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by bigb
Sat Jan 22, 2022 3:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 282
Views: 30756

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

9 are flying for DHL total, 3 of them are on lease from DHL, Kalitta owns 6 of the and are working to dry lease them to to DHL. I would love for Atlas to pick them up to create additional vacancies to generate movement.

But the million dollar question would be, who can staff them?

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by bigb
Sat Jan 22, 2022 2:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 282
Views: 30756

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

Word in the skies is that Kalitta is shutting down their 767 program to staff the 777s and 747s.

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by bigb
Fri Jan 21, 2022 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lack of international flights at RDU
Replies: 184
Views: 17698

Re: Lack of international flights at RDU

So, nothing to show? Okay, cool. How about YOU show some objective evidence that RDU is deserving of a ME3 flight. If people are going to make those claims, the burden of proof is on them. In 2014, RDU was the 11th busiest airport in terms of traffic to India (would use Qatar or UAE for connections...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order
Replies: 372
Views: 44063

Re: Qatar and Airbus Legal Dispute Continues - Airbus Revokes A321 Order

Yeah, that pretty bad. I’ve seen some some rough paint jobs and I’ve seen what wear and tear does to paint on aircraft. That’s not wear and tear for certain. There are definitely issues going on. Hopefully we will see QR and Airbus figure it out. This public PR battle isn’t going to end well for bot...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of speedbrakes in Boeing 737 during RTO
Replies: 31
Views: 1630

Re: Use of speedbrakes in Boeing 737 during RTO

I can comment on the 737, but the 747 and I know 777. The speed brakes will auto deploy in the event of a RTO when the thrust levers reduced to idle and TR deployed to reverse Idle above 80 knots.

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by bigb
Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant orders 30 737MAX7 and 20 737MAX8-200 plus 50 options
Replies: 473
Views: 59482

Re: Allegiant nearing deal for 737MAX

I've heard that the ability to be home every night is a big draw to G4 - I wonder if that helps them pull pilots at all? In theory, yes. In reality, not everybody wants to live in flint or some of these other junior bases. So they have to commute to uncommutable schedules. Great if you live local. ...

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by bigb
Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant orders 30 737MAX7 and 20 737MAX8-200 plus 50 options
Replies: 473
Views: 59482

Re: Allegiant nearing deal for 737MAX

The more I think about this order, the more I wonder if Allegiant is looking to accelerate expansion (faster than the historical 10% growth rate). Slide 13 implies they are taking a stance to be ready to grow rapidly or stay more constant, depending on market conditions. I speculate this MAX order ...

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by bigb
Wed Jan 19, 2022 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 282
Views: 30756

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

The problem here is frankly the FAA in my opinion. Its obvious that WGA's MD-11 fleet management is facing serious challenges (and we are likely only seeing the tip of the iceberg) but since its a cargo only operator, the FAA seems willing to accept the danger, just like the FAA did with Atlas, and...

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by bigb
Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10
Replies: 393
Views: 58346

Re: Boeing confirms higher gross weight 787-10

Sometimes I hate the western preference of debate over dialogue... I'm not going to cover off every possible avenue of misunderstanding of what I'm saying just because people are more motivated to (dis)proof a point rather than to make an effort to read and understand what someone has actually been...

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by bigb
Sun Jan 16, 2022 1:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing
Replies: 17
Views: 2451

Re: Pilot retracted flaps one notch just before landing

Maybe they experienced flap load relief when the aircraft reach a certain speed they retract up a setting to avoid overspending the flaps. I am not sure if the 757 has flap load relief. I know the 747 does and it reaches 167kts, it auto retracts to Flaps 25.

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by bigb
Sat Jan 15, 2022 11:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RTO for impending fire
Replies: 57
Views: 3041

Re: RTO for impending fire

It this issue trigger a Master Warning, Master Master Caution, a long of thrust/Engine failure, loss of directional control, or renders the aircraft unsafe or unable to fly at 10 knots V1. If the answer is No, then I am not rejecting. I would take into the air as there would be a better chance and ...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RTO for impending fire
Replies: 57
Views: 3041

Re: RTO for impending fire

It this issue trigger a Master Warning, Master Master Caution, a long of thrust/Engine failure, loss of directional control, or renders the aircraft unsafe or unable to fly at 10 knots V1. If the answer is No, then I am not rejecting. I would take into the air as there would be a better chance and s...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: On the DC-10, what is the function of the "gear horn off" button other than the obvious.
Replies: 9
Views: 1078

Re: On the DC-10, what is the function of the "gear horn off" button other than the obvious.

GPWS override is the closest. It’s mainly if you are needing to do an approach using less than normal landing flaps for landing.

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by bigb
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ-200 Climb Performance
Replies: 25
Views: 2066

Re: CRJ-200 Climb Performance

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by bigb
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ-200 Climb Performance
Replies: 25
Views: 2066

Re: CRJ-200 Climb Performance

Okay, I’m jaded. Haha, don’t be lol. Trust me on this, no need to verify. Must be a whole better than the CL605 then, it was a truck. The Global was better, but Falcon and G550 pilots thought the Global was heavy. Falcon bubbas took pity on us. I can’t comment on the Business Jets, I only experienc...

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by bigb
Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ-200 Climb Performance
Replies: 25
Views: 2066

Re: CRJ-200 Climb Performance

What old Peterbilt w/o power steering did you drive before the 200? A DC-8? CRJ-200 handles great. Turns on the dime. One of my favorite Jets to fly the various visual approaches and departures of DCA, LGA, and PWM. Out side of that, that is it… The only good thing aboutw the 200 was it’s handling ...

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by bigb
Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Announces Q4 '21 Financial Results
Replies: 37
Views: 8126

Re: Delta Announces Q4 '21 Financial Results

Pacific is going to be in the tank, the only shining spot in my opinion would be flying to ICN. Even then that wasn’t great. Demand is in the toilet going to other places in the pacific. I do t see United doing much better either, but they been running more Cargo only flights.

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by bigb
Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 282
Views: 30756

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

You'd think after years they would decide maybe they need to outsource more maintenance because running the planes is how they make money. But, perhaps they've run the numbers and even with the current problems, its more profitable? I was heartened when they started doing heavy-checks at TPE, becau...

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by bigb
Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 282
Views: 30756

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

Just another day at Western Global. Their reputation is well earned. This is a true statement. It’s not uncommon to see one their MD-11s parked at the International Terminal in ANC over a 5 to 12 day stretch. True story, I made a bet with one of my crew members that the same MD-11 will be parked at...

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by bigb
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 282
Views: 30756

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

Ya know, the more I look at Western Global...these guys seem to get a lot of practice handling emergencies. I guess the safety benefit is they won't be complacent pilots... So tonight N542KD takes off from ORD for ANC. She'd been running more-or-less regularly for a while. Immediately after rolling...

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by bigb
Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A321LR flight level?
Replies: 9
Views: 1654

Re: A321LR flight level?

This goes for any heavy loaded aircraft. The heavier you are, the lower optimum and max altitude will be. It not uncommon for us in the 747 the be limited around FL300 or 310 when near max gross and at 35 as we get closer to our destination with our first step up to 330 being halfway.

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by bigb
Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 282
Views: 30756

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

Bigb: Is there any concern about the dry ice producing enough carbon dioxide to cause breathing difficulties in the crew, procedures to prevent same? (Maybe that's the reason for the packs on high?) I'm thinking of that father and son who died a couple of years ago when they loaded their van up wit...

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by bigb
Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are holding patterns used very much anymore and at which airfields?
Replies: 27
Views: 2266

Re: Are holding patterns used very much anymore and at which airfields?

Hold Patterns aren’t necessarily air field specific. It’s just a flight pattern that is used to buy time before aircraft can proceed to its intended destination and or alternate or holding patterns can be used as a course reverser for a approach in a non-radar environment. Holding patterns are still...

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by bigb
Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CRJ-200 Climb Performance
Replies: 25
Views: 2066

Re: CRJ-200 Climb Performance

The only good thing about the 200 was it’s handling characteristics.

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by bigb
Wed Jan 12, 2022 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022
Replies: 282
Views: 30756

Re: Air Cargo (non Amazon/DHL) Thread - 2022

Don't think this was mentioned previously: Planes to fly potatoes to ease shortage in Japan URGENT DELIVERY: Flexport is to fly three Boeing 747 loads of potatoes to Japan, while McDonald’s said it expects the shortage to be resolved by New Year’s Eve US freight forwarder Flexport Inc is to help fl...

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by bigb
Wed Jan 12, 2022 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA1443 Odd Flight Pattern
Replies: 16
Views: 5427

Re: UA1443 Odd Flight Pattern

Thanks very much for your ATC perspective. As pilots, even in my cited position, we are loath to declare their emergency authority for a deviation. I wasn’t aware you could issue a point-out to the Mil side and at least start some traffic coordination for them. Absolutely! If you need that deviatio...

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by bigb
Wed Jan 12, 2022 2:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant orders 30 737MAX7 and 20 737MAX8-200 plus 50 options
Replies: 473
Views: 59482

Re: Allegiant orders 30 737MAX7 and 20 737MAX8-200 plus 50 options

Kind of funny the argument that Boeing will make money on the back end. With these service guarantee service contract, Would Boeing make the most money if their planes do not break down very often. Which means if those planes breaks down a lot, then they may be losing money of the back end. bt So p...

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by bigb
Wed Jan 12, 2022 1:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 757 pilots having fun
Replies: 50
Views: 11218

Re: 757 pilots having fun

Love when i am flying a empty 747. Especially the -8F. The roll is ridiculous, and the climb rate is amazing especially above the FL300.

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by bigb
Tue Jan 11, 2022 10:14 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Are airlines happy with their 737MAXs?
Replies: 6
Views: 963

Re: Are airlines happy with their 737MAXs?

Absolutely, it is a well performing and efficient bird despite the hate it relieves here. It is also good quiet ride in the back as well.

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by bigb
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63406

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

Just because Clifford said it, what data supports it? I’ve seen no such data and I have exposure to that area. Nice try continuing to bash Boeing, but your arguments don’t hold water. I am not “Bob Clifford, a Chicago attorney specializing in aviation-disaster cases”, nor the author of the USA Toda...

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by bigb
Mon Jan 10, 2022 8:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots
Replies: 89
Views: 9741

Re: Delta Drops Long-Time College Degree Requirement for New Hire Pilots

As a side note. Delta is hurting so bad for new hires that they recently sent out an email stating that if you did not make it in the hiring process to please re-apply with a different email address. Not sure what having a different email address will make? Well, here’s a pilot who is waiting for a...

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by bigb
Mon Jan 10, 2022 6:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now
Replies: 14
Views: 1482

Re: Oceanic Clearances: Then and Now

Usually oceanic clearance would be received via CPDLC and would need to confirm the track assignment with track message comes in the flight plan. The clearance time would give use a time of entry and Mach speed to fly. Sometimes they will off set aircraft to the right of track when the traffic was h...

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by bigb
Mon Jan 10, 2022 3:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Embarrassing Aviation Misconceptions You've Had
Replies: 32
Views: 1886

Re: Embarrassing Aviation Misconceptions You've Had

I always thought the Taxi lights where retractable lights that came out in front noise gear well.

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by bigb
Mon Jan 10, 2022 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN FA Union votes no-confidence in WN VP Flight Operations
Replies: 39
Views: 8084

Re: WN FA Union votes no-confidence in WN VP Flight Operations

There are some days that center is so noisy that all I hear is the controller next to them yelling and no the controller actually issuing directions. At a certain all vaccinated airline, you can do walk arounds without a mask, and after the bullet door is closed. It has gotten so bad that after the...

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by bigb
Sun Jan 09, 2022 7:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN FA Union votes no-confidence in WN VP Flight Operations
Replies: 39
Views: 8084

Re: WN FA Union votes no-confidence in WN VP Flight Operations

ATC isn’t operating a piece of equipment ... in a noisy environment with background noise I take it you've never been to an air traffic facility before? :rotfl: I realize it's not the same thing, and I didn't mean to imply it as such. My point is that while wearing a mask and utilizing a headset is...

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by bigb
Sun Jan 09, 2022 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN FA Union votes no-confidence in WN VP Flight Operations
Replies: 39
Views: 8084

Re: WN FA Union votes no-confidence in WN VP Flight Operations

I don’t know anything about how WN is organized, but it seems strange for one work group’s union to express a public opinion about the head of another work group. There are two issues cited, one is pilots not having to wear masks in the cockpit, the other is looking for (moral or physical) backup s...

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by bigb
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air orders 4 B777-200LRF’s
Replies: 38
Views: 7711

Re: Atlas Air orders 4 B777-200LRF’s

They can afford the brand new airplanes after the pilots got the shaft in arbitration. I talked to an Atlas guy the other day, and he said they're actually getting a pretty good package. I am an Atlas guy and I can tell you that the package is a slap in the face. Yes, they upped the new hire pay fr...

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by bigb
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air orders 4 B777-200LRF’s
Replies: 38
Views: 7711

Re: Atlas Air orders 4 B777-200LRF’s

I am an Atlas guy and I can tell you that the package is a slap in the face. Yes, they upped the new hire pay from the poverty inducing $1600 per month plus per diem, add in LTD, and eliminated the amalgamation clause, but 2% direct contribution is ridiculous. Atlas pilots will continue to leave in...

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by bigb
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:29 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2022 Booked/Flown Flights
Replies: 28
Views: 3369

Re: Your 2022 Booked/Flown Flights

Jan 11th DL ANC-SEA-ATL-ORF is currently booked. I will be rebooking onto to AS/AA once I get to NRT and figure out my ETA back to ANC and the remainder of my work schedule. End of the Month I will be booking ORF-DEN-ANC on United. Or AA/AS ORF-DFW/CLT-SEA-ANC. I might status match over to AA once m...

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by bigb
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which realistic routes do you want to see announced?
Replies: 68
Views: 9024

Re: Which realistic routes do you want to see announced?

I believe ORF-LAX is one of the last few flights that our area needs. Maybe a morning flight to LAX on AA. UA will not bring ORF-SFO as they have ORF-DEN already for traffic flow.

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by bigb
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: The World's Shortest Airline Flight
Replies: 8
Views: 1887

Re: The World's Shortest Airline Flight

CLT-GSP when CLT is landing north is a short flight. PHL-ABE is also a ridiculous short flight as well. 30 mins Gate to Gate.

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by bigb
Sat Jan 08, 2022 7:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Do non-passenger flights avoid bad weather as much?
Replies: 10
Views: 781

Re: Do non-passenger flights avoid bad weather as much?

Weather doesn’t care if you’re a pax or cargo bird, it’s a hazard the safety of flight. We freight pilots will ride the turbulence out longer vs a pax bird though.

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by bigb
Fri Jan 07, 2022 11:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Overconfidence In Aviation Technology
Replies: 27
Views: 1788

Re: Overconfidence In Aviation Technology

Which "people" are you talking about that "think or see computers/automation as being the way to solve all problems". I have not seen any evidence of these people in the industry. The solution of a procedure is not "working" is holistic. Why does this issue exist? Can ...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 07, 2022 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Allegiant orders 30 737MAX7 and 20 737MAX8-200 plus 50 options
Replies: 473
Views: 59482

Re: Allegiant orders 30 737MAX7 and 20 737MAX8-200 plus 50 options

Both WN and Ryanair have had great success with the 737. It has to do with stage lengths as well as plane size. The 737 is more than competitive in the -7 and -8 frame size, the -9 and -10 do well only in short stage lengths. The A321neo is a shining star in its size both for being bigger but also ...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 07, 2022 6:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63406

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

One would hope that on the next iteration of airplanes that they might design in some features to make this harder to do even if no was meant to, as it did happen. Why? Can’t automate you way out of everything. At some point pilots have to just trust and verify and fly the airplane….. It’s not rock...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63406

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

One would hope that on the next iteration of airplanes that they might design in some features to make this harder to do even if no was meant to, as it did happen. Why? Can’t automate you way out of everything. At some point pilots have to just trust and verify and fly the airplane….. It’s not rock...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 07, 2022 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air orders 4 B777-200LRF’s
Replies: 38
Views: 7711

Re: Atlas Air orders 4 B777-200LRF’s

sxf24 wrote:
bigb wrote:
Weatherwatcher1 wrote:

I wonder what type of 777. More 777Fs or 777-300ERSF conversions or maybe 777-XFs?


Don’t know, it will be 777s though. I wouldn’t be surprised to see see three plus used 777 pax birds.


What role would 777 pax play? Growing charter operations?


Replacement birds for the 747 pax birds

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by bigb
Fri Jan 07, 2022 2:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel Policy and Route to Destination Alternate
Replies: 15
Views: 1560

Re: Fuel Policy and Route to Destination Alternate

I dont know the company fuel policies for the airlines involved, however this is my guess at what you are seeing in each case 1) MIA-ZRH, this is an ETDO (ETOPS) flight, my guess is the figure CF on the 800 .10 is "critical fuel" or additional fuel that is loaded in order to meet for exam...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 07, 2022 2:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Overconfidence In Aviation Technology
Replies: 27
Views: 1788

Re: Overconfidence In Aviation Technology

Sorry, I didn't do a very good job defining the question. Right now, in the cockpit & the ground, we have a system where everything is cross-checked with redundancy in the system. However it seem like more & more people think or see computers/automation as being the way to solve all problem...

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by bigb
Fri Jan 07, 2022 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021
Replies: 267
Views: 63406

Re: Emirates serious incident on takeoff on EK231 DXB-IAD on 20 December 2021

Quick question. Hope someone will answer before our ever-vigilant admins delete (queue GASP!) criticism of Boeing. What kind of an engineer would design a flight director that allows setting take-off power with altitude on zero? No dings? No warnings? Seriously? Again some invisible abbreviation in...

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