX in updated documentation

So the internal fuel volume for NEO is less than that for CEO. Why has the fuel volume for NEO decreased? Inside the wing box beside the pylon are small dry bays because of proximity to the engine's turbine. I expect that these have increased in size due to the larger engine, and so the wing tank i...

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by Tristarsteve
Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do KE/CA fly around Himalayas to India?
Replies: 8
Views: 1424

Re: Why do KE/CA fly around Himalayas to India?

They probably have a problem with the pax oxygen system. There is much of the area where you cannot descend immediately to 1000ft if required. Therefore you must have an enhanced oxygen system that works for longer than 20 minutes. Our B777 and B744 had the fwd cargo filled with oxygen bottles (behi...

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by Tristarsteve
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Possibility of EK MCO-LHR fifth freedom
Replies: 28
Views: 3540

Re: Possibility of EK MCO-LHR fifth freedom

Can someone explain to me why the UK government would give Emirates traffic rights from LHR to the USA?
What possible benefit would there be for the Brits?

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by Tristarsteve
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus A321 double jetway usage
Replies: 37
Views: 6176

Re: Airbus A321 double jetway usage

At BA it was forbidden to use L2 for boarding on A321 because some jetways were not compatible, and to avoid an incident it was banned on all airports. Not all A321 have a useable door at L2. The BA A321 have a break in the hatrack on the L2 side to allow boarding. There is no break at R2. Some A321...

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by Tristarsteve
Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic aviation - 2018
Replies: 429
Views: 51477

Re: Nordic aviation - 2018

When I worked at ARN it was always nice to see the Ethiopian parked near T2 when I got to work. I tried to decide what it was as I drove nearer, as it seemed to be different every day. B757 and B767 were commonest, then B787 and once in a while a B777. The crew stays the day and the same crew flies ...

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Northeast Airlines painted their 727 wings yellow
Replies: 38
Views: 2275

Re: Northeast Airlines painted their 727 wings yellow

Ah De Havilland Trident, the first jet I worked on, and flew on (in 1969).
And not any old Trident, but the rare Trident 1E. BEA operated Trident 1C, 2E and 3B types, but the 1E was an oddity, in between the 1C and 2E and only a handful were built.

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by Tristarsteve
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Potentially serious Incident on Spirit 320 NEO
Replies: 21
Views: 8049

Re: Potentially serious Incident on Spirit 320 NEO

As a maintenance engineer I am always sceptical about fume reports. The cabin crew were in hospital, but no passengers affected? I once met a B767 with a fume event. The male cabin attendent in the rear galley was taken to hospital by ambulance, the two girls there smelt something. I found a cabin/g...

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why choose A321NEO over A321LR?
Replies: 47
Views: 8952

Re: Why choose A321NEO over A321LR?

Not to be too picky, but many of the A320 family ACJ operators use tail tanks. It actually improves the aerodynamics, fuel consumption as well as the CoG for takeoff and landing. This must be a very secret aftermarket mod. ACJ are fitted with tanks in the cargo holds. I have seen an A319 with six t...

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by Tristarsteve
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What makes the B737 an "old, outdated" design?
Replies: 143
Views: 10732

Re: What makes the B737 an "old, outdated" design?

My main gripe about the B737 is the passenger doors and slides. How do they get away with the manual opening doors? They are hard to open normally, and very hard with an escape slide attached and armed. Why have Boeing not fitted power assist in emergency. The B757 pineapple bottles work well enough...

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by Tristarsteve
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A Question for Flight Attendants: How Safe are Hot Drinks on Commercial Airplanes?
Replies: 26
Views: 2174

Re: A Question for Flight Attendants: How Safe are Hot Drinks on Commercial Airplanes?

A lot of passengers do refill their bottles from the lav tap, ignoring the clearly visible sign that say: "Do not drink this water". However, the water is clean enough, according to germ tests done regularly. says our mechanics and technicians. Airliners of the 70s like B747-200 and Trist...

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by Tristarsteve
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can someone explain this video? (737 Manual Start)
Replies: 17
Views: 1736

Re: Can someone explain this video? (737 Manual Start)

The headset jacks on engine nosecowls were disconnected on our airline many years ago, as they are inside the hazard area when the engine is running.

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by Tristarsteve
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FADEC: How does it work?
Replies: 21
Views: 1976

Re: FADEC: How does it work?

For those unfamiliar with the EEC, it stands for Electronic Engine Control interchangeable with FADEC. I know this is a pedantic point, but I believe they are different. The FADEC had full authority over the engine.- The EEC has authority over the fuel system. The RB211-535 on the B757 has an EEC m...

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by Tristarsteve
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cold weather operations.
Replies: 9
Views: 1107

Re: Cold weather operations.

Working on the ramp, the biggest problem is water. The aircraft water tank is usually near the outflow valve in the rear cargo (except on A320) and the water easily freezes. So you either keep the aircraft warm, or you remove the water. You should not drain the water onto the ground, because it free...

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by Tristarsteve
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tool controller
Replies: 7
Views: 913

Re: Tool controller

Working on aircraft all tools are controlled to make sure that none are left behind when the job is finished. This can be a simple checklist that is completed at the end of each day/job, or a toolbox with cut out pockets for the tools. Also common is a see through plastic toolbox so you can see if a...

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by Tristarsteve
Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738
Replies: 19
Views: 2711

Re: Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738

Sorry, I was going from the A318 CFM56 starter. That has 4 starts of 2 min each with 20secs wait, then 15 minute wait. Assumed the NG would have a similar starter. Sounds like it has at least double the size of oil cooling. On the V2500 we have 3 starts of 2min with 15secs between, followed by 30 mi...

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by Tristarsteve
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738
Replies: 19
Views: 2711

Re: Idling engines after arriving at gate; 738

CFM-56 will used the starting motor to doing the engine to prevent differential cooling binding the bearings (The PW1100G issue). Are we Shure this isn't what we're seeing? This will go for up to 45 minutes in a CFM-56 and up to 75 minutes in the PW1100G. Lightsaber, 99pc of what you post is good g...

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by Tristarsteve
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Radar/Collision Avoidance in old 747-100 and other planes in the 70s
Replies: 15
Views: 1999

Re: Radar/Collision Avoidance in old 747-100 and other planes in the 70s

The FMCs were first installed as standard with the 757/767 and 747-400 slowly after.


The FMC was fitted as standard on the Tristar 200 as delivered to Saudia in 1978. At Gulf Air we retrofitted our Tristars about 2 years later. The B757 didn't appear until 1982.

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR
Replies: 67
Views: 23275

Re: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR

Due to higher drag from having to fly at lower altirudes with three engines, they had to land at MAN. That is not true. Go read the report. Over the UK they had sufficient fuel to go and land at LHR, but the fuel was not in the right tanks. The B744 has a complex manually controlled fuel system, an...

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Dec 15, 2017 7:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR
Replies: 67
Views: 23275

Re: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR

I doubt they just laid the fan in first class. For an engine out ferry flight, that is normal. Lay one fan blade on each seat, and tie it down with a seat belt. Fan blades are very fragile. There are special shipping containers for them, but not in PHX. Wrapping them up for safe pallet transport wo...

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR
Replies: 67
Views: 23275

Re: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR

This might be a stupid question, but how does an airline plan for a flight like this? Is there a 3 engine profile for flight planning? I have twice been in the flight deck of a Tristar on a two engine ferry flight. We had removed the fan blades, and boroscoped the other engines etc, and climbed on ...

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by Tristarsteve
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 744 engine technical issue and shut down at PHX
Replies: 13
Views: 5173

Re: BA 744 blown engine on takeoff from PHX

Just read the story. Engine shut down after take off and aircraft returned. I was a BA B744 engineer for many years in Europe. Can someone explain what a blown engine is?. Is this an American slang for "shut down". We don't use the term here. Or is there something that fox news does not ye...

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by Tristarsteve
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?
Replies: 91
Views: 15656

Re: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?

With the introduction of proper galley doors in the very early jets like the Comet-4, Caravelle, DC-8, B-707 and/or CV-880 - it got standardized, left for passengers, right side for services, with a few exceptions like the B-727-200. The Comet 4 had passenger doors at Forward Right and Aft Left. Th...

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by Tristarsteve
Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA CityFlyer - Future Operations with Planned LCY Development
Replies: 51
Views: 9638

Re: BA CityFlyer - Future Operations with Planned LCY Development

BACF is scope limited to 99 seats so an E195 would be overkill.

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by Tristarsteve
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loose, Leaking or Missing Engine Oil Filler Cap
Replies: 13
Views: 2268

Re: Loose, Leaking or Missing Engine Oil Filler Cap

On the V2500 there is a simple metal flapper just inside the filler neck. Pouring oil in pushes the flapper up, and then it drops down and stops the oil returning. On the RB211, there is a chamber in the oil filler neck that has a float in it. In both engines, when the engine is running, breather pr...

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AirbusWorld/PFR?
Replies: 3
Views: 715

Re: AirbusWorld/PFR?

It is a Post Flight Report. As a maintenance technician, when I walk into the flight deck of an Airbus, I go to the CDU and print out the PFR. I can then see a summary of the flight, and the ECAM alerts and cautions and class 3 messages. On a A320 it usually says Nil Defects!. A PFR is produced for ...

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by Tristarsteve
Wed Nov 08, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordic Aviation 2017
Replies: 1126
Views: 141060

Re: Nordic Aviation 2017

British Airways have no aircraft that can use Bromma today. The largest aircraft there are regional jets. There is a strict noise policy, and a narrow runway that limits aircraft up to RJ100 size.

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by Tristarsteve
Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Loose, Leaking or Missing Engine Oil Filler Cap
Replies: 13
Views: 2268

Re: Loose, Leaking or Missing Engine Oil Filler Cap

Rolls Royce engines have a secondary flapper valve in the filler neck. I once received a B777 with Trent engine after an 11 hour flight from KUL to ARN., with the filler cap missing on arrival. We found it lying in the fan cowling and refitted it OK. NO oil uplift required. We rarely uplifted oil to...

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Overfueling, is it frequent?
Replies: 20
Views: 2967

Re: Overfueling, is it frequent?

Refueling of most airliners in Europe is carried out by the bowser driver. He will set up the qty and pump fuel until the correct amount is reached. On most aircraft nowadays, this cut off is automatic. The refueller is unlikely to notice that the automatic system has not cut off, as most of them do...

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 40 years ago: Hijacking of Lufthansa flight 181 "Landshut"
Replies: 4
Views: 1573

Re: 40 years ago: Hijacking of Lufthansa flight 181 "Landshut"

40 years ago!!!!
I remember this aircraft landing at BAH. It parked on a remote stand for refueling and we could see it from the Gulf Air hangar where I then worked. I managed not to get involved, as the hijackers were nasty in those days.

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by Tristarsteve
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Airlines 192 fire on a Container Loader in Hong Kong
Replies: 78
Views: 21905

Re: American Airlines 192 fire in cargo hold in Hong Kong

I think the guys did OK. The fire is way too big for a small hand held fire extinguisher, so wait for the experts to arrive. They can spray the firs from a safe distance. Go close to that machine you may injure yourself. Let it burn, its a machine.

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by Tristarsteve
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure
Replies: 31
Views: 4292

Re: Boeing 747-400 Start Up Procedure

I don't remember any autostart feature in those birds and it isn't in the manual but maybe I missed something. I don't know anything about the computer flight sims. On the B744 Autostart was a customer option, but most aircraft had it fitted. We once had a delivery flight at LHR en route to somewhe...

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by Tristarsteve
Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Water Injection on Modern Turbofan?
Replies: 28
Views: 2718

Re: Water Injection on Modern Turbofan?

The RR Spey had water injection in some models. At Gulf Air our BAC 111-400 had water injection. It was essential for operations during summer days. the engines were flat rated at ISA, and when it was 35degC the performance was very poor without water, so the water was injected, which allowed the po...

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