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by 77west
Thu May 26, 2022 8:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pokhara VNPK procedures?
Replies: 9
Views: 416

Re: Pokhara VNPK procedures?

zeke wrote:
77west wrote:
It is possible the airlines have their own proprietary RNP procedures that are not public. You may be able to approximate it by looking at Flightaware or something like that.


Doubt that, the runways marking and lights are not to IFR standards.


Fair enough, VFR it is!

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by 77west
Thu May 26, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

It's a real honour for CHC to get the first revenue service of ZKOKN since the grounding. Although only carrying freight it's been a long time out of action. I wonder which 77W will be next to return to service they certainly have a fair bit of life left in them. OKO is the third one in AKL but als...

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by 77west
Thu May 26, 2022 3:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pokhara VNPK procedures?
Replies: 9
Views: 416

Re: Pokhara VNPK procedures?

Hi.. Yes, that's right, as I say in my post. But there must be a standard 'procedure' (with a small 'p', as it were) that airlines use when they leave VNPK - in other words, the 'usual' headings flown to get over the peaks. If you just follow your eye, you get into trouble with ridges around the co...

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by 77west
Wed May 25, 2022 8:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DL Airbus three-tone cabin chime
Replies: 17
Views: 1071

Re: DL Airbus three-tone cabin chime

The only and correct answer is this: Those chimes you heard indicate a specific (incoming call) to the Lead Flight Attendant/Purser. No need for these lengthy dissertations of irrelevant nonsense that do not accurately answer your question. Happy Flying No need for your rude response, these forums ...

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by 77west
Tue May 24, 2022 11:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Talking of RAR, I was looking at flights towards the end of the year and was seeing $700-$900 one way!!

I guess the days of flights + 5 nights accom. for under 2K are gone.

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by 77west
Tue May 24, 2022 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

GW54 wrote:
Doesn't look like OKN made any sort of test flight today. Perhaps yesterdays engine run highlighted some problems?


Not necessarily, OKQ did the same I believe. Might also be to do with crew availability.

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by 77west
Tue May 24, 2022 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

I'd imagine, they'd look for something in the 737NG family, Boeing does have conversion programs so it would allow the NZDF to use them for logistics as well. Or something like the -700BBJ which can have up to 9 aux fuel tanks for extended range if they went that way. I'm not hugely familiar with t...

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by 77west
Tue May 24, 2022 12:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

I don’t think we would see anything from the a320 family, as the are already getting P8s from Boeing. Something in the 737Max family would probably make sense e.g. cross pilot capability with the P8. Whatever they get is unlikely to be new. The 757s were delivered to Transavia in 1993 and the RNZAF...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 7:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Ik i have asked this b4, but any updates on Emirates coming to Wellington? is there still a chance? Or is it just a rumour with no genuine chance of happening Would have to be via somewhere, at least on outbound. The 200LR or even 300ER could do DXB-WLG but not the return. Via where though? They pr...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

As avgeeks and taxpayers. What do we think would make a good replacement for the 757s? Given they're coming up for replacement in a few years. MRTT would be an obvious option. But could also choose the KC-46. In both cases just deleting the inflight refueling options. I would think A320 / A321 woul...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 3:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

As avgeeks and taxpayers. What do we think would make a good replacement for the 757s? Given they're coming up for replacement in a few years. MRTT would be an obvious option. But could also choose the KC-46. In both cases just deleting the inflight refueling options. I would think A320 / A321 woul...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 2:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

How is Ardern getting to the USA - the B757 surely would not have the range so I am thinking Air NZ charter, or stop in Hawaii to refuel? Not sure on the route, but she is going on the 757 With a range of about 9-10,000km in a VIP layout, I would think maybe via RAR or HNL. Not sure if the NZDF has...

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by 77west
Mon May 23, 2022 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

How is Ardern getting to the USA - the B757 surely would not have the range so I am thinking Air NZ charter, or stop in Hawaii to refuel?

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by 77west
Wed May 18, 2022 4:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Anybody know any more about this https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/128668781/flight-mystery-qatar-airways-passengers-stranded-in-auckland ? From flightaware it appears that 2 QR flights landed on Sunday but instead of leaving they are both in Auckland and scheduled to leave on Wednesda...

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by 77west
Tue May 17, 2022 4:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Yeah so in the case of WLG its an additional 150m of RESA at each end given they already have 90+60=150m So really to get 300m usable runway , they would have had to extend 600m out into the bay at the southern end, and bring the northern end threshold back 150m? Bingo. Meaning the cost goes up eve...

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by 77west
Tue May 17, 2022 2:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

I thought it worked like this: Minimum 90m (150m including 60m strip), Recommended 240m (300m including 60m strip). So in effect WLG has 150m safety area of the 300m (90m RESA + 60m strip). Didn't the pilots union say if any extension went ahead, they would hold the airport to the 300m requirement;...

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by 77west
Tue May 17, 2022 1:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

The minimum is 90m but recommended is 300m. Hence why places like WLG can have such short ones without land reclamation or shrinking of usable runway. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runway_safety_area I thought it worked like this: Minimum 90m (150m including 60m strip), Recommended 240m (300m inclu...

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by 77west
Mon May 16, 2022 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Empty Weights between first and last off the line
Replies: 17
Views: 2825

Re: Empty Weights between first and last off the line

I'm curious about how similar the weights will be for sister aircraft coming off the production line next to one and other. Like if two aircraft are built to exactly the same spec how much will the weight vary between them? Are we talking about tens of kilos? 50? 100 would seem a lot, especially fo...

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by 77west
Tue May 10, 2022 5:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Just to compare things side by side, SQ, NZ & QF. Carrier | Route | Distance (nm) | Eqp | Config SQ | LAX-SIN | 7,600 | A359 | 42C, 24+, 187Y NZ | NYC-AKL | 7,650 | 789-2 | 27C, 33U 215Y QF | PER-LHR | 7,800 | 789 | 42C 28Y+ | 166 You can see there's not much in it. I've used NZ code-2 LOPA for...

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by 77west
Mon May 09, 2022 6:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Ummm well, yes. I wrote it. But I've heard many share similar thoughts on it. Both from a commercial benefit and passenger experience benefit. Of course the topic can be debated both ways. With around 1,500 global orders there's a lot to like about the 787 isn't there. But with the original deliver...

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by 77west
Sun May 08, 2022 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EasyJet to take out seats so it can fly with fewer crew.
Replies: 86
Views: 13840

Re: EasyJet to take out seats so it can fly with fewer crew.

Cons: Loss of revenue from 6 passengers. Cost of pysically removing 1 row/2 banks of seats. Adjusting seat map in booking engine less ancillary income if an a319 for easyjet has 10 legs per day and there are 87 of them then they have reduced 1.9million annual passengers capacity from their fleet no...

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by 77west
Sat May 07, 2022 8:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption
Replies: 28
Views: 3040

Re: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption

Is there not also something about the turbine bearing seals not fully pressurizing at low RPM and thus aircraft that tend to have longer than normal taxiing can end up with higher oil consumption?

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by 77west
Sat May 07, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Empty Weights between first and last off the line
Replies: 17
Views: 2825

Re: Empty Weights between first and last off the line

With production of the 321ceo recently ending, I was wondering if there was any difference between the weight of the 1st 321-200 off the line Monarch received and the last one Delta received? Obviously advances in electronics and avionics have surely lightened the load, but what about advances in w...

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by 77west
Sat May 07, 2022 8:29 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 2548

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

Not in the airline I operated. All the airframes of each same type were equally ETOPS/EDTO ‘rated’. Since we operated A340-300, A340-600, A330-200, A330-300 and A350-900 as a multi-fleet (pilots flew all types), we would just check the Computerised Flight Plan had the correct ETOPS (actually EDTO) ...

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by 77west
Thu May 05, 2022 11:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 2548

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

Not in the airline I operated. All the airframes of each same type were equally ETOPS/EDTO ‘rated’. Since we operated A340-300, A340-600, A330-200, A330-300 and A350-900 as a multi-fleet (pilots flew all types), we would just check the Computerised Flight Plan had the correct ETOPS (actually EDTO) ...

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by 77west
Wed May 04, 2022 6:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption
Replies: 28
Views: 3040

Re: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption

Golly, you should see PW engines, if you want to see oil consumption. Quite the contrary on the PW GTF. Max oil consumption is as low as 0.22 qts/hr. CFM LEAP on the other hand max consumption is 0.45 qts/hr. All above examples are used on the A320. From what I have heard this is why they don't do ...

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by 77west
Wed May 04, 2022 3:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption
Replies: 28
Views: 3040

Re: CFM Engine High Oil Consumption

There was an old story that the CFM56-5 on the A340 would consume more oil than fuel over a long flight. (A joke) but that on a transpacific crossing would drop to about half full on landing (reality)

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by 77west
Tue May 03, 2022 7:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

What do you mean in the last paragraph? I asked earlier if we can expect an announcement re NZ’s new product soon, when it was leaked a few weeks ago the US DOT were meant to sign off on it by the end of April. Not sure what else they need to do though. Another words it will be a while before any n...

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by 77west
Mon May 02, 2022 8:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

Since that's a subscriber only article can you please provide a fair use summary ? Hi my apologies I only just realized that, he says: (What does SIA do better than NZ) "The answer is quite a lot to be honest," he said. "The product on our wide-bodied planes is now the best part of 2...

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by 77west
Mon May 02, 2022 6:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/air-new-zealand-boss-greg-foran-reveals-what-he-thinks-singapore-airlines-does-better/P6G7IZXRIBOK5G4TVWEIJOPREQ/ Some interesting observations in that article. He does not like the sideways facing J seats either. Since that's a subscriber only article can you pl...

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by 77west
Mon May 02, 2022 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Do they exceed MTOW/TBO in less developed countries?
Replies: 21
Views: 4936

Re: Do they exceed MTOW/TBO in less developed countries?

Something like a 777 that's a few tonnes over MTOW would almost not be noticed as long as it was spread out evenly. Even an A320 probably wouldn't notice notice a tonne or so over. When it would start to become a problem is on really short runways where the margins are a bit tighter. And even on lon...

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by 77west
Mon May 02, 2022 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/air ... WEIJOPREQ/

Some interesting observations in that article. He does not like the sideways facing J seats either.
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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/air ... WEIJOPREQ/

Some interesting observations in that article. He does not like the sideways facing J seats either.

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by 77west
Sun May 01, 2022 10:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?
Replies: 13
Views: 2548

Re: What ETOPS rating does QF have for SYD-JNB/SCL, future GRU/EZE on the 789?

The approval is more related to the airline, not the aircraft. Airlines are approved by regulators (CASA in terms of QF) to conduct ETOPS, not specific aircraft tails. It is that regulatory approval which limits the times and routes they can operate. Yes this is true, but different aircraft types a...

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by 77west
Sun May 01, 2022 10:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022
Replies: 265
Views: 27507

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2022

The domestic a321N seatmap, seems to be online already. https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/seat-map-airbus-a321neo-217d Not the mid toilet, is moved into the rear of the domestic version, adding a couple of extra seats. Did they move the domestic a321N deliveries forward? It thought they had been dela...

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by 77west
Fri Apr 29, 2022 4:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29309

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

Yup it’s 5 Geoffrey Roberts Road. Backs onto Hangar 2. Used to be used for flight sims etc. So overall a good move by NZ. Gets HQ staff close to the coalface without being in the way. Saves on rent. Means staff are also located close to flights rather than having to finish up work early to get out ...

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by 77west
Fri Apr 29, 2022 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29309

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

NZ is to relocate its Head Office from the CBD, onto there Engineering site at AKL. Mentions it would be near the runway, it would it’s probably in the space that was freed up from the old 747/767 simulator centre, and maybe the old flight kitchen? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/air-new-zealan...

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by 77west
Thu Apr 28, 2022 4:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29309

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

So i just found something very interesting, if you go to Air Vanuatu's website, and go to Destinations - New Zealand, there are 2 destinations listed, Auckland AND Wellington. Air Vanuatu has never flown to Wellington. Is it possible Air Vanuatu might be planning to fly to Wellington? They were sup...

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by 77west
Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29309

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

Does anyone know if/when Air Vanuatu is planning on resuming NZ flights? Or using Air Nauru metal like in the past? I went in 2019 just before COVID and the particular 737 I was on (ex Air NZ) is now a freighter! I know their A220 plans are on hold for now (fair enough) but would be good to go back ...

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by 77west
Tue Apr 26, 2022 11:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BA/LH A350/380 Common Fleet
Replies: 16
Views: 2771

Re: BA/LH A350/380 Common Fleet

As BA and LH are not the same company, I would say probably not.

EDIT: I see what you may have been asking, and I think the answer to that would be no as well due to differing pay scales.

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by 77west
Thu Apr 21, 2022 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29309

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

“Ocean Flyer to launch NZ operations with 25 REGENT seagliders in 2025” I’m not sure if it’s strictly classed as a plane (mods, please delete if not appropriate), seems to be a ground effect (with hydrofoil assist)... https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2022/04/ocean-flyer-to-launch-nz-operations...

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by 77west
Wed Apr 20, 2022 9:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29309

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

If you limit yourself to turboprop then sure the options are somewhat limited however there were other options available in the RJ market. True, but what routes would now not exist if they were having to operate regional jets? I think only with the A220 have we finally got something that is flexibl...

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by 77west
Wed Apr 20, 2022 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29309

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

To be honest that speaks more volume about the capability of the ATR than the location of the airport itself. The ATRs performance particularly during cross winds or any wind speed above moderate is abysmal across the country, the Q300s on the other hand are incredibly reliable. For a country that ...

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by 77west
Tue Apr 19, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29309

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

Otherwise most other airports are in reasonable shape, I'm thinking HLZ, CHC, DUD, BHE, IVC, NPL, NPE etc... NPL? I mean the new terminal is great but the location of it is terrible for reliable operations, particularly ATR ops. To be honest that speaks more volume about the capability of the ATR t...

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by 77west
Mon Apr 18, 2022 2:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 3549

Re: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft

No flight engineers on the B-52! But, the thrust levers are configured so you can grab all 8 with one hand and then fine tune the setting with each individual thrust lever. Interesting, I kind of assumed with the age and complexity of them and military nature there would be. You often see on the cl...

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by 77west
Mon Apr 18, 2022 1:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022
Replies: 232
Views: 29309

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2022

The case for a new airport at Tarras is still a work in progress. If it goes ahead the first flight is likely to land in 2029 and it might have the same number of passengers that Invercargill handles approx 290,000 initially. CIAL expects exports from the South Island could double from 30,000 tonne...

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by 77west
Mon Apr 18, 2022 12:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 3549

Re: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft

No flight engineers on the B-52! But, the thrust levers are configured so you can grab all 8 with one hand and then fine tune the setting with each individual thrust lever. Interesting, I kind of assumed with the age and complexity of them and military nature there would be. You often see on the cl...

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by 77west
Sun Apr 17, 2022 9:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 3549

Re: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft

I wouldn't have thought 4 throttles would be a problem, their curved indentation shape natually fitting to 4 fingers of a hand, but I've often wondered about 6 engined (An225?) or even 8 engined (B52?) aircraft. Are their throttles easy to manipulate togther? They have flight engineers to assist wh...

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by 77west
Sat Apr 16, 2022 10:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction
Replies: 39
Views: 5677

Re: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction

On the A330 I can have the brakes at 400 deg C 40 minutes before push and it will be okay for a 20 minute taxi, they will drop around 5 degC per minute. 400°C?! Jesus christ! When I heard people here talking about hot brakes, I thought it was around 150°C! as Zeke mentioned, unlike the brakes on yo...

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by 77west
Thu Apr 07, 2022 1:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction
Replies: 39
Views: 5677

Re: Curious: BA Takeoff Procedures - Gear Retraction

60-90 min, also depends how heavy you are landing each time Thanks. Short flight for an A330. Where's the A330R when you need it [emoji16] Short compared to the design range, I suppose, but not really a short sector for an A330 in East and Southeast Asia. Widebodies routinely do 1-3 hour flights. S...

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by 77west
Fri Mar 25, 2022 7:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus Split Ailerons
Replies: 11
Views: 2638

Re: Airbus Split Ailerons

I believe the A380 triple split is not only for redundancy; but also for gust load alleviation. It allows more finer control inputs by that system. On Boeings the outer aileron is locked out at high speeds and the inner, small aileron does most of the work. The A32x, A330/A340 and A350 also have gu...

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