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by spudsmac
Wed Oct 14, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Express Flights Circling over Lake Michigan
Replies: 15
Views: 3031

Re: UA Express Flights Circling over Lake Michigan

Winds out of 290 gusting to 26 Knots...That is a calculated crosswind of 24.4 knots for the 22's, or about 27 MPH. Might be over the Max crosswind component for the aircraft and weights. A whole lot of fun to try and land in, especially if you are lightly loaded. 200, not 290. Crosswind shouldn't b...

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by spudsmac
Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:07 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: AF2 Birdstrike at MHT
Replies: 7
Views: 2179

Re: AF2 Birdstrike at MHT

This evening Air Force 2 upon takeoff from MHT experienced a birdstrike. The aircraft quickly returned to MHT. https://twitter.com/JeanWMUR/status/1308560345414471680 VP Mike Pence inspecting the birdstrike https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eij0M5qXYAMPi0H?format=jpg&name=medium As AF2 is a military ...

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by spudsmac
Sat Aug 22, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air Cargo B747-LCF
Replies: 20
Views: 4256

Re: Atlas Air Cargo B747-LCF

They are regular crews that rotate between the -400, -8, and LCF. It's not that different from the regular -400 from a pilot perspective.

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by spudsmac
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas B744, PVG, Aug-5-2020: triple engine pod strike
Replies: 56
Views: 18957

Re: Atlas B744, PVG, Aug-5-2020: triple engine pod strike

That shouldn't be possible unless the left strike deflected the wing enough to allow the #2 to strike. I need to see a video. That is a landing rougher than I have any experience with. I'm betting crew fatigue. Give the pilots a wizz quiz and a Covid19 test! I've read a bunch on how Covid19's reduc...

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by spudsmac
Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: N168CA Story
Replies: 2
Views: 1542

Re: N168CA Story

I'm not sure if it's related to why it was stored but in the FAA Service Difficulty Report database there's a bunch of entries for corrosion on the plane. They also mention some miss drilled holes. Maybe it has something to do with it, maybe not. If you go to https://av-info.faa.gov/sdrx/Query.aspx ...

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by spudsmac
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 climb performance when empty
Replies: 15
Views: 3230

Re: 747-400 climb performance when empty

The climb power transitions to full power climb around 15,000ft so it doesn't matter after that point. Usually the aircraft is just left in CLB-2 unless you just want to climb faster to get above 10k or because ATC requests an expedited climb. As for the performance, I don't remember but it can be p...

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by spudsmac
Wed May 27, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA is allowed to give hand sanitizer
Replies: 39
Views: 6222

Re: AA is not (yet) allowed to give hand sanitizer

What a joke. Some of the inspectors like to make it their personal goal to enforce arbitrary restrictions. At my old airline we had a cruise checklist that had us double check the sterile light is off just because the FAA inspector for our airline said we HAD to have a cruise checklist so they put a...

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by spudsmac
Thu May 21, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight tracking websites randomly showing parked planes?
Replies: 1
Views: 868

Re: Flight tracking websites randomly showing parked planes?

Probably maintenance powering up the plane for whatever reason. ADS-B is normally broadcasting even if the transponder is set to standby. I see it sometimes with JetBlue planes parked at LGB at night when maintenance is working on them. Okay I re-read what you wrote. I would guess it's an artifact t...

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by spudsmac
Fri May 08, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747-400 horizontal stabilizer tank question
Replies: 22
Views: 3345

Re: 747-400 horizontal stabilizer tank question

Two new questions regarding the 747 stabilizer tank: 1) What specific changes were made to the tail assembly to accomodate the tank? 2) On stock 747-400's operating without the stabilizer tank, is the entire tank removed, or just the outboard sections of the tank? Thanks I don't know why you keep a...

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by spudsmac
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with Polar Air 717
Replies: 21
Views: 7230

Re: What's happening with Polar Air 717

Main deck fire indication but it was false. But, that makes no difference. You still have to treat it as a valid main cargo deck fire. Of course but in the end it was still false. I simply stated they had a false fire indication. I didn't say how the crew handled it. I don't know how they did but I...

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by spudsmac
Sun Mar 15, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What's happening with Polar Air 717
Replies: 21
Views: 7230

Re: What's happening with Polar Air 717

Main deck fire indication but it was false.

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by spudsmac
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why would a test flight be flying low?
Replies: 19
Views: 1890

Re: Why would a test flight be flying low?

Could be a number of things. Maybe they were testing sensors, maybe engine tests with more dense air, anything really. Maybe they flew at 10,000 because they wanted to pretty low but wanted to go faster than 250kts. Go to 10, then go as fast as you can....

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by spudsmac
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus releases photos of automatic takeoffs
Replies: 71
Views: 15069

Re: Airbus releases photos of automatic takeoffs

With this, the plane company can have one pilot in the flight deck while the other pilot becomes the senior member of the cabin crew or takes on another role as a reserve pilot, or even have a situation where the cabin crew are trained to be a first officer. What a joke. This will be the day where ...

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by spudsmac
Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FAA to allow pilots with diabetes to fly commercial jets
Replies: 30
Views: 5258

Re: FAA to allow pilots with diabetes to fly commercial jets

Awesome to see Nobody should have their dream squashed because they were born with an easily manageable condition. It's not about squashing anyone's dreams, it's about protecting the public. I always say there's no room to worry about hurt feelings in aviation because it is a dangerous industry if ...

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by spudsmac
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Updated: Chaos at LAX with new TNC restrictions
Replies: 189
Views: 12930

Re: LAX to end curbside pick-ups by rideshare companies, taxis

For years I've been saying that LAX needs to ban personal vehicles from the Horseshoe of Misery. Only allow permitted vehicles such as shuttle buses, taxis, Uber/Lyft, rental car shuttles. Have an off site drop off/pick up lot and have buses take passengers to/from the terminals. I guess LAWA decide...

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by spudsmac
Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the max gear extension speed on a 787-8 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2706

Re: What is the max gear extension speed on a 787-8 ?

Ah shoot. I misread as 747-8. My fault.

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by spudsmac
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations
Replies: 180
Views: 20946

Re: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines

Airlines should abandon airports with Draconian Noise Laws.. That's what the ultimate goal is, as is the case with many laws that our lawmakers create. When do you think AA will pull out of SYD? What are you talking about? The syd curfew? Obviously they don't want SYD to close as it's the only majo...

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by spudsmac
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is the max gear extension speed on a 787-8 ?
Replies: 8
Views: 2706

Re: What is the max gear extension speed on a 787-8 ?

Trying to obtain some V-Speed Ref's for a 787- 8 (flight sim) and can't seem to find Vfe - They are all 5kts faster than -400 speeds 1 285 5 265 10 245 20 235 25 210 30 185 These would all be based on weights. Vlo don't think it's published Vso don't think it's published Vs don't think it's publish...

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by spudsmac
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines for noise violations
Replies: 180
Views: 20946

Re: LGB files criminal charges against Mesa Airlines

strfyr51 wrote:
Airlines should abandon airports with Draconian Noise Laws..


That's what the ultimate goal is, as is the case with many laws that our lawmakers create.

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by spudsmac
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Autistic Passenger’s Family Claims Delta, SkyWest Discriminated Against Them
Replies: 64
Views: 7985

Re: Autistic Passenger’s Family Claims Delta, SkyWest Discriminated Against Them

One reason why they deplaned might have been for PR and to de-escalate. I used to fly passengers and after the whole Dr. Dao fiasco and the rash of passengers recording any type of disagreement many of us had discussions about how to deal with this. Many of us believed was the best solution is in th...

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by spudsmac
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 47594

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Recently I was on a ticket from HNL-CVG with routing HNL-SFO-DEN-CVG and the DEN leg canceled. I got off in SFO, went to a hotel and took Delta to CVG later that night instead of wait for the reroute. Wonder if they consider what I did to be an issue. Why would that be an issue? The flight was canc...

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by spudsmac
Mon Aug 05, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United going after hidden-city travellers
Replies: 372
Views: 47594

Re: United going after hidden-city travellers

Recently I was on a ticket from HNL-CVG with routing HNL-SFO-DEN-CVG and the DEN leg canceled. I got off in SFO, went to a hotel and took Delta to CVG later that night instead of wait for the reroute. Wonder if they consider what I did to be an issue.

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by spudsmac
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Taxied back to the gate and pushed back again?
Replies: 6
Views: 2962

Re: Taxied back to the gate and pushed back again?

Probably pulled back in to let other traffic in that had been waiting. Happens sometimes.

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by spudsmac
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..
Replies: 21
Views: 4974

Re: A340 dumps fuel touching down while on runway..

I'm sure in the mess of getting the plane back with an emergency they just forgot to stop fuel. A big screw up but easy to see how it happened.

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by spudsmac
Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Facebook announces the "Libra" Cryptocurrency
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

Re: Facebook announces the "Libra" Cryptocurrency

Given that it is a payment platform the rules and regulations that govern its use are much more stringent than those of a social media site that may or may not be classified as a platform or publisher. I don't think it will be an issue. And if it were, it would surely get the eyes of regulatory aut...

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by spudsmac
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Facebook announces the "Libra" Cryptocurrency
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

Re: Facebook announces the "Libra" Cryptocurrency

Since they partnered with PayPal, Visa and Mastercard I worry if they start offering discounts to pay with Libra to get it going then that becomes the standard price so you pay extra to not use Libra then if you speak out against Facebook or the current corporate political agenda if you will get ban...

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by spudsmac
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LAX simultaneous opposing direction runway ops
Replies: 22
Views: 4333

Re: LAX simultaneous opposing direction runway ops

Yes it's normal. Keeps the noise down on both landing and takeoff.

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by spudsmac
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH D-ABVU (B744) hard landing at PHL
Replies: 24
Views: 9498

Re: LH D-AVBU (B744) hard landing at PHL

Hypothetical scenario. What if the aircraft is deemed not worth the cost of fixing and is written off. What would be the procedure for PHL and LH? Doubt that would happen but even if it was, it would get a temp fix, then fly it somewhere for a permanent repair or scrapping. Delta did that with thei...

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by spudsmac
Fri May 31, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH D-ABVU (B744) hard landing at PHL
Replies: 24
Views: 9498

Re: LH D-AVBU (B744) hard landing at PHL

Not sure how it happened. Maybe a little wake turbulence during the flare from a preceding airplane. That's all I can think of. Here's a page from the Flight Crew Training Manual that shows what it takes to have a cowling strike on landing. I'm guessing they had a pitch of around 4 degrees on landin...

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by spudsmac
Tue May 14, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine failure question
Replies: 46
Views: 4981

Re: Engine failure question

Hypothetically, let’s say a 747 encounters an engine failure shortly after reaching cruising altitude. However, it still has over 75 tons of fuel left, and it would be a waste of fuel to dump it to land. Would they try to fly as far as they can? Or would they dump the fuel and try to land at the ne...

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by spudsmac
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do We Still Need Airport Beacons?
Replies: 14
Views: 3033

Re: Do We Still Need Airport Beacons?

I still use airport beacons for orientation when flying general aviation and at the airlines. Airports are surprisingly hard to pick out at night, especially when some roads are aligned with and lit brighter than runways.

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by spudsmac
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453497

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

Combined with the turbulence, I could imagine the following scenario: A crew member / the jump seater returns to his seat for the landing. In turbulence, he stumbles onto the center pedestal. Instinctively, he graps the throttles and by conservation of momentum pushes them full forward. The surpris...

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by spudsmac
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights
Replies: 94
Views: 22748

Re: ERJ 175 Pilots bored out of their minds even on regional flights

One thing I think is funny that the FAA and US airlines do is to combat distractions and fatigue they ban non-company related reading material and ban controlled naps. Just ban fatigue and naps. Next thing you know we will eliminate murders and robberies by making a law against them. FAA: I know how...

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by spudsmac
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 453497

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

I'm sure it will come out soon but it seems mechanical.

If I had to place bets I would play it on runaway pitch trim with the autopilot staying engaged until it couldn't manage it anymore then just said "peace out, your problem now" then at that point the pilots could not recover in time.

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by spudsmac
Tue Dec 25, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Low Level Light Flashes
Replies: 13
Views: 2017

Re: Low Level Light Flashes

I see it more around Christmas time. It's the lasers that people have shining on their homes for decorations.

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by spudsmac
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B787 red beacon steady?
Replies: 8
Views: 1943

Re: B787 red beacon steady?

I've seen the LED beacon malfunction on a E-175 before and remain steady red. I've also seen steady red for about 10 seconds then out momentarily. It's not unusual to see a beacon malfunction and not cycle properly.

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by spudsmac
Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL moves last 747 flight
Replies: 29
Views: 6189

Re: DL moves last 747 flight

Same thing happened with the DC-9. It was still in service past the "last flight".

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by spudsmac
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX
Replies: 9
Views: 2268

Re: UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX

Actually I found it. N24103 https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N24103/history/20171117/1700Z/KACT/KLAX Xjt has been filing some funny arrivals. Seems the dispatchers don't know about the new arrivals. Im showing they filed the BASET4 into LAX. Thats a Non-RNAV arrival. The aircraft may have had a ...

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by spudsmac
Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX
Replies: 9
Views: 2268

Re: UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N24 ... /KACT/KLAX

Xjt has been filing some funny arrivals. Seems the dispatchers don't know about the new arrivals.
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Actually I found it.

N24103

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N24 ... /KACT/KLAX

Xjt has been filing some funny arrivals. Seems the dispatchers don't know about the new arrivals.

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by spudsmac
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX
Replies: 9
Views: 2268

Re: UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ASQ2 ... /KACT/KLAX


I think that might have been a different plane because N27190 flew in today.
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ytib wrote:
Baylor men's basketball team played at UCLA on Saturday.

Flew in Friday
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/ASQ2 ... /KACT/KLAX


I think that might have been a different plane because N27190 flew in today.

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by spudsmac
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX
Replies: 9
Views: 2268

Re: UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX

Do you have the registration? I bet it's been 9-10 years since that plane has been to LAX.

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by spudsmac
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX
Replies: 9
Views: 2268

UA Express EMB-145XR at LAX

I saw it parked on the south side this evening. I looked up all of the Trans States XR registrations thinking it was a charter from DEN but couldn't find it. Maybe a XJT charter from IAH? Anyone know why it's there?

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by spudsmac
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA cancels CRJ flights from PHX due to extreme heat
Replies: 29
Views: 9843

Re: AA cancels CRJ flights from PHX due to extreme heat

This is not a W & B issue. It's a performance chart limitation. The performance charts only go up to a certain temperature. I assume you can pay more to have them go to a higher temp but why bother when it only happens once every 2-3 years? The ERJ-175 is the same issue. Limited to ISA+35C.

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by spudsmac
Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Expressjet downsizing question ....?
Replies: 7
Views: 1438

Re: Expressjet downsizing question ....?

I would not go to ExpressJet. Basically anyone but them. Their future is anything but certain. Anything else is a safer bet than them. If you just want to do it for fun and don't care about being on reserve the whole time there then I would consider it.

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by spudsmac
Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Compass Airlines relocating all pilots, other jobs to LAX & SEA
Replies: 69
Views: 12425

Re: Compass Airlines relocating all pilots, other jobs to LAX & SEA

Hopefully this will be the final act that improves Compass reliability on the west. It sucks. And Delta is aware. Have some fun and do a daily check in the afternoon and see how many Compass flights are running behind. Delta basically told Compass fix your west coast ops or else. This is the respon...

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by spudsmac
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sat-based Crew Scheduling System
Replies: 4
Views: 796

Re: Sat-based Crew Scheduling System

Everyone would put them in EM blocking pouches.

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by spudsmac
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Regional Jets Definitions
Replies: 3
Views: 993

Re: Regional Jets Definitions

The 717 is more of a regional jet than even the E175. 717 has 1500NM range and the E175 has 2225NM range. The only difference is more seats and higher pay on the 717.

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by spudsmac
Wed Apr 05, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 tail shaking on power up
Replies: 19
Views: 4102

Re: 737 tail shaking on power up

Didn't they also increase the approach speed so that if there is a rudder hardover the pilots will have enough control authority to keep the plane from continuing the roll?

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by spudsmac
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian is hiring for pilot jobs
Replies: 168
Views: 24394

Re: Norwegian is hiring for pilot jobs

If a Norwegian pilot (if there was a jumpseat agreement) ever tried to ride as a jumpseater, in the cockpit or as flow-back they would promptly be told to get off the airplane. I'm not a chest-beating union guy and the whole Norwegian debacle has nothing to do with unions. Norwegian is undercutting ...

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by spudsmac
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LAX traffic reduction measures working?
Replies: 17
Views: 2857

Re: LAX traffic reduction measures working?

What a mess. Airside isn't any better either. If there's a bad earthquake in the LA area, I'm rooting for it damaging each terminal beyond repair so they have to start over. Really, what is wrong with the new TBIT? Well I guess not much. Except for the constrained taxiway behind it that terminal is...

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