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by aeropix
Sun Sep 18, 2022 11:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boom Supersonic new configuration.
Replies: 255
Views: 51456

Re: Will Boom Supersonic's overture be cancelled?

I don't understand all the hubbub about the engines. We have currently in-production military supersonic engines. Surely one of those, especially the ones installed on existing long-range supersonic bombers - could be adapted to commercial use. It's like they're looking for an excuse to wind down th...

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by aeropix
Thu Sep 01, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Tall Tail" A330-200s
Replies: 14
Views: 6072

Re: "Tall Tail" A330-200s

It would be interesting to see some side by side photos of the different tail heights. Is it even noticeable in reality or is it just a technical specification that can't really be seen?

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by aeropix
Fri Aug 05, 2022 3:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question on aircraft tires
Replies: 15
Views: 2251

Re: Question on aircraft tires

Bad Idea for Stopping Distance - One big safety point everyone is missing, is that the drag from the touchdown helps to shorten the stopping distance. Therefore the expensive motor / scoop "solution" to the cost of tire wear will all be made up for when even one hull is lost to overruns no...

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by aeropix
Tue Aug 02, 2022 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit (DTW) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 991
Views: 145927

Re: Detroit (DTW) Aviation Thread - 2022

Wow Southwest is a shell of its former self at DTW these days. When I worked there back in the 1990's they had a dozen flights to MDW and 5 or 6 to STL, plus a few Nashvilles. Sure there were less city pairs but loads of frequency. I even flew them nonstop to MCO in May this year and even that is go...

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by aeropix
Tue Jul 19, 2022 6:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Strange divert UA45
Replies: 11
Views: 2657

Re: Strange divert UA45

It could also be what is called a "re-Clearance" or "re-Dispatch" flight plan, which is used on payload critical flights. Let me explain. When you flight plan you have to have a certain amount of "contingency fuel" and fuel to the furthest alternate airport. These numbe...

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by aeropix
Mon May 23, 2022 3:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator
Replies: 10
Views: 2317

Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

That's really cool. The Apollo mission simulators also used a camera over a model for visuals... especially the camera on the mount moving over the scale model. I guess I just never really though about how those older simulators worked. Original Concorde simulators used similar camera tech. There w...

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by aeropix
Mon May 23, 2022 3:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator
Replies: 10
Views: 2317

Re: YouTube video from 1975 of DC-10 motion flight simulator

Ive never seen a simulator suspended from the ceiling before! they must have figured out quite quickly how to do all the motion from the floor jacks. I wonder if this was the last such simulator before the more modern style came about. All the 1980's videos I've seen of these have them mounted only ...

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by aeropix
Mon May 23, 2022 3:07 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help identifying aircraft light
Replies: 5
Views: 3229

Re: Help identifying aircraft light

Try browsing the Aircraft Spruce and Specialty website. I did a basic search and found many entries referencing Grimes lights. Most of them are "replacement for Grimes XXX.xx" indicating that the Grimes brand may be very old. That stamp on the bottom of your back side pic looks like it was...

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by aeropix
Fri Apr 29, 2022 7:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why did Lockheed Paint L-1011 Fuselages During Final Assembly?
Replies: 14
Views: 3792

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

You know what, I always liked the "Look" of the McDD and Lockheed production line historical pics but never realized it was because they were painted before final assembly. Solved two mysteries in one go! Thanks for that info.

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by aeropix
Wed Apr 27, 2022 9:50 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ROVE Callsign
Replies: 9
Views: 2426

Re: ROVE Callsign

You could check the latest edition of ACP 119. Yup, because all of us on these forums are active duty military and we all have access to the latest NATO publications. It is therefore just sheer laziness for the OP to ask this simple question when he can just open up his personal military briefcase ...

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by aeropix
Tue Apr 26, 2022 8:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Red Bull Pilot Swap Stunt
Replies: 57
Views: 8888

Re: Red Bull Pilot Swap Stunt

Has everyone lost their minds? Whats with everyone...nosing airliners into the ground Crazy times Hey don't give them any ideas about the airliners. Though I think a stunt with airliners would remind too many folks about 9/11, there is a precedent for this kind of activity... Over 100 years ago peo...

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by aeropix
Tue Apr 19, 2022 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: sva 123 doing circuits north of manchester (MAN)
Replies: 6
Views: 1201

Re: sva 123 doing circuits north of manchester (MAN)

Maybe it's a training flight? Saudi has a lot of cadets, so maybe they sent it out to do some touch and - go's? I can't imagine another reason for an airliner to be doing circuits. Which airport was he doing the circuit training at? Maybe that would shed a light on the issues.

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by aeropix
Sat Apr 16, 2022 11:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Visiting airside of a terminal.
Replies: 16
Views: 3369

Re: Visiting airside of a terminal.

Pittsburgh invested heavily in, and was on the cutting edge at the time, of the airside shopping and dining concept when they built the terminal in the 1990's. As such, they were highly disaffected by the 9/11 security restrictions and were one of the first north American airports to campaign for no...

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by aeropix
Thu Apr 14, 2022 12:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit (DTW) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 991
Views: 145927

Re: Detroit (DTW) Aviation Thread - 2022

If the JetBlue / Spirit merger goes through, I'm guessing that the quality of the North Terminal will improve over time as the passenger mix of JetBlue will change, and their schedules may be more spread out through the day, enticing the lounges / restaurants, and shops to provide more consistent of...

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by aeropix
Tue Apr 12, 2022 10:42 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Rotating airport beacon
Replies: 17
Views: 6056

Re: Rotating airport beacon

Im glad I found this thread, that answers my question about the lack of rotating beacons in the UAE. It's funny, when I fly G.A. at night back home in the USA I'm always looking for the beacons, as they really do help to distinguish the airport from surrounding city lights. But then in my profession...

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by aeropix
Mon Apr 04, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Fleet and Network Discussions thread - 2022
Replies: 456
Views: 119320

Re: Emirates Fleet and Network Discussions thread - 2022

Not sure if this is still accurate, but the EK 777-300ERs that do the SFO/LAX/IAH flying are a subset that have a higher MTOW than the rest of the fleet. I want to say that it's 354t vs 340t for the rest of the fleet? There's 3 varieties. the basic 340.2 tonnes, a handful of 349.3 tonnes, and the U...

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by aeropix
Mon Apr 04, 2022 8:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Detroit (DTW) Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 991
Views: 145927

Goodbye North Terminal, gone but not forgotten

Following a long tradition of Politicians worldwide slapping their names on airports and their terminals, DTW North Terminal has been renamed Warren Cleavage Evans Terminal, or just Evans terminal for short. When my dad picked me up at the North Terminal on March 20th, all was well, then when he dro...

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by aeropix
Sun Apr 03, 2022 3:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How feasible is this new RNP 20 approach of Kathmandu for wide bodies?
Replies: 6
Views: 2466

Re: How feasible is this new RNP 20 approach of Kathmandu for wide bodies?

I have flown similar curving RNP approaches into New York JFK, Seychelles, and Nice France, in the B777 and I tried something similar in Nepal the 777 simulator a few years ago with no issues. The RNP lines you up perfectly, and takes into account the wind. You have to be a little sensitive to the t...

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by aeropix
Fri Mar 04, 2022 4:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor
Replies: 282
Views: 52886

Re: Updated: LGA Airtrain halted by Governor

From a surface access perspective, extending the N train would be best. In all likelihood ... nothing will be built. Or they will get a bus. Yup, they just spent 18 Billion dollars on 3 subway stations on second avenue "the revolutionary east side express" that has only been on the drawin...

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by aeropix
Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Curved runway starter extensions
Replies: 15
Views: 3293

Re: Curved runway starter extensions

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
There’s no “starter”, it’s either runway, stressed for aircraft operations or there’s overrun that’s not useable for take-off.


Well, the starter extension concept is a real thing, just not in all countries.

See https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=1429653

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by aeropix
Thu Jan 20, 2022 4:24 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Curved runway starter extensions
Replies: 15
Views: 3293

Re: Curved runway starter extensions

Starlionblue wrote:
There are certainly curved runways, but they're more normally associated with bush flying.

Behold Kiwirok in Papua.



Wow that must be one way in / one way out operation.

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by aeropix
Wed Jan 19, 2022 10:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HS Trident
Replies: 117
Views: 18090

Re: HS Trident

According to Kuwait Airways' summer 1968 timetable, the Trident did have a first class cabin, so not sure the "108 tourist" is correct. Maybe a later modification? http://www.timetableimages.com/ttimages/ku/ku68/ku68-3.jpg That is one flimsy route structure. What a great piece of history ...

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by aeropix
Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:33 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tu-204 requiring no anti-icing system
Replies: 15
Views: 2946

Re: Tu-204 requiring no anti-icing system

Well, many airliners are not fully protected in any case. Aerodynamic engineers discovered that large radius leading edges are not prone to ice build up and they do not protect those areas. minimizing anti-icing systems saves both weight and energy, and thus fuel. So it is not surprising that perhap...

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by aeropix
Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM adds SAF to all flights departing AMS
Replies: 31
Views: 6221

Re: KLM adds SAF to all flights departing AMS

And after reading the clickbait thread title, I clicked on this thread expecting every flight leaving Amsterdam will now stop in Santa Fe, New Mexico regardless of ultimate destination.

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by aeropix
Thu Sep 02, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Munich Airport (EDDM) Taxiway/Apron White Rectangle Markings
Replies: 3
Views: 959

Re: Munich Airport (EDDM) Taxiway/Apron White Rectangle Markings

Sometimes these markings have nothing whatsoever to do with aviation but may indicate the location if underground wires, pipes or sensors. They may also be markings that are used for staging vehicles or equipment in that area which would be known by the airport authority but not require any explanat...

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by aeropix
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Base Trainig Emirates
Replies: 1
Views: 1119

Re: Base Trainig Emirates

It's almost always at Maktoum OMDW / DWC. If you monitor flightradar 24 there you can watch the A380's go round and round.

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by aeropix
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Expressjet News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 357
Views: 73208

Re: Expressjet relaunch as independent carrier?

Expressjet tried branded flying with an Ontario,CA hub in 2005. Already been done, and I suspect will have the same degree of success this time around - if it even gets that far.

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by aeropix
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What are the black patches on the apron?
Replies: 22
Views: 5888

Re: What are the black patches on the apron?

I think OP is talking about asphalt repairs, particularly on concrete ramps. I think the warmer regions use asphalt for the repairs while the colder ones repair with concrete, therefore there are more back shapes in the warm climates than the cooler ones.

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by aeropix
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can freighter aircraft supply electrical power for refrigerated cargo ?
Replies: 27
Views: 5357

Re: Can freighter aircraft supply electrical power for refrigerated cargo ?

Before this thread goes any further, I urge anyone interested to watch Wendover production's video on the logistics of distributing the vaccine. He is an aviation nerd, who produces these high quality videos and he has covered this question definitively here: https://youtu.be/byW1GExQB84 In a nutshe...

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by aeropix
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: B-747-300SUD Question
Replies: 24
Views: 5009

Re: B-747-300SUD Question

Pro: It can carry more passengers Con: It was heavier with all that extra metal to lug around, so it's range was reduced and takeoff distance increased. As to why many airlines did not buy the -200SUD or -300, it's because they needed either the range or payload capacity of the straight -200 for bel...

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by aeropix
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air 2000 Passenger Entertainment System
Replies: 19
Views: 4045

Re: Air 2000 Passenger Entertainment System

While I don't know about the Air2000 Atari/Amiga system I don't think you're crazy either. There was a lot of goofball IFE ideas floating around at the time. The ideas were all hanging around just waiting for the technology to catch up. 6-inch seatback screens running off Sony Hi-8 was still a kind ...

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by aeropix
Sun Jun 14, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: NW LAX Pacific Gateway
Replies: 12
Views: 3789

Re: NW LAX Pacific Gateway

Well, I have some good memories of Northwest Pacific ops in the 1990's. As ground staff at LAX for Southwest we got some good passes on NW and I availed some of their services, between 1991 and 1997. My first experience was on the then new 747-400 in 1991 from LAX-HNL-SYD and return. This was on the...

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by aeropix
Thu May 28, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pan Am - New Documentary
Replies: 4
Views: 1613

Re: Pan Am - New Documentary

Personally, I think the world is obsessed with Pan Am. Like some other posters have said, there were other pioneering airlines. By today's standards Pan Am always had a rather small fleet with infrequent service over a lot of routes. They contributed a lot to the development of commercial aviation, ...

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by aeropix
Mon May 25, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of inflight showers
Replies: 22
Views: 3452

I'm A Believer!

What at first seemed like a gimmick is actually a blessing and I became convinced after one long journey where the shower made the whole day livable. I was called with short notice to attend a family emergency and had to depart Dubai with great haste, not time for pre flight shower - just showed up ...

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by aeropix
Fri May 22, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 740
Views: 269597

Re: PIA A320 crash in Karachi

http://avherald.com/h?article=4d7a6e9a&opt=0 Suspect... gear problem ... unable to retract ..., increased fuel burn resulting in both engines flaming out on the next approach. If you are so short of fuel that you cannot even make 1 missed approach, let alone divert to an alternate, that's eithe...

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by aeropix
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX Height
Replies: 6
Views: 1564

Re: 737 MAX Height

Taller landing gear has to fit somewhere. To fit taller landing gear, you'd have to move the attachment points. That is some major redesign, . I disagree. There are several engineering solutions to make the gear taller. Even the Concorde, using 1960's technology, had telescoping main landing gear t...

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by aeropix
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Interesting 787 flaperon movements on takeoff
Replies: 8
Views: 3110

Re: Interesting 787 flaperon movements on takeoff

The 787 has a "gust suppression" system built in to the flight controls that is suppose to alleviate bending moments on the wing structure, thus allowing Boeing to design a lighter wing since the active system relieves the pressures on the structure. Perhaps this system is in action on the...

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by aeropix
Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Etihad Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 315
Views: 19749

Re: Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Opening?

Perspective from someone who lives here: both airports are needed and nothing to do with "pride". The DXB / AUH airports are 130km / 80miles apart. Thats 90 minutes with no traffic, and more with "normal" traffic. Both cities have large, high density, high income populations. Res...

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by aeropix
Fri Apr 03, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 5693

Re: Surprising history of hijackings to Cuba: Facts, Figures, & Questions

not in the political interests of the Republican supporting US media to know that the US domestic airport security was virtually none existant prior to 9/11 even after being told numerous times by IATA and ICAO for decades In addition to that, there was the benign, mostly harmless, and even comical...

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by aeropix
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ICAO codes with repeat letters
Replies: 13
Views: 2078

Re: ICAO codes with repeat letters

I think everyone is missing the OP's point. We all know that there is a "method" or "system" in place to assign the codes, but that is not what he was asking about. There is a bit of discretion in assigning the last two letters. For example Harare, Zimbabwe was FVHA with the last...

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by aeropix
Sun Mar 29, 2020 6:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.
Replies: 207
Views: 29659

Re: The new domestic service standard: just water. DL now onboard.

Ziyulu wrote:
When I flew AA from DFW to AUS in 2016, not even a drink was provided. When I flew UA from AUS to IAH, only a cup of water was offered.


Holy smokes those are like :20 minute sectors, I think the Filet Mingon would be a little too much to ask on such short distances.

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by aeropix
Thu Mar 19, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 352845

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

mxaxai wrote:
TXL is routing most passengers through terminal C, SXF is now exclusively using terminal B. .


Guess we don't have to worry about when Berlin Brandenburg will open for a while... :duck:

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by aeropix
Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Simulator Training to increase?
Replies: 4
Views: 1905

Re: Simulator Training to increase?

At my airline we closed the simulators for the next 30 days, to prevent transmission of the virus inside the stuffy little mechanical box. Guys/Gals who need recurrent are being given a 4-month extension waiver by the authorities to give everyone time to see how this thing shakes out. I think the &q...

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by aeropix
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: The future of A380-capable gates
Replies: 24
Views: 4670

Re: The future of A380-capable gates

Fun fact: The A380 can be boarded and deboarded via stairs from the apron as well. No bridges needed triple or not . The only specific airport equipment it needs are tow tractors capable of handling it's weight and upper deck catering trucks. AHHHH! That is absolutely NOT what airbus said to LAX du...

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by aeropix
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RJAA approach chart question
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Re: RJAA approach chart question

GalaxyFlyer wrote:
Actually, I looked it up, Civil Japan uses PANS-OPS.


On the LIDO charts its listed as TERPS at least for the circling radii.

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by aeropix
Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RJAA approach chart question
Replies: 8
Views: 1248

Re: RJAA approach chart question

Surprisingly, the LIDO presentation makes it a bit more clear. It's the step-downs for the LOC-DME approach. 1500 to birds, 730 to D3.5 ITM, then MDA of 510 for cat C/D til the MissedApproachPoint at D0.7 ITM. It's been a while to use JEPPS but I believe the shaded grey altitudes are for obstacle cl...

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by aeropix
Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Using a NDB during a storm
Replies: 36
Views: 3299

Re: Using a NDB during a storm

So its giving you a “virtual” CDI display of the VOR signal that is coming from FMGC (GPS). Do i have that right? The thing that was hard for me to wrap my head around many years ago when I transitioned from general aviation airplanes to FMC navigation was that there is NO Course Deviation Indicato...

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by aeropix
Sat Feb 29, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is this really an issue to pilots? (Current in-flight re-planning system)
Replies: 6
Views: 1564

Re: Is this really an issue to pilots? (Current in-flight re-planning system)

Well, I think that you might be using terminology differently than pilots, hence the confusion. "Flight Plan" (in very basic terms) is a pre-flight planning document which is a planned route from origin to destination, is accepted by the pilots and shared with air traffic control. I don't ...

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by aeropix
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is this really an issue to pilots? (Current in-flight re-planning system)
Replies: 6
Views: 1564

Re: Is this really an issue to pilots? (Current in-flight re-planning system)

Well, for starters, in flight re-planning is a non-issue given the availability of Flight Management computers and Electronic Flight Bags. These two tools have eliminated the need for paper charts, plotting and measuring any route changes, and manually calculating fuel burns over the revised routing...

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