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by timeless159
Wed May 20, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cessna SkyCourier Development and Testing Thread
Replies: 109
Views: 18627

Re: First SkyCourier Wings Mated

This is great news. I'm very excited for the SkyCourier. In many ways, a modern DC-3. Huh? It's a 19-pax / 2.5 tonne, unpressurised, high-wing turboprop; a configuration that's been tried about 30 times since the DC-3. What's so exciting? The fact that it says 'Cessna' on it? It's a modern Skyvan e...

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by timeless159
Wed Apr 08, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses
Replies: 434
Views: 36822

Re: Embraer hopes E175-E2 jet efficiency helps modify scope clauses

Management isn’t even close to having the upper hand. Only in Bankrupt will they have the upper hand. My vote and the vote of 13,000 other pilots is what counts. It would be awesome to have the E2 at mainline. Why not offer to fly it at a reasonable rate? The union obviously isny bargaining in good...

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by timeless159
Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA (Republic) E175 Severe Control Problems at ATL last night
Replies: 77
Views: 19437

Re: AA (Republic) E175 Severe Control Problems at ATL last night

I give the guy the benefit of the doubt, he asked about the QRH because he wanted to know where they were in their troubleshooting efforts so he could provide the appropriate level of advice. People seem to be really quick to pile on regarding this incident (not accident - no damage to equipment or...

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by timeless159
Sun Nov 10, 2019 4:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA (Republic) E175 Severe Control Problems at ATL last night
Replies: 77
Views: 19437

Re: AA (Republic) E175 Severe Control Problems at ATL last night

Anyone else noticed that tool who came on the frequency and asked whether they did the QRH and that he had E175 experience? Maybe he was trying to help, but, those guys were fighting for their lives and the last thing they want to hear is someone asking whether they did the QRH. What a tool! I was ...

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by timeless159
Tue Oct 29, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why are turboprops so unpopular in the US?
Replies: 182
Views: 28609

Re: Why are turboprops so unpopular in the US?

Scope. Regional flying is limited by block hour ratios and number of aircraft. You can fly more revenue seat miles with cheap regional pilot labor in a jet then a turboprop. Regional pilots earn about 1/3 the pay that mainline pilots earn. Not 1/3 less. One third.

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by timeless159
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?
Replies: 71
Views: 10654

Re: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?

On the opposite end of things will we ever see commercial airliners flying between 45,000 and say 70,000 feet on flights over 4 hours long? They certainly wouldn't be operating above FL600. Controlled airspace only extends to FL600 (in the US, anyway). That said, I don't think that flying that high...

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by timeless159
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?
Replies: 71
Views: 10654

Re: Could an unpressurised passenger jet ever become competitive?

I flew cargo for years in the Shorts 360. Sometimes in the teens with oxygen, sometimes below 10,000. I've never had the crap beat out of me so consistently by weather and turbulence as when I was limited to 10,000. In the Shorts 360-300 MGTOW was 27,100 lbs and the empty weight was 17,000 lbs (with...

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by timeless159
Sun May 12, 2019 3:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?
Replies: 21
Views: 4193

Re: Express Jet (IAH) having crew staffing issues?

US airlines already hire pilots that are not US citizens.

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by timeless159
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42
Replies: 67
Views: 11757

Re: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42

I don't see it mentioned often, but I think scope killed the 70+ seat turboprops. If an airline is only allowed a certain number of 70 and 76 aircraft in its regional fleet, it's more productive for it to be a jet. A jet creates more ASMs at cheap regional labor rates than a turboprop. Neither ATR ...

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by timeless159
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilot/First Officer Preflight Announcement
Replies: 24
Views: 4714

Re: Pilot/First Officer Preflight Announcement

Thankfully I fly cargo now, but when I flew passengers in a CRJ, I flew so many legs that I got sick of making PAs. I believe the company manual stated I "should" make a PA, but there was no FAA requirement. If we were on time and nothing out of the ordinary was happening, no PA. If we wer...

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by timeless159
Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42
Replies: 67
Views: 11757

Re: Why did American Eagle get rid of the ATR 72/42

I don't see it mentioned often, but I think scope killed the 70+ seat turboprops. If an airline is only allowed a certain number of 70 and 76 aircraft in its regional fleet, it's more productive for it to be a jet. A jet creates more ASMs at cheap regional labor rates than a turboprop.

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by timeless159
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tokyo NRT to extend runway hours for 1st time since opening in 1978
Replies: 9
Views: 3610

Re: Tokyo NRT to extend runway hours for 1st time since opening in 1978

Despite a good effort, I missed the 11pm curfew by a minute last year. It was an empty 747-400F bound for HKG. The inbound flight was very late so there wasn't much we could do about it. We were cleared to line up and wait just before 11pm, but then told to exit the runway as the curfew requires the...

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by timeless159
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Datalink winds and updates - where is the data coming from and how does it work.
Replies: 9
Views: 1470

Re: Datalink winds and updates - where is the data coming from and how does it work.

BravoOne wrote:
Curious as to what model Boeing is using a Collins FMC?


I was incorrect. I use a Honeywell FMS.

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by timeless159
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Datalink winds and updates - where is the data coming from and how does it work.
Replies: 9
Views: 1470

Re: Datalink winds and updates - where is the data coming from and how does it work.

I work for a US based carrier. We have wind data available at the same levels, I'm just not sure who's providing it. Our flight planning sounds similar and we also typically load the route and winds/temps via datalink. Although the route and wind/temps are requested and sent independently. It looks ...

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by timeless159
Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Datalink winds and updates - where is the data coming from and how does it work.
Replies: 9
Views: 1470

Datalink winds and updates - where is the data coming from and how does it work.

I use datalink wind entry on a Boeing with a Rockwell-Collins FMS. Where is the data coming from and which vendors are involved? Is it a forecast or data from other aircraft? Where can I go to read more about it? My company manuals didn't offer much.

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by timeless159
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft types without any preserved examples
Replies: 45
Views: 3426

Re: Aircraft types without any preserved examples

skipness1E wrote:
SD330?


Cargo SD330s are still flying. I'm not sure if any passenger versions still exist.

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by timeless159
Sun May 06, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future for the Antonov AN-225 Myria?
Replies: 16
Views: 3859

Re: Future for the Antonov AN-225 Myria?

I saw the AN-225 in Leipzig on May 3rd.

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by timeless159
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 8788

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

A lot of people live and work near those 15 stops. It will be a game changer. For many people it will make IAD the most convenient. And for many more it'll make the difference in transit times negligible.

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by timeless159
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United's Plans for Dulles
Replies: 72
Views: 8788

Re: United's Plans for Dulles

It's not popular to defend the C/D terminal here, but it isn't terrible and does a few things better than some terminals. It seems to have more bathrooms per gate than almost any terminal I've been to. Even during the banks, there is always seating available. C to D connections are very simple. Unli...

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by timeless159
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 198
Views: 45799

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

Curious: What's the point of Cessna saying that the thing has a service ceiling of 25,000 feet? It's an unpressurized aircraft. All the range, etc., calculations expressly assume long-term cruise at FL100. With Oxygen you can go above 10,000 ft. A few Shorts 360 operators have big oxygen bottles in...

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by timeless159
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 198
Views: 45799

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

When was the last clean sheet twin turboprop?

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by timeless159
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order
Replies: 198
Views: 45799

Re: Textron launches Beech 1900-sized SkyCourier with FedEx order

Would this be a single pilot aircraft? Fedex is stating this will replace the single pilot Caravan. This will likely be a single pilot aircraft. The Metroliner and Beech 1900 can be operated single pilot in part 135 cargo operations and they are more complex. The Shorts 330 requires 2 pilots and on...

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by timeless159
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 127
Views: 13819

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

I mention a second 12/30 because I think the acceptance rate of 30/hr when Runway 30 is the only arrival runway due to winds is one of the biggest weaknesses at the airport. The acceptance rate of 30 is usually not even met because there is no approach to that runway so sequencing traffic precisely...

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by timeless159
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 127
Views: 13819

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

IAD doesn't need a new C/D terminal right now. And even with a new terminal United would still need gates on the A concourse. Getting from C/D to the A gates seems to confuse people. C to A takes a train, two moving walkways and 7 escalators. D to A takes a people mover and one escalator. The Metro...

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by timeless159
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017
Replies: 127
Views: 13819

Re: DC/VA/MD Aviation Thread - 2017

IAD doesn't need a new C/D terminal right now. And even with a new terminal United would still need gates on the A concourse. Getting from C/D to the A gates seems to confuse people. C to A takes a train, two moving walkways and 7 escalators. D to A takes a people mover and one escalator. The Metro ...

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