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by 77west
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 118
Views: 13168

Re: New Zealand Aviation thread - October 2021

Maybe it just hasn't yet been done? - Doesn't mean it can't be! It was considered - https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/122010088/air-new-zealand-scraps-idea-of-converting-aircraft-to-cargo-freighters I believe that would have been removing cabin fittings and installing cargo lashing system...

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by 77west
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 118
Views: 13168

Re: New Zealand Aviation thread - October 2021

I wouldn't suspect so. The assistance was based on keeping critical air links open while the passenger border was closed. That'll stop next year and as passenger services resume. Also, thinking aloud - NZ has essentially had 10-15 (end of passenger life) aircraft at their disposal which they would'...

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by 77west
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 118
Views: 13168

Re: New Zealand Aviation thread - October 2021

Quick question, with the recent reporting in media on teh level of government assistance to NZ for airfreight capacity is it likely we will see NZ invest in a freighter? I wouldn't suspect so. The assistance was based on keeping critical air links open while the passenger border was closed. That'll...

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by 77west
Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's this contraption?
Replies: 13
Views: 1893

Re: What's this contraption?

Parking guide? Indeed. These were not uncommon back in the day. I've seen pics of a 747 with what looks like a fender on the windshield. Once it just touches the windshield, you're in the right spot. Simple and effective. So the same as how my mum parks a car - when it hits the one in front, its pa...

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by 77west
Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's this contraption?
Replies: 13
Views: 1893

Re: What's this contraption?

Parking guide?

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by 77west
Tue Aug 17, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Wheel Alignment
Replies: 4
Views: 790

Re: Aircraft Wheel Alignment

I read somewhere that after one landing the balance/alignment would be out so no point really.

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by 77west
Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 258
Views: 31669

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2021

Does NZ want to fill the gap between the ATR and A320 though? Is there actually a need that is economically viable? How many aircraft would you need to make another fleet type economical? It’s the same questions as before, maybe an aircraft will come along that NZ see fit to add another type oneday...

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by 77west
Sun Aug 15, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 258
Views: 31669

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2021

What do we think about this: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1447161&start=400 New Embraer turboprop. Would give pretty nice growth on trunk ATR routes that cant quite justify an A320 just yet. First i've seen of it, doesn't look quite right to me with the props in the r...

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by 77west
Sat Aug 14, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 258
Views: 31669

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2021

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1447161&start=400

New Embraer turboprop. Would give pretty nice growth on trunk ATR routes that cant quite justify an A320 just yet.
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What do we think about this:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1447161&start=400

New Embraer turboprop. Would give pretty nice growth on trunk ATR routes that cant quite justify an A320 just yet.

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by 77west
Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread- July 2021
Replies: 234
Views: 27643

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread- July 2021

Here is a question for you all. Should New Zealand open there borders to those who are fully vaccinated against COVID 19? or should we wait for the plan to be revealed in a few weeks time? Once we're finishing up our vaccination programme then we can look at opening up to those with trusted evidenc...

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by 77west
Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737's main landing gear length
Replies: 12
Views: 2376

Re: 737's main landing gear length

miegapele wrote:
Airstairs discontinued? But Ryanair has them on threir 737-800


AFAIK they are available still on request on any new builds. Airbus even has them as an option for the A319 ACJ and theoretically could be fitted to a pax frame. So gear length is not a huge deal

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by 77west
Tue Jun 22, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A321XLR’s rear fuel tank demands special fire-protection conditions
Replies: 224
Views: 48225

Re: A321XLR’s rear fuel tank demands special fire-protection conditions

Lots of non informed and ill informed and illogical speculation suggests a negative publicity campaign. 1 The RCT is a physically separate fuel tank with its own tank skin and internal and external structure. Just like a normal ACT It does not use the skin of the fuselage or floor. 2 The RCT will b...

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by 77west
Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

Could an A320 operate NSN? Can't see it taking off out of NSN. The runway needed is 2100m at MTOW and 1500m for landing. But some might have other data. Source from wiki: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbus_A320_family#Specifications Looking at the A320CEO-IAE chart from Airbus, it looks like an...

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by 77west
Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

Another possibility for a Regional jet is the AKL NSN route which is sometimes 12 turboprops a day. Plus in the summer peak I have seen it at 14 per day. The big problem I know is of course the short runway at NSN just 1347m. Not likely to ever be extended as well. But the demand is strong already ...

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by 77west
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

777-300ER. Some of you may have seen a re-entry date for the first 77W's posted elsewhere. I mentioned a month or two back this work was underway and I can't wait to see these birds flying again. All I'll say is don't count on those dates just yet. It's very unlikely to be that soon but it will hop...

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by 77west
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

A220 question - I know this has been discussed before. Would a fleet of both A222 and A223 be a possibility in the future? Think about it - A222 could be used to increase frequency on thicker regional routes, possibly opening new ones (HLZ-ZQN? TRG-ZQN? NSN-ZQN? - as a thinking point) and A223 could...

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by 77west
Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

That's what I was thinking as well, are the weight savings enough to offset the reduced flexibility? What would it be, maybe 1500kg? Unless of course NZ ever considered a small Business cabin on the Intl A321 fleet to compete with QF J product on its 737's (and A330 which seem to be over here quite...

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by 77west
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

For an airline the size of NZ, I'm not sure I understand enough about the pros & cons of operating two sub-fleets of a type like this in the numbers they have on order; specifically the line between the need for differentiation on the one hand, and the need for simplicity & flexibility on t...

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by 77west
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

I notice the A321 seems to be doing lots of domestic flying, would this be intentional or due to positioning flights to do intl sectors? A combination of things including maintenance on domestic fleet but mostly just best aircraft utilising They use A321s as scheduled peaks, disrupt recovery and al...

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by 77west
Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

So with the NLK pattern changing to BNE NLK SYD NLK BNE. All the services use just 3 days of 320 flying which is more effective than a year ago when it used 5 days of 320 flying to serve the route. This frees up two days which would be of huge benefit. The old routing was like CHC BNE overnight the...

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by 77west
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

https://youtu.be/LL-xPU1YQMU?t=214
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I thought all the NZ 772 were in storage, this video released on the 1st seems to indicate otherwise?

https://youtu.be/LL-xPU1YQMU?t=214

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by 77west
Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

https://www.smergers.com/business/newly ... and/jt71x/


Sure where do I send my bitcoin. Lol.
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V60Polestar wrote:
Anyone keen in this Hamilton startup with 'fewer than two' employees?

https://www.smergers.com/business/newly ... and/jt71x/


Sure where do I send my bitcoin. Lol.

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by 77west
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

Would an ATR HLZ-ZQN be that bad? Surely it would only be around 2hr30 flying time. Thats still faster than transiting WLG or CHC. I don't believe so, compare these two photos. 2419973 5940763 The ATR actually appears more spacious in that picture which is interesting. On flights under 4~ hours I p...

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by 77west
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33209

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

Would an ATR HLZ-ZQN be that bad? Surely it would only be around 2hr30 flying time. Thats still faster than transiting WLG or CHC.

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by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

I personally believe I wont live to see rapid rail outside of maybe an upgraded HLZ-AKL line using cape gauge 100-160kph and im 35. Would love to be proved wrong but I think maybe in 100 years time they may start the working groups on this... The same goes for battery regional. I don't see that beco...

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by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

I would have loved for NZ to have chosen the 717 to replace the 737-200 fleet all those years ago. Small enough to operate to regional ports, big enough for most flights on trunk routes, great takeoff performance and tough as anything. I understand of course the many reasons why NZ chose the -300 (...

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by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

What is the main reason a train service HLZ-AKL isn’t popular? I live in Whangaparaoa and while my job would make it difficult to catch a train unless I parked my work vehicle in the city somewhere. A train to WRE seems a no brainer to me rather than all these bus lanes along the northern motorway....

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by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

I did think about the A319 but I believe the operating costs are so similar to an A320 these days that you would almost be better just getting more A320s - reflected in the total sales of the A319neo of 3 units. Actually 73 units, with 3 delivered so far. But still, your point is valid. Yes I mis-t...

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by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

If ANZ really wanted a smaller jet, i think they would go with the A319, rather than adding the more economical A220. A small fleet wouldn't add significant cost, unlike a new type. If they wanted to do it cheaply - second hand A319s are plentiful and could be leased or bought far cheaper than the ...

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by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

What is the main reason a train service HLZ-AKL isn’t popular? I live in Whangaparaoa and while my job would make it difficult to catch a train unless I parked my work vehicle in the city somewhere. A train to WRE seems a no brainer to me rather than all these bus lanes along the northern motorway....

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by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 2:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

You might still have peak HLZ-WLG and HLZ-CHC flights. But outside of that they will diminish as land transport improves. Like if you built a proper high speed rail connection to connect Auckland and Wellington in a few hours you'd effectively destroy WLG as an international airport. In the true lo...

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by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

The final section of the dual carriageway you talk of is due to open later this year. It will allow full expressway speeds all the way from Hamilton\Cambridge to Auckland and the airport. Yes, the direct train/bus connection to AKL soon to be possible via Puhinui may make a dent in HLZ development....

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by 77west
Sun May 30, 2021 11:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

With continued investment in road and rail transport I honestly think the demand for regional airports will reduce. Transmission Gully will largely kill off Paraparaumu Airport. And in time (10-20 years) when there's a properly hourly Hamilton-Auckland service at a reasonable speed then that will p...

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by 77west
Sun May 30, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

With continued investment in road and rail transport I honestly think the demand for regional airports will reduce. Transmission Gully will largely kill off Paraparaumu Airport. And in time (10-20 years) when there's a properly hourly Hamilton-Auckland service at a reasonable speed then that will p...

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by 77west
Sun May 30, 2021 11:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

With continued investment in road and rail transport I honestly think the demand for regional airports will reduce. Transmission Gully will largely kill off Paraparaumu Airport. And in time (10-20 years) when there's a properly hourly Hamilton-Auckland service at a reasonable speed then that will p...

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by 77west
Sun May 30, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39396

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021

Living south of Hamilton, it and the surrounding towns are growing very fast, huge new subdivisions opening up, massive new roading projects (although one could argue the finished expressway makes flying from AKL a little less of a hassle). I also think the A220 would make a good fleet fit but much ...

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by 77west
Mon May 24, 2021 1:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43977

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Question, has QF deactivated the upper deck last door on the right? It looks like it from this seat map https://www.qantas.com/content/dam/qantas/pdfs/qantas-experience/onboard/seatmaps/A380-14F70J60PY341Y.pdf Didnt think this would be allowed these days certainly not for the last door or first doo...

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by 77west
Mon May 24, 2021 12:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 232
Views: 43977

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2021

Question, has QF deactivated the upper deck last door on the right? It looks like it from this seat map https://www.qantas.com/content/dam/qantas/pdfs/qantas-experience/onboard/seatmaps/A380-14F70J60PY341Y.pdf Didnt think this would be allowed these days certainly not for the last door or first door.

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by 77west
Fri May 14, 2021 9:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A321XLR’s rear fuel tank demands special fire-protection conditions
Replies: 224
Views: 48225

Re: A321XLR’s rear fuel tank demands special fire-protection conditions

Long time lurker/learner. But this is too exciting not to post (and already more than a week old): Permium Aerotech delivers first Rear Center Tank to airbus, cf. Premium Aerotech Press Release . https://www.premium-aerotec.com/fileadmin/user_upload/data/fce/2021_05_04_Press_Release_-_First_Deliver...

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by 77west
Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 231
Views: 29804

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021

For me it's a combination of physical comfort but also peace of mind (long overwater trip on an aging aircraft. ZK-KRA: 34 years old ZK-CIY: 33 years old ZK-CIZ: 24 years old I wasn't really expressing support or opposition to the use of the SF340 on AKL-NLK, more noting the carrier's move (and the...

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by 77west
Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 231
Views: 29804

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021

How does FedEx ship from Australia to NZ? I don't see any flights on their own metal so I assume they buy capacity on NZ/QF or the DHL bird. Haven’t they been using a toll 737? Or was that DHL? Who is using the Olympus 757? I can’t remember. Basically any trans-Tasman AWK flight number is FX. This ...

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by 77west
Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021
Replies: 231
Views: 29804

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - April 2021

How does FedEx ship from Australia to NZ? I don't see any flights on their own metal so I assume they buy capacity on NZ/QF or the DHL bird.

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by 77west
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why not measure acceleration instead of using derated flat throttle percentage?
Replies: 15
Views: 2516

Re: Why not measure acceleration instead of using derated flat throttle percentage?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKtPlj93 ... sGuy%7CTPG
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Does the A350 not have a takeoff safety system that can intervene if it thinks the runway length remaining and rate of acceleration would lead to safety issues?

Here's a video where it miscalculated apparently

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKtPlj93 ... sGuy%7CTPG

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by 77west
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last 737 Classic Built 21 years ago.
Replies: 39
Views: 5563

Re: Last 737 Classic Built 21 years ago.

I've flown on the last 737-300 off the line a few times, both with Air New Zealand and in 2019 with Air Nauru. Great condition with the window serial numbers still referring to 1998

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by 77west
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do passenger windows get so scratched up?
Replies: 7
Views: 2149

Re: How do passenger windows get so scratched up?

In 2019 I flew on the last 737-300 off the line and the windows in the first few rows all seemed to have the 1998 date stamped on them from when the plane was built. They had a few scratches but didnt seem too bad considering.

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by 77west
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft thrust
Replies: 4
Views: 1302

Re: Aircraft thrust

It can also vary depending on what model engine is fitted and what rating plug the operator is using. Such as some of SQ 777-200 where they operated them at lower weights/thrust but a new operator may activate and use the full capabilities.

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by 77west
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Semi unducted fan.
Replies: 9
Views: 2430

Re: Semi unducted fan.

Would having the gearbox right in the hottest area of the core not be problematic?

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by 77west
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why does 787(and maybe A350) landing gear looks titled down instead of up during departure?
Replies: 28
Views: 4334

Re: Why does 787(and maybe A350) landing gear looks titled down instead of up during departure?

I think its just how it was designed in order to fit. I have heard the arrangement on the A330 / 777 etc makes for a smoother landing but not sure if thats anecdotal

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by 77west
Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1835
Views: 370779

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Could you tell me what the difference is between the A and C door types? Thanks. From the FAA FARs: Type A: This type is a floor-level exit with a rectangular opening of not less than 42 inches wide by 72 inches high, with corner radii not greater than seven inches. Type C: This type is a floor-lev...

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by 77west
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020
Replies: 1835
Views: 370779

Re: Boeing 777X Testing/Production Thread - 2020

Is Emirates getting both the 5-door version and the 4-door version? The only public statement I have heard was that the two-class model was expected to seat 440, which would only need four pairs of Type A doors. The earlier frames with the Type C door pair might be plugged prior to delivery. Makes ...

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