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by Starlionblue
Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?
Replies: 11
Views: 539

Re: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?

There is different fees or insurance costs associated with having the “full” license? Very Americanon my part. I have an English friend I got together with years ago in Florida. He was stunned someone would take his credit card and give him a boat for the afternoon with nothing in the way of a lice...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?
Replies: 11
Views: 539

Re: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?

Is there a special power steering license? What’s the point of differentiating between gearboxes? To clarify, there is no "manual only" license. If you have the manual, you may also drive automatic, but not the other way around. Manual requires an extra skillset, I suppose. When I was gro...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can anyone identify the flap settings from this video sequence [Boeing 737-200 Combi]
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Re: Can anyone identify the flap settings from this video sequence [Boeing 737-200 Combi]

AFAIK, a link to a YT video is not a problem. https://youtu.be/auup44kEq8U Maybe I am asking too much of the members here, but I wonder if anyone can identify the flap positions from the flap movements in a video entitled: "FULL FLIGHT Canadian North Boeing 737-200 Combi Edmonton to Yellow Knif...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?
Replies: 11
Views: 539

Re: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?

I second the stay in school advice. Dropping out of school to sling bags isn't my idea of getting very much into aviation as a career. Yes some people do make a career of ramp agent, possibly moving into gate agent or off to a cargo department or maintenance stores. My question is about the UK auto...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Sep 22, 2021 5:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?
Replies: 11
Views: 539

Re: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?

The best way to find out is to contact one of the employers and ask. However, I wager you'll need to be able to drive a manual, as I doubt the ramp vehicle fleets are all automatic. And even if they are all automatic, having a requirement for a "full" license is just one more way of cuttin...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Trim on AN-124/225
Replies: 6
Views: 735

Re: Trim on AN-124/225

These are all great replies especially the last (did not know topic had been asked previously), that being said what other ways are there for such a large aircraft to achieve any sort of trim? I presume the fly-by wire option is the most realistic? Curious to know if there are any AN-124/225 operat...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are there any airliners that descend from cruising altitude in a flat or slightly nose up pitch?
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: Are there any airliners that descend from cruising altitude in a flat or slightly nose up pitch?

Watching airliners come in for landings, I notice that many have a nose high attitude during the final approach. What about during the initial descent? As BWIAirport says, the pitch angle during the descent is within a few degrees of level. Looking at the unreliable airspeed reference for the A330,...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Sep 21, 2021 12:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do some major airports like LAX and PHX not have crosswind runways?
Replies: 7
Views: 894

Re: Why do some major airports like LAX and PHX not have crosswind runways?

Back in the day, with pistons, crosswinds were more limiting. We can land up to a forty knot crosswind. That's quite a bit of wind before you need a different runway direction. Having only parallel runways simplifies things significantly, which is why almost all large airports built in recent decade...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?
Replies: 21
Views: 3123

Re: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?

IMHO understanding the FBW is the biggest trick to flying the Airbus in these situations. Once you understand what the control laws are going to do and when, then it’s relatively easy. If you are going fight the computers, you’re in for hard time Well put! "Know your aircraft," is key in ...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?
Replies: 21
Views: 3123

Re: Are four engine airliners harder to handle than twins?

I've always found it interesting that Airbus pilots are allowed to fly so many different variations of aircraft. By design, Airbus aircraft are very similar in cockpit and procedures. From the example above, the A330 and A340 are pretty much the same aircraft type. The A350 is a bit different but c...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2242

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

Can the AC be dispatched with either #1 or #3 inop? How many airliners have thrust reverse on MEL for dispatch? Or does this vary by the conditions for a given flight? (Better way of asking: What aircraft can be dispatched on a 121 with all T/R inop?) Any of the 3 can be deferred. Every type I’ve w...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2242

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

How much thrust are we actually talking about with idle reverse? I always wondered if there was something to be gained simply by the doors opening and adding a bit more drag to the slowiing-down-the-beast equation, particularly in the case of the flower-petal style reversers and maybe the clamshell...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?
Replies: 22
Views: 2242

Re: In revenue service, could the DC-10 land without using reverse thrust?

We often just use idle reverse, meaning the doors are opened but thrust is not increased. In this case there is no increase in whooshing. I don't know the DC-10 specifically AFAIK no airliner requires the reversers to be operative for dispatch. They can be MELed. This may affect landing distance, bu...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Sep 09, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2080

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

I know QF32 got a lot of ECAMs, but they also had a lot of malfunctions. ECAM does prioritise procedures, however. The most important one comes first, and so on. In the end, airmanship counts as well. You shouldn't delay a necessary action, e.g. an urgent emergency landing, just to finish the ECAM ...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?
Replies: 21
Views: 2428

Re: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?

Not uncommon on Boeing aircraft. For example, I believe EK have an SOP to use full climb thrust in the 777 when above max landing weight. Unless you’re really heavy or going off a limiting runway, in a lot of cases this will mean the climb thrust setting is actually above the assumed temperature dé...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Sep 07, 2021 11:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PA28, 0.6 gallons remaining (2.5 liters) of usable fuel at landing
Replies: 32
Views: 3389

Re: PA28, 0.6 gallons remaining (2.5 liters) of usable fuel at landing

At my club, this would be grounds for a 6 month suspension. At the very Least! "Margin of Error" is a lesson that was hammered into us in Flying School. When you are down to your reserves you should be thinking of diverting somewhere? No one is denying that errors were made, but blanket p...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Sep 06, 2021 3:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?
Replies: 21
Views: 1919

Re: If a commercial pilot lost all nav instruments, would that be a MAYDAY or PAN situation or neither?

It depends on the situation: - If you're you're flying VFR, you're navigating via terrain and chart reference anyway. Losing the navigation instruments is not an emergency. - If you're flying IFR and you're in VMC over land, then it may be a PAN depending on the situation. - If you're flying IFR and...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2048

Re: Around the weather

We usually just said we need a 20 deg left turn for weather though the offset would certainly be a good choice too. . I rarely did offset track except over the Atlantic. Understood. As I see it, turns in degrees work well in a radar environment. However, a lot of our storm deviation en route seems ...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Sep 05, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: What are the pros/cons of various airliner types to the situation of runaway trim and manual trimming?

On the A330 and A350, trimming is done via trim wheels and trim switches respectively. On the older A330s, you have to manually set takeoff trim after engine start. On the newer A330s and on the A350, the process is automatic. We never trim manually unless the flight controls degrade to direct law o...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2048

Re: Around the weather

I think you may be making this too complicated. When you deviate you will ask for a "x" number of degrees turn or "x" number of miles L or R. When you're ready to resume your course ATC may give you direct to a point down the road or a heading or turn to intercept your course. I...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Sep 04, 2021 2:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PA28, 0.6 gallons remaining (2.5 liters) of usable fuel at landing
Replies: 32
Views: 3389

Re: PA28, 0.6 gallons remaining (2.5 liters) of usable fuel at landing

Light aircraft don't have a lot of margin for error, and the fuel gauges are rather "approximate". As mentioned above, the POH does not account too well for the widely varying conditions you may encounter. Checking fuel flow periodically against a benchmark is important. You're alive to ta...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Sep 03, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: N1 creeping up in climb 737NG
Replies: 9
Views: 1806

Re: N1 creeping up in climb 737NG

Fascinating. Thanks for the answers guys, sounds like PMDG got it right and it wasnt just me overthinking. Guess my confusion was, directly relating N1 percentage with engine wear. Outside of my aviation hobby, Im a car guy, so the picture i was painting in my mind was 101% N1 was equivalent to bou...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Sep 03, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2048

Re: Around the weather

Except the in the photo above, it doesn’t make any sense as there is no valid NAV intercept, and so the FMA shouldn’t annunciate NAV armed to capture the lateral path. Does it have to intercept the same leg you came out of? In other words if the route turns left beyond the range of the ND (which is...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Sep 02, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2080

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

What about "DUAL INPUT" warnings with differential sidestick movement? I thought there were some ADIRU warnings as well. I'm not sure which are RED, but if you look at some of the QF32 documents, you can see the TONS of ECAM warnings the crew got. I'd assume that nearly all flight control...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Sep 02, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: N1 creeping up in climb 737NG
Replies: 9
Views: 1806

Re: N1 creeping up in climb 737NG

Same on Airbus. If you use a climb derate it washes out with increasing altitude.

There's not much point in maintaining a derate an engine once you're above a certain altitude. You need almost all the available thrust in the thinning air, so any derate would be tiny anyway.

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by Starlionblue
Thu Sep 02, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Munich Airport (EDDM) Taxiway/Apron White Rectangle Markings
Replies: 3
Views: 663

Re: Munich Airport (EDDM) Taxiway/Apron White Rectangle Markings

hitower3 wrote:
Adding further speculation:
Could they be markings for sensors that detect the presence of an airplane?


The use case seems limited when you have ground radar and transponders.

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by Starlionblue
Thu Sep 02, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?
Replies: 21
Views: 2428

Re: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?

I was on 4 737NG flights in the last year, and every one, climb thrust was higher than takeoff thrust. All 4 flights took off from close to sea level airports at moderate to warm temps (DTW, MDW, RSW and BWI, all no hotter than 90F) so no concern for pressure altitude or temp adjustments I was surp...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Sep 02, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the three vertical lines on the MD-11 radome?
Replies: 7
Views: 1635

Re: What are the three vertical lines on the MD-11 radome?

Thanks for that information. I kind of suspected something like that. I'm surprised they don't affect the functionality of the radar but I guess if they did, they wouldn't be there. Thanks again. By the way, why are the capital letters CB above the middle flight deck windows? CB are the last two ch...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Sep 01, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2080

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

Okay... the warning is for the parking brake only? So you won't get a warning when you forget the flaps, or tha auto brake (RTO/MAX)? In this video, autobrake is armed at MAX and the flaps are at 1. So by elimination he probably got the park brake warning Flaps not in a takeoff configuration would ...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Sep 01, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2080

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

(or moving the thrust levers to TOGA without T.O. config?) Moving the thrust levers to TOGA does not give you an ECAM because it isn't a fault. It's a normal operating thing, albeit somewhat unusual outside of takeoff, windshear and go around. In this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c06S8rCw...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Aug 31, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?
Replies: 21
Views: 2428

Re: Can all jetliners take off at a climb thrust setting if they are lightly loaded?

Thanks so much for your response, Woodreau. That would explain what I experienced. I wonder if all jetliners are capable of this? I guess given an unlimited runway length it would be possible. Do you think that really heavy aircraft can go from FLEX detent to CLB detent with the engines remaining a...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Size of speed brakes[spoilers] on airliners?
Replies: 14
Views: 1670

Re: Size of speed brakes[spoilers] on airliners?

So here's an interesting one. On the 737-800, the spoiler deflection was increased with the short-field performance package. This puts the spoiler deflection angle in line with the outboard spoiler panel at 60 degrees, compared to those without the short-field performance package which were limited...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do late production A/C differ from earlier examples?
Replies: 9
Views: 1253

Re: How do late production A/C differ from earlier examples?

A330/340: wing twist change (l/n 74 IINM), new stabilizer fairing (introduced on A332, then backported to 333/343/342, l/n 182 IINM: https://airlinercafe.com/forums.php?m=posts&p=75318), switch from CRT to 2 Also on the newer A330s: FBW rudder, digital backup instrumentation instead of steam, L...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Aug 31, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about cockpit audio warning
Replies: 8
Views: 1100

Re: Question about cockpit audio warning

To expand on Woodreau's comment about engine fire, it is probably better for the system not to tell you aurally which one is on fire. You really don't want to shut the wrong one down. A careful check of the engine instruments before action is far better than a kneejerk reaction based on an aural war...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Aug 31, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2080

Re: What are the red ECAM messages on Airbus planes?

ManuelNeuerFan1 wrote:
(or moving the thrust levers to TOGA without T.O. config?)


Moving the thrust levers to TOGA does not give you an ECAM because it isn't a fault. It's a normal operating thing, albeit somewhat unusual outside of takeoff, windshear and go around.

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by Starlionblue
Mon Aug 30, 2021 6:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If no radar over the Atlantic, what is FlightAware?
Replies: 4
Views: 1709

Re: If no radar over the Atlantic, what is FlightAware?

Separation is certainly in place. However, the required separation is bigger over the Atlantic and other non-radar areas. It isn't just the Atlantic, either. For example, most of Australia doesn't have radar coverage. With the advent of ADS-B and such, however, separation does not need to be as big ...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Aug 29, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2048

Re: Around the weather

Woodreau wrote:
Except the in the photo above, it doesn’t make any sense as there is no valid NAV intercept, and so the FMA shouldn’t annunciate NAV armed to capture the lateral path.


Well spotted. I gave up looking for a more accurate image after a few minutes of googling. :D

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by Starlionblue
Sun Aug 29, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2048

Re: Around the weather

Starlionblue mentions that you must sometimes thread your way through thunderstorm cells. The question I have is maybe slightly off topic, but I've always wondered how you can deviate from a set course, thread your way through thunderstorms, and then return to your original course of travel. Is it ...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Aug 28, 2021 1:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Around the weather
Replies: 17
Views: 2048

Re: Around the weather

"Avoided at all costs" is not quite true. You can often fly through the "green" areas at the edges of cells without issues beyond turbulence. Certainly. you don't want to fly into the middle of a cell, but often you have no choice but to fly through a line of storms by threading ...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Aug 26, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can you expand on this quote on speed stability in the CV-880M to help me understand it better?
Replies: 11
Views: 1677

Re: Can you expand on this quote on speed stability in the CV-880M to help me understand it better?

I'll have to chew on that. But thanks so much. Do modern jetliners all have positive speed stability? Are there differences in speed stability in different commercial aircraft such that one could graph them in relation to each other? Perhaps I am asking the wrong questions. Yes, all modern jetliner...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Aug 26, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can you expand on this quote on speed stability in the CV-880M to help me understand it better?
Replies: 11
Views: 1677

Re: Can you expand on this quote on speed stability to help me understand it better?

Quoting Boeing: "Simply stated, speed stability is a measure of the control force required to hold the airplane at an airspeed other than the trimmed airspeed, with the throttles fixed at the trimmed thrust setting. Airplanes with positive static longitudinal stability require a pull force to m...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.
Replies: 14
Views: 2019

Re: Do commercial pilots still carry bags with maps and charts given flight deck automation.

It wasn't that long ago that airlines switched to iPads, wasn't it? I remember a Delta video about the switch in recent history. It depends on the airline. We changed a few years ago. We didn't carry all the charts and manuals with us, however. They were stored in the aircraft. All we got at dispat...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Aug 24, 2021 5:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Absence of large manual pitch trim wheels on non-Boeing jetliners.
Replies: 9
Views: 1531

Re: Absence of large manual pitch trim wheels on non-Boeing jetliners.

There is no runaway trim procedure on the A330 or A350. There is a STAB CTL FAULT procedure on the A330 if electrical control is lost. The A330 has (slowly) moving trim wheels. Since trim is normally automatic, you don't use them unless you're in Direct Law or Backup. (Except to set takeoff trim on ...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Aug 22, 2021 7:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would an AN-124 go from Kansai to Kobe airport?
Replies: 6
Views: 1085

Re: Why would an AN-124 go from Kansai to Kobe airport?

Sounds like repositioning as M564038 says.

Outsize cargo can be a real pain in the arse to move on the surface with regards to permits alone.

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by Starlionblue
Sat Aug 21, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2383

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

The auto operation of the strobes switch is interesting. I would have thought it mandatory for the strobes to be on any time the aircraft is on/entering an active runway. Operator specific as noted above but, being interested in flight ops, I’ve often noticed as a passenger, for example, strobes be...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Aug 21, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2383

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

The auto operation of the strobes switch is interesting. I would have thought it mandatory for the strobes to be on any time the aircraft is on/entering an active runway. Operator specific as noted above but, being interested in flight ops, I’ve often noticed as a passenger, for example, strobes be...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Aug 21, 2021 1:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 1209

Re: Kudos & Gripes: What do pilots think about the design of overhead panels on their aircraft?

Flying two similar types can cause a few hiccups. The RAT MAN ON pushbutton is on the HYD panel on the A330 and on the EMER ELEC PWR panel on the A350. This makes sense as the RAT drives a hydraulic pump on the A330 and an electric generator on the A350. But it can still lead to momentary confusion ...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Aug 21, 2021 1:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A330-300 Fuel Dump
Replies: 1
Views: 669

Re: A330-300 Fuel Dump

Yes, it is an option on the -300. It's in the FCOM with the "optional" icon.

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by Starlionblue
Fri Aug 20, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?
Replies: 17
Views: 2326

Re: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?

There are several possibilities before you remove payload. If limited by runway or weather conditions another trick on the B747/B777 is to turn off the (airconditioning) packs before take off which slightly improves the take off performance. The packs would be turned on again a bit further on in th...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Aug 19, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A320 Wingtip strobes
Replies: 19
Views: 2383

Re: A320 Wingtip strobes

You can certainly be cleared for takeoff well before you reach the runway if there is no traffic.

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