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by Dalmd88
Tue Apr 20, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees
Replies: 22
Views: 2552

Re: Commuting Logistics for Airport Employees

When I worked BOS Line MTC we had three options when I started. Free commuter bus service run by the airport authority from the public paid park and ride lots in the suburbs. The airline paid for the monthly parking pass and bus vouchers. Option B was drive to the airport and park in a company lot. ...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?
Replies: 226
Views: 16911

Re: Will airlines require COVID vaccine for employees?

Companies don't have much to stand on currently to make it mandatory to have a vaccine. All of the vaccines are currently only approved for emergency use. They are considered experimental. Even the US military can not mandate that emergency use vaccines are required. I highly doubt that even when th...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are engines on planes changed so often?
Replies: 18
Views: 3437

Re: Why are engines on planes changed so often?

Doing it by the book, how long to remove an engine? How long to replace one? A crew I worked on could do a 757 engine change in less than a 10 our overnight shift. Towed into the hangar at the start of the shift and pushing out for the engine runs right near the end. That was fully prepped QEC chan...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Mar 20, 2021 3:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are aircraft scheduled for major airlines?
Replies: 4
Views: 1226

Re: How are aircraft scheduled for major airlines?

Aircraft routing is usually set three days out. In reality it is fluid up until the flight happens. Like other have said the big events are planned out months or weeks ahead, while daily events like a certain tail number needs a Service Check or has an MEL that needs to be addressed get planned out ...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Single Delta 737 parked since 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 7161

Re: Single Delta 737 parked since 2019

But if the engines were coming due and it was parked due to an upcoming engine overhaul, how to explain somebody else's assertion that they took the engines off it and used them on another aircraft? Where are the engines if that isn't what happened? Did they send them for overhaul? But -- wait -- t...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Metroliner and RC-135 over LAS
Replies: 4
Views: 1412

Re: Metroliner and RC-135 over LAS

The Metro would indicate a counter drug mission. I think those are ANG aircraft are still regulated to only do counter drug missions. They were when they first came out. I worked on them during the launch at three different bases. It's officially just a C-26B. I don't think they ever gave it the RC ...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?
Replies: 186
Views: 22047

Re: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?

From an out of stater, I don’t consider LZU part of Atlanta. To me, and solely in my opinion, it’s look to be too far away from Atlanta. Kinda like Tampa and Lakeland or Ft Myers and Punta Gorda. Allegiant would be the only player, in my opinion, to go. Allegiant loves those small little airports t...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?
Replies: 186
Views: 22047

Re: Why no second commercial airport for Atlanta?

Y'all let me know where you can put an airport in the Atlanta area close to, or the same distance, from the business district as ATL... This is the biggest thing. If you're coming to Atlanta, you really can't beat where Hartsfield is - the fact that it's inside the perimeter (aside from that one li...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:05 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Travel restrictions and fullness of airplanes
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Travel restrictions and fullness of airplanes

Belly cargo is still flying all over the world. At Delta we even started a few international routes just for belly cargo.

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by Dalmd88
Sun Dec 13, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020
Replies: 724
Views: 99244

Re: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020

Interesting to see all the churn in the 717 fleet. I'm curious on a few things. - are the aircraft being moved to SBD & BYH; owned or leased - how do leases work in regards to engines and lease returns DL was in the midst of facing a large number of overhauls on the 717 engines and had set-up c...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How much hydraulic pressure does the APU provide vs the engines?
Replies: 12
Views: 2423

Re: How much hydraulic pressure does the APU provide vs the engines?

It doesn't really effect the brake system much. The brakes have a large hydraulic accumulator the provides a backup of full pressure even with no hydraulic systems pressurized. It's been I while since I've been around the 737, but I think it gives you 2-3 full applications. I think the pressure from...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Nov 26, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Wingletless DL 752s
Replies: 10
Views: 2292

Re: Wingletless DL 752s

I think there are only a couple of wingletless flying in the Delta fleet. That doesn't include the NBA 752 fleet which I think had the winglets removed. The stage length of their typical flights make them uneconomical to operate. Those that don't have winglets have structural issues that prevented t...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Nov 21, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tariffs on importing Airbus planes to the US
Replies: 6
Views: 1713

Re: Tariffs on importing Airbus planes to the US

I don't think it was in Delta's plan to import the planes as used after six months. We began taking delivery of A350's about a year ago through Japan. Those airframes still have not been imported into the US. I think the plan was to wait out the current administration and hope the new guy drops the ...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on how to become a pilot and training
Replies: 128
Views: 2934

Re: Question about education and work as a mechanic

In the US it's tough finding a place to do the 30 months of experience. That will be willing to go through the trouble of accounting for your time, and give you a varied enough experience to satisfy the FAA. In 18 months you can get the traditional inclass/practical tech school finished and take you...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?
Replies: 215
Views: 34590

Re: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?

That is very interesting, indeed. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, a new aircraft is one with “no time in service or hours in flight other than for production testing” or for delivery to the U.S. That suggests the plane is no longer new once it’s flown a non-U.S. route for any other purp...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ground pin on power sockets
Replies: 12
Views: 2371

Re: Ground pin on power sockets

The airplane must be grounded to the earth when sitting at the gate or in a hangar. The ground pin in the Ext power I think just makes the power unit and the plane connected. There also has to be a ground wire from the airframe to the actual ground to dissipate static charge. The power unit also nee...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Nov 06, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fedex Feeder Timing
Replies: 17
Views: 4991

Re: Fedex Feeder Timing

The mini hubs are nothing new. I first saw them in action back in the early 90's. I worked in SYR. There were 2-3 planes that fed UPS there. A couple of Navajos I think and a Caravan. MHT had a sizable FedEx operation run by Wiggins using Caravans. My next job was working for the Merlin Express side...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question about ground personnel
Replies: 18
Views: 1737

Re: Question about ground personnel

For most major US airlines Ramp staff do not clean airplanes as one other poster stated. that is usually an outsource company job. The other tasks they typically don't do is fuel the plane, outside company does that, or fix the plane, need to have FAA license to do that. Mechanics can do the tasks o...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Fasteners on composite aircraft
Replies: 10
Views: 2223

Re: Fasteners on composite aircraft

It's been a while since I did structural work and I didn't do too much with composite panels, but I think for most panels there were never tolerance fit fasteners through composite. I think like Ti, they were always clearance fit through the composite panel. Seems like they were always 'wet install'...

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by Dalmd88
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020
Replies: 724
Views: 99244

Re: Delta Narrow Body Thread - 2020

Thanks for the reply. Maint sure gets expensive. I think an A check is weekly, a B check is monthly, a C check is yearly and a D check is every 4 years. There are some max hours allowed to be flown too for each of the 4 checks as well. Then there is Landing Gear overhaul and Engine Mx and overhaul....

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by Dalmd88
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?
Replies: 29
Views: 5167

Re: Commonality between the 737 Original and 737NG?

I’m sure there’s some things that are the same. Maybe the windshield glass. Maybe the passenger window panes. Maybe the radome. From a airframe structures view they are very similar. I think the NG skin panels are improved, but most of the frame and stringer structure shares a lot with the classic....

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by Dalmd88
Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When does it become safe to approach an engine after shutoff?
Replies: 15
Views: 2859

Re: When does it become safe to approach an engine after shutoff?

I am pretty sure OSHA would have frowned upon some of the things done on a DC-10 to reduce vibration on the wing by changing some of the bolts on the spinner. I would say that we are OSHA compliant when performing a task like that. If not it could result in unpaid days off. You don't change the spi...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is the RR 787 engine problem fixed yet?
Replies: 64
Views: 12528

Re: Is the RR 787 engine problem fixed yet?

I think Rolls has turned the corner on the T1000 issues. That is as long as the new blade sets meet the expectations over the long term. We were told that as of June there were no more AOG aircraft in the system that Rolls was responsible for. The work through the shops has continued since that time...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Oct 12, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: DL looking to trade 717s for 737 Max
Replies: 731
Views: 137618

Re: Could Delta Order 737 MAX?

According to Reuters, Boeing has had discussions with Delta Air Lines to take up to 40 Boeing already-built 737 MAX aircraft, no doubt at a HUGE discount. Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/boeing-737max-delta/boeing-courting-delta-others-to-take-737-max-white-tails-sources-idUSKBN26M5JK As a ...

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by Dalmd88
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Hangar LGA Razed
Replies: 33
Views: 9211

Re: American Hangar LGA Razed

I don't think those hangars have been used for aircraft maintenance for many years now. I don't think they had the roof height for any AA planes to fit. All of the aircraft maintenance at LGA is done outside.

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by Dalmd88
Sat Oct 03, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of 717 post Delta
Replies: 192
Views: 34685

Re: Fate of 717 post Delta

I cannot create a scenario where Boeing paying the costs is to their advantage. Boeing it turns out is selling 717s to Delta. No one would make a 10 year commitment to an old worn plane where none have less than 30k cycles with an expensive to overhaul engine. Boeing makes most of their profit sell...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Does MESA really deserve its "bad" reputation
Replies: 53
Views: 5813

Re: Does MESA really deserve its "bad" reputation

It was an eons ago but my personal experience with Mesa was not great. They were dumping their very used Be1900. some of the oldest ones flying. I worked for another low budget operation in the Midwest at the time. We picked up 4-5 of their old planes. They were absolute garbage. The wiring in the c...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of 717 post Delta
Replies: 192
Views: 34685

Re: Fate of 717 post Delta

Wayex- I read a response from Lightsaber noting that the correct engine is the BR700-715 and coming clean he was incorrect. Can't find it now. On either the A319 or B738 is there a way to use the electric starter to rotate the engine sufficient to get cooling. Even 1 or 2 RPM should provide a nice ...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of 717 post Delta
Replies: 192
Views: 34685

Re: Fate of 717 post Delta

These contracts are typical at US vendors. For whom it doesn't matter, except the military will do cost+ for batches, but they have learned to buy the minimum economic lot. Boeing paid vendors to keep the 717 running. The issue is, certain vendors won't take a payment. It doesn't matter who you are...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?
Replies: 215
Views: 34590

Re: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?

I know the cruise industry is pretty much stuck in port, but they are a prime example of a similar tactic. For most of their existence companies like Carnival and Royal Caribbean have been US companies, but ever notice the name on the back of the ships? Ships are almost always registered in places l...

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by Dalmd88
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Oxygen masks dropped accidentally
Replies: 10
Views: 1720

Re: Oxygen masks dropped accidentally

Cabin drop checks are done during most of the C checks I've worked on. The O2 generators have a life span and need to be replaced. I can't recall the frequency but It might be 10 years. The masks them selves used to be good for the life of the airplane, but I recall we began changing them out as a c...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Insurance of Commercial Planes for the Airlines - Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1686

Re: Insurance of Commercial Planes for the Airlines - Questions

I have no idea whether my airline (US based - over 100 aircraft - all Airbus narrowbodies) can be considered representative or not, but our airline according to our certificate of insurance is covered by 14 different insurers. The aircraft are listed by tail number/serial number and when new aircra...

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by Dalmd88
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Boeing 737-800NG Flaptrack circle
Replies: 15
Views: 3562

Re: Boeing 737-800NG Flaptrack circle

If I recall there is also a lube point at the bolts. So it gets removed at every wing lube visit. Same with the little diamond panel in DL_Mech's pic.

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by Dalmd88
Sun Aug 23, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1226
Views: 274025

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

Most of the differences are the mounts on the engine, and therefore the test cell. And the IAE requirement for the cell to accommodate tilt and vibration. The canny Kiwis designed and built an adaptor to replicate under and side attachment, which presumably can be replicated for the right fee. Delt...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1226
Views: 274025

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

Does anyone know why the MD-90 was retired so quickly from airline fleets? It's not like it was even an "old" aircraft or that its demise was due to COVID, it was already being retired from airline service as early as the beginning of the 2010s despite deliveries only ending in 2000, plus...

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by Dalmd88
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: DL retired MD-80/90s quickly
Replies: 1226
Views: 274025

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

Pre Covid the MD-90's were to go by the end of 2022. I assume that Delta had enough parts to keep them in the air until then. If so are those parts still around? Do the engines on the fleet have enough green time left that it would be cost effective to use up that green time instead of overhauls. I...

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by Dalmd88
Sat Aug 15, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What Airports did Airlines train at in the Old Days?
Replies: 34
Views: 2523

Re: What Airports did Airlines train at in the Old Days?

I remember seeing DL 737 doing work at DAB back in the late 80's. They only flew the 727 in for pax flights.

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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: 2164
Views: 388999

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: 2164
Views: 388999

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: 1595

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: 10
Views: 3110

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: 2164
Views: 388999

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: 2164
Views: 388999

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: 17
Views: 2952

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: 2164
Views: 388999

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: 2164
Views: 388999

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: 25
Views: 4023

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: 2348

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: 25
Views: 4023

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: 1476

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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