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Tu-154M In Europe

Sun Nov 17, 2002 9:50 pm

Is it true that Tu-154M are allowed to fly to Western Europe only until the end of 2003? They are Stage III aircraft, so why this ban this aircraft from the skies? An MD-80 is as loud as an Tu-154M.
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RE: Tu-154M In Europe

Sun Nov 17, 2002 10:05 pm

It all depends on what is meant by "Stage 3 compliant".

ICAO's General Assembly adopted a resolution in September 2001 which would allow the European Union to ban aircraft at noise-sensitive airports which it felt were just creeping under the Stage 3 limits -- by using hushkits for example.

Aircraft which only meet Stage 3 noise limits by a margin of 5 decibels can be banned at certain EU airports (those worst-affected by noise) because the EU feels that a "true" Stage 3-compliant aircraft is a lot quieter than a modified smoker. It's all about encouraging airlines to respect the spirit of the noise agreements, instead of trying to get off on a technicality.
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RE: Tu-154M In Europe

Sun Nov 17, 2002 11:42 pm

Incidentally you'll notice that the MD80 isn't exactly flavour of the month in Europe, for precisely this reason. Although I believe that there's a company called Jet Engineering which is developing an MD80 hushkit which will put the aircraft into the ICAO Chapter 4 compliance zone.
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RE: Tu-154M In Europe

Mon Nov 18, 2002 4:00 am

I have seen the Aeroflot TU 154 in Milan Malpensa a bunch of times and its not that noisy, the AZ MD80s and the Air Malta 732 are way noisier on takeoff than the TU154 which is not that loud.

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RE: Tu-154M In Europe

Mon Nov 18, 2002 6:05 am

I had a TU-134 fly over my head once at about 100 ft while it was taking off. Needless to say I had problems hearing for a couple of days after that.

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