|Quoting LAXintl (Reply 15):|
Here is a visual of what the rear engine aircraft can experience.
Actually, that photo is demonstrating the usage and effectiveness of tire chines in deflecting water away
from the engines. This is harder to see given the angle, but it looks like they're doing what they should be doing.
I do agree that wing ice is a problem. But aren't most S80s back-fitted with anti-ice blankets on the inboard wings now? Every S80 I've ever worked on has had these, though I honestly can't recall whether that mod was ever an AD
or just a Service Bulletin. In any case, for someone like Everts, I would be hugely surprised if they didn't have this, given that they are very effective preventing wing ice from forming.
Are there other concerns for tail mounted engines WRT FOD issues? I can't recall specifically, but I thought there were a few more out there...
|Quoting lightsaber (Reply 21):|
So a 734SF is $6M+ while the MD-80 is a mere $3.1M+ or about half the cost. I really do wonder if that is low enough to be purchased for seasonal use by FedEx or UPS...?
Not sure about that one. Used S80s are actually great when picked up in small quantities for operators who don't plan on using them a great deal. G4
does a good job leveraging a mid-sized fleet around the idea that it's good to have spares around and really stretch those MX
, I'm not so sure. Both carriers are historically very good at utilizing older airframes, but I think a lot of that effectivity comes from basing their costs around a larger fleet with a bit higher usage than what we would see at G4
. While I think the S80 would fare at least as well, if not better there than a 733/734F, especially given the huge difference in price, they would really have to want something like that, and pretty soon to do it. Do they? I think a lot of the freight traffic that was once taken care of by 721s & 722s is now being handled by 752Fs. If they're happy enough with that, they may not see the need for converted S80s or 737s.
Which would be too bad. I really like those Maddogs & think they should live forever.
Much like a GE90, I'm a huge fan of Big Twins...