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by gopal
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying
Replies: 141
Views: 25573

Re: FAA bars AI 126 ORD-DEL from flying

I agree with those who think that this was the result of a souring of relationship between AI Maintenance and FAA Reps. It would be interested to go through the records to see if Air India was given a warning on this before and this was a final act to force AI to take action.

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by gopal
Fri Aug 07, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Suggestions For Geeking Out On An Upcoming Trip
Replies: 1
Views: 1935

Suggestions For Geeking Out On An Upcoming Trip

My family and I will be Air France flights from <acronym title="Minneapolis / St. Paul - International / Wold-Chamberlain Field (MSP / KMSP), USA - Minnesota">MSP</acronym> to Paris and then on to <acronym title="Bangalore - Kempegowda International (Bengaluru International / Devanahalli) (BLR / VOB...

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by gopal
Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Watch Incredible Footage Of Boeing Dreamliner
Replies: 86
Views: 18803

RE: Watch Incredible Footage Of Boeing Dreamliner

Thank you very much for your answers. I guess that makes sense - the amount of G forces experienced by an airliner with no passenger load and also lower amount of fuel would not be enough to cause damage to the airframe and systems.

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by gopal
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Watch Incredible Footage Of Boeing Dreamliner
Replies: 86
Views: 18803

RE: Watch Incredible Footage Of Boeing Dreamliner

Breathtaking stunts - Kudos to Boeing for making such a incredible airplane. Two questions: a) If I understand correctly B787 in the video is meant for Vietnam airlines. Then whose pilots were performing the stunts - Boeing's or Vietnam airlines' pilots ? b) Also I were Vietnam airlines, I would be ...

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by gopal
Tue Apr 08, 2014 1:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Effects Of Winglet Breakage
Replies: 6
Views: 3834

Effects Of Winglet Breakage

Would the effects of a winglet breaking off mid-flight be very dangerous ? Also are "After market" winglets i.e. those that have been bolted on to planes that are/were usually built without winglets more vulnerable to breakage than the one put on by Airbus or Boeing ? I got this thought on a recent ...

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by gopal
Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Firearms In Checked-in Baggage
Replies: 2
Views: 2158

Firearms In Checked-in Baggage

Are Checked-in bags screened for Fire-arms in addition to explosives? I guess I am requesting more information on how checked-in bags are screened. Are they examined via an X-Ray machine just as carry-on luggage. If checked-in baggage is not screened for loaded/unloaded firearms, then theoretically,...

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by gopal
Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL 767 Has Same Incident 3 Days In A Row
Replies: 13
Views: 19708

RE: DL 767 Has Same Incident 3 Days In A Row

Why did the aircraft have to "remained at FL280 below RVSM airspace for the Atlantic crossing" ? Do aircraft communications become impossible above that level without a transponder. Also does an unscheduled flight at FL280 cause overcrowding at that level ?

Thanks for your answers.

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by gopal
Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 Showers - What Happens In Turbulence?
Replies: 18
Views: 14561

RE: A380 Showers - What Happens In Turbulence?

Are the shower facilities available for Coach class passengers ?

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by gopal
Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?
Replies: 89
Views: 25005

RE: What Do The French Call The 747 And 777?

In Hindi the names would be:

747 : Saat Sau Saintaalees
777: Saat Sau Sutattar
767: Saat Sau SudSut
737: Saat Say Saintees

Dreamliner 787: Su Swapneeya Saat Sau Suttaasi

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by gopal
Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 And LH Flights Hit Heavy Turbulence
Replies: 12
Views: 12245

RE: B6 And LH Flights Hit Heavy Turbulence

The <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> flight went all the way to the edge of Nova Scotia before turning back. I have flown in 5-6 transatlantic flights in the past year and have always experienced turbulence when flying over that region. For a large plane like a A346 to be tossed up ...

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by gopal
Wed Apr 20, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Busy Airways And Tcas
Replies: 17
Views: 3510

RE: Busy Airways And Tcas

A top headline from about 2 hours ago states that the First lady's plane had to abort landing because it came too close to a military cargo C-17. Her plane was ordered to perform a series of "S" maneuvers which did not help. Therefore it was asked to abort it landing and circle the airport. It was a...

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by gopal
Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Busy Airways And Tcas
Replies: 17
Views: 3510

RE: Busy Airways And Tcas

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/BigSaabowski" class="quote" target="_blank">BigSaabowski</a> (<a href="#8" class="quote">Reply 8</a>):<br/><i>If this was on descent to Milwauke...

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by gopal
Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:35 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Busy Airways And Tcas
Replies: 17
Views: 3510

RE: Busy Airways And Tcas

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/IAHFLYR" class="quote" target="_blank">IAHFLYR</a> (<a href="#4" class="quote">Reply 4</a>):<br/><i>In the classes B-E airspace the separation f...

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by gopal
Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Busy Airways And Tcas
Replies: 17
Views: 3510

Busy Airways And Tcas

Yesterday, I got a first hand experience of the busy skies over the US during my Airtran flight 676 from Orlando to Milwaukee. It was bright and sunny during most of the journey which enabled me to see our path being criss-crossed by contrails left by airliners at different levels. I was able to see...

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by gopal
Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Happens To Bags Once Inside The Hold?
Replies: 65
Views: 18906

RE: What Happens To Bags Once Inside The Hold?

This is indeed turning out to be a very informative thread. I am requesting information on how Airlines track these LD1/2/3/8 containers. What kind of systems do airlines have to track the following information on containers: a) The inventory of various types of containers available for a particular...

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by gopal
Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Happens To Bags Once Inside The Hold?
Replies: 65
Views: 18906

RE: What Happens To Bags Once Inside The Hold?

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/PWM2TXLHopper" class="quote" target="_blank">PWM2TXLHopper</a> (<a href="#20" class="quote">Reply 20</a>):<br/><i>On 767's, the bin door for thi...

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by gopal
Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Effect Of Cabin Bags On Airframe
Replies: 17
Views: 7371

RE: Effect Of Cabin Bags On Airframe

<table border="0" align="CENTER" width="95%" class="quote"><tr><td><font size="2" face="ARIAL, Helvetica, Geneva" color="#9A9DA0">Quoting <a href="/profile/RoseFlyer" class="quote" target="_blank">RoseFlyer</a> (<a href="#2" class="quote">Reply 2</a>):<br/><i>The bins are designed usually for a max ...

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by gopal
Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Effect Of Cabin Bags On Airframe
Replies: 17
Views: 7371

Effect Of Cabin Bags On Airframe

As more are more Airlines are charging for Checked-in baggage travellers are carrying as much as they can in their cabin bags. Therefore cabin bags are not only getting bigger, but also heavier. It is getting to the point where one cabin bag takes up almost an entire overhead bin compartment with re...

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by gopal
Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 2 Vs 4 Engines Debate
Replies: 47
Views: 11995

2 Vs 4 Engines Debate

Twin or Quad, it looks like safety technology to avoid bird ingestion into engines needs to be developed. Skies are getting crowded, human population/settlements around airports is getting denser, which will increase the probability of bird hits to airplanes. Sensors could be added to the fuselage/e...

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by gopal
Tue Jan 20, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 2 Vs 4 Engines Debate
Replies: 47
Views: 11995

2 Vs 4 Engines Debate

Do the incidents with regard to US 1549 and <acronym title="British Airways">BA</acronym> 38 highlight the inadequacies of the 2 engine model ? Will the fervent supporters of the 4 engine model for most airplanes get a lot of support from these incidents ? The 2 engine model is based on the premise ...

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by gopal
Tue May 27, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Can Noise Cancelling Technology Work For Airliners
Replies: 26
Views: 8414

RE: Can Noise Cancelling Technology Work For Airliners

Instead of cancelling the noise generated by the turbines , why not harness some of it and use it for some of the aircraft systems ? Are there machines that can convert sound energy to electricity efficiently ?

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by gopal
Tue May 27, 2008 9:00 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long Walk Before Immigration/Customs
Replies: 15
Views: 2776

RE: Long Walk Before Immigration/Customs

I think that one of the minor reasons is that the airport authorities want to tire the passengers down to the point that they would not argue or talk forcefully with the immigration agents. They would be just grateful for successfully passing through immigrations and customs  <img src="/aviatio...

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by gopal
Tue May 27, 2008 8:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long Walk Before Immigration/Customs
Replies: 15
Views: 2776

RE: Long Walk Before Immigration/Customs

Thank you for the explanations. They are very valid. However, it would be very beneficial if some kind of transportation in the form of trains or buses (similar to what is available for departing passengers) could be provided for weary passengers. Some airports do have moving walkways.

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by gopal
Tue May 27, 2008 7:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Long Walk Before Immigration/Customs
Replies: 15
Views: 2776

Long Walk Before Immigration/Customs

In almost all international airports in US and Europe, passengers disembarking from international flights have to walk a long distance (almost 1/2 km) before reaching the immigration area. I found this to be true at <acronym title="London - Heathrow (LHR / EGLL), United Kingdom">LHR</acronym>, <acro...

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by gopal
Tue Aug 21, 2007 2:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flight Crew Of 3 On A UA 777
Replies: 44
Views: 11373

Flight Crew Of 3 On A UA 777

I flew on a <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> 777 from London to <acronym title="Chicago - O'Hare International (ORD / KORD), USA - Illinois">ORD</acronym> last sunday. The chief purser announced that the name of the captain and two first officers. Is this common ? I thought that 7...

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by gopal
Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Predicting Smoothness Of A Flight
Replies: 2
Views: 3404

Predicting Smoothness Of A Flight

My family will be travelling from Chicago to Bangalore in a few days. Is there a website where I can input the date of the flight and determine the weather conditions along the flight path and also whether the flight is going to be smooth ? I am more interested in the flight leg from Chicago to Fran...

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by gopal
Tue Mar 20, 2007 1:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: London To New York, How Many A Day?
Replies: 27
Views: 9594

RE: London To New York, How Many A Day?

When is it coming to Chicago ? Will the public be able to view it from a suitable area ?

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by gopal
Mon Dec 25, 2006 10:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Q. 777 Range Performance USA-India Routes
Replies: 21
Views: 5424

RE: Q. 777 Range Performance USA-India Routes

Do the 777s used by AA or Delta have the GE engines rated at 92000 lbs of thrust ?

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by gopal
Tue Dec 19, 2006 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Please Don't Let Me End Up Next To Her
Replies: 121
Views: 19917

RE: Please Don't Let Me End Up Next To Her

She make some good points but she should make sure that her own actions during a flight do not cause inconvenience to fellow passengers. If she uses her laptop when the cabin has been darkened to allow passengers to get some sleep, then the flashing screen disturb the sleep of the passenger sitting ...

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by gopal
Tue Dec 19, 2006 6:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Please Don't Let Me End Up Next To Her
Replies: 121
Views: 19917

RE: Please Don't Let Me End Up Next To Her

She make some good points but she should make sure that her own actions during a flight do not cause inconvenience to fellow passengers. If she uses her laptop when the cabin has been darkened to allow passengers to get some sleep, then the flashing screen disturb the sleep of the passenger sitting ...

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by gopal
Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:21 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does 777 Use VORs
Replies: 27
Views: 5021

RE: Does 777 Use VORs

Thank you, everyone for the informative replies. How long does it take for a pilot to gain mastery over the FMS ? Does is require in-dept knowledge if IRS and INS ?

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by gopal
Mon Nov 27, 2006 9:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Does 777 Use VORs
Replies: 27
Views: 5021

Does 777 Use VORs

Does Boeing 777, being one of the most advanced airliners, still use VORs for navigation when flying between cities within the US ? Do other latest models such as A330-300 also VORs as well. When traversing oceanic routes, they use GPS systems, I think.

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by gopal
Sat Nov 25, 2006 7:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Short Routes/ Biggest Aircraft
Replies: 120
Views: 11653

RE: Short Routes/ Biggest Aircraft

AI flights from Chicago to Bangalore usually land in Bombay first and usually half of the plane empties there. It is operated a new flight with new cabin crew from Bombay to Bangalore. It usually lasts around 40 minutes and must list among the shortest routes with 747 as the equipment. What about do...

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by gopal
Tue Nov 21, 2006 12:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Emergency Landing
Replies: 28
Views: 17751

RE: AC Emergency Landing

Wasn't that <acronym title="United Airlines (USA)">UA</acronym> 747-200 from <acronym title="Tokyo - Narita International (New Tokyo) (NRT / RJAA), Japan">NRT</acronym> to <acronym title="Honolulu - International / Hickam AFB (HNL / HIK / PHNL / PHIK), USA - Hawaii">HNL</acronym>? Or was it another ...

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by gopal
Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AC Emergency Landing
Replies: 28
Views: 17751

RE: AC Emergency Landing

It is indeed great that everybody is safe and the plane landed safely. The atmospheric area over and around japan is known for severe weather phenomenon. Does anyone remember a case of severe turbulence that a JAL flight encountered in 1997? In that case there was one fatality and several severe inj...

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by gopal
Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Lufthansa/Continental Plane wing clip-EWR
Replies: 76
Views: 23866

RE: Lufthansa/Continental Plane Wing Clip-EWR

How would the <acronym title="Lufthansa (Germany)">LH</acronym> captain known that he clipped the 757 ? Is there an indicator in the cockpit that would have warned him. Had he been unaware and proceeded to take-off, he could still have taken off without problems, correct ? A mere clipping would not ...

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by gopal
Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Heres A Great Way To Save Fuel!
Replies: 50
Views: 14540

RE: Heres A Great Way To Save Fuel!

The old practice of taking the passengers to the aircraft by bus could help in fuel savings. The aircraft could be parked close to the runway in allocated spots near the runway. This will also simplify airport design as jetways can be avoided. This will also result in fuel savings as the jetways don...

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by gopal
Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:43 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Should The Fuselage Taper At The End?
Replies: 58
Views: 11837

RE: Why Should The Fuselage Taper At The End?

I am talking about changing only the rear , not the front end of the fuselage. The front end as it exists in all airliners should remain. If the rear only is changed not to taper, will there still be a huge increase in drag ?

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by gopal
Fri Jul 28, 2006 2:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why Should The Fuselage Taper At The End?
Replies: 58
Views: 11837

Why Should The Fuselage Taper At The End?

Why not design commericial aircraft with a uniform cross section till the end ?The vertical and horizontal stabilizers could be attached to the end of the fuselage just the same. This will greatly increase the seating capacity without a significant increase in fuselage length. This will also allow c...

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by gopal
Thu Jul 20, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707 Tail, What Is The Pointy Thing?
Replies: 39
Views: 20300

RE: 707 Tail, What Is The Pointy Thing?

What has the long wire <acronym title="OLD: Hapag Lloyd (Germany), NEW: Hapagfly (Germany)">HF</acronym> antenna in older propliners been replaced with in the modern airliners ? In other words , where is the <acronym title="OLD: Hapag Lloyd (Germany), NEW: Hapagfly (Germany)">HF</acronym> antenna in...

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by gopal
Tue Jun 27, 2006 3:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Economy Class Seat - Stripped To The Minimum
Replies: 34
Views: 11590

RE: Economy Class Seat - Stripped To The Minimum

If the flight is short, Airlines can really economize on the seats so long as the cost savings are passed on to the passengers. On short haul flights I would not mind: a) Bench seats with no armrests b) Seats without cushions (Lower cleaning costs, fire hazard is lowered) c) No window shades d) No r...

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by gopal
Tue Jun 20, 2006 9:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4-4 Seating In 767
Replies: 28
Views: 9314

RE: 4-4 Seating In 767

Why can't airlines provide "bench" seats on short haul flights ? The space savings from removing armrests will be considerable. Installation and maintenance costs will be lower. Evacuation also will be easier and therefore the criterion of no more than 2 seats to the nearest aisle can be relaxed. Al...

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by gopal
Tue Jun 20, 2006 2:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4-4 Seating In 767
Replies: 28
Views: 9314

4-4 Seating In 767

Why are'nt operators in Japan in high-density short haul routes (<= 1 hr long) using 767s with 4-4 configuration. Seems like, for a short flight, passengers would not mind the slightly cramped interior. But it would mean lower seat mile cost for the carrier and lower fares for the passengers.

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by gopal
Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Indian Visa Requirements
Replies: 28
Views: 3062

RE: Indian Visa Requirements

I do not know if India has a consulate in Kuwait but there is a consulate in Chicago. If there is a consulate in Kuwait, you may be able to apply and obtain the visa the same day. Else you might be able to apply for the visa at the embassy at UAE by post.

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by gopal
Fri Nov 04, 2005 2:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 50 Pound Restriction On Luggages? Outrageous!
Replies: 104
Views: 9852

RE: 50 Pound Restriction On Luggages? Outrageous!

It will be a disservice to the passengers to reduce the maximum allowable weight of checked in baggage to 50lbs/bag on international flights. As Pomnath mentions in his post, there are many things to carry to makes ones stay in a foreign land comfortable and efficient. There are gifts to take to lov...

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by gopal
Mon Oct 31, 2005 11:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 747-400 Shot To Hell..
Replies: 38
Views: 20857

RE: 747-400 Shot To Hell..

Some of the ex-Singapore Airline 744s leased by Air India are in poor shape internally. Entertainment controls don't work, seats look worn , etc. Even crew members complain that many of the galley controls don't work on these airplanes making their jobs more difficult. However, Air India maintenance...

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by gopal
Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Global Help For Boeing R&D
Replies: 0
Views: 2446

Global Help For Boeing R&D

<a href="http://us.rediff.com/money/2005/oct/27spec.htm?q=tp&file=.htm" target=_blank>http://us.rediff.com/money/2005/oct/27spec.htm?q=tp&file=.htm</a> The above article talks about Indian Institute of Science helping Boeing design advanced components in airplanes. Any body have more specific inform...

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by gopal
Mon Sep 05, 2005 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interiors Of Ex-Singapore AI 747s
Replies: 0
Views: 3081

Interiors Of Ex-Singapore AI 747s

We recently came back from a 21 day trip to India. We flew <acronym title="Air India">AI</acronym> 744s on both onward and return journeys. The trip (including the air travel) was very memorable and enjoyable. In flight service on both flights was of top quality. Cabin crew was very friendly and hel...

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by gopal
Sat Aug 06, 2005 2:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Low In Passenger Attire
Replies: 95
Views: 13659

RE: New Low In Passenger Attire

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by gopal
Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Low In Passenger Attire
Replies: 95
Views: 13659

RE: New Low In Passenger Attire

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