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by N1120A
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD80 efis / fmc
Replies: 4
Views: 964

Re: MD80 efis / fmc

I'm pretty sure that AA had RNAV capability on all of their 80s before they were retired. It doesn't take a lot and you can certainly have RNAV capability, through GPS or otherwise, with round gauges.

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by N1120A
Sun Jul 12, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Swissair Retrenchment
Replies: 4
Views: 1540

Re: Swissair Retrenchment

I believe Swissair actually died completely and that the Swiss we know today is actually the former Crossair picking up Swissair's assets, aircraft, etc... Well, sorta. Essentially, they took SAirGroup's regional subsidiary and rebuilt a full service, worldwide airline on top of it using most of th...

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by N1120A
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Night Rating Anxiety
Replies: 18
Views: 4242

Re: Night Rating Anxiety

Honestly, night flying is often easier than day flying - especially VFR. Easier to spot other traffic and nearly always smoother air. Just remember to keep your eyes looking at the end of the runway on your flare.

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by N1120A
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2728

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

Thanks for the interesting responses. One follow up, assuming good weather, are most approaches to busy (for example DEN or ORD) visual approaches? Thanks in advance. Actually, the busier an approach control is, the more often they want people on a visual. That way, their separation requirements go...

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by N1120A
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2728

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

As some have mentioned, visual approaches take many forms. Most, particularly in the GA setting, are literally normal VFR style approaches. If approach vectors you there, you're usually going on a base of some sort. If the airport has an operating tower, the tower will basically tell you what they w...

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by N1120A
Tue May 05, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ship a freezer by air?
Replies: 16
Views: 2418

Re: Ship a freezer by air?

I don't see how density altitude would be a major issue, given that they have freezers in places like ABQ.

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by N1120A
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When the Air Canada DHC-8 lost a tire while taking off back in January
Replies: 9
Views: 1583

Re: When the Air Canada DHC-8 lost a tire while taking off back in January

atomicstar wrote:
Oh, it was my misconception. I always thought anything bigger than a business jet had fuel dumping systems.


Tons of business jets hold much more fuel than a Q400 does. A G650 holds almost 4 times what a Q400 does.

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by N1120A
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 3 inflight crew members instead of 4? Will airlines remove seats?
Replies: 44
Views: 5762

Re: 3 inflight crew members instead of 4? Will airlines remove seats?

The number of flight attendants is related to not only the number of seats (rule of 50), but also the number of doors. In this new age of social distancing, can the airlines just install middle seat blockers or DO NOT USE placards of some sort and still be FAA compliant rather than removing entire s...

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by N1120A
Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: WN 737 at gate...Tail Stand
Replies: 9
Views: 2047

Re: WN 737 at gate...Tail Stand

The 900 is worse for this than the 800, but I'd imagine the light loads aren't helping their W&B, so they are being extra cautious. The aft CG of the airplane actually benefits it.

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by N1120A
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 787 Fuel Efficency?
Replies: 2
Views: 949

Re: 787 Fuel Efficency?

The 763ER is actually cheaper, per seat, than the A330. The issue is cargo and, now, range.

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by N1120A
Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Canadian ATC
Replies: 22
Views: 3110

Re: Canadian ATC

I've heard controllers in Ottawa speaking French. Ottawa is right on the border and nearly as bilingual as Montreal is. Controllers in Quebec are all bilingual and communicate as requested by the pilots of the aircraft speaking to them. They also speak, by far, the clearest, least Quebecois accented...

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by N1120A
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-130 Crash at (SBA) Santa Barbara Airport, CA
Replies: 19
Views: 9085

Re: C-130 Crash at (SBA) Santa Barbara Airport, CA

That was an interesting event. I flew into SBA just after this happened and the plane was still there. Apparently, they had a pretty bad hydraulic failure and SMX, where they departed, was low IFR. They picked SBA for proximity, but that short runway didn't help them. So, SBA ops continued after th...

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by N1120A
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Santa Maria, CA (SMX) New Service Announcement Jan 10 2020
Replies: 131
Views: 17014

Re: Santa Maria, CA (SMX) New Service Announcement Jan 10 2020

Also, SMX is odd. The fog can sit in that valley sort of like it does in the Central Valley and create much lower, lingering ceilings than the Coastal airports. I've flown VFR into SBP while traffic was holding and diverting out of SMX. The Santa Maria area averages more low visibility fog days per...

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by N1120A
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Santa Maria, CA (SMX) New Service Announcement Jan 10 2020
Replies: 131
Views: 17014

Re: Santa Maria, CA (SMX) New Service Announcement Jan 10 2020

Yes there were definitely some incentives there, particularly for DEN. I think with the huge growth of SBP, there definitely could be a market for SMX flights. SBP is fairly close to the water without a great ILS system. SMX is probably more susceptible to fog, but their ILS system is also probably...

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by N1120A
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: C-130 Crash at (SBA) Santa Barbara Airport, CA
Replies: 19
Views: 9085

Re: C-130 Crash at (SBA) Santa Barbara Airport, CA

That was an interesting event. I flew into SBA just after this happened and the plane was still there. Apparently, they had a pretty bad hydraulic failure and SMX, where they departed, was low IFR. They picked SBA for proximity, but that short runway didn't help them.

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by N1120A
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA
Replies: 41
Views: 5267

Re: Taos Air to Hawthorne Airport & Carlsbad Airport, CA

Another weird niche project. Too bad it means the stupid badge access to CRQ will stick around. Good that I'm not based there. Hawthorne and Carlsbad??? I give it 3 months max. CLD could never sustain any service from anyone and Hawthorne is just plain stupid podunk general av air field that probabl...

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by N1120A
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-300 242t true range
Replies: 33
Views: 4884

Re: A330-300 242t true range

zeke wrote:
N1120A wrote:
Who on earth lists MDW as an alternate for ORD from NRT? That would be an interesting scenario.


Why do say that, can you explain your logic ?


Short runway and super tight ramp space. MKE and RFD would be much more appropriate.

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by N1120A
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-300 242t true range
Replies: 33
Views: 4884

Re: A330-300 242t true range

My query is, in a hypothetical situation, would an A330-300 be adequate in being utilized on routes between 10,000-11,000km without unreasonable payload restrictions ? Examples of before-mentioned routes thereof comprise of AKL-LAX, HKG-YVR, SIN-LHR or NRT-ORD, and the like. I ran some flight plans...

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by N1120A
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CPT - Alternate/Diversion Airport Question
Replies: 20
Views: 1961

Re: CPT - Alternate/Diversion Airport Question

Balerit wrote:
George, GRJ or FAGG is an alternate especially for local aircraft.


I doubt United wants to put a 787-9 into GRJ, with only 6500' of runway.

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by N1120A
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Using a NDB during a storm
Replies: 36
Views: 2440

Re: Using a NDB during a storm

There is no NDB approach requirement on US checkrides anymore, and most planes don't have ADFs anyway. Most of the approaches in the US have been replaced by GPS approaches.

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by N1120A
Tue Feb 25, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does NBC Know What They're Talking About Regarding Aviation?
Replies: 41
Views: 3290

Re: Does NBC Know What They're Talking About Regarding Aviation?

Whenever I see an aviation related story in the media and see that the facts are grossly inaccurate, I ask myself if the stories on matters that I'm less familiar with are equally inaccurate... :checkmark: :checkmark: :checkmark: :checkmark: :checkmark: --- I always hate the "Aviation Experts&...

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by N1120A
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does the 737-700 burn less fuel than the 737-500?
Replies: 10
Views: 3126

Re: Does the 737-700 burn less fuel than the 737-500?

United replaced the 737-500 with used 73Gs. CO took delivery of their first 700 in 1998, while the 500's were still on property. UA will start taking delivery of the "used 700's" this year if they didn't get a few in 2019. The 500's started being removed in 2011, with the last gone in 201...

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by N1120A
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Does NBC Know What They're Talking About Regarding Aviation?
Replies: 41
Views: 3290

Re: Does NBC Know What They're Talking About Regarding Aviation?

No media organization knows a thing about aviation, whether or not certain elements call them the "MSM." Only the aviation press is worth listening to.

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by N1120A
Fri Feb 21, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 with three jetways attached
Replies: 18
Views: 2801

Re: 747-400 with three jetways attached

Even if turn time didn't matter, it could become an issue if there was a delay, for any reason. It certainly makes the most sense to minimize boarding time.

That said, I don't think any 747 uses upper deck boarding, including the -8.

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by N1120A
Sat Feb 15, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Derating a turboprop engine
Replies: 22
Views: 2062

Re: Derating a turboprop engine

What about TBMs that are de-rated for takeoff but then are allowed to use full power in the climb/cruise? The PT-6A in the TBM is derated at every setting. The engine is rated at 1825 SHP, but derated to the various numbers the TBM sees. The reasons are rudder force and engine wear. The aircraft ju...

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by N1120A
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does the 737-700 burn less fuel than the 737-500?
Replies: 10
Views: 3126

Re: Does the 737-700 burn less fuel than the 737-500?

The -500 is smaller than the -700. It also has less sophisticated avionics, can't cruise as high or as fast. Completely different.

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by N1120A
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA 1123: CPT-EWR Technical Aspects (Paging JayUnited)
Replies: 2
Views: 1406

Re: UA 1123: CPT-EWR Technical Aspects (Paging JayUnited)

EWR-CPT is nearly 600NM shorter than SFO-SIN, so range likely isn't the issue.

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by N1120A
Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CPT - Alternate/Diversion Airport Question
Replies: 20
Views: 1961

Re: CPT - Alternate/Diversion Airport Question

An important airport like CPT has CAT IIIB capability, so the airlines aren't going to have a problem. Additionally, the weather there is rather good most of the year, so you aren't necessarily going to be seeing super low ceilings. There are more options that open up for GA, because they don't nece...

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by N1120A
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?
Replies: 42
Views: 14042

Re: Remember smoking in the cockpit ?

In the US, thankfully, workplace safety laws and general decency put an end to smoking in both the cabin and the flight deck. Funny enough, my Bonanza has ashtrays - with no smoking labels on them - in the front. I can only imagine some yutz smoking away while flying their plane around.

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by N1120A
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June
Replies: 21
Views: 1406

Re: Would you pay $1,400 for coach CLT-LHR in June

That's more than it should be. You definitely should wait on this.

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by N1120A
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How to identify the length of a runway?
Replies: 19
Views: 2104

Re: How to identify the length of a runway?

The little black signs with the thousands of feet remaining should be pretty good. Few, other than military fields, have these markers. Simply referring to your company's route manual will give you the information you need. ' I'm trying to think of a main runway at an airport that doesn't have feet...

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by N1120A
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Jetblue trims LGB further
Replies: 306
Views: 40426

Re: Updated: Jetblue trims LGB further

What I don't get about Long Beach is how they think these slots necessarily reduce noise. LGB is an incredibly busy GA airport and gets tons of traffic that has nothing to do with the airlines. Just curfew departures and be done with the slots. True, and if one were to review the noise reports, a n...

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by N1120A
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ADSB or Transponder Mode3C
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: ADSB or Transponder Mode3C

My understanding from the controllers I know is that they don't use ADS-B very much, at this point, but that it does increase the refresh rate of aircraft on their radar if the transponder is ADS-B out equipped.

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by N1120A
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Will ATC ever interact with the Autopilot?
Replies: 12
Views: 1840

Re: Will ATC ever interact with the Autopilot?

Garmin's new emergency autoland system will talk to ATC. I can see it eventually having some remote function. AFAIK it doesn’t really “talk” it just squawks 7700 and broadcasts to inform ATC an emergency is underway and what its intentions are (proceeding direct KXXX for landing runway Y, landing i...

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by N1120A
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Jetblue trims LGB further
Replies: 306
Views: 40426

Re: Updated: Jetblue trims LGB further

What I don't get about Long Beach is how they think these slots necessarily reduce noise. LGB is an incredibly busy GA airport and gets tons of traffic that has nothing to do with the airlines. Just curfew departures and be done with the slots.

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by N1120A
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of autopilot to fly an IFR flightplan
Replies: 20
Views: 3284

Re: Use of autopilot to fly an IFR flightplan

In the US, en route GPS navigation is a legal substitute for VOR navigation. You don't need the VOR tuned. In the terminal/approach environment, you can also substitute GPS for primary navigation of a non-precision ground based approach (LOC or VOR) but must have the NAV aid tuned and monitored in a...

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by N1120A
Fri Dec 20, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Will ATC ever interact with the Autopilot?
Replies: 12
Views: 1840

Re: Will ATC ever interact with the Autopilot?

Garmin's new emergency autoland system will talk to ATC. I can see it eventually having some remote function.

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by N1120A
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can engine type be changed on an airplane?
Replies: 32
Views: 6072

Re: Can engine type be changed on an airplane?

The 787 easy engine change was predicated on RR and GE going with a common pylon. They didn't.

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by N1120A
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Very strange flight path (DLH-467)
Replies: 3
Views: 1441

Re: Very strange flight path (DLH-467)

They flew 600 miles out of the way and got in 6 minutes early. Definitely all about catching tailwinds. I was on an E175 yesterday from YYZ to DEN that left probably 15 minutes late, but was 35 minutes early into DEN.

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by N1120A
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft types with "spotless" safety record?
Replies: 48
Views: 4903

Re: Aircraft types with "spotless" safety record?

Believed the 777 is the safest twin for past 23years - although think there are 3 hull losses but these are totall unrelated to the aircraft itself - as for the 2 Malaysian 777, one was shot down while the other was supposedly a rouge pilot who flew it till it ran out of fuel and the 3rd which was ...

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by N1120A
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietnamese Authorities banned carriers from receiving 10-year older airframes
Replies: 36
Views: 7199

Re: Vietnamese Authorities banned carriers from receiving 10-year older airframes

This strikes me as protection for VN, more than anything.

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by N1120A
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 1207
Views: 188108

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

Curious if SAN is doing nighttime runway construction. I noticed UA cancelled some SFO-SAN routes last night because high winds delayed departure. One was delayed until morning along with a DL flight (JFK and DTW) citing a "curfew." At least three AS delayed flights (from SFO, BOS, EWR) d...

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by N1120A
Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nigerian authorities threaten to ban Turkish Airlines
Replies: 123
Views: 17764

Re: Nigerian authorities threaten to ban Turkish Airlines

Given the excess baggage fees, I'm not seeing how "wasting" a widebody on these routes isn't still profitable. It is certainly better than leaving people or bags off. That said, I also feel for TK. I mean, even with the fees, that number of bags is pretty unreasonable. I suppose they woul...

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by N1120A
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR72 5+ Hour Flight
Replies: 21
Views: 6704

Re: ATR72 5+ Hour Flight

The ATR has plenty of range. It just wouldn't be comfortable to utilize that range in passenger operations, and cabin weight would also be an issue.

agentskelly wrote:
I’ve been told that CRJs have been shipped by boat a few times across oceans....


I doubt that.

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by N1120A
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?
Replies: 41
Views: 13855

Re: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?

I've heard of BA putting up distressed passengers in Stamford, so crews shouldn't be surprising. The thing I always find interesting is that carriers insist on using the old crew van, which can be sketchy given traffic. I'd imagine they'd try and work out faster options using public transportation ...

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by N1120A
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nigerian authorities threaten to ban Turkish Airlines
Replies: 123
Views: 17764

Re: Nigerian authorities threaten to ban Turkish Airlines

Given the excess baggage fees, I'm not seeing how "wasting" a widebody on these routes isn't still profitable. It is certainly better than leaving people or bags off. That said, I also feel for TK. I mean, even with the fees, that number of bags is pretty unreasonable. I suppose they woul...

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by N1120A
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?
Replies: 41
Views: 13855

Re: Flight Crews Housed an Hour Away from Airport?

I've heard of BA putting up distressed passengers in Stamford, so crews shouldn't be surprising. The thing I always find interesting is that carriers insist on using the old crew van, which can be sketchy given traffic. I'd imagine they'd try and work out faster options using public transportation i...

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by N1120A
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do UA 777 pilots fly all 777 types in the fleet?
Replies: 17
Views: 6840

Re: Do UA 777 pilots fly all 777 types in the fleet?

Max Q wrote:
In the 756 base at Continental we flew the 752, 753, 762 and the 764


Unlike Delta who always operated the 764 as a separate pilot group


Didn't Delta fold in the 764 after the merger?

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by N1120A
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The private Jet pilot?
Replies: 19
Views: 3634

Re: The private Jet pilot?

Both Shaun at Corporate Pilot Life (he used to only fly a GIV, now flies both a GIV and a Hawker) and Jim at CaptMoonbeam portray good examples of what goes on for corporate guys. Shaun works more on the charter end and Jim works for a guy who has a private fleet that he also leases out through his ...

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by N1120A
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Piaggio P.180 Avanti
Replies: 45
Views: 6745

Re: Piaggio P.180 Avanti

The Avanti is truly an amazing aircraft, and it is a bit of a misnomer that they are loud. Like the Mitsubishi MU2, which is infamous for how "loud" it is on the ramp, Avantis aren't so much loud, but have a different sound. Avantis are actually quieter than a King Air, but the aluminum pr...

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