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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: why always requst before APU bleed to keep windows or door open,
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: why always requst before APU bleed to keep windows or door open,

Not a procedure at any airline I've ever flown at. On the ATR the cabin is ventilated by extraction fans that dump the air outboard. Once you close the doors, it causes a light vacuum that many find uncomfortable. An unofficial way to prevent this from happening is by opening the cockpit communicat...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?
Replies: 83
Views: 11478

Re: What can Boeing do to get an edge over Airbus?

So what do you guys think that Boeing could do to reclaim the title? Build a clean sheet replacement for the 737 Classic 25 years ago. They need to go back to what they used to do - build superior airplanes rather play play politics and litigation. This. The Boeing management is dominated by bean c...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane Crash in Northern Saskatchewan
Replies: 11
Views: 5481

Re: Plane Crash in Northern Saskatchewan

What sort of flying does West Wind do? Is the aircraft a combi conversion? Could it have been inadvertently overloaded, like that one in Papua New Guinea? The weather looks like there was probably icing around but I doubt enough to bring down an airplane, and the ATRs are not as bad in icing these d...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: why always requst before APU bleed to keep windows or door open,
Replies: 9
Views: 391

Re: why always requst before APU bleed to keep windows or door open,

airbus320330 wrote:
why always request before APU bleed to keep windows or door open, despite out flow valve on ground full open. already pressurized cabin protected.


If it is what I think it is, it is because it causes a slight vacuum, which many find annoying in the ears.

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Flights on (older) Shorthaul Aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 1413

Re: Longest Flights on (older) Shorthaul Aircraft

Which carrier was this? Jonas :santahat: That would have been Maersk Air. ConAir of Scandinavia at one point tried operating A320s between Scandinavia and Florida. That went up like a lead balloon; the taxfree purchases was moved by ship to Gander due to weight restrictions, where the aircraft woul...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New flaps/slats for the 737-10 possible?
Replies: 9
Views: 891

Re: New flaps/slats for the 737-10 possible?

The 321 has a better rotation angle, not sure that flap tweaks would fix it for the 737. The A321s better rotation angle aids it by allowing it to get a higher angle of attack, which increases the lift. The 737 of today can't do that, so it has to increase lift by increasing the speed. A 737 with f...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cavok Air flights from Leipzig/Eindhoven-Ghardaia
Replies: 9
Views: 589

Re: Cavok Air flights from Leipzig/Eindhoven-Ghardaia

They also did a lot of flying from Gothenburg to one of the car manufacturing cities in Germany for a while. Often with the An-12, but also the An-26 and An-74. A lot of these Antonov operators are just civilian businesses that bid on contracts just like any other ATR, 737 and ATP cargo operator doe...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?
Replies: 56
Views: 2596

Re: If you had a chance to fly on any historical aircraft...?

A Spitfire, with me at the controls. If civilian aircraft only, probably a 727, again with me at the controls. Basically Dan-Air were to Comets, what Emirates is to A380s. And I bet any number of you have never even heard of them...... (Dan-Air, not Emirates.... :lol: ) I know them, grew up with a t...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What will Delta replace the 777 fleet with and is DAL going to order more?
Replies: 68
Views: 9286

Re: What will Delta replace the 777 fleet with and is DAL going to order more?

DL’s 777 fleet is not old, average age of almost 13 years. Will be around for many years to come. That's a bit misleading though, isn't it? 7 of them are from 1999, and one from 2002. If Delta orders A350s or 777s right now to replace them, those 7 oldest aircraft will probably be 21 years old by t...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: [Hindsight] GE90 powered A330
Replies: 20
Views: 4861

Re: [Hindsight] GE90 powered A330

Whilst I hate along with others the 'someone said to someone' stories there is one I recall. A commercial helicopter pilot was talking to someone in Airbus at the time of the 346 and 777er product developments. He was told that Airbus had doubts about the 773er from an engine out POV.That the 'twis...

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by VSMUT
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest Flights on (older) Shorthaul Aircraft
Replies: 17
Views: 1413

Re: Longest Flights on (older) Shorthaul Aircraft

United Airways used to do DAC-LGW with the MD-83 with a ton of fuel stops in between. About 8000 km / 4300 nm direct.

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by VSMUT
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if the RVR drops below 75?
Replies: 12
Views: 1111

Re: What happens if the RVR drops below 75?

Theoretically we could taxi the plane without looking out using that application You may want to rephrase that, no one would ever support you if you hit something because you “knew” (thought) your actual position based upon a non certified application on a non certified device for that application....

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by VSMUT
Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options
Replies: 332
Views: 52431

Re: Delta orders 100 P&W powered A321neo aircraft, plus 100 options

In years past there was a lot of talk about the 757. It was a niche aircraft and there was no reason to upgrade or restart it. It's market was limited. I wonder if the MOM market was so limited why the A321 is doing so well now? Seems that the judgement that the old 757 market was small was incorre...

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by VSMUT
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Luggage Transfers
Replies: 11
Views: 1410

Re: Luggage Transfers

Both these situations got me thinking about how ramp agents at these non-hubs know to be looking for connecting luggage when they're typically used to just taking everything straight to the baggage claim. Do they have a print out beforehand telling them there will be X amount of connecting bags or ...

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by VSMUT
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if the RVR drops below 75?
Replies: 12
Views: 1111

Re: What happens if the RVR drops below 75?

Once on the runway, my biggest fear was that an aircraft would get lost and taxi onto the runway during our take off rioll. Isn't that one of the points of low visibility procedures though? From what I was told by a tower controller once, in a basic airport without ground transponder or radar, only...

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by VSMUT
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The beginning of basic income in Canada?
Replies: 18
Views: 964

Re: The beginning of basic income in Canada?

People are made to work. It is uncharted territory of human behavior and psychology (and politics) to live idle lives. Some of the effects are imagined as positive. More time with family and work on art projects. Freedom from manual labor. In other cases, effects are negative - there is ghettoizati...

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by VSMUT
Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens if the RVR drops below 75?
Replies: 12
Views: 1111

Re: What happens if the RVR drops below 75?

Once on the runway, my biggest fear was that an aircraft would get lost and taxi onto the runway during our take off rioll. Isn't that one of the points of low visibility procedures though? From what I was told by a tower controller once, in a basic airport without ground transponder or radar, only...

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by VSMUT
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any Airports With Both McDonalds and Burger King?
Replies: 32
Views: 4558

Re: Any Airports With Both McDonalds and Burger King?

CPH. A Burger King landside inside the terminal, and a McDonalds in a seperate building between the parking lots.

CGN. They have a Burger King in Terminal 1, and a McDonalds in Terminal 2. Both landside.

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by VSMUT
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quick question re: Number of Flight Attendants required
Replies: 11
Views: 1388

Re: Quick question re: Number of Flight Attendants required

Is one of the pilots supposed to help in the front door in case of evacuation? No, we can't even be guaranteed to reach the passenger cabin. The cargo area separates us from them, and there is a possibility that it will be blocked after a crash. We have a rooftop hatch to escape from. Certainly the...

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by VSMUT
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 14746

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

No, but a little common sense should also tell ya that a deportee being escorted by one or more professional law enforcement officers (LEOs) or customs and immigration official should be more than sufficient evidence that the deportee is does not have a bomb. And, if you don't have enough faith in ...

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by VSMUT
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Powered Jets
Replies: 26
Views: 2597

Re: Electric Powered Jets

In that case, you could still just use a smaller direct drive turbine set up for maximum efficiency at cruise. It makes no sense to go through two mechanical/electrical conversions. Yes, but it would still have to be balanced out with the weight and drag increases by doing it that way. With the cru...

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by VSMUT
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SpiceJet plans to launch Seaplane service with in the next 12 months
Replies: 8
Views: 2420

Re: SpiceJet plans to launch Seaplane service with in the next 12 months

Is there even a demand of this? Yes, plenty. India is severely underserved, both by plane, rail and road. India is just about to surpass China in terms of population, but unlike China, the Indian government hasn't undertaken massive infrastructure investments, and they don't restrict travel for the...

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by VSMUT
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air Transatlantic Flights 2018
Replies: 26
Views: 4611

Re: Primera Air Transatlantic Flights 2018

https://primeraair.com/travel-info/fees/

£16 for a sandwich and soft drink! :lol:


Yeah, you aren't kidding. A premium beef or fish meal for 60 eur! I could have that at a good restaurant in Switzerland and still have money left over!
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mattyfitzg wrote:
Check these extra fees out!
https://primeraair.com/travel-info/fees/

£16 for a sandwich and soft drink! :lol:


Yeah, you aren't kidding. A premium beef or fish meal for 60 eur! I could have that at a good restaurant in Switzerland and still have money left over!

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by VSMUT
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Primera Air Transatlantic Flights 2018
Replies: 26
Views: 4611

Re: Primera Air Transatlantic Flights 2018

I'm no fan of Primera, but we must not forget that Norwegian started from more or less the same point back in the day, and Wow was much smaller when they decided it was time for A330s. They could do it, so why shouldn't Primera give it a chance as well, with smaller and more manageable aircraft too?...

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by VSMUT
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 14746

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

EDIT: Just because a deportee screams, "If I go back, they will kill me", doesn't mean that's true either. It's not like people (yet alone desperate) people don't lie all the time. We can't accept it either. There is a zero tolerance policy on that sort of behaviour for a good reason. We ...

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by VSMUT
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which is the best place on earth to learn to fly?
Replies: 9
Views: 1251

Re: Which is the best place on earth to learn to fly?

The reality is, no where. Most world class schools, regardless of location have high training standards, it’s more up to the quality and reputation of he school rather than where it is physically located. I can only second that. The Maldives, whilst probably some of the most beautiful scenery of an...

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by VSMUT
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Powered Jets
Replies: 26
Views: 2597

Re: Electric Powered Jets

Starlionblue wrote:
But it seems current engines are already pretty optimised for the cruise.


Pretty optimised, yes. Completely optimised, no.

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by VSMUT
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Snowfall affecting airports across Europe
Replies: 44
Views: 10001

Re: Snowfall hits Europa and the U.K.

luchtzak wrote:
Zurich airport seems paralyzed due to snow.


There has been freezing rain at my hotel in Basel too.

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by VSMUT
Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SpiceJet plans to launch Seaplane service with in the next 12 months
Replies: 8
Views: 2420

Re: SpiceJet plans to launch Seaplane service with in the next 12 months

Is there even a demand of this? Yes, plenty. India is severely underserved, both by plane, rail and road. India is just about to surpass China in terms of population, but unlike China, the Indian government hasn't undertaken massive infrastructure investments, and they don't restrict travel for the...

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by VSMUT
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Powered Jets
Replies: 26
Views: 2597

Re: Electric Powered Jets

A 777 or any other twin can fly with just one engine. It certainly cannot operate efficiently. Example: A 330 which loses one engine has a max level of approximate 43 minus the gross weight in thousands. In other words, if you're at 200 tons your max sustainable altitude is approximately 23000 feet...

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by VSMUT
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Quick question re: Number of Flight Attendants required
Replies: 11
Views: 1388

Re: Quick question re: Number of Flight Attendants required

There should be a minimum of 1 F/A per 50 seats. This reminds me of an incident at Czech Airlines many years ago, when a scheduled 735 was swapped for a 734 last minute, with no member of crew noticing and thus, flying a flight with less F/As than required. Who exactly has imposed such a rule and w...

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by VSMUT
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Powered Jets
Replies: 26
Views: 2597

Re: Electric Powered Jets

I don't know. Airliner engines are running at around 85-90% of max thrust in the cruise. Would a smaller "cruise turbine" really be more efficient? Do they? My experience from the ATR is that they only run at around 60% of max power in cruise and 90% at takeoff, with 100% being available ...

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by VSMUT
Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Danish JSF plans in trouble
Replies: 32
Views: 2461

Re: Danish JSF plans in trouble

Nice try, but: • Exchange rate - Currency fluctuation would still have been present, although very minor given the values are calculated in Danish Kroner and not Euros. The danish krone is pegged to the Euro. It doesn't fluctuate, it is a fixed constant. • Real growth in prices - Still present for a...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Danish JSF plans in trouble
Replies: 32
Views: 2461

Re: Danish JSF plans in trouble

Given the Danish Government used the same cost evaluation criteria to evaluate all three if we swapped out anything JSF specific for the other respective competitor what do we get for price increases for the acquisition and sustainment of the Eurofighter and the SH? Well you wouldn't get the exchan...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric Powered Jets
Replies: 26
Views: 2597

Re: Electric Powered Jets

I've assumed that stories about such a commercial plane are a pipe dream given battery weights and the need to have so much power to take off-However what would be the feasibility with current technology of having a plane which took off with conventional engines and then flew with electric ones on ...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Netherlands to cancel 3 F-35s?
Replies: 11
Views: 2195

Re: Netherlands to cancel 3 F-35s?

Ozair wrote:
VSMUT did you read the article you quoted? It clearly says the reason for any potential inability to afford the F-35 is because of currency fluctuations.


An increase in the price is an increase in the price, regardless of the reason.

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Looking for (UK) private military jets to attend airshow.
Replies: 2
Views: 583

Re: Looking for (UK) private military jets to attend airshow.

Did you check in Denmark and Sweden? Sweden has the historical flight with the Draken, Viggen and more. There's also the Biltema collection. Denmark is more limited, but these guys have an L-29: http://www.warbird.dk/ The Russian Team Vyazma who operates L-39s visited Roskilde Airshow a number of ye...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Danish JSF plans in trouble
Replies: 32
Views: 2461

Re: Danish JSF plans in trouble

Latest news: Much was made of how cheap the F-35 would supposedly be to operate back when the Danish decision was made. The estimate back then was 57 billion DKK over 30 years, and was promised to be 99% correct. The ministry of defence has now admitted that the actual costs will be much higher, pos...

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Netherlands to cancel 3 F-35s?
Replies: 11
Views: 2195

Netherlands to cancel 3 F-35s?

https://nltimes.nl/2017/11/30/dutch-gov ... ghter-jets
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It looks like the Netherlands is the latest country to find itself in a crunch with the constantly increasing price tag of the F-35. A decision is to be made in 2019:

https://nltimes.nl/2017/11/30/dutch-gov ... ghter-jets

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by VSMUT
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:52 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Argentina buys 5 Super Etendards
Replies: 5
Views: 1327

Re: Argentina buys 5 Super Etendards

I doubt these crafts are kept in a flyable condition. They have only been out of service since the summer of 2016, and they won't have been stripping them down for spare parts. I would expect them to be sent by ship though. Just finding pilots who are current on the type to ferry them over would be...

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by VSMUT
Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 14746

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

c) I know in some countries employees are company property, but you can not legally force an employee to go to a war torn country, there is still a travel warning for Afghanistan and the airline can not force anyone to fly there. The incidents happened predominantly on Eurowings and Lufthansa fligh...

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by VSMUT
Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Which is the best place on earth to learn to fly?
Replies: 9
Views: 1251

Re: Which is the best place on earth to learn to fly?

As TOGA10 says, nationality is important when making you choice. An FAA license is next to worthless if you are an EU national, so you will be more constrained when it comes to choosing a school in the US that does EASA courses. My experience: I trained in Scandinavia, which meant flying in poor wea...

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by VSMUT
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pilots stop 222 asylum seekers being deported from Germany.
Replies: 66
Views: 14746

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

All of those pilots should be fired immediately. They have to remember, they are paid to fly from point A to B. Politics and matters of Governmental action is NOT their experience and they have no right to intercede in extradition or expulsion matters. The Courts are where that is handled and just ...

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by VSMUT
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New pilot at 32!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1588

Re: New pilot at 32!!

My question is this: if you aren’t a good teacher (so no CFI) but are (or have the potential to be) a good pilot, how do people who have careers later on life (ie. it graduating from Embry Riddle) gain the hours to transition to being an ATP pilot? The ATP 1500 hour requirement only applies to the ...

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by VSMUT
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for
Replies: 68
Views: 24638

Re: How the Boeing jet no one wanted became the plane airlines scour the planet for

The 717 was delivered at a horrible time for that market segment. They should have put it on ice for for 5 or 10 years before bringing it back. It’s just bad timing. They’ve probably waited too long now, and any attempt to bring it back will require engine upgrades. The 717 would have fared even wo...

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by VSMUT
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?
Replies: 89
Views: 12315

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

First navy of "Russia" (as opposed to earlier East Slavic navies, of places like Novgorod or Archangelsk -- areas that eventually became "Russia") was indeed created, during Peter I time, with foreign help. Primarily from the Netherlands. The first ships were built in Russia by ...

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by VSMUT
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Widening Fuselage (hypothetical) CS500
Replies: 19
Views: 1401

Re: Widening Fuselage (hypothetical) CS500

It’s hard to believe that widening the fuselage was actually considered. I think it was just a simple and dishonest attempt at deterring Airbus from doing the A380. It would have sown doubts about the viability of developing a completely new design when the competitor could "merely" widen...

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by VSMUT
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Luggage Transfers
Replies: 11
Views: 1410

Re: Luggage Transfers

Both these situations got me thinking about how ramp agents at these non-hubs know to be looking for connecting luggage when they're typically used to just taking everything straight to the baggage claim. Do they have a print out beforehand telling them there will be X amount of connecting bags or ...

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by VSMUT
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do passengers board the aircraft from the left side?
Replies: 89
Views: 12315

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

Concerning the navy heritage in aviation: in Russian and some other languages the title of the First Officer is Steersman (штурман from Dutch stuurman). Incorrect. "Shturman" is the Navigator. Literally. But it is almost exactly the same word as the Danish "Styrmand", and the fi...

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by VSMUT
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: New pilot at 32!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1588

Re: New pilot at 32!!

Where in the world are you located? 32 is nothing, I would say it is just above average. The oldest I knew was in his 40s when he started. I have an Engineer degree as background with work experience and the last 3 years I work for the military. Will my background be of any advantage to the airliner...

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