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by Dalmd88
Mon May 16, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetBlue Makes Hostile Takeover Offer for Spirit
Replies: 288
Views: 38201

Re: JetBlue Makes New Offer for Spirit

Talking about last act of desperation on B6, time to let it go…. Why would B6 let it go when there's another avenue to take and their offer makes sense? Money talks. If I were a Spirit shareholder I'd want a better explanation about why they're turning down a clear premium with $ set aside in case ...

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by Dalmd88
Fri May 13, 2022 9:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question for Mechanics
Replies: 11
Views: 1640

Re: Question for Mechanics

Thank you for the responses. If she were to get on with an airline without an A&P license would the airline assist her in anyway getting her license? Thanks. I know Delta did have a internal program about 5-6 years ago, but it was not the best solution. The quality of the on the job training wa...

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by Dalmd88
Thu May 12, 2022 9:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question for Mechanics
Replies: 11
Views: 1640

Re: Question for Mechanics

She pretty much needs to get her A&P license. Without it she is stuck in a lower payed tech position. At Delta she would most likely be doing cabin crew work. The top out for those positions is just above the starting pay for a position that requires and A&P. Also later in her career the A&a...

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by Dalmd88
Sat May 07, 2022 1:18 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did Lockheed Paint L-1011 Fuselages During Final Assembly?
Replies: 14
Views: 3079

Re: Why did Lockheed Paint L-1011 Fuselages During Final Assembly?

http://www.airlineratings.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/DC-9s-at-peak-production.jpg From: https://www.airlineratings.com/wp-content/uploads/uploads/DC-9s-at-peak-production.jpg What is interesting about the 1967 production line photo above is that it is U-shaped. The TWA is next out the door foll...

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by Dalmd88
Wed May 04, 2022 3:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do we "check in?"
Replies: 67
Views: 4921

Re: Why do we "check in?"

If you don't check in by the cut off time, they cancel your reserved seat and possibly assign it to someone else.

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by Dalmd88
Thu Apr 21, 2022 1:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Has United made a decision on which engines will be powering their A321neo's?
Replies: 4
Views: 2279

Re: Has United made a decision on which engines will be powering their A321neo's?

The LEAP likely has the upper hand since they are already operating a similar version on the 737. The counter point is they should have a large enough fleet of 321neos' coming in that the support of another engine type should not be an issue if the deal is really good. Look way back into the early 7...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Apr 21, 2022 1:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Happened to Celebrities and Rich people's Aircraft when they passed?
Replies: 25
Views: 5411

Re: What Happened to Celebrities and Rich people's Aircraft when they passed?

Anybody have an idea on the lifespan of a corporate jet? I have no clue and am curious given this topic. Wondering if it's more likely that they fly them until they are retired. And they just get scrapped. Pretty much like any plane, maintain it, fly it regularly, keep the documents straight and it...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Apr 20, 2022 5:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: flight diversion for crew timeout
Replies: 25
Views: 4129

Re: Updated: flight diversion for crew timeout

Of course United knew about it. The 'divert' was likely planned way before they even loaded the aircraft. Crew time outs like this don't usually happen in flight and not 3 min in to the flight. Weather it was an unaugmented crew situation as proposed or it was a reduced rest time issue, I'm betting ...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Apr 08, 2022 2:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F
Replies: 19
Views: 2587

Re: Why A330 P2F but no A340 P2F

Don't forget the A340 also has two additional engines compared to the A330. Don't know how much maintenance costs would come into play. I would think it would nearly double the mtc burden compared to a similar sized twin. The twin has larger engines, but that does not mean they are significantly mo...

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by Dalmd88
Tue Apr 05, 2022 7:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?
Replies: 200
Views: 41567

Re: Why hasn't the A330NEO been nearly as successful as the A330ceo?

Q: why isn't VW Golf MK8 as successful as VW Golf MK4. A: because other products are eating in to market share not least of all the VW Tiguan. No, not really. people are just not into the awesome 'Hot Hatch" anymore. Why? Because people are stupid. I like my MkV GTI, only two doors and way bet...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Mar 30, 2022 1:16 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is the 737-10 extra door same as 757?
Replies: 10
Views: 3636

Re: Is the 737-10 extra door same as 757?

I think all the emergency extra doors on the Boeings are pretty similar. I've worked on the C check were we inspect the 757-300 door and the 737-900 door. Yes the 737 doors are still on the Delta aircraft. They are deactivated with no slide installed and a plain interior side wall installed. During ...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Mar 30, 2022 1:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Highly questionable rumor: 747 supertanker coming back?
Replies: 7
Views: 2637

Re: Highly questionable rumor: 747 supertanker coming back?

I think I recall in seeing in a previous thread that the 747 Supertanker retardant system had been removed and was going to be installed in another aircraft possibly the 757.

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by Dalmd88
Tue Mar 29, 2022 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's
Replies: 343
Views: 87291

Re: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's

To be clear, this MRO deal is not just about Delta doing their own work but competitors' CFM work too. Anyone know how much Pratt work Delta does for other airlines? I don't know the number but I'm guess more than 50% is contract work. That is pretty true across all the engine lines, including the ...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Mar 21, 2022 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's
Replies: 343
Views: 87291

Re: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's

I could see CFM only granting MRO rights to the Airbus LEAP engines only with a big order having those LEAP engines. At the same time if I was DL I would stay PW on the Airbus, and of course LEAP on the 737, why a big need to overhaul engines not in the fleet, even if they work on many non DL aircr...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Mar 21, 2022 12:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's
Replies: 343
Views: 87291

Re: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's

I could see CFM only granting MRO rights to the Airbus LEAP engines only with a big order having those LEAP engines. At the same time if I was DL I would stay PW on the Airbus, and of course LEAP on the 737, why a big need to overhaul engines not in the fleet, even if they work on many non DL aircr...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Mar 19, 2022 2:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's
Replies: 343
Views: 87291

Re: Delta in talks to purchase 100 737MAX-10's

Like others have said, I think it comes down to MRO for the LEAP engines. In the previous negotiations we were internally told CFM would only grant us approval to disassemble and assemble the motors. ALL parts needing repair would have to go to CFM (GE) for the repair work. This is not acceptable to...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Mar 11, 2022 1:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump Plane Emergency Landing
Replies: 17
Views: 7382

Re: Trump Plane Emergency Landing

What’s going on with his 757? I see in the article it says it’s parked in upstate NY and has been since 2016. I recall that they leased a motor to ferry it to an MRO in Lake Charles, LA to do the work to put it back in service. It had been sitting in SWF for a long time. Not sure which shop has had...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Mar 11, 2022 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL pilots protesting at ATL over work schedules
Replies: 50
Views: 11547

Re: DL pilots protesting at ATL over work schedules

There's the door, do not let it hit your azz on the way out... Guys are making almost $400K a year only working 79 hrs a month and openly bragging how some of their OT checks are $100K plus. People compalining no matter how well they have it. That is 79 flight hours I think. Doesn't count the trave...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Mar 05, 2022 1:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Installing/ Uninstalling ETOPS On An Aircraft
Replies: 48
Views: 6465

Re: Installing/ Uninstalling ETOPS On An Aircraft

ETOPS does apply to specific tail numbers. All the redundant equipment required for ETOPS need so be installed on a given airfarme. I don't know the list off hand but I know one for the 757 is the HMG. A lot of operators did not have it factory installed if they did not intend to operate ETOPS. A sy...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Feb 19, 2022 6:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pneumatic vs Hydraulic
Replies: 35
Views: 3620

Re: Pneumatic vs Hydraulic

Everyone is correct about the 767 Thrust Reverser. For GE engines they are pneumatic. For PW they are hydraulic just like the 757.

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by Dalmd88
Sat Feb 19, 2022 6:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pre-Departure Walkaround Top of Fuselage
Replies: 20
Views: 4032

Re: Pre-Departure Walkaround Top of Fuselage

The two biggest drivers for crown inspection are hail damage and lighting strike inspection. Both are mechanic inspections that usually require a boom type of man lift. I have also done it in ATL in a hangar with either a trolley system that is ceiling suspended and in our paint hangar with ceiling ...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Feb 16, 2022 9:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The sound of a big turboprop
Replies: 7
Views: 1661

Re: The sound of a big turboprop

It comes down to the size of the core. The core of every turboprop I've seen is tiny compared to even a narrow body turbo fan.

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by Dalmd88
Sat Feb 05, 2022 4:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: De Havilland forms partnership with ZeroAvia to develop hydrogen power for Dash 8-400
Replies: 21
Views: 3971

Re: De Havilland forms partnership with ZeroAvia

Is there any operational partnership between DHC and Viking? It would be interesting to see a zero-hour rebuild of the Dash 8 100-300 along the lines of the Super-Beaver, and a hydrogen plant might make for a very interesting option. Longview just announced a name change to De Havilland. https://ww...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jan 30, 2022 5:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thieves steal flight management system from parked 737 at Lagos terminal
Replies: 16
Views: 5191

Re: Thieves steal flight management system from parked 737 at Lagos terminal

My guess is someone said these things are expensive, go steal one. Then they found out there is zero used market for them with out documentation. It is now lying on a street in Lagos.

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by Dalmd88
Mon Jan 24, 2022 12:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Status of Delta 777’s
Replies: 20
Views: 6695

Re: Status of Delta 777’s

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Because the A350 replaced them and the 777 is too large for 767 routes. Money

Retiring the 777 also eliminated the 777 pilot category. Getting rid of the old model 767 would not have done that since they are all part of the 767/757 group.

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jan 23, 2022 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Small GA aircraft made in 1947 onwards how are they still flying?
Replies: 29
Views: 5045

Re: Small GA aircraft made in 1947 onwards how are they still flying?

Part of the equation for the older aircraft is the service history. If the 70 year old aircraft has been continuously maintained, updated and flown for it's entire life, then it's economically feasible to own. A 'barn find' on the other hand is a money pit nightmare. You know you are doing a full en...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jan 09, 2022 3:16 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Curvature of PW JT8D engine assembly?
Replies: 4
Views: 1577

Re: Curvature of PW JT8D engine assembly?

It has to do with what you are calling the engine. Looking at the first pic of the engine on the trailer, the true engine is sitting directly above the trailer. Every part that is hanging fore or aft of the ends of the trailer are just inlet or exhaust ducts and the thrust reverser. With a bare JT8D...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jan 09, 2022 2:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 882
Views: 170654

Re: Should Delta put scimitars on their 757s?

Not really faith-inspiring. I think the TechOps teams know a bit more about materials and strength ratings than you do. Doesn’t mean they are infallible. We’re not talking about a worn-out carpet after all. Aviation history is rife with crashes occurring after some “expert” decided something was “w...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Jan 05, 2022 9:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 882
Views: 170654

Re: Should Delta put scimitars on their 757s?

The DL 757s do a lot of short flights—ATL, DTW to Florida. SRQM RSW, MCO, TPA, MIA, FLL, you can count on being on a 757. The winglets don’t reduce consumption, might even slightly increase it. And the 757-200s are the backbone of the sports charter fleet, which are also many short flights ... But ...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Jan 03, 2022 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Fleet Thread - 2022
Replies: 882
Views: 170654

Re: Should Delta put scimitars on their 757s?

they don't even have regular winglets on all of their 757's, which I was kinda surprised about. That's because some of the fleet can not have winglets installed due to previously installed wing repairs. Each aircraft had to be approved for the mod. The wing loading that the blended winglet adds was...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Dec 25, 2021 5:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A Question About Engine Choices and Interchangeability
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: A Question About Engine Choices and Interchangeability

Thanks for the information. I thought that it might be quite a complex job. I've just read that the 777X and the A-350 don't have any choice; the former has GE, the latter RR only. Similarly, the A-330-200 and -300 had a choice of P+W, RR and GE, but the -800 and -900 have RR only. I wonder if ther...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Dec 25, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United dropping 14 routes
Replies: 120
Views: 22585

Re: United dropping 14 routes

One thing that was brought up in another thread. The moving from IAD to EWR could be to protect slots at EWR. So this could be temp until post COVID when we get back to more normal frequencies.

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by Dalmd88
Fri Dec 24, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Altimeters, static pressure, and lift
Replies: 48
Views: 2875

Re: Altimeters, static pressure, and lift

When the Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum limits came into being about 15 years ago there were a lot of new inspections and restrictions put in place for static ports and the surrounding area. For a plane to be RVSM legal it has to pass a very detailed flatness inspection in the area around the s...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Dec 23, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A Question About Engine Choices and Interchangeability
Replies: 6
Views: 1344

Re: A Question About Engine Choices and Interchangeability

For most engines it requires a pylon change to change engine manufacturer. That also includes a change of the thrust reversers It is pretty big and expensive job so so you just don't see many mods of this type anymore. The last I can really think of are the UPS 727 mod that swapped out the JT8 for t...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Dec 05, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Passenger jumps from WN aircraft taxiing in PHX
Replies: 12
Views: 4815

Re: Passenger jumps from WN aircraft taxiing in PHX

Allot of this doesn't make operational sense. Let's get past the "REPORT 'IT' NOW" nonsense and wait for the whole story to unfold . Nothing on this is really inaccurate. The passenger did jump out of the aft door right at the intersection of taxiway Sierra and Delta and onto the taxiway ...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Dec 02, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft External Wires
Replies: 9
Views: 2255

Re: Aircraft External Wires

https://www.seaerospace.com/faqs/529
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Here is a good explanation of the types of HF antenna on aircraft.

https://www.seaerospace.com/faqs/529

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by Dalmd88
Tue Nov 30, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta 201 - JNB to BOS 7,900+ Miles Yesterday
Replies: 58
Views: 13103

Re: Delta 201 - JNB to BOS 7,900+ Miles Yesterday

The plane landed at BOS around 0920, so that landing was an hour later than the scheduled arrival into ATL. They were probably getting into their reserve fuel. Well, it left Johannesburg nearly 2.5 hours late ... Given that the flight was dispatched from Johannesburg to Boston (and not Atlanta), I'...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Nov 25, 2021 2:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Complicated, by design. But is it really?
Replies: 20
Views: 3778

Re: Complicated, by design. But is it really?

Touch screens is a hard no for me. I hate them in my car. Nice part of an airplane flight deck is tactile feel. Once you know the placement of everything, you don't need to look at it to push the button or turn the selector. I think the auto manufacturers are just finally coming around to the idea t...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Nov 15, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta charter A330?
Replies: 19
Views: 4604

Re: Delta charter A330?

Its a standard mainline aircraft taken out of scheduled service to operate charters. Airplane is in ATL heading to SLC then HNL on scheduled service. Usually coaches sit in the front cabin, players in the back with empty seats open next to them. I know Air Canada has the Jetz all business configura...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Nov 13, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why fuel driven actuators?
Replies: 14
Views: 1976

Re: Why fuel driven actuators?

There is also the airframe/engine divide. Hydraulics are considered airframe components. Yes there is a hydraulic pump mounted to the engine, but the engine manufacturer does not provide it with the engine. The fuel pump is an engine component so they can use the excess muscle fuel pressure to run e...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Nov 07, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Startup plans to electrify BAe146 plane
Replies: 27
Views: 5835

Re: Startup plans to electrify BAe146 plane

My guess is they'll need at least four electric motors and the 146 offers four engine pylons vs. the CRJ's two. I'd be surprised if this goes beyond a proof of concept, so the amount of feedstock wouldn't be an issue. How many 146 are available, not flying? If this works, they need to design a new ...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Oct 31, 2021 4:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is it dangerous when aircraft carry fuel in a center tank beneath the passenger cabin?
Replies: 43
Views: 3868

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

The 727 also had an optional cargo hold tanks like the Airbus ACT system. I recall some of our old Western 727 had the aft tank installed and the provision for a fwd cargo tank. The aft tank sat just fwd of the aft cargo door. Overhauls for those planes were a real pain. The tank had to be removed t...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Oct 09, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 35994

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

At Delta this week, the frontline did expect the mandate to come out by the end of the week. All we heard was a, "we are looking into the matter." A couple of the AMT's I work with have stated that the moment the mandate comes out, they push the button on retirement paperwork. They are not...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Oct 03, 2021 12:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 302
Views: 35994

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

As a Delta employee I'm waiting to see when Delta joins the ranks of the must be vaxed. Company wide we are in the high 80% range I think. The drag down is mostly in my division, Tech Ops, I think. Last I heard we were around 74% with the first shot. I know there are more hold outs than I would like...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Oct 01, 2021 1:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Software as a service and Commercial Airliners
Replies: 8
Views: 1049

Re: Software as a service and Commercial Airliners

Engines already do this. The trust rating is set by what you pay. It can be changed within the range by a easy reprogram of the EEC. We do it on shop visits all the time.

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by Dalmd88
Sun Sep 26, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)
Replies: 77
Views: 18641

Re: Hawaiian 460 diversion into MDY (Sand Island, Midway Atoll)

Midway Island is a manned airport that is a regular fueling stopping point for US military flights that are transiting the Pacific. The US Air Force runs the airport, mostly with contractors. They have a hotel, restaurant, store and all the basic equipment needed to off load an engine from a cargo f...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?
Replies: 19
Views: 2210

Re: Do I need a manual driving license to be a Ramp Agent or is an automatic license satisfactory?

I second the stay in school advice. Dropping out of school to sling bags isn't my idea of getting very much into aviation as a career. Yes some people do make a career of ramp agent, possibly moving into gate agent or off to a cargo department or maintenance stores. My question is about the UK auto ...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta TechOps Line Technician
Replies: 18
Views: 3052

Re: Delta TechOps Line Technician

Is the 2 or 3 year commitment to a station when you hire in a hard and fast rule? Or are there situations where they let people bid out prior to meeting the commitment? it's a pretty hard rule. The two exceptions I've seen is you bid up to a higher class of job at another station. Say AMT to Lead A...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Sep 19, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country Network Thread 2021
Replies: 89
Views: 7086

Re: 2 SY 738's damaged in storm at MSP

Small planes are often chained to the ground. I wonder if they can't do something like that with big ones as well? At least during severe weather it could be worthwhile. Large aircraft are not equipped with mooring points like small aircraft are. Ramps at major airports also rarely have ground poin...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Sep 18, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Delta TechOps Line Technician
Replies: 18
Views: 3052

Re: Delta TechOps Line Technician

Might be headed for SAN with them. Is there a step pay progression? Yes, there is a step progression. Hard to fill stations hire in at 1.5 year mark of the 8 year top out. I'll be honest I don't even know what the top out pay is right now. I think it's around $52 hr. I've never really understood th...

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