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by rjsampson
Sat Aug 06, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 942
Views: 324989

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

The 737 used to have steel brakes until it also went to carbon. Had a large weight saving. https://www.boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/articles/qtr_03_09/article_05_1.html The 320 has always had carbon brakes from the start. But yes, steel brakes would probably be quicker/easier to manufacture i...

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by rjsampson
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Only 3 to Go: Atlas Air takes one of the last 747's to be build
Replies: 43
Views: 9081

Re: Only 3 to Go: Atlas Air takes one of the last 747's to be build

Wouldn't be surprised if the next AF1 in the late 2050s is a twinjet where they modify the plane to take four engines, sort of like the A330/A340 situation. Wouldn't prohibitively difficult if they wanted to pony up the $$$. Yes, yes, it would be prohibitively difficult and extremely expensive to r...

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by rjsampson
Sat Aug 06, 2022 5:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Case/Niche for 737-MAX10 ?
Replies: 59
Views: 6902

Re: Business Case/Niche for 737-MAX10 ?

Thanks for the thoughtful replies. I suspect that the order from DL for 100 MAX 10's is unique. The aircraft doesn't replace their 757s (of which they will hold onto for quite awhile). Those AC are long paid off and fly both short haul (for capacity?) and long-haul (for performance?) routes. From wh...

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by rjsampson
Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Business Case/Niche for 737-MAX10 ?
Replies: 59
Views: 6902

Business Case/Niche for 737-MAX10 ?

Without a doubt this has been covered, but I can't find it while searching. What exactly is the appeal for the 737-MAX 10? It has the lowest range of the family, while only carrying ~10 more pax than the -9. It's doesn't seem to be a competitor to the A321 NEO (range), and is certainly not a 757 rep...

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by rjsampson
Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 942
Views: 324989

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

Brakes require understanding certain features to know why certain manufacturing tolerances are important. This is actually a significant problem. Carbon Carbon brakes are not trivial. Does China or Russia even have the production capabilities? Lightsaber …and of course they’ll do it anyway. Maybe s...

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by rjsampson
Thu Aug 04, 2022 4:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How Often is 28L/10R at KFLL Actually Used
Replies: 11
Views: 1812

Re: How Often is 28L/10R at KFLL Actually Used

Have a look at the airport on Google Maps/Earth. You can easily determine degrees of runway utilization based on the density of tire marks in the touch-down zones.

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by rjsampson
Wed Aug 03, 2022 10:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What is the most important part of a flight to you?
Replies: 17
Views: 1066

Re: What is the most important part of a flight to you?

My "dream" is to get offered money for not boarding (like it happened recently for a DL flight). Otherwise boarding is my most thrilling moment because there is always a little hope of being op upgraded. DL is wonderful about this! At least 6 times, I accepted $400 to not board. In the la...

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by rjsampson
Wed Aug 03, 2022 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation *News Feed* Thread
Replies: 167
Views: 156270

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation *News Feed* Thread

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/r ... r-AA10h0eI
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Russian pilots have been instructed to use less brakes [though posted in the discussion thread; below News article is not behind a paywall]:

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/travel/news/r ... r-AA10h0eI

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by rjsampson
Sun Jul 31, 2022 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation *News Feed* Thread
Replies: 167
Views: 156270

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation *News Feed* Thread

https://aviationsourcenews.com/news/ukr ... aft-parts/
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Iran agrees to send spare parts to Russia. Presumably they would only be able to so for Airbus aircraft; not sure to what extent they have parts readily available:

https://aviationsourcenews.com/news/ukr ... aft-parts/

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by rjsampson
Sat Jul 30, 2022 7:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no single-engine GA aircraft with contrarotating propellers?
Replies: 40
Views: 2793

Re: Why no single-engine GA aircraft with contrarotating propellers?

If you didn’t have an AMEL, the FAA required an MEL that restricted the holder to centerline thrust only. An AMEL pilot didn’t need a special rating, tho. Curiously, the only other CLT plane I can think of is the T-38. Before I got my AMEL, an instructor thought it would be a good idea to "tra...

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by rjsampson
Sat Jul 30, 2022 12:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no single-engine GA aircraft with contrarotating propellers?
Replies: 40
Views: 2793

Re: Why no single-engine GA aircraft with contrarotating propellers?

On the other hand: While a twin-engine aircraft, the Cessna 336 Bugsmasher (I mean, Skymaster) essentially achieves counteracting torque with contrarotating props and centerline thrust. Rightfully or not, the FAA required a specialized multiengine rating to fly it: https://lotustechnologies.dev/wp-c...

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by rjsampson
Tue Jul 26, 2022 4:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 102
Views: 18160

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

I also agree that I think Boom should go for it. But imo they are doing so to eventually be bought out by Boeing or Airbus. IMO Neither Boeing nor Airbus would touch Boom with a 10-foot pole, buying them out. There just doesn't seem to be anything in it for them; for pretty obvious reasons stated o...

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by rjsampson
Mon Jul 25, 2022 10:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Triple-Simultaneous Landings
Replies: 32
Views: 4212

Re: Triple-Simultaneous Landings

Is ATL the only airport that consistently (ie: always, during busy times -- and frequently when not) does triple concurrent landings?

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by rjsampson
Sun Jul 17, 2022 5:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is SAN using outdoor air stairs to board pax?
Replies: 17
Views: 3841

Re: Is SAN using outdoor air stairs to board pax?

No telling what kind of things WN is doing these days to work thru the mess that is old T1; apparently you stumbled on an example of that. I'm not sure if all the planes you saw lined up were in use or being stored for a few hours of even a day. My guess would be that they are not doing regular dep...

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by rjsampson
Sun Jul 17, 2022 1:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is SAN using outdoor air stairs to board pax?
Replies: 17
Views: 3841

Is SAN using outdoor air stairs to board pax?

I just dropped my friend off at the airport in San Diego. I know they're in the process of creating the new Terminal 1 and on the way back, I was able to see the degree to which construction has progressed. It looked like the entirety of the East part is gone. In its place, I saw aircraft lined up i...

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by rjsampson
Sat Jul 16, 2022 5:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fuel consumption-Climbing versus Cruising
Replies: 7
Views: 1355

Re: Fuel consumption-Climbing versus Cruising

On short hops:

I've heard that an airliner's most efficient flight profile is to just climb to the highest possible altitude, at which a largely idle descent to the destination (taking ATC conditions at the arrival airport into account) may occur.

Is this true?

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by rjsampson
Thu Jul 14, 2022 5:47 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Wordle for airport codes... How many can you guess in a row?
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Re: Wordle for airport codes... How many can you guess in a row?

I've only missed the solution once in about a dozen tries, and that was when I had two guesses to get through SJO/SJC/SJU and just picked the wrong two. I'm getting it in 4-5 guesses most of the time. There's a similar logic to it as Wordle, just the letter frequency is much different from actual w...

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by rjsampson
Mon Jul 11, 2022 5:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Wordle for airport codes... How many can you guess in a row?
Replies: 6
Views: 1075

Wordle for airport codes... How many can you guess in a row?

So I came across this little waste of time called "airportle." It's like Wordle (if you're not familiar, look it up. It's simple), but instead of 5 letters, the input is only 3 for IATA identifiers. It's kinda fun! Check it out and, I'm really curious: Post your winning streak before losin...

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by rjsampson
Thu Jul 07, 2022 5:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 777 - ahead of its time?
Replies: 17
Views: 2219

Re: 777 - ahead of its time?

For me, the phrase "ahead of its time" is usually code for "product wasn't good enough". If you really dig into it, there was never really a product "ahead of its time", but there are lots and lots products with innovative ideas but poorly executed. It’s oft-repeated (...

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by rjsampson
Thu Jul 07, 2022 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation *News Feed* Thread
Replies: 167
Views: 156270

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation *News Feed* Thread

Looks like a Motor Sich A-12 (UR-11316) had some mechanical issues trying to land in Uzhgorod after a flight from Istanbul. Not good to lose a good cargo bird these days in Ukraine. Not good at all, particularly transporting military hardware. Preliminary incident report: https://aviation-safety.ne...

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by rjsampson
Thu Jul 07, 2022 12:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future? Bigger jets?
Replies: 18
Views: 3379

Re: The future? Bigger jets?

I can only surmise that Rolls-Royce seems to think that (very) large aircraft will have a market. They've started ground testing their gargantuan UltraFan, and the figures are mind-boggling. Compared to the next largest engine, the GE9x: GE9x fan Diameter: 136"... UltraFan Diameter: 140" G...

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by rjsampson
Tue Jun 28, 2022 3:30 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A German A400 doing touch and goes at SAN today??
Replies: 24
Views: 2118

Re: A German A400 doing touch and goes at SAN today??

Adsbexchange history shows that it came from Hickam AFB/Honolulu and had also flown via San Diego on the outbound flight. Went around once at SAN, so not exactly touch and goes. Are there any German naval vessels in Hawaii now to be resupplied? Yeah, as soon as I posted, I realized it was a go-arou...

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by rjsampson
Tue Jun 28, 2022 2:21 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: A German A400 doing touch and goes at SAN today??
Replies: 24
Views: 2118

A German A400 doing touch and goes at SAN today??

Im right by the approach path into San Diego and was like: “Is that… is that like an A400??? Sure enough, it is! https://lotustechnologies.dev/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/B210F6BE-B81B-4F81-97FF-46671C2FF18F.jpeg Looks to be doing touch and goes?? Anyone have insight into this very unusual sight?

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by rjsampson
Tue Jun 21, 2022 8:20 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Underrated and overrated airliners?
Replies: 51
Views: 7891

Re: Underrated and overrated airliners?

4) 757: It isn't the rocket ship that everybody here claims, but it's a nice ride, and distinctly different from other narrowbodies. It does give a sense of occasion wherever it goes. It's overrated, but not disappointing. The 757 most certainly is, or can be, the rocket ship that people claim. Pre...

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by rjsampson
Sun Jun 19, 2022 8:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 1279
Views: 253262

Has DL pretty much down-gauged its TA routes?

Apologies if this has been asked before. My only data points are the flights coming into my home airport, SAN. Previously, I had seen mostly A330s and 767-400's on approach from ATL and JFK. Since then, I haven't seen a single DL widebody. Any thoughts on this, and why? Particularly with all of thes...

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by rjsampson
Thu Jun 09, 2022 5:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?
Replies: 15
Views: 1980

Re: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?

Yes, you can send your car by air internationally Curious to know if this is an option in the contiguous United States On 121 passenger US airlines, it's not an option. I contacted the cargo departments for Delta, United, and American Airlines this morning to inquire. Each said they do not offer th...

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by rjsampson
Thu Jun 02, 2022 7:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?
Replies: 15
Views: 1980

Re: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?

Are there still options for flying with your car in the US ? Could you buy a seat on a widebody that’s transporting your vehicle between cities ? I’m sure it’s possible, expensive but possible It would appear that, for the right price: Lufthansa may well offer such a service. https://lotustechnolog...

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by rjsampson
Wed Jun 01, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?
Replies: 15
Views: 1980

Re: Historical Question: Experiences or thoughts on Flying with a Car?

Fascinating stuff! I had to look it up myself. While I doubt you'll get many people responding to your post with memories, going down the rabbit hole yielded this wonderful Silver City Airways advert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kstdaFg0drc I also found this video on the ATR Carvair (which is lo...

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by rjsampson
Wed Jun 01, 2022 8:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?
Replies: 21
Views: 3843

Re: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?

One of the worst plane crashes in United States history happened on approach to SAN, and ATC played a role. It was a mid-air collision. ….and soon after a TCA (now Class B) was established at SAN. Prior to this there was only a more loosely controlled TRSA at SAN I believe. That really wouldn't hav...

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by rjsampson
Wed May 25, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?
Replies: 21
Views: 3843

Re: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?

OP has zero concept of ATC based on the entire premise of this post :checkmark: , maybe the responses will enlighten the OP! :checkmark: Indeed, I am humbled and more enlightened. Thank you, and I appreciate the candid answers from all. Silly of me not to take all of the aforementioned into account...

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by rjsampson
Wed May 25, 2022 5:01 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?
Replies: 21
Views: 3843

Easiest ATC [Bravo] job there is: KSAN/SAN?

I gotta work this question in quickly! I'm hoping that someone with ATC can weigh in. There's a tired joke: "The easiest job in the world is to be a weatherman in San Diego." What about being a controller in San Diego? One runway. Non-precision approach on RWY 27 (RNAV or LOC). For the 8th...

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by rjsampson
Wed May 04, 2022 8:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Languishing predator that once conquered the fourholers' empire - the future of Boeing 777
Replies: 9
Views: 4081

Re: Languishing predator that once conquered the fourholers' empire - the future of Boeing 777

Yeah that was a massive post! But let's at least acknowledge the effort Mario put into it. I skimmed it quickly for something to which we could respond which is: Regardless of the overall course of the events in 777X's development and the long delay of its introduction in the regular service, the qu...

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by rjsampson
Wed May 04, 2022 8:08 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Passengers Only: Best Cockpit Visit Or Aircraft Tour Story!
Replies: 14
Views: 1070

Re: Passengers Only: Best Cockpit Visit Or Aircraft Tour Story!

1998: Lufthansa A340-300. One of the greatest memories of my life! I was 16 and in flight school. I was departing ATL for FRA, to spend 3 weeks backpacking through Europe. On boarding, I was able to sneak a look into the cockpit and say "hi". During the flight, I had been talking it up wit...

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by rjsampson
Tue Apr 19, 2022 12:30 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Large Cities with the most leakage from local airport
Replies: 36
Views: 2756

Re: Large Cities with the most leakage from local airport

I don't think PHL has all that much leakage. SAN does, though some of that is to TIJ and SNA, not just LAX. I don't think SAN has much leakage, outside of international flights. SAN has domestic flights pretty well covered, especially with the high WN presence (and solid DL and UA). San Diego would...

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by rjsampson
Mon Apr 18, 2022 11:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft
Replies: 26
Views: 3821

Re: Throttle levers on 4+ engined aircraft

Then technically it is thrust in a diesel car. Well, no. Cars do not produce thrust. I never did understand where/when/why the distinction between "thrust lever" and "throttle" came about. The term "throttle" refers to restricting flow of a fluid through a pipe by mean...

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by rjsampson
Thu Mar 31, 2022 5:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 942
Views: 324989

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

Aviation Sources in Russia report that Rosaviatsia fell victim to a hacker attack started on last Saturday (Mar 26th 2022), which wiped out their entire database and files consisting of 65 Terabytes of data including e-mail of 1.5 years, documents, aircraft registration data. ... Rosaviatsia blames...

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by rjsampson
Sat Mar 26, 2022 8:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 942
Views: 324989

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

There might be exotic workarounds and custom build parts needed to keep them flying. But finally this will become a logistics nightmare, very expensive and nothing to do commercial services with. This would not match Russia's high aviation standards. You hit the nail on the head, noshow. Should eve...

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by rjsampson
Sat Mar 19, 2022 7:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 942
Views: 324989

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

This will continue to be a quagmire.. I hypothetically disagree. While my opinion is slightly outside of aviation: I don't see the conflict of being an ongoing quagmire. Something (frankly many things that we cannot predict) will occur. From an aviation standpoint: 100 Switchblade 300 "suicide...

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by rjsampson
Thu Mar 17, 2022 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For all the A&Ps reading the following: We really need your help
Replies: 5
Views: 2049

Re: For all the A&Ps reading the following: We really need your help

Yeah I can’t imagine. My contact there started volunteering there 25 years ago (and he’s not a machinist). There were 200 volunteers then. Now there are 15. I can’t imagine what it has been like, gradually losing over 150+ friends over that time, for him. That’s why the airliner.net community could ...

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by rjsampson
Thu Mar 17, 2022 9:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For all the A&Ps reading the following: We really need your help
Replies: 5
Views: 2049

Re: For all the A&Ps reading the following: We really need your help

flybaurlax wrote:
Are you on facebook? I would suggest reaching out to Flights Above the Pacific Southwest Facebook group. You might get some traction there as well.


Thanks, I just sent a request to join!

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by rjsampson
Thu Mar 17, 2022 7:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 942
Views: 324989

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

I do wonder two questions, and maybe some pilots can chime in on this: 1) How long can a given A320 fly before needing spare parts outside of MEL? 2) Once Russia runs out: I could easily see directives from Putin's government to Aeroflot to continue flying (unless it's a major part missing). I'm sur...

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by rjsampson
Wed Mar 16, 2022 10:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 942
Views: 324989

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

Some of these sanctions will put Russian Airline safety in jeopardy, and that I can't support...Yes, I understand the fundamentals of the sanctions. I do. But I just can't wrap my mind around putting any civilians safety at jeopardy. I understand how you feel, but you can't blame the sanctions, as ...

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by rjsampson
Wed Mar 16, 2022 7:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If anyone knows A&Ps, we need your help.
Replies: 5
Views: 2766

Re: If anyone knows A&Ps, we need your help.

Flflyer83 wrote:

Have you reached out to the A&P unions at the airlines for assistance in reaching their members?


That's an excellent idea. I sent you a PM about this.

Still working on some pictures for everyone. They're gonna be awesome!

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by rjsampson
Wed Mar 16, 2022 6:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If anyone knows A&Ps, we need your help.
Replies: 5
Views: 2766

Re: If anyone knows A&Ps, we need your help.

I'm to far away to help with this in the flesh, but any chance you could provide some pictures? Could help point stuff out that way. Absolutely! I'll head there tomorrow and take some. In the meantime: The Smithsonian Air and Space museum happily turns over any plans or blueprints to us upon reques...

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by rjsampson
Tue Mar 15, 2022 7:48 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If anyone knows A&Ps, we need your help.
Replies: 5
Views: 2766

If anyone knows A&Ps, we need your help.

A&Ps: here's the deal. The San Diego Air and Space Museum is more than that. There's a basement. Full of tools, and tooling, spare engines, we even have a "catacombs" of stuff. And the (frankly) dying volunteers had the technical knowhow to recreate, from scratch, an airworthy Ryan NYP...

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by rjsampson
Tue Mar 15, 2022 7:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: For all the A&Ps reading the following: We really need your help
Replies: 5
Views: 2049

For all the A&Ps reading the following: We really need your help

A&Ps: here's the deal. The San Diego Air and Space Museum is more than that. There's a basement. Full of tools, and tooling, spare engines, we even have a "catacombs" of stuff. And the [frankly] dying volunteers had the technical knowhow to recreate, from scratch, an airworthy Ryan NYP...

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by rjsampson
Sun Mar 13, 2022 4:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread
Replies: 942
Views: 324989

Re: Russian Invasion of Ukraine - Civil Aviation Related *Discussion* Thread

lightsaber wrote:
Russia cannot meet their near term widebody or large narrowbody demand off domestic production. Only the Russified SU100 seems to be available soon.


I don't see that aircraft lasting long, given that the hot section of its SaM-146 engines are manufactured by SAFRAN.

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by rjsampson
Thu Mar 10, 2022 4:13 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Status of N757AF (Trump's aircraft), as he's asking supporters to buy him a new plane
Replies: 3
Views: 1615

Status of N757AF (Trump's aircraft), as he's asking supporters to buy him a new plane

Keeping the politics aside, as many of you know: Trump was in an aircraft (mistakenly identified as his 757 N757AF - it was actually a Falcon 900) that made and emergency landing after an engine failure. Now he's asking supporters to but him an new plane. As for his 757, Simply Flying has stated: In...

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by rjsampson
Wed Mar 09, 2022 9:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Approach lights
Replies: 24
Views: 5114

Re: Approach lights

Occasionally but rarely, you'll also see approach lighting on non-precision approaches as well (see: RWY 27 at SAN). It's listed as having a MALS approach light installation, without the "running rabbit" flashers (MALSF). It also has ASALF-style red lights leading up to the white touchdown...

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