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by TZTriStar500
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narrowest wide body aisle
Replies: 12
Views: 3550

Re: Narrowest wide body aisle

Per regulation, the minimum for aisle width is 15 inches for any aircraft with more than 20 seats between armrests and 20 inches above 25 inches above the armrests. The armrest width makes up part of that 20 inches. So a seat with 2 inch armrests has a minimum aisle width of 16 inches and a seat wi...

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by TZTriStar500
Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Narrowest wide body aisle
Replies: 12
Views: 3550

Re: Narrowest wide body aisle

Per regulation, the minimum for aisle width is 15 inches for any aircraft with more than 20 seats between armrests and 20 inches above 25 inches above the armrests. The armrest width makes up part of that 20 inches. So a seat with 2 inch armrests has a minimum aisle width of 16 inches and a seat wi...

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Understanding the Part 25 Certification
Replies: 12
Views: 1087

Re: Understanding the Part 25 Certification

Much of my career has been in aircraft modifications and the STC process is similar to a new Type Certificate. You need to start with reading FAA Order 8110.4c which is the process the FAA uses for TCs and STCs. While part 25 is the cert basis, part 21 is also the certification procedures and as men...

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by TZTriStar500
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L1011-100 N910TE is getting closer to it's ferry flight to Kansas City
Replies: 56
Views: 20017

Re: L1011-100 N910TE is getting closer to it's ferry flight to Kansas City

Max Q, Delta had a FAA-certified TriStar simulator in operation up until 2012 or so (plus a couple others that were decomissioned). Some outfit in Texas (if memory serves) purchased the simulator (plus some spare parts). It was in storage for a while after it left Atlanta, but I believe at some poi...

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta/Volotea 717 Question
Replies: 31
Views: 11552

Re: Delta/Volotea 717 Question

Two of their 19 (S/N 55182 and 55185) already left for Hawaiian last October as N494HA and N495HA. 13 of the 15 leased from BCC are left and the 5 year leases end on 8 of those this summer and the last 5 end in 2013. However, the pace of the replacement is dependent on adding more A319s.

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Mar 17, 2017 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tampa MRO question
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: Tampa MRO question

What you saw specifically was an ex-Frontier lease return A320 N208FR. It is being returned to the lessor and transitioning to its next operator Air Asia. It is very common with lease returns to see airlines at MROs not normally seen as aircraft transition from one operator to the other. Air Asia wo...

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by TZTriStar500
Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MD11's at RSW
Replies: 4
Views: 1161

Re: MD11's at RSW

Yes, its been discussed before. These are all operated by Western Global Airlines which is headquartered in nearby Estero. They are a cargo charter airline and 9 MD-11Fs and 2 744Fs. They park inactive aircraft in RSW when not out operating flights.

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by TZTriStar500
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Restored Eastern DC7-B to remain at CLT forever?
Replies: 4
Views: 1609

Re: Restored Eastern DC7-B to remain at CLT forever?

The issue has always been cost. Carlos Gomez, the owner, has always been a dedicated propliner operator and he and is father have decades of experience operating them as a going concern. He had an awesome vision to acquire, restore, and operate it as an enthusiast and air show piece, but unfortunate...

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by TZTriStar500
Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?
Replies: 82
Views: 5999

Re: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?

The notion that certain safety equipment is there just 'for show' is silly. Life vests and life rafts are made to similar standards as the marine industry and FAA TSO approved. They are certainly used more and save more people in boat and ship incidents so it's logical to assume they would have sim...

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by TZTriStar500
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?
Replies: 82
Views: 5999

Re: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?

I forgot the airline, but the were allowed not to carry lifevests and only seat cushions as their flotation device since they didn't fly over any major body of water. Only flotation cushions are required if operated less than 50 mm from shoreline and many domestic only aircraft were so configured. ...

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by TZTriStar500
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?
Replies: 82
Views: 5999

Re: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?

That having been said, I believe rafts are only mandatory if you stay within a certain distance of land. I will have to look up the specific rules again though. Greater than 50 miles from land triggers the life raft requirement for part 121 (airline) carriers. There is a nice chart summarizing the ...

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by TZTriStar500
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?
Replies: 82
Views: 5999

Re: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?

I took an Aviation Safety class in college. I recall there was a discussion one day about the effectiveness of life preservers. The instructor was of the opinion they are really only there for a feel good for the passengers. All they really do is make it easier to find the bodies. There have been v...

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?
Replies: 82
Views: 5999

Re: Are life rafts and vests really needed on commercial aircraft?

I suspect the technical question is when and how life vests and rafts have saved lives in an air crash. Only after that is answered ought we to construct scenarios as to how the might save lives in the future. The best real life analogies are likely fishing boats going down, esp. in the NE Pacific....

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by TZTriStar500
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 9984 KILN to KILN?
Replies: 3
Views: 654

Re: DL 9984 KILN to KILN?

Airborne Maintenance (AMES) is in ILN and has a DL 717 maintenance contract. It is common to file flight plans like this for post mx/mod test flights.

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by TZTriStar500
Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAS B-777-200 at Chenault Airport (Lake Charles,La.)
Replies: 3
Views: 2891

Re: MAS B-777-200 at Chenault Airport (Lake Charles,La.)

This aircraft was N703AC parted out by Aircastle, not the DL aircraft N318MY. That aircraft was parted out in GYR.

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by TZTriStar500
Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Options From The Factory
Replies: 60
Views: 4279

Re: Aircraft Options From The Factory

Boeing does produce a Detail Spec document that's part of a purchase agreement. It lists the options chosen for the aircraft or fleet block without the prices, more of a configuration control document. It is also proprietary to the parties involved.

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by TZTriStar500
Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - Part 8
Replies: 666
Views: 122811

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - Part 8

You are assuming incorrectly that the 757 LOV is 50k cycles. This is the old Design Service Objective or DSO. The current 757 LOV is 75k cycles. The LOV was 50k cycles as of 2010. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2010-11-15/pdf/2010-28363.pdf When did it change? Also, Delta has consistently been re...

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by TZTriStar500
Mon Dec 19, 2016 2:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - Part 8
Replies: 666
Views: 122811

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment - Part 8

Yields must be very good indeed at the moment if it makes sense to substitute 757s with shorter remaining lives for A320s with (somewhat) longer remaining lives, and then do an expensive interior mod on the 757s. If these birds fly normal 757 rotations for S17 and then get the mod, 658 through 660 ...

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Orbital L-1011 flying cross country right now
Replies: 4
Views: 1205

Re: Orbital L-1011 flying cross country right now

shankly wrote:
A series 1. Does she still have the -22B engines?

Delivered to Air Canada as C-FTNJ on 9th March 1973 and still going strong....nice thought


It was converted to -524Bs per the Lockheed SBs to essentially a -200 configuration (L-1011-385-1-15)

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by TZTriStar500
Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do economy seats still fold forward?
Replies: 7
Views: 3238

Re: Do economy seats still fold forward?

Modern seats do have a break over feature, but the seat back is fixed from any forward direction with a shear pin during normal operations. In a crash condition, this pin could shear to absorb fwd impact. I recall being able to push the seat back forward on older seats from about 30 years ago, but s...

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by TZTriStar500
Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A380 at Milwaukee for 2 weeks
Replies: 4
Views: 1407

Re: A380 at Milwaukee for 2 weeks

According to Airbus Facebook feed, it's for airborne icing testing of the A350-1000's Trent XWB engine which is mounted in the #2 position. It supposedly arrived on Thursday.

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by TZTriStar500
Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How was the McDonnell Douglas Plant At Long Beach Connected?
Replies: 3
Views: 1604

Re: How was the Mc Donnel Douglas Plant At Long Beach Connected?

iahcsr wrote:
The DC-8,10, and MD-11 were towed across Lakewood Blvd late at night to the flight line. The DC-9/MD80s were built on the airport side adjacent to the flightline.


All DC and MD airliners including the 717 were built in Building 80 on the east side of Lakewood Blvd and towed across the street.

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by TZTriStar500
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: White tail aircraft at RSW
Replies: 2
Views: 1852

Re: White tail aircraft at RSW

These are all operated by Western Global and none have any markings. Western Global's headquarters is in nearby Estero. They are parked on the old terminal ramp area. They transit in and out for adhoc charter freight business.

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by TZTriStar500
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Convair 440s In Circulation?
Replies: 27
Views: 6270

Re: Any Convair 440s In Circulation?

I'm guessing the IFL airplane is C-131B (CV-340) N7813B that's been stored at PTK.

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by TZTriStar500
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Convair 440s In Circulation?
Replies: 27
Views: 6270

Re: Any Convair 440s In Circulation?

I am not certain, but think there aren't anymore intact airframes left at AMARC. I believe this was the last batch.

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by TZTriStar500
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any Convair 440s In Circulation?
Replies: 27
Views: 6270

Re: Any Convair 440s In Circulation?

In 2012, Great Southern Airways, LLC purchase 4 airframes that were stored at AMARC. Carlos Gomez has an interest in this company as well as Conquest. He is in the process of reviving these four as N341, 342, 343, and 344GS. N343GS arrived in OPF a just few weeks ago and N342GS arrived this past wee...

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by TZTriStar500
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA approved Plane Retrofit/Upgrade Organisation.
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: FAA approved Plane Retrofit/Upgrade Organisation.

In basic terms, the FAA equivalent to an EASA DOA is an FAA ODA. An ODA can issue STCs directly on behalf of the FAA and do it quicker than dealing directly with the FAA. However, they generally charge more for that service. The FAA website should have a list of ODAs in the US. One does not need to ...

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Aug 26, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What is the purpose of the bag on the oxygen mask?
Replies: 18
Views: 9620

Re: What is the purpose of the bag on the oxygen mask?

This is a direct quote from the Description and Operation section of Scott CMM 35-22-07 that covers the 289-801 series passenger oxygen masks, These are very commonly used on commercial aircraft. "During operation, oxygen flows through the tubing and into the reservoir bag. Oxygen flow is indic...

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by TZTriStar500
Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Donald Trump 757 - Exit Outlines
Replies: 18
Views: 3366

Re: Donald Trump 757 - Exit Outlines

I was curious if it was a re-rag or new interior so his total cost should have been less than 50M, not 100M as he apparently claimed.

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Donald Trump 757 - Exit Outlines
Replies: 18
Views: 3366

Re: Donald Trump 757 - Exit Outlines

I question Associated's pricing as they are not going to share exactly what they charge for a VIP interior. A refurbishment of an existing interior is much cheaper, but a completely new VVIP interior, and few are not opulent, can easily run in the multi 10s of millions. The worth of the aircraft its...

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by TZTriStar500
Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: N874AA - 727 JT8D-9 SER Substitutes
Replies: 7
Views: 3182

Re: N874AA - 727 JT8D-9 SER Substitutes

I would first look through the AFM history and appendices to see if there is any already included provisions for the alternate dash number engines. There is intermix provisions, but AA may have had some Master Changes incorporated to allow operations with -15s, or -17s on N874AA. Also, I believe thi...

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by TZTriStar500
Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Donald Trump 757 - Exit Outlines
Replies: 18
Views: 3366

Re: Donald Trump 757 - Exit Outlines

IIRC, outlined exits are only a requirement for airliners, not private aircraft. This is correct. Trump's plane is most likely flown under Part 91, which is what most Cessnas and Pipers fly under. The main requirement is that it is not carrying people or cargo for hire. Airliners usually fly under ...

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by TZTriStar500
Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Donald Trump 757 - Exit Outlines
Replies: 18
Views: 3366

Re: Donald Trump 757 - Exit Outlines

IIRC, outlined exits are only a requirement for airliners, not private aircraft. This is correct. Trump's plane is most likely flown under Part 91, which is what most Cessnas and Pipers fly under. The main requirement is that it is not carrying people or cargo for hire. Airliners usually fly under ...

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by TZTriStar500
Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HA to acquire two additional 717s
Replies: 36
Views: 8142

Re: HA to acquire two additional 717s

15 of Volotea's 19 are leased from BCC and start to come off their 5 year leases in 2017 and perhaps now a bit early. The remaining BCC airframes come off lease in 2018. I am not sure about the last 4 ex-Blue 1, but they were added in 2015 and leased from others. Volotea cannot sell them and would b...

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by TZTriStar500
Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The US Election 2016 Aviation Thread
Replies: 47
Views: 4403

Re: The US Election 2016 Aviation Thread

I don't think that would be the issue so much as it would be appearing to support the candidate by flying him around in big jet with your livery on it. I'm sure the charter aircraft are acquired through an RFP process and I doubt the big legacies would even tender a bid for that very reason. I mean...

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by TZTriStar500
Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 727 N874AA Restoration at Boeing Field - Paint of Decals?
Replies: 3
Views: 1585

Re: 727 N874AA Restoration at Boeing Field - Paint of Decals?

I am a bit surprised nobody from AA posted about this. I worked there for a bit in the 90's in TUL and recall my experiences and did a bit of current research on the subject. American never had any in-house paint facilities in TUL or elsewhere. It was common practice, as you described, to sand and r...

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by TZTriStar500
Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN new "Heart" seats on New 738 and MAX deliveries
Replies: 31
Views: 7078

Re: WN new "Heart" seats on New 738 and MAX deliveries

Interesting that Boeing makes a move towards wider seats (17.6") perhaps to compete with Airbus http://airwaysnews.com/blog/2016/06/16/ ... new-cabin/ WN has 17.6" seats in their current 737s too. They sacrifice aisle space to do this as they don't use drink carts. Other airlines will not...

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by TZTriStar500
Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Wisconsin Closing MKE Base
Replies: 24
Views: 7141

RE: Air Wisconsin Closing MKE Base

Ex-ZW BAe-146 N608AW was converted to the very first aerial firefighter using this platform in 2009 and now operated by Neptune Aviation Services as N146FF. <br/><center><font color="#EEEEEE" size="1" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva"><a href="/photo/British-Aerospace-BAe-146-200A/2054172/L/" target="...

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by TZTriStar500
Sun Apr 10, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Being In Lavatory On Landing?
Replies: 16
Views: 5194

RE: Being In Lavatory On Landing?

Technicality an airliner lav is not a seat and not designed to accommodate a passenger for crash conditions which is why it only has supplemental oxygen for use inflight. However, I am sure you were not the first one to have needed to use it during landing. Bodily functions sometimes trump rules sin...

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by TZTriStar500
Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx DC-10 Retirements
Replies: 35
Views: 16929

RE: FedEx DC-10 Retirements

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/atypical" class="quote" target="_blank">atypical</a> (<a href="#24" class="quote">Reply 24</a>):<br/><i>The difference is in a retrofitted cockp...

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 In Mobile Safety Card
Replies: 23
Views: 7672

RE: A321 In Mobile Safety Card

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/coolian2" class="quote" target="_blank">coolian2</a> (<a href="#6" class="quote">Reply 6</a>):<br/><i>What's the point? </i></font></td></tr></t...

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A321 In Mobile Safety Card
Replies: 23
Views: 7672

RE: A321 In Mobile Safety Card

I have a hard time believing that the FAA would spend much time enforcing let alone fining any airline that was not entirely accurate about this useless piece of 'safety' information. I remember at Frontier we did have A320s that were built in both Hamburg and Toulouse which I am sure some airlines ...

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FedEx DC-10 Retirements
Replies: 35
Views: 16929

RE: FedEx DC-10 Retirements

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/UA444" class="quote" target="_blank">UA444</a> (<a href="#3" class="quote">Reply 3</a>):<br/><i>Semantics. <acronym title="Air Madagascar">MD</a...

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by TZTriStar500
Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CCTV In The Cabin
Replies: 5
Views: 3507

RE: Cctv In The Cabin

Cockpit door surveillance systems are EASA mandatory, but not FAA and only monitor the aft door face and area aft of that. Some wide bodies have two cameras to cover the area like on a 767 and narrow bodies just one. Few US registered aircraft have them since they are not 121 mandatory . I am not su...

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by TZTriStar500
Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Girl Injured By Airbag On VS
Replies: 15
Views: 7555

RE: Girl Injured By Airbag On VS

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/cosyr" class="quote" target="_blank">cosyr</a> (<a href="#13" class="quote">Reply 13</a>):<br/><i>I actually thought it was the opposite. They a...

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by TZTriStar500
Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Girl Injured By Airbag On VS
Replies: 15
Views: 7555

RE: Girl Injured By Airbag On VS

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/nikeherc" class="quote" target="_blank">nikeherc</a> (<a href="#3" class="quote">Reply 3</a>):<br/><i>It it would seem that airbags are being us...

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by TZTriStar500
Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: National Airlines Plans Islip-London Service
Replies: 35
Views: 11682

RE: National Airlines Plans Islip-London Service

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/LAXintl" class="quote" target="_blank">LAXintl</a> (<a href="#0" class="quote">Thread starter</a>):<br/><i>Also if anyone is curious about their...

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