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by Dalmd88
Wed Jan 25, 2023 11:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Fleet - 2023
Replies: 282
Views: 58160

Re: Delta Air Lines Fleet - 2023

Delta used to be proud of it's ATL jet Overhaul base. I used to admire the infrastructure and aircraft being serviced waiting to take off. I believe there is a paint hanger at the east end of the complex. Odd that DL planes are sent to Podunk airports to be painted on the cheap. Paint had to be mos...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jan 20, 2023 9:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Insulation blankets
Replies: 8
Views: 1472

Re: Insulation blankets

We stored most of our removed insulation blankets in a big blue dumpster. When it was time to reinstall them we ordered new ones. Yes they can be reused but most of our belly insulation was very nasty and it just wasn't worth the time to try and clean it an re install it. If we were going to reuse i...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jan 20, 2023 9:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Exercises Options for 12 Additional A220-300's
Replies: 110
Views: 18610

Re: Delta Exercises Options for 12 Additional A220-300's

It certainly is different than adding more NG’s. It has a completely different engine to start. Irrelevant, DL will be the MRO for it's own LEAP engines. Again, streamlined. Isn't adding a different type of engine to be maintained basically the opposite of streamlining? I don't understand how anyon...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jan 06, 2023 6:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: US pilot moving to the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 1993

Re: US pilot moving to the UK

jetwet1 wrote:
Outsider question.

How senior does LHR bid for the US3 ?

I don't think LHR is a base for any US3 airline. I don't think any of the US3 have pilot bases out of the US.

For routes through LHR they could be from just about any US base for the aircraft on the route.

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by Dalmd88
Fri Dec 30, 2022 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: United 737 question
Replies: 28
Views: 3724

Re: United 737 question

Velocirapture wrote:
LAXintl wrote:
...However, the fleet does get rotated out. There was a swap of tails about a year ago with replacement frames from the CONUS.


That's correct. IIRC, the aircraft are swapped about every 18-24 months.

That would coincide with a heavy C type of check I would think.

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by Dalmd88
Fri Dec 30, 2022 10:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 2098
Views: 481409

Re: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022

It’s supposedly a 2 year ramp up to 80, so 72 for 2023 and 80 for 2024. Thanks for sharing this detail. Quite the protracted ramp-up indeed. If memory serves me correctly, DL’s third party MRO were previously able to on-board 40+ 717s in 2014, which included more extensive work than these reactivat...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Dec 17, 2022 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Wolf’s Fang Runway in Antarctica
Replies: 23
Views: 5520

Re: Wolf’s Fang Runway in Antarctica

Single day trip is only $14,500. The 5 -8 day on to the south pole is $98,000 to $104,000.

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by Dalmd88
Sat Dec 17, 2022 5:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates discovers wing cracks on some A380s
Replies: 38
Views: 8956

Re: Emirates discovers wing cracks on some A380s

I hope that other operators of the A380 are being made aware of the issue and potential need for inspection/repairs. I’m scheduled to fly on the QR A380 in six weeks so watching with interest! Yes, I’m sure they will all read this thread. They should all have received the same Airworthiness Directi...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Dec 14, 2022 1:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Sand Bag Use
Replies: 19
Views: 3169

Re: Sand Bag Use

MD88 used to use sandbags for light loads. Yes they were bags filled with sand in the fwd hold. We also had to use them for every test flight out of a HMV check. I think they just stay at a station when they are not needed anymore. Every station likely has a pallet of them sitting waiting. I know we...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Dec 12, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Was about to board; then a delay was announced due to a lightning strike
Replies: 7
Views: 1944

Re: Was about to board; then a delay was announced due to a lightning strike

Finding the strikes can be a little tough sometimes. They can go undetected for days since they can be very small burn marks or can be a missing static wick way up on the tail. You kind of have to know how many are mounted on there to know if one is missing. The ones I've found usually are the voice...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Dec 07, 2022 11:09 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: USAF VC-25B News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 336
Views: 4239

Re: AF-1 construction question

Those two airplanes will be pretty well gutted in the conversion I would think. All of the avionics will be changed out to what ever the military wants. They are likely only reusing the shell of those aircraft.

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by Dalmd88
Wed Dec 07, 2022 11:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Last time the largest aircraft in production was a twin?
Replies: 49
Views: 5129

Re: Last time the largest aircraft in production was a twin?

The new B-21 might be the largest in production quad now. It's hard to tell if it's a quad, but the B-2 was so, I'm guessing the B-21 also is. For the original question I would think for commercial, last time a land based largest plane was a twin, it might be the DC 3. The JU-52 was also a pre WWII ...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Dec 06, 2022 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 2447
Views: 505743

Re: Delta Network Thread - 2022

Rumor has it LAX-AKL was announced at a company event. If true this would be a major announcement. AKL? I’m just curious but since they’d likely have little feed on the AKL end due to a lack of partner in that region, is there like an explosion of tourism or business in NZ? Because that’s the only ...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Dec 01, 2022 9:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Introduced First Of 33 Recently Purchased Used Boeing 737s
Replies: 69
Views: 21810

Re: Delta Introduced First Of 33 Recently Purchased Used Boeing 737s

Delta has bought a lot of airplanes over the years from other operators. Before the ones mentioned there were also Ex Eastern 727 and L-1011 in the fleet. I also recall there were a few 767 and 737 Classics that were second operator airframes.

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by Dalmd88
Thu Nov 24, 2022 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: BUF-BOS on DL A321 & Related Questions
Replies: 9
Views: 2942

Re: BUF-BOS on DL A321 & Related Questions

It might also be they just are out of space to keep the plane on the ramp in BOS for another overnight. A station like that can only accommodate maybe 15 mainline overnights. That's with every gate full and a bunch of remote parks. There are just so many remote parks to go around all the airlines. A...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Nov 20, 2022 2:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ETOPS certification of passenger-to-freighter converted aircraft
Replies: 21
Views: 2798

Re: ETOPS certification of passenger-to-freighter converted aircraft

ETOPS is a costly status to maintain if you don't really need it. There is a lot of training and record keeping. Many of the aircraft's components require specific maintenance, which is an added cost. These components are in just about every system that would cause a plane to divert. Yes that inclu...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Nov 19, 2022 4:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ETOPS certification of passenger-to-freighter converted aircraft
Replies: 21
Views: 2798

Re: ETOPS certification of passenger-to-freighter converted aircraft

ETOPS is a costly status to maintain if you don't really need it. There is a lot of training and record keeping. Many of the aircraft's components require specific maintenance, which is an added cost. These components are in just about every system that would cause a plane to divert. Yes that includ...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Nov 18, 2022 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Help needed with this scrapped MD 83 Wing
Replies: 3
Views: 2003

Re: Help needed with this scrapped MD 83 Wing

Even with out seeing the pic I can say they are the fuel tubes for fueling, defueling and transferring fuel between the wing tanks and the center tank. The plane has one central fuel panel on the right wing so all the fuel goes into that manifold system you are looking at. From there it moves to the...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Nov 17, 2022 4:21 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Images of the former Chanute AFB on Google Maps
Replies: 1
Views: 939

Re: Iages of the former Chanute AFB on Google Maps

Looks to be the remains of the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum. Most of the planes in the image were transferred to other facilities around 2017 per wiki. Some were scrapped in place.

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by Dalmd88
Wed Nov 16, 2022 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 2098
Views: 481409

Re: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022

Was able to find a picture of 3951/ N951DX. Looks like she’s got the standard winglets, and the mid exit doors. https://www.planepictures.net/a/168/55/1658205006.jpg Looks like the mid exit doors are plugged The doors are not plugged, they are deactivated. If they were plugged they would have a ful...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Nov 08, 2022 1:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Non-Operational Reasons That Seats Might Be Held Back From Sale (United Express)
Replies: 20
Views: 2944

Re: Non-Operational Reasons That Seats Might Be Held Back From Sale (United Express)

It could also be a cargo contract. They may have a standing order for cargo that would weight limit the plane. It usually only happens on mainline flights but it can happen on a regional also.

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by Dalmd88
Mon Nov 07, 2022 1:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cycle and hour limits on pax and freighter a/c
Replies: 10
Views: 2330

Re: Cycle and hour limits on pax and freighter a/c

Not many airframes reach the cycle limits before they are removed from service. Usually the cost of the next Heavy Mtc Check is the factor of retirement. The aircraft could be even two majors away from the cycle limits but the projected costs of the next check can be higher than the operator finds e...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Oct 13, 2022 8:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Airbus RAMS
Replies: 8
Views: 2663

Re: Airbus RAMS

The Airbus repair kits can be purchased by an airline or MRO, not just for use by Airbus Tech Services. I recall one of our A320 had a tail jack slip up through the fuselage and we used a repair kit to fix it. With Boeing you are either calling them to do it, or coming up with the repair through you...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Oct 13, 2022 8:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pulling jetways back from RON aircraft.
Replies: 16
Views: 3339

Re: Pulling jetways back from RON aircraft.

I had a good laugh when we were informed that all portable stairs must be removed six feet from the aircraft, for security reasons, if it was unattended on our ramp. I guess terrorists can only push them five feet. I don't see the logic of the jetways. They are SIDA badge controlled at the terminal ...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Oct 09, 2022 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Delta Looking To Acquire Airbus A350-1000
Replies: 171
Views: 51049

Re: Rumor: Delta Looking To Acquire Airbus A350-1000

The A350-1000 is another engine type, XWB-97. Yes, it's a close cousin to the XWB-84 that is on the -900, but it's another type. I'm not sure of the differences, but it does have it's own engine manual. I would suspect there are quite a few differences that dictate it's own manual. Many of the exter...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Oct 06, 2022 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Upstate New York Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 356
Views: 59677

Re: Upstate New York Aviation Thread - 2022

Maybe DL is trying to up their game in BOS but doesn’t have the space in BOS to RON or doesn’t want to pay to RON in BOS so they’re keeping the plane close by in ROC while also creating a new connection. I'm willing to bet this is likely it. The timing of the ROC departure is odd (although it would...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Oct 04, 2022 9:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 2447
Views: 505743

Re: Delta Network Thread - 2022

Less exciting but BOS-ROC on the 319. https://www.aeroroutes.com/eng/221003-dlnw22roc Upgauging ATL-LOS makes sense with JFK-LOS being cut. This is a route that I’ve been hoping to see launched for the better half of the last decade. Excited to finally see ROC-BOS come to fruition, in an Airbus no ...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Oct 01, 2022 1:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: KLM fokker 100 rear top fuselage antenna?
Replies: 4
Views: 2145

Re: KLM fokker 100 rear top fuselage antenna?

It looks like a VHF blade antenna. I would guess for a Number 3 VHF radio for ACARS.

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by Dalmd88
Fri Sep 30, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 2098
Views: 481409

Re: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022

9526 to exit storage today https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/n967at This will bring the active 717 fleet up to 65. Its the first 717 to be reactivated in about 6 months. The plan was 64 for Summer 2022, and the most recent plan / guidance was at least 80 for Summer 2023. What work is spec...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Sep 28, 2022 8:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: UA having a spare 737-900 available at IAH
Replies: 9
Views: 3870

Re: UA having a spare 737-900 available at IAH

A lot of 8-10 hour ground time mtc is done in hubs. A lot of times it doesn't take the entire allotted ground time to do the scheduled task. Once the work is complete, Mtc releases the plane back to Operations and it becomes a spare since it was not planned to be available.

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by Dalmd88
Sun Sep 25, 2022 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Life as a Pilot
Replies: 20
Views: 5362

Re: Life as a Pilot

I'm a Riddle grad with an AMT related degree. While I was there worked for the Admissions Dept. I'm sure some things have changed, but many things sound similar. Yes, get your PPL or at least start seriously working on it. Plan on trying to fly at least twice a week, any less and you will just be wa...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Sep 22, 2022 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 349
Views: 70579

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

You guys left out one big military engine cross overs. The F101 from the B1 program became the F110 (numerous fighters) and the F118 (B-2) all relate to the development of the civilian CFM 56 core.

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by Dalmd88
Sat Sep 17, 2022 2:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Jets gain weight? Really?
Replies: 35
Views: 5909

Re: Jets gain weight? Really?

The HEPA filters do catch a lot. Just like your huge home a/c filters catch a lot (that filter is close to the size of the ones on most airplanes). But you still have dust in your house. Same is true on an airplane. Now if we increased the flow rate in the airplane to near hurricane speed they would...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Sep 14, 2022 12:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DFW Offers The Most Nonstop Destinations Of Any U.S. Airport
Replies: 65
Views: 10064

Re: DFW Offers The Most Nonstop Destinations Of Any U.S. Airport

Yes, DFW has flights to more cities than ATL. But ATL moved 13 million more passengers. Last stat date is 2021 numbers. J

Just shows how many small jets AA is still flying.

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by Dalmd88
Sun Sep 11, 2022 2:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Network Thread - 2022
Replies: 2447
Views: 505743

Re: Delta Network Thread - 2022

Looks like DL is ending SLC-ANC this month. This route seems to come and go year after year. My guess is DL would rather route most connecting traffic to ANC through its SEA hub. AS flew SLC-ANC Saturday only this summer. Maybe this will open the door for them to expand on this service. Pretty sure...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Sep 10, 2022 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 349
Views: 70579

Re: Boom Supersonic new configuration.

Rolls Royce it seems has left the room: https://simpleflying.com/rolls-royce-quits-boom-supersonic-engine/amp/ https://airwaysmag.com/rolls-royce-boom-supersonic/ Does anyone else have an engine for this plane or has the project gone Boom? With Rolls gone it looks like both Pratt an GE still have p...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Sep 07, 2022 9:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Maintenance Coffee Maker and Boiler
Replies: 6
Views: 2206

Re: Maintenance Coffee Maker and Boiler

It's just like every other aircraft component. The organization; airline, MRO, repair shop, needs authority from the maker of the said component for repair. The manufacturer then allows the repairer access to the CMM. The CMM typically gives a parts breakdown, wiring diagrams, and any info that is n...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Sep 05, 2022 3:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Aviation Thread: 2022
Replies: 60
Views: 4650

Re: Atlanta Aviation Thread: 2022

They're spending $1.2b on just the Concourse D project ... I can't even imagine the costs of a G (+H + I) project, considering it would require extending the Plain Train system on top of the above-ground construction. As for "future extensions into the Delta Technical Operations site to create...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Sep 03, 2022 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Man stole a plane 03SEP22 and threatened to crash it into a Walmart
Replies: 63
Views: 10656

Re: Man stole a plane this morning and is threatening to crash it into a Walmart

I have wondered why the Air Force has not kept some capacity with a slow speed combat aircraft for things like this. The Army may be capable, but I am not sure about any of this. Slow speed combat aircraft are not required. Alert squadrons are capable of intercepting aircraft at any speed, and they...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Aug 25, 2022 10:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine replacement question
Replies: 9
Views: 3156

Re: Engine replacement question

Here is a good video of a 777 engine change. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOmCTehtFpI An experienced crew can do the job pretty quick. When I was working Line Mtc we had a string of 757 that were rotating through our station for engine mount changes. That means dropping the engine and just replac...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Aug 25, 2022 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: N646UA: High Age 767 Potential Corrosion Issue?
Replies: 87
Views: 26232

Re: N646UA: High Age 767 Potential Corrosion Issue?

I'm sure UA is taking a hard look at other airframes that were painted around the same time at the shop that did this 767. Was it a one off expensive oops, or did the shop have an systemic issue that is just now coming to light. I bet other operators are looking also. Especially if this was painted ...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Aug 18, 2022 8:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: being a mechanic for a 787
Replies: 16
Views: 4728

Re: being a mechanic for a 787

I know EASA and the FAA have been at two ends of the spectrum as far as whom is qualified to do what. I think part of the FAA system is driven by the airlines themselves. Yes, they want trained AMT's, but they also love the flexibility that comes with the "You are a mechanic, so you are qualifi...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Aug 18, 2022 7:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlanta Aviation Thread: 2022
Replies: 60
Views: 4650

Re: Atlanta Aviation Thread: 2022

Anyone know if the additions of Concourses G and H are ever gonna happen? As E transitions to domestic, and surely F alone won't be able to handle all international traffic (talking 10 years from now)? I've heard G is to connected to F even https://www.atl.com/wp-content/uploads/ ... preads.pdf sho...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Aug 13, 2022 2:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can steel brake pads be used in systems designed for carbon?
Replies: 13
Views: 2445

Re: Can steel brake pads be used in systems designed for carbon?

We converted our 737 NG fleet to carbon. What other changes needed to be made aside from the wheels and brakes themselves? Did you need to modify the ABS system for instance? Regards, JetMech I'm sure there was a LRU change to the box that controls the anti skid. I was working line mtc at the time ...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Aug 10, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can steel brake pads be used in systems designed for carbon?
Replies: 13
Views: 2445

Re: Can steel brake pads be used in systems designed for carbon?

I doubt it. The wheel itself is likely not compatible. We converted our 737 NG fleet to carbon. The old steel brake wheels could not be used if carbon brakes were fitted. The key ways that the brake rotors sit in were of a different pattern. For a few months we had to stock both spare wheels and bra...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Aug 10, 2022 11:33 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: DL 941 757-300 gear problem
Replies: 35
Views: 9005

Re: DL 941 757-300 gear problem

Often you wouldn’t know until the tower reported the debris on the runway. I had one blow on take-off in Denmark. Shanwick called me to pass the reported debris on the runway must have been ours. Engineer looked thru the viewing port on extension to confirm it. IINM, aircraft with EICAS have a tire...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Aug 06, 2022 2:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GlobalX acquiring B717's?
Replies: 88
Views: 24960

Re: GlobalX acquiring B717's?

The world 717 fleet almost met it's end this summer. Rolls-Royce ran out of turbine blades. Seems that during the pandemic the sole supplier for the blades decided to quit making them. They went as far as scrapping all of the tooling to make the blades. One rumor I heard was they closed the operati...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Aug 06, 2022 2:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 747-8 Production/Deliveries - 2022 - 2023
Replies: 458
Views: 127127

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

Can you tour the 747 assembly line? I know Boeing does factory tours, but can you see the 747 line in particular? Years ago the 747 line was all they showed on the factory tour. It really was just a overhead view from a upstairs platform. Similar to the wing body pic in this thread. Then they loade...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Aug 05, 2022 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GlobalX acquiring B717's?
Replies: 88
Views: 24960

Re: GlobalX acquiring B717's?

The world 717 fleet almost met it's end this summer. Rolls-Royce ran out of turbine blades. Seems that during the pandemic the sole supplier for the blades decided to quit making them. They went as far as scrapping all of the tooling to make the blades. One rumor I heard was they closed the operatio...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Aug 04, 2022 7:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Trent 1000 variants
Replies: 9
Views: 2018

Re: Trent 1000 variants

All the Trents are related. 1000B pack and 1000C pack are the first gen and second gen. They come in a variety of thrust ratings. that the J, K etc. Most of the ratings are just a software change. How much do you want to spend??? Both are bleedless engines for the 787 family. 7000 is the third gen. ...

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