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by rjsampson
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 4116

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

The A320 is "future-proof" because it represents THE pinnacle of NB aircraft design, and will still be in production until flying becomes unfeasible due to GHG emissions. ...not exactly sure what that means. On the one hand, you say the A320, EIS in 1988, still represents the "THE pi...

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by rjsampson
Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 4116

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

I would not be so certain. Yes, I expect it will be a tube, but two engines? I think that depends on whether we're talking about an electric / hybrid aircraft, or a conventional fuel aircraft. Airbus are investing strongly in developing sustainable technologies and partnerships - their next fully c...

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by rjsampson
Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 4116

Re: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

Maybe a lean 1.5 aisle A300/A310/A330 replacement for up to 300 passengers single class. Very nice rendering, keesje, and I'm inclined to agree with you. By the way, what do you mean by 1.5 aisle? Especially as PM points out: The A330neo won't last forever and it's a big jump from the A321 to the A...

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by rjsampson
Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?
Replies: 40
Views: 4116

Any leaks, ideas, or otherwise: What is Airbus' next clean-sheet aircraft?

I'm sure this has been asked before. With Boeing: It's pretty much out there: They're planning on (possibly)? embarking on their first clean-sheet aircraft with the NMA 797. Of course, with the MAX issues and the A321XLR muddying the business case, to invest ~$20 billion into a new program that'll n...

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by rjsampson
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How will ultrafan seal the variable pitch fan?
Replies: 5
Views: 1828

Re: How will ultrafan seal the variable pitch fan?

flipdewaf wrote:
I think RR have stepped back from the variable pitch part of the system and are just going for the gearbox.


Hadn't heard that... So is the variable-pitch fan concept initially presented in the Ultrafan promotions.... essentially dead now? If so, why?

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by rjsampson
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:49 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Minimum Runway Length Requirement
Replies: 10
Views: 2209

Re: Minimum Runway Length Requirement

We all know all know the variances in calculating t/o. I think the OP is looking for some straight numbers for comparison.

Let's just assume ISA standard, MTOW, sea level, 59 degrees F, winds calm 29.92 (1013.25), etc.

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by rjsampson
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?
Replies: 47
Views: 2418

Re: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?

Can someone explain to me why no one has the Bristol Brabazon as #1 on this list?? One flying demonstrator (that didn't even have its interior configured), and ZERO orders.

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by rjsampson
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent
Replies: 51
Views: 7171

Re: Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent

Across various types: How do the effectiveness of speed brakes vary on different aircraft? (I'm guessing they're all next to useless < 220kn). Any more/less effective than others?

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by rjsampson
Mon Jul 08, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent
Replies: 51
Views: 7171

Re: Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent

rjsampson, with regard to your general subject matter, “Captains admonishing FO’s for using speed brake on descent,” keep in mind while the entire “livin’ the dream” series is quite humorous, it is not completely accurate and most situations have been substantially enhanced for entertainment purpos...

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by rjsampson
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent
Replies: 51
Views: 7171

Re: Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent

I noticed on the pprune forums that pilots were especially annoyed in these situations in the 757, describing the wing as the "cleanest" airplane you'll fly. Didn't check the time stamp on it... I'm sure there are "cleaner" airplanes nowadays... Forgive my ignorance: How do "...

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by rjsampson
Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent
Replies: 51
Views: 7171

Captains admonishing FO's for using speed brake on descent

I was watching the (extremely hilarious) "Livin' the Dream!" videos about all the annoying things that pilots experience (highly recommended). Here's a part of one I found interesting: https://youtu.be/5-knyUBbpgI?t=108 Gist of it is: Captains frequently admonish FOs for using the speed br...

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by rjsampson
Sat Jun 22, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could the GE Catalyst be used to reengine 19-30 seaters?
Replies: 7
Views: 1274

Re: Could the GE Catalyst be used to reengine 19-30 seaters?

Wow, I just took a look at the GE Catalyst. Looks like it could be a PT6 killer. Designed initially just for the Cessna Denali, I wonder how many other airframes into which it would be incorporated. Might future versions of mainstays like the King Air switch from the PT6 to the Catalyst? If they did...

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by rjsampson
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no high-speed exits at KSAN?
Replies: 25
Views: 3818

Re: Why no high-speed exits at KSAN?

RE: MCRD, (1) any building can be demolished. In fact, MCRD San Diego was on the BRAC list in 2005. Only lobbying efforts to remove it from the list saved the base. MCRD needs to be demolished and the airport expanded. MCRD will NEVER be demolished. From Wiki: "MCRD's mission is the initial tra...

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by rjsampson
Tue May 21, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Runway light intensity
Replies: 4
Views: 1624

Runway light intensity

From flying into uncontrolled airports, I usually key the mic to turn the lights on to the highest setting. Seems like most large airports keep their runway lights on a low setting. When I'm looking at the airfield as a passenger, the lights are almost invisible and the field looks dark, except for ...

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by rjsampson
Tue May 21, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: How many 737 MAXs would have been delivered by now?
Replies: 6
Views: 1605

How many 737 MAXs would have been delivered by now?

Had they not been grounded, of course.

It must be hundreds, worldwide? Seems like the airlines aren't quite feeling the pain yet -- although WN had to cancel 5% of their flights this summer. They seem to be the most affected. I wonder when this will start causing more hurt to airlines. Thoughts?

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by rjsampson
Thu May 02, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your favorite or most fascinating aircraft type..
Replies: 14
Views: 1908

Re: Your favorite or most fascinating aircraft type..

Jet aircraft (all) - L1011 Regional jet - E-Jet E2 Narrow body jet - 727 Wide body jet - L1011 Twinjet - 757 Trijet - 727 Quadjet - A340-600 Propeller aircraft (all) - King Air 350i Propeller general aviation - MU-2 Piston engine aircraft - Lancair IV Turboprop aircraft - Tu-142 Unusual commercial a...

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by rjsampson
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4689

Re: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

To the OP, I’m sure we’re all sorry for the “Airplane” references. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, go find it somewhere and prepare to laugh til it hurts. No apologies, that was actually kind of the point. To see if that scenario could actually play out in real life, and have a few laughs doing ...

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by rjsampson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4689

Re: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

Yflyer wrote:
I don't know... that plane has four engines. It's an entirely different kind of flying altogether.


It's an entirely different kind of flying.

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by rjsampson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4689

Re: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

Hmmm... Sounds quite a lot like the plot of AIRPLANE. :) I wasn't aware that there was a movie with this scenario... I just made this up as a thought experiment. I also forgot to mention that the controller had been drinking and taking amphetamines on the job. Sniffing the glue finally took him out...

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by rjsampson
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?
Replies: 43
Views: 4689

What are the chances that a single-engine pilot could land a 707?

Apologies if this has been asked before, but here's the scenario: The captain, FO, and FE have all succumbed to severe food poisoning. A doctor on board confirms that half of the passengers also have the same condition, and the flight must land ASAP. The only passenger with flight experience on boar...

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by rjsampson
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Electric nose wheels
Replies: 49
Views: 2910

Re: Electric nose wheels

I do know that Wheel Tug has a working system, and it works. So there must be enough space and power to make it work. One can retrofit it onto existing aircraft. Including a 737. It goes in the nose wheel. Installed over night. Comes with a camera to help you back away from the gate. You can watch ...

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by rjsampson
Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are the split winglets on the 737 MAX not scimitars?
Replies: 3
Views: 1402

Re: Why are the split winglets on the 737 MAX not scimitars?

You have to scroll up some, IDKW. http://www.boeing.com/commercial/737max/737-max-winglets/#/overview The max wingtip is called the AT winglet. Vid in the wind tunnel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vD828p9Nt0U Fair enough -- certainly explains why the split winglet is more efficient than a tradit...

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by rjsampson
Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are the split winglets on the 737 MAX not scimitars?
Replies: 3
Views: 1402

Why are the split winglets on the 737 MAX not scimitars?

...taking a break from other 737 MAX threads, I've always wondered: Why doesn't the aircraft have the Split Scimitars like those fitted on the NGs? They look nearly identical, except for that sweep on their tips (which make them look like scimitar swords). Was there no real aerodynamic benefit to th...

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by rjsampson
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which city does need second, third or fourth airport.
Replies: 22
Views: 1509

Re: Which city does need second, third or fourth airport.

KSAN. Its single runway will be maxed out in 10 years. Unfortunately, all proposals (namely, joint use of Miramar Marine Corps Air Station) will not happen, so San Diego is pretty stuck.

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by rjsampson
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 630
Views: 80109

Re: San Diego Aviation Thread - 2019

I think they should rename the airport "Charles Lindbergh International Airport". What was the last airline to operate 757s at SAN? Absolutely not. I say "Good riddance" to the name "Lindbergh Field" and that mural. So Lindbergh solo'ed across the Atlantic. There have ...

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by rjsampson
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:35 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl
Replies: 51
Views: 4213

Re: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl

Breed is irrelevant. ER statistics have Labradors as the leading breed for dog bites causing human injury. Not pit bulls. "Labradors are #1 at Dog Bites (because they are the most common large dog)" You have to look at it as Attacks by Breed/Population of Breed. In addition to this, nobod...

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by rjsampson
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl
Replies: 51
Views: 4213

Re: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl

ewt340 wrote:
Yeah, just ban all dogs altogether in the cabin.


No. My dog can sense impending seizures and alert the crew. He belongs in the cabin right at my feet.

On another note, he can also grab me a beer from the fridge while I'm watching TV.

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by rjsampson
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl
Replies: 51
Views: 4213

Re: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl

Shepherds were the iconic dog for blind guide dogs, the preferred dog of “the seeing eye” organization. But over time retrievers have proven better choices and now many guide dog groups dont train shepherds at all. Retrievers are more relaxed and shepherds are often triggered by children and cats i...

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by rjsampson
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl
Replies: 51
Views: 4213

Re: $1.1M lawsuit filed after 'emotional support' dog mauled 5yo girl

I second the cracking down on ESAs. Interestingly, I mostly fly DL with a Trained Working Service Dog and I guess per the American with Disabilities Act, DL just takes my word for it, which I don't understand. I provide documentation nonetheless. They key here is TRAINED WSD. Even more important tha...

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by rjsampson
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:24 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Adopt an Airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1261

Re: Adopt an Airport

2nd busiest single runway airport in the world Third Fourth actually, has been overtaken by Istanbul Sabiha-Gökcen (31M). Edit: actually, London-Stansted (28M) did also overtake SAN. Thanks for the correction. And exactly my point. MORE INTERNATIONAL GATES, SAN DIEGO! We have Japan, London, Germany...

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by rjsampson
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Airlines that operated all variants of a type
Replies: 29
Views: 1777

Re: Airlines that operated all variants of a type

Just found out that Malev operated all variants of the 737 classic (300/400/500). As a bonus they also operated the 737-200. They also almost operated the entire 737NG-series, only the 900 is missing. I think that Frontier Airlines also falls into that category (minus the 900 as well) before their ...

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by rjsampson
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:20 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Adopt an Airport
Replies: 9
Views: 1261

Re: Adopt an Airport

KSAN. 2nd largest city in California, 2nd busiest single runway airport in the world, with the fewest gates among major cities. Here's how I'd sponsor it: I'D FUND THE MASTER EXPANSION PLAN ALREADY, TO STOP DILLY-DALLYING! Our City Council's level of competence has also been rated among the the leas...

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by rjsampson
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can I modify my life, for a career involving Aviation?
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Re: Can I modify my life, for a career involving Aviation?

Short answer: yes you can always get aviation in your life. There are many facets of aviation - airline flying is just a small subset. What part of aviation are you interested in? Can you obtain a class 1 medical? What part of your vision is f**** up? Just saw your post but I need to get rest befor...

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by rjsampson
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can I modify my life, for a career involving Aviation?
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Can I modify my life, for a career involving Aviation?

Quick background about me: I'm [was] IFR certified and learned how to fly a plane before I before I learned how to drive a car (Glider License on my 14th birthday, powered solo on my 16th birthday, Checkride to a PPL on my 17th birthday... and then I had to go to college. (Got several degrees in ha...

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by rjsampson
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What are the top 10 unserved markets from ATL?
Replies: 55
Views: 5936

Re: What are the top 10 unserved markets from ATL?

ATL. When I fly from Atlanta to Atlanta I still have to change planes in Atlanta. I hate that. One time when I was flying Atlanta to Atlanta we got diverted to Atlanta. They wouldn’t let anyone off... Forgive my ignorance: But what does flying from "Atlanta to Atlanta" mean? Is there a di...

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by rjsampson
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: T/O Run: Grooved vs. not, concrete vs. asphalt
Replies: 3
Views: 1187

T/O Run: Grooved vs. not, concrete vs. asphalt

I can't imagine there are significant takeoff distances on a dry runway of the aforementioned runway types that would factor into calculations... Specifically, I'd be interested if there are any appreciable distance on grooved vs. non-grooved runways (I'm guessing grooved runways add a little bit of...

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by rjsampson
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How is the shutdown affecting you? How is it affecting your operations?
Replies: 24
Views: 3806

Re: How is the shutdown affecting you? How is it affecting your operations?

Our airline has aircraft awaiting delivery from Airbus, but can’t import the aircraft due to the shutdown, but even if they could import it, the FAA inspectors aren’t able to add the aircraft to the airline opspecs in order for us to put the aircraft into revenue service. Thank you, Woodreau, for b...

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by rjsampson
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How is the shutdown affecting you? How is it affecting your operations?
Replies: 24
Views: 3806

Re: How is the shutdown affecting you? How is it affecting your operations?

Glad to hear it, 747Whale. Would anyone else care to share their experience?

Seems like there's no resolution in sight on this one. I wouldn't be surprised if this could last months. In which case: Do any of you think that problems will really start presenting themselves?

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by rjsampson
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How is the shutdown affecting you? How is it affecting your operations?
Replies: 24
Views: 3806

How is the shutdown affecting you? How is it affecting your operations?

** We can all agree that the shutdown is a very bad thing. But let's keep politics out of this discussion ** I know there's some ATC on this forum. I believe you're not getting paid? TSA is calling in sick in droves. Delta put out a statement that 94% of passengers at KATL are still making it throug...

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by rjsampson
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A350 Sharklets
Replies: 51
Views: 10602

Re: A350 Sharklets

WIederling wrote:
The basic patent is from 1879 or thereabouts.


Wow, talk about a manufacturer being WAY ahead of its time... Before the first powered aircraft, muchless jet engine were invented :lol:

Obvious mistake, but I had to get that one in there :)

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by rjsampson
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners
Replies: 74
Views: 9352

Re: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners

Antoher varition on the RTO is the use of the word "STOP" as apposed to reject. Either pilot can call it, but only the PIC can actually do it. STOP in lieu of Reject is used with multi-national crews where languages may differ. The word abort is not a Boeing term for training purposes. In...

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by rjsampson
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Electric planes: the state of the art
Replies: 259
Views: 17514

Re: Electric planes: the state of the art

I'm sorry to say this but: An. All-electric. 121 Aircraft. Will. NEVER. happen. Trains? Absolutely. The most efficient form of transportation there is (steel wheels on steel brakes) will certainly be all-electric, and many are already. As for electric cars being close the majority of cars on the fut...

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by rjsampson
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LearJet 35/36 engine upgrade (higher thrust engine)
Replies: 22
Views: 1819

Re: LearJet 35/36 engine upgrade (higher thrust engine)

Oh no, I don't think he's gonna like that thread. I'm apologizing ahead of time. Yeah, he probably won't like that thread at all: https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=774999 Well over 100 responses, and I think I counted over 25 people with direct Learjet 2x/3x experience, none of them p...

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by rjsampson
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LearJet 35/36 engine upgrade (higher thrust engine)
Replies: 22
Views: 1819

Re: LearJet 35/36 engine upgrade (higher thrust engine)

I've got a lot of respect for the thought and design that Bill Lear put into the Learjet. I spent several years in them, including research flying them in thunderstorm penetrations. Having not flown a Learjet, I'm not qualified to comment on much, lest thunderstorm penetration. But oh boy, the comm...

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by rjsampson
Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners
Replies: 74
Views: 9352

Re: Manual flight handling characteristics of airliners

I've brought this up before: So many YouTube videos from the cockpit during takeoff show the PF using 2 hands on the Yoke during rotation. I've never understood this. Makes me wonder if certain aircraft are indeed "heavier" on the controls. Or maybe (as a previous instructor once told me),...

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by rjsampson
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GTF vs. triple spool engines
Replies: 33
Views: 2944

Re: GTF vs. triple spool engines

rjsampson wrote:
Francoflier wrote:
It is still a very elegant design, especially since the technology to make fan gearboxes didn't exist back then.


What about the GTF on the Lycoming ALF 502 engines on the BAe 146? Seems like those came out around the same time as the RB211?

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by rjsampson
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GTF vs. triple spool engines
Replies: 33
Views: 2944

Re: GTF vs. triple spool engines

It is still a very elegant design, especially since the technology to make fan gearboxes didn't exist back then. I thinking asked this on another thread: I fail to understand why the N1 GTF is now considered a “revolutionary’ advance. From turboprops to turnoshafts: Reduction gears from the LPT are...

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by rjsampson
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: GTF vs. triple spool engines
Replies: 33
Views: 2944

Re: GTF vs. triple spool engines

The ALF 502 makes a strong argument that tank engines shouldn’t be used in aviation. Can’t speak for the 146, but they were hand grenades waiting to explode on the CL-600 Was the ALF Gas Generator ever used on a tank? I know there were variants used as turboshafts for Choppers and turboprops, but d...

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by rjsampson
Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United engine startup protocol
Replies: 13
Views: 2907

Re: United engine startup protocol

On a semi-related note RE: startup procedures unique to airlines: Is it just me, or does SW start the engine as soon as the tractor starts pushing? Other airlines seem to wait until they're positioned. The most common route I fly for work in SAN -> ATL and back. At both airports, SW starts as soon ...

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by rjsampson
Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United engine startup protocol
Replies: 13
Views: 2907

Re: United engine startup protocol

On a semi-related note RE: startup procedures unique to airlines: Is it just me, or does SW start the engine as soon as the tractor starts pushing? Other airlines seem to wait until they're positioned.

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