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by Starlionblue
Wed Aug 05, 2020 1:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.
Replies: 24
Views: 1324

Re: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.

As mentioned by others, you still seem to be a bit all over the place. Pick something and go for that 100%. If it doesn't work out, or after a while you find another opportunity, go for that 100%. 1. This sounds like the best option to start with. 3. Writing is an option, but it is tough to get paid...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Costs of using Antonov 225
Replies: 8
Views: 2482

Re: Costs of using Antonov 225

i thought with so big number unused pilot and planes cargo capacity must be increase several times In terms of capacity physically available, yes. But there's a difference between physical capacity and economic viability of using said capacity. A passenger plane in normal operations makes a profit ...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Costs of using Antonov 225
Replies: 8
Views: 2482

Re: Costs of using Antonov 225

Armadillo1 wrote:
really at that time has so much cargo shortage?


Yes. In normal times, around half of the world's air cargo goes as belly freight in pax aircraft. Since few of those aircraft are flying now, there's a massive capacity shortage.

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by Starlionblue
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multiple external power switches
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Re: Multiple external power switches

Not having flown an Airbus wide-body, I can't comment on their philosophy. But, Boeing generally has several busses that can power the aircraft. There is the normal AC power bus which when powered will power the entire aircraft. There is also the service bus which allows the aircraft to be powered ...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multiple external power switches
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Re: Multiple external power switches

Here's an example with both sockets in use. This seems to be at an airshow so these are some sort of mobile power units. At most big airports, ground power is a fixed installation at each gate. https://www.airline-suppliers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Smart-Airport-Systems-section-3.jpg I'm surp...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Multiple external power switches
Replies: 12
Views: 955

Re: Multiple external power switches

Type dependent but I wager most widebodies have at least two connections. In contrast, the A320 has only one, but its power draw is going to be lower than, say, an A330. At some ports, you'll only get one ground power connection. As unimproved says that just means you have less power available. On t...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.
Replies: 24
Views: 1324

Re: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.

Hate to say it, but if you aren’t willing to move around a bit, aviation might not be a great fit for you. It's part of the reason a lot of aviation professionals started off young when they could up and go at a moment's notice. In my case I lucked out and got a job near home, then managed to move ...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question Regarding 737 Classic Wing
Replies: 5
Views: 966

Re: Question Regarding 737 Classic Wing

At a guess, it also controls airflow from the engine to the back of the wing. The engine is rather near the wing compared to more modern underslung designs.

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jul 31, 2020 2:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question Regarding 737 Classic Wing
Replies: 5
Views: 966

Re: Question Regarding 737 Classic Wing

Do you mean, why does the pylon on the Classic seem to extend behind the wing? I don't think that is a pylon extension. It seems to be a flap track fairing. Area ruling probably had something to do with it as well. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f0/Lufthansa_Boeing_737-300_%2...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engineer examining engine on landing
Replies: 24
Views: 3033

Re: Engineer examining engine on landing

Quoting Starlionblue (Reply # 14), "I'll add that First Officer only preflight walkarounds are, I think, a Boeing thing." not sure I understand the statement--a Boeing thing. At the company at which I work, in the United States, we have a mix of Boeing and Airbus aircraft and it is flight...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jul 30, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.
Replies: 24
Views: 1324

Re: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.

Pilot training is costly, but you can make it more efficient money-wise. The efficient way to get your licenses is to do it in "chunks". Don't fly once or twice times a week. That just means lots of extra time repeating and not consolidating. Save up, take a few weeks off, and fly two or t...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.
Replies: 24
Views: 1324

Re: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma??? Pursing the American Dream.

Ambition is a good start. As long as you're willing to work hard for long periods of time you will be able to achieve things. To be honest, most people are just not willing to put in the work to seriously push themselves. Do you have a solid method of studying and working? Obviously you got your deg...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jul 30, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.
Replies: 24
Views: 1324

Re: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma??? Pursing the American Dream.

Don't overthink it at this stage. - Initially, take any job offered in the field, even if it is something like washing the planes. Getting your foot in the door is key. - Work hard and don't complain. - Don't make enemies. - Volunteer at events. - Find ways to increase your skills in your free time....

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engineer examining engine on landing
Replies: 24
Views: 3033

Re: Engineer examining engine on landing

Greetings from an engineer, though not one for that airline. Yes, we do a walkaround after many flights. Checking fan blades for damage is one of the things we must do. Most airlines won't do this at an outstation, but rather once the plane returns to home base. The first officer will do walkaround...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Landing Gear retraction
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Landing Gear retraction

It’s true due to gyroscopic forces as the gear retracting changes the plane of rotation. To expand, if you apply a sideways force to a spinning thingy like the wheels you'll get quite the torque on the thing holding the spinning thingy, which in this case is the landing gear legs and struts. To be ...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A400M / TP400 (down between the) engines questions
Replies: 11
Views: 2814

Re: A400M / TP400 (down between the) engines questions

Can someone explain why DBE allows the horizontal stabilizer to be shrunk? I get why the vertical stabilizer can be smaller, since having 4 turboprops turning in the same rotational direction is akin to an out-of-alignment automobile that tends to turn slightly in one direction instead of moving st...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

I expected last phrase to read "APU still burns expensive fuel while ground air runs on grid"... So basically jetway/stairs is the only thing connected in such locations? I mean, water and lav service also have to be pricey with such policy? It would depend on what each individual item co...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

I think it may have to do with the capacity of the PC air systems in terms of airflow and filtering. The aircraft can circulate more air than most PC air units unless you use one from an A380 on a 737, and the air would be filtered with HEPA filters vs unknown filters on the PC air. Plus I have hea...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

I think it may have to do with the capacity of the PC air systems in terms of airflow and filtering. The aircraft can circulate more air than most PC air units unless you use one from an A380 on a 737, and the air would be filtered with HEPA filters vs unknown filters on the PC air. Plus I have hea...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jul 27, 2020 3:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

Interesting policy from United . It sounds like instead of connecting ground air, theyll be running the packs during boarding and deplaning. Not really sure how this would help though... Instead of bringing in 100% outside air through the external air cart and PC air connection, they'll recirculate...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

brilondon wrote:
Starlionblue wrote:
Plus that lav aroma comes from air exchange within the cabin. Lav air is normally dumped overboard.


I hope it's flushed into a tank. Not dumped overboard.


We are talking about lav air. Not toilet juice. 8-)

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by Starlionblue
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: History of weather radar on commercial airliners
Replies: 19
Views: 2804

Re: History of weather radar on commercial airliners

Interesting subject, some nice reading here. The 1977 accident of Southern Airways Flight 242 in Georgia involved the pilots flying into what they perceived was a weaker part of a severe thunderstorm. Turned out it was an exceptionally violent part of the storm cell which caused both jet engines to...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

Plus that lav aroma comes from air exchange within the cabin. Lav air is normally dumped overboard.

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jul 24, 2020 4:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airports with the most challenging ground operations
Replies: 22
Views: 2239

Re: Airports with the most challenging ground operations

I don't know if I'd call it the "tightest", but Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat (SGN) is fairly busy, and it has some narrow taxiways turns, plus the international terminal apron is rather cramped. Of note is the entry to 25L, which is typically used for departures. From the hold point entering ...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airports with the most challenging ground operations
Replies: 22
Views: 2239

Re: Airports with the most challenging ground operations

I’m not a commercial pilot, so this is just an observation from a passenger’s perspective. Madrid seems to have taxiways that go on forever, and there seemed to have been a lot of turns. I was on a business trip, ultimately headed for Seville and Rota. I remarked to my seatmate that I thought we we...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Emergency oxygen cylinders European airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 2623

Re: Emergency oxygen cylinders European airlines

AFAIK oxygen bottles are swapped out on the line. No need for a hangar.

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Speeding Tickets and GPA
Replies: 28
Views: 4607

Re: Speeding Tickets and GPA

All of which is why universities are big business today and why tuition costs go up much faster than other costs. Because it's "needed", and they have a captive audience. Are there reasonable options for Americans to go to universities abroad, where they would pay much less? Universities ...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airports with the most challenging ground operations
Replies: 22
Views: 2239

Re: Airports with the most challenging ground operations

Indeed, especially when you start comparing UK and Irish airports with their mainland competition. You look at Paris CDG and think, boy this is tricky, but then you try it and it really isn't bad. There are really only a few major taxiways throughout the airfield, which for ATC purposes has even be...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 3464

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

AlanG1302 wrote:
Concorde anybody?


Sure. But it seems like cheating. :D

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airports with the most challenging ground operations
Replies: 22
Views: 2239

Re: Airports with the most challenging ground operations

Many UK airports, like Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Aberdeen. Old airports that weren't sufficiently expanded before the city encroached on them. Ah yes... Manchester. Only one way in and one way out of the apron. Dublin, with the takeoff runway between you and the apron, and so you wait after ar...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airports with the most challenging ground operations
Replies: 22
Views: 2239

Re: Airports with the most challenging ground operations

Many UK airports, like Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and Aberdeen. Old airports that weren't sufficiently expanded before the city encroached on them. Ah yes... Manchester. Only one way in and one way out of the apron. Dublin, with the takeoff runway between you and the apron, and so you wait after ar...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airports with the most challenging ground operations
Replies: 22
Views: 2239

Re: Airports with the most challenging ground operations

I don't know if I'd call it the "tightest", but Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat (SGN) is fairly busy, and it has some narrow taxiways turns, plus the international terminal apron is rather cramped. Of note is the entry to 25L, which is typically used for departures. From the hold point entering ...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airports with the most challenging ground operations
Replies: 22
Views: 2239

Re: Airports with the most challenging ground operations

I don't know if I'd call it the "tightest", but Ho Chi Minh Tan Son Nhat (SGN) is fairly busy, and it has some narrow taxiways turns, plus the international terminal apron is rather cramped. Of note is the entry to 25L, which is typically used for departures. From the hold point entering t...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Emergency oxygen cylinders European airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 2623

Re: Emergency oxygen cylinders European airlines

When I worked on the line, I reckon about one aircraft in 10 arrived with used oxygen bottles. We never changed the bottles, because it was a nightmare to ship the bottles around as cargo (dangerous goods). Really really difficult for a small outstation to arrange.. But we carried spare masks. If t...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

I haven't flown either type, but neither the 737 nor the A320 diagram seem very "precise". More like idealised representations. Note on this 737 diagram how the cockpit is split off separately from the manifold. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/af/e0/a3/afe0a3f535bb30090e965b853df674c6.jpg T...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

Remember that pilots breath the same air so all you specialists can think about that. They don't breathe the same air. The cockpit does not get recirculated air. It is all from the bleeds. Mind you, it has nothing to do with disease risk. As mentioned, the HEPA filters deal with that just fine. But...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Jul 21, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 3464

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

I would think the A319 has quite a good ratio. Of course the 752, the 73G. I'm interested how the A359 fairs, its quite good off the field, and that wing just lifts the aircraft like nothing. My purely subjective impression from the cockpit is that A351 has more oomph than the A359. I haven't jotte...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 3464

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

I would think the A319 has quite a good ratio. Of course the 752, the 73G. I'm interested how the A359 fairs, its quite good off the field, and that wing just lifts the aircraft like nothing. My purely subjective impression from the cockpit is that A351 has more oomph than the A359. I haven't jotte...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 3464

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

You'd have to compare like for like, which becomes very hard since every airliner is different, and every flight has different loads, different atmospheric conditions, different runway lengths and different obstacles in the departure path. I suppose you'd have to fly them all on the same day, from t...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most obvious way to significantly cut boarding time
Replies: 45
Views: 5070

Re: Most obvious way to significantly cut boarding time

I quite like the way SQ seems to board their long-haul flights. It may be a particular thing with US flights, but on all of my flights with them (I've done SFO-HKG-SFO, SFO-SIN-SFO, JFK-FRA) they seem to just allow a free for all in terms of Cabin Class boarding once they pre-boarded those needing ...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

The air exchange rate in even the worst aircraft is about 10 times better than most public buildings. Air flows in a cellular profile through the cabin. Air enters the cabin from the middle of the ceiling and the gasper vents above the seats and flow directly down to return air vents at the bottom ...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1553

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

The stock aircraft in flight simulators tend to take some liberties and shortcuts in their accuracy. Most users aren't using the sim to that level so it doesn't hurt sales. And I think if you accurately model the autoflight modes and systems, operating the thing ends up beyond the scope of casual si...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Jul 19, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1553

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

Thanks for the comments. So if you are cleared to, say, 7000' after takeoff and end up levelling off at that altitude before ATC clears you to ascend, which of the various options for the further climb do you most often employ? Anything but V/S is fine. It depends on the location most of the time. ...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)
Replies: 17
Views: 1553

Re: Questions re. VNAV to 737 pilot please :-)

Thanks for the comments. So if you are cleared to, say, 7000' after takeoff and end up levelling off at that altitude before ATC clears you to ascend, which of the various options for the further climb do you most often employ? Anything but V/S is fine. It depends on the location most of the time. ...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most obvious way to significantly cut boarding time
Replies: 45
Views: 5070

Re: Most obvious way to cut boarding time in half

You could do it that way, but good luck telling all the gold members and first/business class travellers they can't go on whenever they like. ;) Alternate row boarding groups is probably the most efficient method that is practical to implement. CGPgrey made an excellent video about boarding methods....

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 44
Views: 4733

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

I always thought the first stage of bleed air is rather hot....and those bugs do not do well in that type of environment. Yeah, they do. These aren't "hot day" temperatures. We're talking 200-250 degrees C. Way hotter than any known organism can survive. Note this is the "new" b...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD80 efis / fmc
Replies: 4
Views: 977

Re: MD80 efis / fmc

EFIS has to do with how data is displayed. It is not the guts, so to speak. Separate from navigation.

It is fully possible to navigate with VOR to VOR even with an EFIS cockpit. The FMS was presumably an option at the time.

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B727 cockpit
Replies: 31
Views: 3622

Re: B727 cockpit

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Instructor, “straight and level, please”. Upgrading long-time SO, “Both? At the same time?”


:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visual vs. ILS approach
Replies: 27
Views: 2735

Re: Visual vs. ILS approach

Thanks so much for all of the responses. Yet another dumb follow up question: when flying an instrument approach, are the pilots eyes focused only on the instruments inside the airplane? Thanks again. As mentioned above, it is a mix. Assuming VMC, from around 1000- 1500feet, you'll look up periodic...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PTU in Airbus?
Replies: 11
Views: 1465

Re: PTU in Airbus?

- A350: There are only two hydraulic systems, green and yellow. Both systems have two pumps, one in each engine. So if you lose an engine you retain all hydraulics. Backup hydraulics are supplied by self-contained hydraulic actuators, so there is no third "primary" system. The RAT does no...

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