Google earth shows the entire Geneva airport within Switzerland. And I don't recall ever having anything to do with French customs or French immigration there...Jump to post
What about exotic alloys found in the hot sections of the engines? Is this something anybody would want at all? Where does that stuff end up? One of the main reasons I ask these questions, is because I regularly go to a surplus store in Los Angeles, to buy electronics parts, and every time I see eng...Jump to post
How are scrapped parts sold?
What kind of airworthiness directives govern them?
What kind(s) of documentation comes with them?
What checks need or need not be done on these parts?
What parts cannot be sold?
Etc, etc, etc...
Any insight into the used parts market would be appreciated.
MD-11 winglets are quite particular because they have a smaller "winglet" below the wing's center line. (I'm no aircraft designer, so bear with me if I'm calling this thing the wrong name). No other commercial aircraft has this. Airbus planes have something like it, but the configuration is very dif...Jump to post
The A380 is coming soon. From what I read in this forum, the most common progression is to become FO of the smallest type in the fleet, until you reach the biggest type, and become captain of the smallest type, and start climbing again... What about the up-and-coming A380? How are the crews selected...Jump to post
What about the 757 and 767? They are VERY different aircraft in terms of shape, size, engines, power requirements, air conditioning requirements, etc... Is commonality in this case more of a matter of where systems are located/routed through (like Air2gxs said), or do they really share all that many...Jump to post
Today I was once again on Reagan's Air Force 1, and in the cockpit, to the left of the flight engineer's seat, is a box labeled "Flight Data Recorder". It has several numbers to punch-in, including Day, Month, and Take-Off Weight. I don't remember the others, but my question is: Why would they have ...Jump to post
320tech... I guess that's the right question to ask... <acronym title="Melbourne - Tullamarine (MEL / YMML), Australia - Victoria">MEL</acronym>: I can answer some questions about electronic components, but you have to be more specific... Asking about "metal film transistors" and "field effect trans...Jump to post
Isn't the screwdriver tail much better in terms of drag? I thought that's why modern airliners had them. (Of course A320, A330, and A340 aircraft don't).
I would have thought that fuel burn would win over ramp noise...
Obviously I'm wrong... Anybody care to explain?
Fokker Lover, That's exactly my worry. That's why I'm trying to touch the least of the plane by trying to use the existing speakers and wires, and using the existing multipins in the cargo bay. That way, I won't be trying to do something I'm not qualified to do. If it comes down to electronics and s...Jump to post
Hi all, I am currently working on the Air Force One Pavilion project at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, where the main exhibit "artifact" is the actual Air Force One 707 (C-137B if I remember correctly), used by Reagan up to George W Bush. They retired it a few years ago (I'm not sure...Jump to post
How much does the engine pylon on modern jets affect the airflow coming out of the engine? What's the actual pylon's effect on airflow? Are there any sections inside the engine (besides the mounting points) designed considering the disturbance the pylon creates on the airflow? Any answers, or relate...Jump to post
I just saw a video of an A340-500 landing and noticed that the thrust reversers deployed sequentially. First the inboard ones, and, after the nose wheels touched down, the outboard reversers deployed. Going back to older posts, I learned that the outboard reversers on A340-300 aircraft won't deploy ...Jump to post
I was on a flight from <acronym title="Phoenix - Sky Harbor International (PHX / KPHX), USA - Arizona">PHX</acronym> to <acronym title="Los Angeles - International (LAX / KLAX), USA - California">LAX</acronym> on America West (America's Worst?) on an A320 a few years ago. As we were taxiing behind a...Jump to post
I searched the forum and couldn't find anything about this... The question is mostly geared towards airline pilots. How much discrimination have you noticed in the cockpit? I see that most pilots (where I normally go to) are white males... And my question goes to EVERYBODY who flies an airliner. How...Jump to post
When I think about this, I always think of cars not being able to be fueled anymore... I would think that aircraft will be fueled longer than cars, but the power of a jet engine is so high that alternative fuels make it prohibitive at this point (At least that's my understanding...) I wonder what wi...Jump to post
I've seen high speed tape applied on aircraft for what I assume are quick fixes later addressed in more depth. That tape must have some pretty tough glue, as it's got to resist the fast moving air over it. My questions are: How tough is it to remove? Is the glue strong enough that it peels the paint...Jump to post
It probably has to do with wording in case "something" happens. Lawyers are quite good at finding (And creating) loopholes... if the "proper" terminology is in use, there's "supposed" to be no confusion, and it makes all matters "clear". it's probably just "Lawyer", "Attorney", "Judge", or "Whatever...Jump to post
That might apply to sailors, but I work in the cruise industry and I'm told that when the ship doesn't have a temporary morgue, that they put the bodies in special sealed bags, and just in the main low temperature fridge. My understanding also is that they have rules and regulations as to where to p...Jump to post
I understand that those "TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms)" are used by some systems/manufacturers and not others. In a modern jet, what is/are the indicators for fuel consumption during different flight envelopes like climb, acceleration, deceleration, descent, and their relative altitude and speed? Tha...Jump to post
Not long ago, there was a thread where somebody was talking about visiting a Rolls Royce (If I remember correctly) factory, and how surprised he/she was at how much manual labor was involved... I wouldn't be surprised to find out some part of the process of building a fan blade is done by hand... Af...Jump to post
Living in the US and traveling a lot for work made me fly almost every airline there is in the country, and, since it's work, and somebody else is paying the bill, I can't do much about it. I also fly internationally 2, 3, or 4 times a year. And if I will be paying for an international flight, I wil...Jump to post
I read somewhere (I think it was on Airbus's site) that the forward fuselage section of an aircraft is the most difficult to manufacture because of it's shape. I understand that cost is probably driving the whole issue of building an aircraft, so I'm puzzled by the fact that they didn't come up with...Jump to post
Are there any advantages or disadvantages of having the rudder mounted so high up with respect to the fuselage? It is also quite small, compared to other aircraft of that size... Wouldn't the rudder mounted so high make the aircraft roll more? Any comments/explanations appreciated. Thanks, vJump to post
Topic search keeps giving results that don't answer this question: Horizontal stabilizers are supposed to trim the aircraft during cruise as weight and center of gravity change.... Now what about take-off? What is the horizontal stabilizer set to for take-off, and what are the variables for it's set...Jump to post
Thanks for the answers so far guys... What about turns in heavy or light conditions? I would think that a heavier aircraft would create higher inertial forces, therefore making them more difficult to turn. Is that the case or am I missing something? Higher forces on the flight surfaces when the airc...Jump to post
How different do airliners feel while landing with different weights? How much of a difference does a pilot feel between a heavy long-haul take-off and a lighter landing? And how much of this difference is mitigated with today's automation (Especially on fly-by-wire aircraft)? Answers appreciated, vJump to post
What about really busy airports? A few times I landed in Chicago listening to Channel 9 on United and those controllers seem to almost loose their breath... Can they really do that for an entire hour or are their shifts shorter? Or their brakes longer?
What about changeovers in such busy airspaces?
I did a search and read a whole bunch of threads about thrust reversers, and even though a few pros and cons are mentioned in different posts, I'd love a better explanation as to why thrust reversers are still used and developed for new aircraft types. Pilots keep saying that thrust reversers are no...Jump to post
On one hand I'm all for Iakobos' statement, and think that Airplay's attitude is a little too tight, BUT... I agree with someone else in another (similar) topic in this forum (I don't recall who it was), but he/she said that when it comes down to interference, it's all based on a "what if" situation...Jump to post
I remember high school, and reading about how and why unions were created... That was a great thing at the time... But nowadays...
Unions just have too much power... The coin has been flipped in the other direction... It's not a 50/50 situation, like it should be....
Thanks for the reply. Do you know if any manufacturer uses ELCO/EDAC or Cannon <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> connectors? I have a <acronym title="Delta Air Lines (USA)">DL</acronym> crimper made by DMC, which is an aircraft tooling manufacturer. They also make ELCO/EDAC crimper...Jump to post
How easy or difficult is it to engineer a follow-up variant of an aircraft? Examples would be A318 thru A321, B757-200 to B757-300, A330-200 to A330-300, etc... I'm not asking about differences between A342/3 and A345/6, and other designs that are way more radical... Answers appreciated, VidensJump to post
Please don't chew me up guys, but... On the following picture it looks to me like the #2 engine is turning slower than the other 2 visible ones.... Is this possible or is it just an illusion created by the camera? I'm sorry if the question is stupid, but I had to ask... <br><center><font color="#EEE...Jump to post