Search found 1041 matches

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 21
by 77west
Thu Dec 02, 2021 2:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2021
Replies: 29
Views: 2468

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - December 2021

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/dhl ... HIGZTGKKU/
-->

Massive freight demand into NZ at present results in DHL leasing pax airliners:

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/dhl ... HIGZTGKKU/

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 289
Views: 30480

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021

I think the -300ER are a lot more likely than the -200ER. Good cargo capacity on the 300. And newer.

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Nov 29, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 289
Views: 30480

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021

Craig Tolley from Air New Zealand who is general manger, has told Newshub that hundreds of Air New Zealand pilots are being reinstated or returning back onto 777-300ER and will be training or retraining them! Also there is a possibility that the 777-200ER might be returning to our shores apparently...

Jump to post
by 77west
Sat Nov 27, 2021 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 289
Views: 30480

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021

Air NZ A320-232 ZK-OJI (msn 2297) is on FR24 as NZ6098 AKL-RAR tomorrow morning 21 Nov. If it goes to TUS then that will be four. The others were OJB, OJD and OJF. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/zk-oji Suspect OJI will end up suffering the same fate as it's sisters. A period in the sun...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 289
Views: 30480

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021

I notice a lot of the commercial buildings going up around HLZ over the last few years, are very close to the runway in that if they wanted a parallel taxiway in future it would be tight / not possible. I wonder if the sell-off of this land was the best idea. (Or does the airport still own the land ...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 289
Views: 30480

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021

AKL-CHC (1h30m) the A321NEO uses the same or less fuel than the domestic A320CEO (not sure about the sharklet version). I can confirm that this is true. The usual uplift for all types (A321NEO, A320CEO, A320CEO(SL)) is around 7000kg on a normal day for AKL-CHC. That really is quite phenomenal - wit...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Nov 22, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 289
Views: 30480

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021

Does anyone have a insight into Air NZ scheduling? Given that the NEO's are more fuel efficient than the CEO's with winglets which are on turn more fuel efficient than the CEO's why do we not see a greater utilisation of the NEO's?. Is there something more that drives the scheduling decision? Also ...

Jump to post
by 77west
Fri Nov 19, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When jetliners are offered with multiple powerplant options, how do they decide which to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 2328

Re: When jetliners are offered with multiple powerplant options, how do they decide which to choose?

I wonder if the DC-10-15s for "hot and high" airports used what you call "rating plugs" on those CF6 powerplants? I believe the DC-10-15s used CF6-50 engines, instead of the CF6-6 engines on the 10 series. So it was essentially a DC-10-10 with DC-10-30 engines. As I understand i...

Jump to post
by 77west
Fri Nov 19, 2021 2:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380
Replies: 271
Views: 32976

Re: 777X – VLA of the Future or another “White Elephant” A380

sxf24 wrote:
How much more does the 777C weigh than the 777-300ER? I keep seeing claims that it’s much heavier, but I’m struggling to understand how that reconciles with a larger airframe and lower thrust engines than the -300ER.
Larger airframe, larger engines, larger wing, all of this points to weight.

Jump to post
by 77west
Tue Nov 16, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 289
Views: 30480

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021

Air NZ is putting A320 jet services between Christchurch and Invercargill for the peak summer.season. This is a big increase in seats over the 68 seat ATR that usually flies this route. https://i.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/126998900/air-nz-adds-a320-jet-service-between-christchurch-and-inverc...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Nov 15, 2021 4:31 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do airlines test fly planes before buying a new type?
Replies: 11
Views: 1993

Re: Do airlines test fly planes before buying a new type?

I think the term "test flight" or "test pilot" are being used incorrectly here. True testing is done, as mentioned, by the manufacturer before certification. But yes certainly the airlines flight operations team / chief pilot / chief technical pilot or whatever term they use will...

Jump to post
by 77west
Sat Nov 13, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why fuel driven actuators?
Replies: 14
Views: 1522

Re: Why fuel driven actuators?

Simplifying it way down: If the engines don't have fuel pressure, there is no need for VSV/IGV actuators etc. If the engines don't have fuel pressure on the ground - possibly normal, but not a major if not. In the air - VSV/IGV are the least of your problems.

Jump to post
by 77west
Fri Nov 12, 2021 9:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When jetliners are offered with multiple powerplant options, how do they decide which to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 2328

Re: When jetliners are offered with multiple powerplant options, how do they decide which to choose?

On the 737-500 you mention, the only difference between the two engines is the rating plug, so there should not be a difference in cruise fuel consumption. Basically, if you pay more, the rating plug allows the engine to deliver more power, at the cost of increased wear & tear and of course fuel...

Jump to post
by 77west
Tue Nov 09, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: TWA 747 Question(s)
Replies: 28
Views: 3783

Re: TWA 747 Question(s)

One of the perks of old aircraft. Not related to cockpit layout but when I first started in ground operations, my airline had a fleet of 747s, quite a few of which had been added via acquisitions etc. and each subfleet was just that little bit different. Strangest I recall was a few had the control...

Jump to post
by 77west
Fri Nov 05, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 289
Views: 30480

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021

ZK-NZC was the 'jabaseat' 787 from the Super Saturday event last month, right? Heard a rumour that it had an aborted takeoff in HNL. Be a pity if it needs new tyres already Interesting…. I heard a rumour that it had nose gear issues at YQX. And thus ZK-NHF will forever be known as a hangar queen. :...

Jump to post
by 77west
Fri Nov 05, 2021 4:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Restrictions on #2 Thrust Reverse L1011/DC10/MD11
Replies: 20
Views: 2362

Re: Restrictions on #2 Thrust Reverse L1011/DC10/MD11

TDAero777 ...Did/Do any airlines have restrictions on the use of the #2 Thrust Reverser when landing at outstations where maintenance would be problematic to reach that area of the Aircraft?... It's been quite some time since I was on loan to a charter company that flew the DC10-30, on mainly UK-Ca...

Jump to post
by 77west
Wed Nov 03, 2021 5:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Use of rudder in commercial aircraft
Replies: 18
Views: 2056

Re: Use of rudder in commercial aircraft

Oh yeah, engine out seems logical. Isn't Airbus FBW trained to compensate asymmetric thrust automatically, though? No, not yet lol. In flight maybe the autopilot will, I'm not sure though. On takeoff yes, you need to put the rudder in and then trim it with the rudder trim, engage the A/P. The A350 ...

Jump to post
by 77west
Wed Nov 03, 2021 5:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Restrictions on #2 Thrust Reverse L1011/DC10/MD11
Replies: 20
Views: 2362

Re: Restrictions on #2 Thrust Reverse L1011/DC10/MD11

I would have thought an INOP reverser on the center engine is preferable to 1 or 3.

Jump to post
by 77west
Wed Nov 03, 2021 4:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021
Replies: 289
Views: 30480

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - November 2021

ZK-NHF has been delivered. Has flown TLS-YQX two days ago, YQX-LAX-HNL yesterday (both NZ6095). Presumably it will fly HNL-AKL tomorrow? ZK-NHF should be HNL-RAR-AKL tomorrow as NZ6095. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/zk-nhf There's a nice FR24 photo of it at LAX. Interesting to see A32...

Jump to post
by 77west
Tue Nov 02, 2021 8:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Who would de-ice Air Force One?
Replies: 18
Views: 3320

Re: Who would de-ice Air Force One?

If at Andrews it would be inside and would probably only go out just before departure so not as much of an issue as a commercial flight. If overseas I am sure the SS have plans in place to either use approved local agents or military if available at that airport.

Jump to post
by 77west
Tue Oct 26, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it dangerous when aircraft carry fuel in a center tank beneath the passenger cabin?
Replies: 43
Views: 3384

Re: Is it dangerous when aircraft carry fuel in a center tank beneath the passenger cabin?

Of course we can also bring Concorde into this discussion with its 14 or so separate fuel tanks and complex fuel management / CG system

Jump to post
by 77west
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 193
Views: 23662

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 193
Views: 23662

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'...

Jump to post
by 77west
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation thread - October 2021
Replies: 193
Views: 23662

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Oct 11, 2021 4:47 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's this contraption?
Replies: 14
Views: 3218

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Oct 11, 2021 1:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What's this contraption?
Replies: 14
Views: 3218

Re: What's this contraption?

Parking guide?

Jump to post
by 77west
Tue Aug 17, 2021 1:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Wheel Alignment
Replies: 4
Views: 819

Re: Aircraft Wheel Alignment

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

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Aug 16, 2021 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 258
Views: 32193

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Sun Aug 15, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 258
Views: 32193

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Sat Aug 14, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - August 2021
Replies: 258
Views: 32193

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.
-->

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.

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Jul 26, 2021 6:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread- July 2021
Replies: 234
Views: 27937

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737's main landing gear length
Replies: 12
Views: 2415

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

Jump to post
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: 48628

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Thu Jun 17, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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 ...

Jump to post
by 77west
Wed Jun 16, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Tue Jun 15, 2021 2:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Tue Jun 15, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon Jun 14, 2021 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Sun Jun 13, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Thu Jun 03, 2021 6:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

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

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

Jump to post
by 77west
Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021

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


Sure where do I send my bitcoin. Lol.
-->

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.

Jump to post
by 77west
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - June 2021
Replies: 324
Views: 33628

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.

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39765

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...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39765

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 (...

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39765

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....

Jump to post
by 77west
Mon May 31, 2021 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - May 2021
Replies: 356
Views: 39765

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...

Jump to post

Go to advanced search