UTA_flyinghigh
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What Is Going On Here?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 5:41 pm


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...never seen that before, it looks like the engine(s) have stalled on startup, thus requiring ground support to get the APU running...can this be correct ?
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 5:55 pm

In the caption, the photographer says that's what he thinks happened...
 
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 6:02 pm

...but he may be wrong about it, and looking for confirmation by 737-qualified pilots/technicians  Smile
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 6:06 pm

Well, the photographer (a pal of mine) does indeed just 'think' it's what happens. He told me he aws about to plug and ask in the forums what actually happened...

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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 6:14 pm

Aircraft can be dispatched with no APU (as long as it's not ETOPS). This often entails using ground air and power to start the first engine, pushback if necessary, then a crossbleed start from the running engine to the other engine. The aircraft must be met at it's destination with ground power before the engines are shut down. To keep the a/c running ground air must also be applied.
 
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 7:45 pm

Nothing seems odd here.
The Fwd panel is the External power supply panel & the chord plugged in it connects to the Ground Power unit [GPU] for supplying 115vAc,400Hz power on Ground.

The Aft panel opened is the Access panel to the Fwd Toilet,the line connecting is the Refill line adding Cleansing fluid containing DDD [Dye,Disinfectent,Deodrant] into the Fwd Toilet.

If the Hose is larger approx 3-4 inches Diameter it would be the Drain hose used to drain waste water out of the Toilet tank.

The Blue Truck looks like the Toilet servicing Truck.

The only doubt is the GPU does not seem to be present in the Picture,although the Chord is.
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Thu Jul 31, 2003 8:42 pm

HAWK is correct. The forward lavatory is being serviced.
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 12:22 am

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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 12:57 am

UTA_flyinghigh: Let's take a close look at the photo, shall we? At the right of the nose, we can see Howard, Colin, and Trevor having a discussion about whether Trevor should have to pay Colin the 10 quid he owes for betting on North Rottingham in yesterday's cricket match (North Rottingham lost to Karachi 628 to 12 in 4 overs). The dispute centers around the question of whether Pakistan should have bowled to the North Rottingham batter, in as much as the batter had died while standing up to bat the day before during the first over. Is this a foul? And on the back of the turd hearse, we see William filling the first class lavatory with blue juice. Or more to the point, William is being distracted while stowing the slimey yellow hose, and is actually overfilling the toilet, causing blue water to cascade merrily over the top of the bowl, out into the aisle, and into the first class galley (serves 'em right, the rich blighters). And over on the No. 1 engine, we see James trying to locate his torch, which may have fallen out of his belt ring last night while he and the baggage lass were up inside the inlet having a bit of snoggin'. So is anything here amiss? Nope, looks like 6:00am on about every ramp I've worked on in the last 30 years. Cheers,
 
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 11:10 am

747Teach,
What is a first over? It sounds like a technical term.  Smile

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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 11:16 am

A first over is some kind of cricket term I think based on the context of 747Teach's post...I have no idea what it means...

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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 11:16 am

Looks like the "honey truck" servicing the forward lavatory.
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 12:03 pm

You can tell it's a lav truck by the shape of the tank: short in height and flat on top. Also, the pneumatic air connects underneath the aircraft near the right wing.
 
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:18 pm

A very normal scenario. Especially in Ireland ! The Lav servicing truck is always late and very often turns up just before push back.
 
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RE: What Is Going On Here?

Fri Aug 01, 2003 7:53 pm

Yeah, that truck is hooked up to a cabin service port. At least that is where I remember it when I worked with Alaska's 737's. Actually I think that may be the potable water hookup not the lav but don't quote me on that. It has been 10 years since I worked for AS and even then lav and cabin services where not part of the job according to the union.

Also the pressuried air hose for starting would be hooked up to a panel just forward of the main landing gear legs on the right side bottom of the belly. There is no hose there, if you where going to start the aircraft you would need the pressurized air. When they had an inop APU at Alaska, the start cart would be parked about even with the forward belly and the hose would be run aft to the connect point.
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