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by Dalmd88
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

Airlines do not want to cut the workforce. When the demand comes back it would mean recalls and the inevitable new hires for those that don't come back. For skilled areas that is a large burden for just a few months (hopefully). When Delta layed off AMT's back in 2004-2005, most did not come back. ...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

It appears Payroll extension is on the way https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-airlines-exclu/republican-senators-back-extending-25-billion-payroll-aid-for-u-s-airlines-shares-jump-idUSKCN2512QE The question is, will the airlines take it? They don't need all of these employees...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What aircraft's parts does Boeing still manufacture?
Replies: 4
Views: 1044

Re: What aircraft's parts does Boeing still manufacture?

Boeing still stocks the parts for all the planes you listed. Not everything is 'in stock', but they will sell you a belly skin for a 727 I would still bet.The lead time might be 6-8 months. Boeing might not actually make it. They might have always been contract parts. You would be surprised how much...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A380s being painted white before being scrapped
Replies: 4
Views: 901

Re: A380s being painted white before being scrapped

For a trip to the scrapper the plane is not getting repainted. If the logo is a painted on logo it is many times just painted over. I've seen it done by paint roller on the ramp. Many airlines do not like seeing their logo featured in scrapyards. Now for a lease return it may be a condition of lease...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

It isn't a matter of denying the claim (although most of the airlines agreed to not contest any of them). It is that when they are recalled they don't show up and then you have to go back through the recall process again with another employee - it just rolls the target down the calendar. Recall sho...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a

So, now that the dust is starting to settle on the employees taking the retirement packages. It looks like approximately 500 above/below wing employees in MSP have taken the package. Looking like a little over 1000 above/below wing employees have taken it in ATL, add to that over 30 OSM (front line...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B752 Engine Options?
Replies: 9
Views: 1568

Re: B752 Engine Options?

From the history side of the equation the Pratt was cheaper new. It did have a few more teething problems though. Rumor has it Rolls approached Delta after we had about ten 757 delivered and were already doing pylon mods on the Pratts. We will pay to re-engine your ten planes if you switch all new d...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

Big week for a lot of 752's (16) returning from storage and being put into service for August. Its apparent, particularly with the middle seat blocking, they want the extra seats on the larger narrowbody aircraft. It will be interesting to see to what extent additional aircraft are removed from sto...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jul 31, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

I saw the new smaller Delta first hand today. I work in IT. We had 530 people put in for the package. We had a conference call for our group this morning to say goodbye to those who chose to leave. One of the harder things I've done in my 33 years at DL. We've had almost entire groups of department...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engineer examining engine on landing
Replies: 24
Views: 3146

Re: Engineer examining engine on landing

When I worked for a US 121 carrier, there was a "through flight" inspection required at the end of every flight. Generally, before we left the aircraft an MX engineer stuck his/her head in the cockpit to make sure the aircraft was fine. When I worked for SQ and for QR, a ground engineer m...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.
Replies: 25
Views: 1500

Re: College Graduate looking for my future in Aerospace/ Aviation but in a dilemma? Pursing the American Dream.

If I was in your shoes I would stay away from being a pilot. Your age is working against you on this part of aviation. You would spend a bunch of money and take a long time getting your certs. Then likely you will spend a good portion of your career gaining the hours at very low wages to get a 'good...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engineer examining engine on landing
Replies: 24
Views: 3146

Re: Engineer examining engine on landing

When I worked in Line mtc we did thru flight inspections pretty regularly. They were not required by our mtc plan but we did them when ever we were not busy with another issue. The logic was, I would rather do a walk around and find something before it was a callout by the crew. Usually if they call...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jul 26, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Electrical System Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1165

Re: 737 Electrical System Questions

It's been while since I did airframe work, but this rang a little bell in my memory. If TR2 or TR3 fail there is no light in flight, but doesn't the TRU Fail light on the ground for a failure of any of the three units. Don't bother the pilots in flight of the single 2 or 3 failure, but indicate the...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Jul 25, 2020 2:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 Electrical System Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 1165

Re: 737 Electrical System Questions

DanielBednar wrote: 4) Regrading the TR UNIT light: why does this light illuminate (in-flight) if TR 1 or TR 2 & TR 3 fail? Why not just have the light illuminate (in-flight) if any of them fail? Why is that specific arrangement required for the illumination of that light? TR3 picks up when TR2 ...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA EAD - CFM-56-7 and -3
Replies: 13
Views: 3984

Re: FAA EAD - B737 NG Engine Failure

I've heard this has been found by numerous operators that stored these planes for the pandemic. This system has been problematic since day one on the NG. The failure rate on the entire engine bleed system has had many upgrades. When I worked line mtc we were told only do the scheduled check on one a...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Emergency oxygen cylinders European airlines
Replies: 14
Views: 2639

Re: Emergency oxygen cylinders European airlines

At Delta for most of the larger line stations we had a bottle filling station. I had to be trained to fill the bottles. Just a short 45 min computer course. We could fill the flight deck crew bottle or the walk arounds for the cabin. The big supply bottles were source locally and we never had to shi...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

so how was the fleet before the pandemic and how its going to be after this retirements ? B752: YE2019: 111 Current: 37 in-service, 74 in temp storage Projection: No official announcement of any pending decisions. Its possible there could be some early retirements or rationalization of subfleets. T...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2020
Replies: 162
Views: 30008

Re: Delta Aircraft Refurbishment Thread - 2020

All heavy checks for the MD88/90 were outsourced since 2004 I believe. QRO was the primary location. No heavy checks were done at MSP since the NW merger. There could have been some C checks done at MSP. Those are a very light check for the Mad Dogs. Usually only a day or two visit. SLC never did an...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 46
Views: 4958

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

The air exchange rate in even the worst aircraft is about 10 times better than most public buildings. Air flows in a cellular profile through the cabin. Air enters the cabin from the middle of the ceiling and the gasper vents above the seats and flow directly down to return air vents at the bottom ...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)
Replies: 46
Views: 4958

Re: Cabin Air Recirculation Filters against Covid-19? (ATA 21)

The air exchange rate in even the worst aircraft is about 10 times better than most public buildings. Air flows in a cellular profile through the cabin. Air enters the cabin from the middle of the ceiling and the gasper vents above the seats and flow directly down to return air vents at the bottom o...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jul 16, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

I would also like to hear a clearer plan/timeline for insourcing work. There's been bits and pieces, but nothing comprehensive. I'm not expecting anything with any specificity until early August after all the retirements are finalized then a week or two to put things together, but from the way they...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

DL announced the closing of three line mtc stations this week. All are relatively small with less than 20 AMT each, BDL, CHS, and SAV. No firm date announced, just by the end of the year. They made the announcement before the retirement/early departure window closes which was a nice move. BDL is the...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020
Replies: 304
Views: 23428

Re: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020

Another advantage of keeping the BHM planes in storage is the relative closeness to ATL. Mtc crews from ATL Line can go over regularly to perform the required storage mtc tasks. I think MCI still has a DL mtc crew but I bet it is very small.

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When do aircraft engine RTS?
Replies: 7
Views: 1597

Re: When do aircraft engine RTS?

It could also be a 'green time' engine. That is an engine that has been in service on an airplane and removed with life left before overhaul. Their RTS request may be just do what is required to prepare the engine for a new install. We would call it a Zero Time check in my airline. Suspect it would ...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PTU in Airbus?
Replies: 11
Views: 1475

Re: PTU in Airbus?

- A340: I can't find any diagrams or other info, but given it is basically the same aircraft as the A330 I would guess the architecture is similar but with more pumps since it has more engines. Yes, the general layout is basically the same, but with the same amount of pumps. Eng 1 and Eng 4 drive t...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When do aircraft engine RTS?
Replies: 7
Views: 1597

Re: When do aircraft engine RTS?

What kind of MRO? An engine shop that does a engine shop visit? That usually means an engine run in a test cell. The serviceability tag usually follows a successful test. Or if no test cell run is required when they finish building the motor back up and the paperwork is cleared. It might have a cond...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Moses Lake - Stored 737-8MAX Nosewheel - secured to concrete blocks
Replies: 7
Views: 2677

Re: Moses Lake - Stored 737-8MAX Nosewheel - secured to concrete blocks

I don't think the tires are taped. I think it's just cover placed over the tire to protect it from UV light.

As for why the blocks, It is pretty windy in Moses Lake. Boeing uses that airport of all the extreme cross wind landing test.

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About Transformer Rectifier Units (28 V DC)
Replies: 4
Views: 1155

Re: About Transformer Rectifier Units (28 V DC)

The new VFSG really are not that new. The MD90 used this 'wild' system from the start. I never played with them much when I was in the hangar or line mtc. I do recall the system had some big teething problems when the plane was first introduced. I think this system was the most problematic of the MD...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

I think the retirement rate for Tech Ops will be high. There are a lot of mechanics that are in the window that this package is aimed at. Over 60 just needing a push to go. For many medical was a hold up. The employee was eligible for Medicare but not the spouse whom is dependent on the employee for...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 in El Paso
Replies: 41
Views: 10135

Re: Delta A350 in El Paso

What is do odd about widebodies at “place like ELP”? What is it with El Paso? Is it that “odd”? 5th safest large city in the US this year, 300 days of sun......hmmm, I wonder where you live.... El Paso has has widebody service as estoy as 1973 and up to la late 80’s early 90’s. AA with 762s, and bo...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta A350 in El Paso
Replies: 41
Views: 10135

Re: Delta A350 in El Paso

A couple of questions come to mind: Why does the US Dept of Defense use Delta, a private company, to transport government employees? Don't the Feds have contracts with charter or other operators to fly troops? Are there particular advantages to using the A350 for these routes? Delta offers charters...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

From DL you can probably see them looking at options to get out of leases on almost any aircraft in it's fleet, new or old first to save costs. As for those older aircraft or semi sub fleets you have the following that all or none could be considered. Older 320-200 757-200 767-300ER Small Sub fleet...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What would it take to revive an aircraft stored at a museum?
Replies: 19
Views: 3024

Re: What would it take to revive an aircraft stored at a museum?

Simple answer is a major overhaul check. In the case of the Spirit of Delta, It would be likely the most expensive 767 HMV ever. Both engines would need to be replaced with serviceable engines. Pretty much every rotable component would need to be replaced with a serviceable component. Every avionics...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

Can you elaborate? If it came out of storage / maintenance in QRO how does flying it to Canada impact tariffs? Not questioning just curious. There are so many crazy things you have to do and work arounds It has to do with delivery tariffs on non US built aircraft enacted by the US Government last y...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jun 14, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020
Replies: 304
Views: 23428

Re: Why have DL's A320-200s not been retired?

For the CFM build engines I believe every aircraft is delivered with one US built and one European built engine. I think that is true for both Boeing and Airbus. As for them truly being a US or European engine, they are all the same. Parts for every engine come from all over the world. It really doe...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020
Replies: 304
Views: 23428

Re: Why have DL's A320-200s not been retired?

Delta already overhauls the CFM56s https://www.deltatechops.com/services/engine-maintenance/ True, but not the LEAP. the big block to this happening is not the overhaul work but the repair work. CFM (GE) is more than happy to let Delta disassemble and assemble the new LEAP engine. They just don't w...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?
Replies: 108
Views: 11603

Re: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?

In the 80s or 90s, was the "neighborhood problem" at FTY any worse than DET or MDW? (I'm not asking to argue - I genuinely don't know.) Not really was is true then or now. It is a perception problem more than reality. I would see that as a road block to get people to start using FTY back ...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

The lights at the top of the sidewalls and the 'windows' you are referencing have always been there. This can't be true, just looking at the photo earlier in the thread that I posted that shows the aft galley. Have a look adjacent to the windows -- it's just a solid panel there. They are present in...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

This is the shared heavy maintenance facility with Aeromexico. Both M90's are taped up on the side of the tramp. Have not heard what they're going to do with them. At this moment, with 1 MD-88 and 3 MD-90s still waiting to be moved into the Historic column in the planespotters.net database, DL's av...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?
Replies: 108
Views: 11603

Re: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?

Add this word to the mix: Southwest. They also oppose a second Atlanta airport. Governor Kemp, on the other hand... (and he isn’t on good terms with Delta, either) Some Southwest History. Back in 1993 WN reached a letter of agreement with FTY Brown field to build a 4 gate terminal to start service ...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?
Replies: 108
Views: 11603

Re: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?

If the goal is to just provide closer access to populations in the northern suburbs, that's fine - but really small potatoes. We'd be talking something like PAE to SEA. Close to 4M resident in the MPO live on the northside of Atlanta, including Forsyth, Cherokee, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, Dawson, and...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

I love this photo.It was likely taken in Bay 1 in TOC1. I recognize one of the tote trays full of tools as a former crew mate. We gave him the nickname 'Flash'. A real nice older guy on a second career. He did good work , but not the quickest.

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jun 04, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: DL retiring MD-80/90s quickly

From everything I remember reading about AA's final MD-80 flight, it sounded like it was a party-like atmosphere onboard so I think you should cut them some slack for getting excited and having some fun. Sure, when I look back my younger days there's probably some instances where I maybe didn't act...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jun 04, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?
Replies: 108
Views: 11603

Re: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?

So lets do the round up of the possible locations and the back story Fulton Co Airport, "Charlie Brown". West side of downtown just outside of I285 along !20, Marta (mass transit) could easily be extended to it. Downsides, it's small and land locked. River, I20, large hill near by. It has ...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

A few questions on the MD88 fleet.... - Why were 901, 902, 903 removed in 2007 / 2008? Were they thinking about removing more then? - Was any of the fleet ever put into storage (e.g., post-9/11 or 2008/2009 global recession)? - How many interior refresh or replacements did they get over their lifec...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1133
Views: 250109

Re: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly

At this moment, with 1 MD-88 and 3 MD-90s still waiting to be moved into the Historic column in the planespotters.net database, DL's avg fleet age is 14.6 years. There's still a lot of old aircraft (A320s at 24.8 years, the oldest of subfleets now), and with 844 remaining active aircraft it takes a...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the MD-80
Replies: 39
Views: 5764

Re: Future of the MD-80

Hence why the start of my post said look at the 727 fleet. But it depends on how many opperate. 727 and DC-9 engine overhaul continued until at least 2015. The JT-8D overhauls stopped not much later. The issue is the MD-80 retirement shut down the engine overhaul market. Other parts with life we ca...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maintaining a bare metal / polished aluminum finish
Replies: 10
Views: 1902

Re: Maintaining a bare metal / polished aluminum finish

A long time ago I worked an ANG contract for Metros. The wings on these were bare and every six months per the contract we had to buff the wings. We had a twin handheld orbital buffer, driven by compressed air. Very similar to the electric ones car detailers use on paint. We used Meguiar's Mirror Gl...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier
Replies: 1944
Views: 337424

Re: Delta plans to emerge a "smaller" carrier

At any airline with multiple fleet types but especially so with those that have many, moving pilots backwards in positions is limited by their training capacity. Only so many simulator events can be done in a month. There are only so many instructors. There are only so many check airmen. Some of bo...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Future of the MD-80
Replies: 39
Views: 5764

Re: Future of the MD-80

Aero Thrust in MIA still has an active JT8D shop for the MD80 series engines. They were providing DL with power by the hour lease engines after DL shut their own shop. It was two years ago BTW, almost to the day. Last overhaul was 5/23/2018. The shop has still been in hospital mode with a few guys t...

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