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by Starlionblue
Tue Jun 22, 2021 9:41 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA 752/3 and 763 CRT displays
Replies: 13
Views: 2841

Re: UA 752/3 and 763 CRT displays

Following video states that CRTs will no longer be in production after 31-DEC-21. So, retrofit is a way to go, I presume. I found this interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxi1KNqNN4s Then what about the new builds? On previous threads I’ve learned that new 763Fs are still built with ...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jun 21, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1587

Re: Can a B777LR take off at MTOW from a wet 2,7km rwy?

It's weird that 10L would be more limiting. The terrain is flat as a pancake. Looking at Google Maps, the airport charts, and the VFR chart I can't see any notable obstacles in that direction. It's just a highway, some low light industrial buildings, a waterway, and then the ocean. Street view from ...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jun 21, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Synthetic aviation fuels - the future for environmentally friendly aviation?
Replies: 10
Views: 982

Re: Synthetic aviation fuels - the future for environmentally friendly aviation?

I don't think you can change kerosene into more energetic kerosene, but then again I'm not a petrochemical expert. Cars can add nitrous, but then you'd upset the rather delicate balance of jet engine combustion. Heating or cooling the fuel will not change the energy density by weight. It will simply...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Synthetic aviation fuels - the future for environmentally friendly aviation?
Replies: 10
Views: 982

Re: Synthetic aviation fuels - the future for environmentally friendly aviation?

But if we figure out how to use hybrids for those shorter than 1 (even 2) hour flights the fossil fuel used in aviation will drop dramatically. Likely it might be cheaper for longer flights to use a percent of synthetic fuel. We just need to make significant improvements every year. Agreed. Instead...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Jun 19, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Synthetic aviation fuels - the future for environmentally friendly aviation?
Replies: 10
Views: 982

Re: Synthetic aviation fuels - the future for environmentally friendly aviation?

But if we figure out how to use hybrids for those shorter than 1 (even 2) hour flights the fossil fuel used in aviation will drop dramatically. Likely it might be cheaper for longer flights to use a percent of synthetic fuel. We just need to make significant improvements every year. Agreed. Instead...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Flying an early swept wing plane was a great “school of hard knocks” degree. The “Hun” taught me more in 500 hours than thousands on other types. Nothing like being suddenly upside down in a scissors, wondering where the other guy went. Having later been involved in flying bizjets, it’s amazing how...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 38
Views: 4848

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

Take a glimpse at KCLT (Charlotte, NC), at their peak hours. The line-up is massive. From Nation Guard C-17's to 777, A300, 737, A320, and the EMB-135/-145 and CRJ 700's Sure, but hopefully, it gets better. With progress on computer software, there will be more and more capacity-ahead planning on t...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: APU Usage
Replies: 15
Views: 1724

Re: APU Usage

In addition to what shamrock137 mentions, in some places ground power is so expensive that running the APU is cheaper.

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: (Warning) Question about disturbing or morbid topic
Replies: 7
Views: 2908

Re: (Warning) Question about disturbing or morbid topic

It's strange if the victims of the IB610 accident were indeed found naked, as this accident happened during the approach phase. Finding the victims naked usually means that there was an explosive depressurization or that the victims were ejected from the aircraft while it was still in flight (f.e. ...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jun 14, 2021 11:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 38
Views: 4848

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

I don't know the A320 but if memory serves, on the A330 it's about 800kg per hour per engine at ground idle. So in total about 27kg per minute. Phew, that is a LOT of fuel! In cruise, one engine (ex. RR Trent 700) will burn roughly 2'700 to 3'000kg/h, only a factor 3,5x more. It's the nature of thi...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jun 14, 2021 1:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Someone already said the one that pays the most so I’ll add the one that takes me to the nicest hotels. The older I get the more important those two things become and the less important the aircraft type becomes. In a previous life I flew the A320. Wonderful aircraft. It’s funny, seems pilots who h...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Jun 13, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 38
Views: 4848

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

BTW shouldn't it be "DFW - You're number ???? for departure." ? ;)

Takeoff should only be used when transmitting or reading back a takeoff clearance.

:stirthepot:

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by Starlionblue
Sun Jun 13, 2021 8:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 38
Views: 4848

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

Hello, Very interesting thread indeed. One question regarding waiting times: How much fuel will an airliner, let's say an A320, burn per minute at idle power? Best regards, Hendric I don't know the A320 but if memory serves, on the A330 it's about 800kg per hour per engine at ground idle. So in tot...

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by Starlionblue
Sun Jun 13, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 38
Views: 4848

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

Is there still a button to push when you roll onto the runway to tell the FMS position that "wherever you think we are right now is the start of the runway" ? I've never seen such a thing. But I haven't flown that many types, either. The A350 does tell you "Runway Ahead", and yo...

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by Starlionblue
Sat Jun 12, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do some A/C sit in the desert for so long before being scrapped?
Replies: 3
Views: 1457

Re: Why do some A/C sit in the desert for so long before being scrapped?

Aircraft can spend years in the desert waiting for reactivation by the current owner, or waiting to be sold. In many cases, neither of those things happens and time inevitably marches on. So you're left with aircraft so old their condition has deteriorated, their economics are questionable, and with...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 38
Views: 4848

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

I've never been to DFW but looking at the taxi diagram that's a pretty long runway. Unless we were quite heavy, I think we'd first try to calculate with Z. If that didn't result in a workable solution, we'd work our way back through Y, WH, WG and finally WF (full length) until we got something that ...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GPA for the Airlines
Replies: 8
Views: 1052

Re: GPA for the Airlines

The way things are going you may not even need a degree to get a job at an airline if hiring picks up, mine doesn't require one. My airline used to require one of: - Any degree. - High School Diploma with certain minimum requirements in Maths and Science. - A pass in all EASA ATPL subjects. As you ...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jun 11, 2021 1:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

They do not have stick shakers since you cannot enter a stall in normal law and have to actively try to stall in alternate law. Airbus do not have stick shakers ? I remember distinctly reading the accident report on AF 447 that the stick shaker(s) were going off ?! No shakers. It has a stall warnin...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All Cabin Lights on and Window Shades Opened At Night
Replies: 8
Views: 1555

Re: All Cabin Lights on and Window Shades Opened At Night

Many Asian carriers announce to pax that they need to leave shades open when taking off and landing. AFAIK this is for awareness of the outside situation, and so that pax eyes get used to light levels in case there is an emergency.

Whether the measure actually increases safety or not, I don't know.

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

A320s have a stick shaker??? Either way, so your assertion is based on your own deduction and not on published data? Or have I misunderstood? They do not have stick shakers since you cannot enter a stall in normal law and have to actively try to stall in alternate law. Airbus do not have stick shak...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jun 10, 2021 5:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!
Replies: 38
Views: 4848

Re: DFW - You're number ???? for takeoff!

At LAX, when departing 24L, while taxiway E6 is the last taxiway onto the runway, ATC can assign departure from intersections E7 or E8. Similarly, when departing Runway 25R, aircraft are instructed not to proceed beyond Taxiway F until cleared to do so by the Tower. This gives the tower controller ...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

VMCA787 wrote:
Completely different flight control limits when in normal law.



I don't get the context of this.

I've only talked about Normal Law so far.

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jun 09, 2021 1:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

2) On an Airbus, you pull the sidestick all the way back. I agree. However, you are not Max Performing the wing. You are coming close but you're not there. On the Boeings, you are right at the stick shaker. It is not difficult to pull right to the max energy line on the PFD. If you can fly an ILS o...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Quoting "Handling the Big Jets" by D.P. Davies, page 119. Emphasis mine. "A simple swept and tapered wing will tend to stall at the tips first because the high wing loading outboard, due to taper, is aggravated by sweep back. The boundary layer outflow also resulting from sweep reduce...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

... but it was obvious the design philosophy was to take options away from the pilot. Interesting, what options does it take away from a pilot? To stall? To fly inverted? To botch a CFIT escape perhaps? For one, you can't max perform the wing in the event you want everything out of it. On a Boeing,...

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by Starlionblue
Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

Someone already said the one that pays the most so I’ll add the one that takes me to the nicest hotels. The older I get the more important those two things become and the less important the aircraft type becomes. In a previous life I flew the A320. Wonderful aircraft. It’s funny, seems pilots who h...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear
Replies: 41
Views: 5068

Re: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear

I know the 330/340 wing is deeper, so I wonder if the top skin is in a similar location and the bottom had to be extended to accommodate. The slant on the 340 shows that the mains are bigger. The nose boarding doors on the 300/340 are at roughly the same height, so the nose legs are either the same...

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by Starlionblue
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear
Replies: 41
Views: 5068

Re: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear

AFAIK the wingbox isn't actually lower. The fairing is just much larger. If you look up an A330 wheel well you can see that the wing spar is way up in there. The reason the rear cargo door is higher on the A340 is that the fuselage is not horizontal when on the ground. The tail sits higher. Unfortu...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jun 03, 2021 5:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear
Replies: 41
Views: 5068

Re: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear

AFAIK the wingbox isn't actually lower. The fairing is just much larger. If you look up an A330 wheel well you can see that the wing spar is way up in there. The reason the rear cargo door is higher on the A340 is that the fuselage is not horizontal when on the ground. The tail sits higher. Unfortun...

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by Starlionblue
Thu Jun 03, 2021 1:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?
Replies: 12
Views: 2078

Re: For Pilots: What Is Your Favorite Route/Flight Story?

Surabaya is good fun. 45m wide runway and no centerline lights. A bit of a black hole approach and you have to really trust the radalt callouts because it feels like you're high. Morning departure out of Haneda. Long taxi to 05, which requires crossing a bridge to a little island just to the south o...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"
Replies: 19
Views: 4036

Re: "It's going to take a little longer because we're a Max"

Is it possible to "pre-motor" the engines as you prepare for pushback, or does motoring need to be done immediately before the start sequence? In theory you could crank them, but ground crew don't really want spinny spinny stuff spinning until they've cleared you to start engines. Also, n...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cleared to land
Replies: 16
Views: 2021

Re: Cleared to land

On a related note, how low can an aircraft continue their approach until a landing clearance is given? I don't remember the title, but I saw a youtube video where an aircraft on final was given the expect late landing clearance notice at LHR. It was last second indeed, since the GPWS yelled "m...

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by Starlionblue
Wed Jun 02, 2021 3:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help Identifying Piper Antennas
Replies: 3
Views: 709

Re: Help Identifying Piper Antennas

My best guesses. - Under right wing - Pitot tube. - Between windshield panes - OAT probe. - If installed, would be just above pilot seats - GPS antenna(s). These look like almost flush white radomes. - Straight white antennas on top rear - VHF 1 and 2. - Thin black antenna to the right of fin fillet...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Jun 01, 2021 11:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear
Replies: 41
Views: 5068

Re: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear

Weight is always a consideration But if you’re unable to stretch your design because the gear is too short you’ll have to add weight anyway in the modification process Indeed. Case in point, Airbus' decision to go with almost disproportionately tall gear on the A300B1 paid off in spades, as it coul...

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by Starlionblue
Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear
Replies: 41
Views: 5068

Re: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear

Can’t think of any negatives with a nice tall landing gear, it gives good clearance from the possibility of tail, wingtip or engine nacelle strikes and allows for easy fuselage stretches A huge negative: weight Weight is always a consideration But if you’re unable to stretch your design because the...

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by Starlionblue
Mon May 31, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear
Replies: 41
Views: 5068

Re: Russian Aircraft and Very Tall Landing Gear

SELMER40 wrote:
The Tu-104s have a drag parachute for short runways. Perhaps the taller landing gear is needed to keep the parachute off the ground.


That seems like solving a small problem with a lot of expensive engineering.

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by Starlionblue
Sun May 30, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics on interrupted flights?
Replies: 6
Views: 1461

Re: Crew logistics on interrupted flights?

The crucial point is that pilot pay hours are not the same same thing as duty limits. The former is a contractual pay thing. The latter is a legal limit thing. For example, if we're delayed before push we aren't off blocks yet so it doesn't count as time for flight pay. However, it does count as tim...

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by Starlionblue
Wed May 26, 2021 5:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 2232

Re: Crew logistics to maintenance bases, etc.

After flying out to the desert or maintenance base there'll be ground transfer to the nearest commercial airport, e.g. a van or taxi, followed by paxing* on whatever is available from there. If it is late or it has been a long flight, transfer to a hotel, and paxing out the next morning. Having to p...

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by Starlionblue
Mon May 24, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is the UDF Engine Back from the Dead?
Replies: 28
Views: 4381

Re: Is the UDF Engine Back from the Dead?

Thanks, not too lengthy, helped a lot. It still leaves me wondering, why did it take >50 more years to perfect UDF technology (assuming we are near that today), after turboprop was essentially perfected 50 yrs ago? Is there a materials science issue, or was the aerodynamics of the scimitar-shaped U...

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by Starlionblue
Mon May 24, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is the UDF Engine Back from the Dead?
Replies: 28
Views: 4381

Re: Is the UDF Engine Back from the Dead?

Can somebody explain the difference between turboprop and UDF please? They appear to have different configuration, but I have no idea the advantages of UDF over turboprop. The first article is fairly lengthy, but should help. https://www.britannica.com/technology/jet-engine/Turboprops-propfans-and-...

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by Starlionblue
Sun May 23, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Iran Air 747 Combi ?
Replies: 22
Views: 3828

Re: Iran Air 747 Combi ?

I’ve always wondered if those forward pax windows ever went through any impact testing similar to cockpit windows. I assume that they are standard pax windows? http://imgproc.airliners.net/photos/airliners/8/9/6/1485698.jpg?v=v40 The angle is quite significant, to be fair. It isn't like you can see...

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by Starlionblue
Fri May 21, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Inflight Oscillation at Cruise
Replies: 15
Views: 2698

Re: Inflight Oscillation at Cruise

Porpoising like this could be due to shifting winds and/or slight density variations. The autopilot starts to chase the altitude, and you get this sort of cyclic overcompensation. The A320 has autotrim in all phases of flight. I can't think of a modern jet airliner without auto-trim, but this being ...

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by Starlionblue
Tue May 18, 2021 1:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: APU Inflight start on Battery
Replies: 8
Views: 1540

Re: APU Inflight start on Battery

The A330 has the same limitation. The operational envelope diagram has a note about EMER ELEC CONFIG with the batteries only altitude limit. Emergency electrical configuration would indeed be the only time you start the APU in flight on batteries. As mentioned above, probably a function of the power...

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by Starlionblue
Sat May 15, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jet engines in the 2020s and 2030s.
Replies: 17
Views: 4365

Re: Jet engines in the 2020s and 2030s.

Why does an open rotor need extra shielding? No one can or does armor a plane for a propeller-off event. Isn't an open rotor just a many-bladed prop in certification terms? Open rotors rotate much faster than propellers. The blades probably have more energy if they should come off. I understand the...

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by Starlionblue
Fri May 14, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: I was selected for both Civil and Military aviation. Professionals, please help me to choose
Replies: 26
Views: 3256

Re: I was selected for both Civil and Military aviation. Professionals, please help me to choose

If I had had that chance, I'd would have gone military without batting an eye. Flying a fighter jet or even a transport in the military seems like all kinds of good fun. I've never met an ex-military pilot who didn't have great memories of the time, despite the sacrifices. That being said, there are...

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by Starlionblue
Fri May 14, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jet engines in the 2020s and 2030s.
Replies: 17
Views: 4365

Re: Jet engines in the 2020s and 2030s.

kitplane01 wrote:
Why does an open rotor need extra shielding? No one can or does armor a plane for a propeller-off event. Isn't an open rotor just a many-bladed prop in certification terms?


Open rotors rotate much faster than propellers. The blades probably have more energy if they should come off.

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by Starlionblue
Wed May 12, 2021 7:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Biz jet ops at Major Airports
Replies: 28
Views: 3160

Re: Biz jet ops at Major Airports

I’ve always appreciated towers that seem to understand corporate/charter guys and gals are in there once or twice a year (or career!) vs. the airline (especially regional pilots) in a busy airport multiple times per week. Yeah, it was always interesting to land at KEWR or KORD and be bombarded with...

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by Starlionblue
Wed May 12, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?
Replies: 92
Views: 12245

Re: For Pilots. What is Your Most Enjoyable Commercial Aircraft to Fly?

acecrackshot wrote:
I’ve yet to meet a 1900 pilot who didn’t love it.


They love the flying. But as mentioned above they typically don't love the pay and conditions.

I mean, I loved pooting around in a 172. Having to pay for it? Not as much. Plus there's no coffee maker. Or lavatory. Or crew rest. ;)

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by Starlionblue
Wed May 12, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 777-200LR/300ER vs 777X common type rating
Replies: 12
Views: 2222

Re: 777-200LR/300ER vs 777X common type rating

It surprises me that the 777 and 787 would have a common type anywhere. The avionics are pretty different. I'd imagine the change in avionics alone would require that. The A330 and A350 also have a common type rating as well, and they're also pretty different. Hence the point about a differences tr...

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by Starlionblue
Tue May 11, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Impossible turnaround time scheduling?
Replies: 6
Views: 2138

Re: Impossible turnaround time scheduling?

Off topic, at one point intime TG scheduled a BKK-BNE-BKK 777-300 to be turned around in BNE in just over an hour... full cabin cleaning, catering, pax debarking and boarding for the return... no guesses how long that schedule lasted. Aggressive but possible. We regularly turn around widebodies in ...

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