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by 9MMPQ
Wed Sep 01, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?
Replies: 124
Views: 13095

Re: US military bases in Afghanistan after drawdown?

The Aircraft left behind dont look so sofesticated to create panic though. They aren't. They're just talking points in domestic partisan politics. There's not scary about M4s, Humvees, Blackhawks, etc. Unless you're with the last hold outs against the Taliban in Panjshir vally where Ahmad Massoud i...

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Fri Aug 20, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?
Replies: 17
Views: 2319

Re: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?

Completely forgot to mention packs off, but I think of it more as a "standard" option since it goes right in the calculation and there's no need to coordinate with anyone. :) Different companies, different strokes. It was never a standard inclusion in our flightplan but was a part of the ...

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Thu Aug 19, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?
Replies: 17
Views: 2319

Re: If an airliner is too heavy for takeoff due to conditions, how is it lightened? Remove pax? cargo?

There are several possibilities before you remove payload. If limited by runway or weather conditions another trick on the B747/B777 is to turn off the (airconditioning) packs before take off which slightly improves the take off performance. The packs would be turned on again a bit further on in th...

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by 9MMPQ
Wed Aug 18, 2021 11:54 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!
Replies: 100
Views: 10616

Re: C-17 departs Kabul with 800 passengers!

I'd say everyone is hitting a spectacular set of circumstances. First of all, Taliban have set roadblocks & checkpoints throughout the city which in itself is a risk for anyone heading to the airport & is hindering traffic. Together with a set curfew of 21:00 or 22:00 to 04:00 getting to the...

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by 9MMPQ
Sun Aug 15, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Kabul Falls: Evacuation Charter Watch Thread
Replies: 860
Views: 186907

Re: SKY NEWS - Kabul Falls: Commercial Aircraft Evacuation Charter Watch Thread

I can't imagine any commercial charter operation will last very long. The Afghan government seems about ready to hand over control of Kabul to the Taliban who are already in a few parts of the city. Doubt insurers would cover commercial operations in such uncertain security circumstances unless gove...

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by 9MMPQ
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: All about containers
Replies: 9
Views: 3435

Re: All about containers

Do you know if this is possible for other airlines? A few months ago I purchased two former VS AKE containers and I'd love to know where they had flown during their operational life. They are fiberglass models with an aluminium base, and will be seeing out their retirement as storage for our firewo...

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by 9MMPQ
Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Jet Airways 77W VT-JEW at AMS
Replies: 32
Views: 8649

Re: Jet Airways 77W VT-JEW at AMS

9W had an engineer on site who did periodic checks with some KLM support during the court case over VT-JEW but this engineer eventually returned to India in the weeks were the company was in no man's land and payments were no longer forthcoming. KLM hasn't touched it since save for a few occasions w...

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by 9MMPQ
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Indonesia Orders Four A330-800neos
Replies: 87
Views: 15804

Re: Garuda Indonesia Orders Four A330-800neos

If we assume the A338 lands with 5t of fuel To be honest, that seems very optimistic and would be not very much above final reserve fuel. Add in fuel for an alternate airport & contingency fuel, maybe add some for holding & taxi and it's easy to sit above 10-12 tons upon arrival & that ...

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by 9MMPQ
Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight
Replies: 31
Views: 43814

Re: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight

Very cool photo on the front page today: 6325619 I had no idea that any F-14s were painted like this in U.S. service. Going back there was another one, the 80th ordered Iranian F-14 (BuNo 160378) never made it to Iran as the revolution swept through the country before it could be delivered. The air...

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by 9MMPQ
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SLM new 777 and ETOPS
Replies: 98
Views: 24289

Re: SLM new 777 and ETOPS

Doesnt KL still has one more 747 in its backyard? Why not offer that one? At least that one has a bonafide ETOPS. Maintenance might become tricky, yes but im sure some KL engineers would like to help keeping that bird in the sky as long as possible. Fun fact, it's been done 20 years before when Sur...

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by 9MMPQ
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Mysterious airline called Aztec
Replies: 6
Views: 2187

Re: Mysterious airline called Aztec

They don't limit themselves as they cleary also offer charters & cargo charters on their website. Out of the U.S. the HAE group is pushing their name & prefixes for cargo charter services. The website i have given is Aztec's and if you check their cargo / worldwide subpage they too refer to ...

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by 9MMPQ
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:27 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Mysterious airline called Aztec
Replies: 6
Views: 2187

Re: Mysterious airline called Aztec

https://www.flyaztec.com/index.html
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Some very small outfit seemingly lending their prefixes to charter work with other carriers. Came across them a few times last year as they were doing cargo charters on ORD - AMS with WGN's MD-11s. IATA/ICAO prefixes 7A / 179-

They certainly have a website: https://www.flyaztec.com/index.html

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by 9MMPQ
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:04 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight
Replies: 31
Views: 43814

Re: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight

Thanks for the share. Definitely some good stories from Iran. I recall reading Gulf War stories from US Naval aviators that they found Iraqi aircraft turning back when they had a hint an AWG-9 radar was in the skies with them. Seems those experiences from Iran carried over quite a bit.

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by 9MMPQ
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Niki A319 in Air Berlin c/s 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 1167

Re: Niki A319 in Air Berlin c/s 2016

I might have seen this one in EDI or another aircraft in Air Berlin livery quite some time after their collapse. I was a bit suprised at the time, memory is a bit foggy but as i recall it i found a leasing company as owner and one airline operating it for another airline. Figured paint was either to...

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by 9MMPQ
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight
Replies: 31
Views: 43814

Re: F-14 - 50th Anniversary First Flight

Not completely gone yet. Still active in Iran, some photo's even pop up on here fromt time to time too. If you can find it Osprey have a book about it's combat history in the Iran - Iraq war which is a good read titled ''Iranian F-14 Tomcat Units in Combat''. I picked up my copy at the NAS Oceana ai...

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by 9MMPQ
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France KLM News and Discussion Thread - 2020
Replies: 618
Views: 102565

Re: Air France KLM - Master Thread

To get into the nitty gritty of it all. The Dutch government are asking for a plan for the 5 years the government loan is set to run. KLM & ground staff unions have only discussed plans & agreed on plans for 2 years, with the pilot union for 1.5 years. This has been dragging on for a bit now...

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by 9MMPQ
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Updated: Teacher Murdered in Paris Over Cartoon
Replies: 180
Views: 4453

Re: Updated: Teacher Murdered in Paris Over Cartoon

Some questions about European border control should also (again) need to be asked & addressed. Some media is reporting this attacker recently landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa as a boat refugee. Apparently without a request for asylum & only after a Covid-19 quarantine period he was ...

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by 9MMPQ
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels
Replies: 27
Views: 9092

Re: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels

Considering the reported weather they could have been caught out in the final moments. I've never really understood this excuse. From day one of your private pilot training you are taught to use good judgement and that you are responsible for the safety of the occupants and the aircraft. The pilots...

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by 9MMPQ
Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels
Replies: 27
Views: 9092

Re: Vietjet Airbus A321 suffered 4.27g hard landing, visible damages found on fuselage and nosewheels

Considering the reported weather they could have been caught out in the final moments. Maybe we have a few A321 drivers on here who can comment on the crosswind component gusting up to 33 knots. I don't think it's at it's maximum but it is up there. Hard to tell much more at this point. Investigator...

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by 9MMPQ
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 295
Views: 33992

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Except Gasly, much like Albon now, wasn't comfortable in the car & the difference with Verstappen took it's (mental) toll. Would that be any different a second time around ? Alpha Tauri seems to have a better grip on supporting it's drivers then Red Bull, Franz Tost mentioning that the mental as...

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by 9MMPQ
Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is DL taking delivery of A350’s from NRT to avoid tariffs?
Replies: 215
Views: 34888

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

PSU.DTW.SCE wrote:
DL A339 delivery tomorrow N407DX, TLS-AMS.


Said to join up with N515DN already sitting at KLM's hangar 14 for storage until further notice.

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by 9MMPQ
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Future of CCS?
Replies: 2
Views: 562

Re: Future of CCS?

In the grand scheme of things Covid-19 alone is nog going to make or break CCS. Prior to Covid-19 there was already a shortage of basic supplies of food, medicine & fuel leading to long queues & the security situation on the streets had already led to negative travel & security advice to...

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by 9MMPQ
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A Question on the UPS Flight 6 Crash
Replies: 4
Views: 1490

Re: A Question on the UPS Flight 6 Crash

https://lessonslearned.faa.gov/UPS6/UPS ... Report.pdf
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The accident report paints a clear (and grim) picture if you want to learn more.

https://lessonslearned.faa.gov/UPS6/UPS ... Report.pdf

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by 9MMPQ
Mon Jul 27, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Tips: for or against?
Replies: 98
Views: 3293

Re: Tips: for or against?

It might not be mandatory in the US but seems there's certainly a social emphasis on it that it essentially already feels mandatory unless you want the company you are in, or the staff, to feel you are cheap. It always amuses me a little bit when i'm in the US that people will tip and afterwards com...

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by 9MMPQ
Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 295
Views: 33992

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

When the nearest challengers are 7 to 9 tenths of a second away i'd say barring any unforeseen incidents or crazy weather a Mercedes clean sweep is certainly possible. For now we have a relatively short season and bridging a gap like that requires a lot of development & time. It's either Hamilto...

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by 9MMPQ
Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airplane! On Netflix starting today
Replies: 46
Views: 4716

Re: Airplane! On Netflix starting today

“He’s a menace to himself and everything else in the air… yes, birds too.”

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by 9MMPQ
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: It's back! F1 2020 Season
Replies: 295
Views: 33992

Re: It's back! F1 2020 Season

Considering the gap between Mercedes & the rest of the pack in the first 2 races i don't really see anyone catching up this season. Red Bull has to watch their back for Racing Point & Ferrari have dug a hole for themselves where they are not getting out of that quickly. At the moment the mos...

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by 9MMPQ
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airplane! On Netflix starting today
Replies: 46
Views: 4716

Re: Airplane! On Netflix starting today

Does anyone here speak Jive ?

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by 9MMPQ
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa flight UX965 MAD to IAD
Replies: 13
Views: 3508

Re: Air Europa flight UX965 MAD to IAD

I am sure about the IAD flight, offered full lowerdeck for cargo. Never mentioned KBP but this one did not offer the full lowerdeck capacity so would have been able to carry baggage too. Airlines need to get creative to still have some revenue coming in & i'm sure these guys are not the only one...

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by 9MMPQ
Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Europa flight UX965 MAD to IAD
Replies: 13
Views: 3508

Re: Air Europa flight UX965 MAD to IAD

Chartered for cargo, no passengers onboard. Expect to see more. Belly space from Europe is otherwise drying up fast. Good times for freighters and charters like this.

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by 9MMPQ
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transavia 737 Takes Off With Gear Pin In
Replies: 35
Views: 9288

Re: Transavia 737 Takes Off With Gear Pin In

It was the bypass pin & they did use differential thrust & braking to get out. Someone i know at HV mentioned the crew was invited for a talk at head office & placed on leave. He had quite the chuckle about it as there was no tug to the runway & nobody understands how they pulled it ...

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by 9MMPQ
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: LD3 in lower deck
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: LD3 in lower deck

They are all locked into position, there is no room to stack them. There's certainly stack loading on the B747-400 family. A group of LD3 containers loaded together with the container stops only fixed on the front & end of the group, no locks in between the containers. The containers would all ...

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by 9MMPQ
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Low QNH (!) cancels hundreds of flights in Norway
Replies: 25
Views: 8627

Re: Low QNH (!) cancels hundreds of flights in Norway

What nobody is mentioning is that a drop in air pressure also results in a restricted take off weight as engine performance is affected. When you take into account that 1013 hPA is viewed as average air pressure at sea level then 945 hPa is extremely low. In usual performance calculations each point...

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by 9MMPQ
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 80 kg (175 lbs) of coke found on B744F, crew arrested
Replies: 35
Views: 10446

Re: 80 kg (175 lbs) of coke found on B744F, crew arrested

This article (in Dutch) shows a picture of the catch lying on the maindeck in front of empty boxes that normally hold the cans of engine oil. Easy way in & out, these boxes are normally kept up front on the maindeck or in the bulk hold. https://www.telegraaf.nl/nieuws/682791979/tachtig-kilo-coke...

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by 9MMPQ
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?
Replies: 55
Views: 6162

Re: Should civil aircraft in conflict zones be equipped with anti-missile systems?

It's a moot point, the available systems only deal with heat seeking threats. Dealing with radar guided missiles would need electronics the likes of what the EA-6B or EA-18G are carrying and even then a commercial airliner remains a large, slow, unmanoeuvrable target that stands no chance.

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by 9MMPQ
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Letter to Erdoğan
Replies: 25
Views: 6726

Re: Trump Letter to Erdoğan

It reads like a poor sales letter & it'd be hilarious if it wasn't for the bloodshed on the ground. Turkish media already reporting Erdogan has thrown the letter in his trash basket. Dealing with Trump is like dealing with a teenager, impulsive change of mind and unpredictable behaviour, and see...

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by 9MMPQ
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Glorious Withdrawal from Northern Syria, 2019
Replies: 262
Views: 53574

Re: The Glorious Withdrawal from Northern Syria, 2019

US forces have been quick to pull out of their Manbij base. Russian journalist Oleg Blokhin posted some video's on Twitter showing the abandoned base, ready on a silver platter for Russian or Syrian forces to take over. Feel free to move in and have a coke, it's on the house i guess. Amazing it's be...

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by 9MMPQ
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tel Aviv airport is in Europe?
Replies: 27
Views: 6558

Re: Tel Aviv airport is in Europe?

Australia takes part in Eurovision, doesn’t make Australia any more European than Israel. That was only for one year I believe and as a special gesture to Australia, as the Australians apparently are huge fans of the show. Actually Australia has taken part since 2015 and it will continue to do so f...

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by 9MMPQ
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Would you choose Exit Row over Window?
Replies: 22
Views: 2076

Re: Would you choose Exit Row over Window?

No issues with either the exit row or a regular row but in your case being that close to the lavatories puts me off a bit. I generally see a lot of people hovering around waiting, stretching or just hanging around to the point that any extra space on that particular row is just not so appealing anym...

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by 9MMPQ
Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did Malaysia Airlines fly to Mexico, Argentina, Canada & USA in its heyday!?
Replies: 70
Views: 9895

Re: Did Malaysia Airlines fly to Mexico, Argentina, Canada & USA in its heyday!?

I remember in the 1990's Malaysia Airlines flew to MEX & EZE in its heydays and routing was KUL-TPE-LAX-MEX and KUL-JNB-CPT-EZE. Why did MH start MEX & EZE, was this the era of shooting darts on a map!? Did they have 5th freedom traffic on LAX-MEX & JNB-CPT-EZE!? I also heard they flew ...

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by 9MMPQ
Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO
Replies: 111
Views: 26860

Re: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO

Wasn't this thread locked ? Suppose AA went tech after giving their last spare part on stock at station to IG ? That would have looked bad with much more costs for AA down the line. Wonder what OP would say if he were on such a flight. I can just imagine '' AA gave away their last spare part and now...

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by 9MMPQ
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Media: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO
Replies: 111
Views: 26860

Re: AA refuses to supply IG with a spare part causing delays in SFO

I can guarantee that if it's the last part of that particular item in their inventory IG would not hand it over to AA or anyone else. That happens more often then people think. But without knowing the circumstances who knows what the issue was exacty. Seems a bit of a cheap shot to make in an interv...

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by 9MMPQ
Wed May 08, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead
Replies: 832
Views: 161471

Re: Updated: Aeroflot 1492 SSJ100 fire at Moscow (SVO) - 40+ confirmed dead

Having seen the Air Crash Investigation episode on British Airtours 28M again a few weeks ago this accident seems very much like a repeat regarding the pasenger evacuation. A fast developing fire on a single aisle aircraft, not all exits available, people getting stuck up front as everyone tries to ...

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by 9MMPQ
Fri May 03, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SQ Cargo fleet replacement
Replies: 11
Views: 2989

Re: SQ Cargo fleet replacement

777F seems to be the logical next choice. 747-8F will be adding extra capacity & it doesn't seem they are in real need of it. The 777F will cut fuel costs over the many years it would operate. The current B777 pilot & maintenance/spares pool can support the 777F without much of an extra inve...

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by 9MMPQ
Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: My Tiny Hometown on a UAL Aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 3047

Re: My Tiny Hometown on a UAL Aircraft

One vote from me & good luck with it.

In Firefox i couldn't select any of the options but it did work for me in Chrome.

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by 9MMPQ
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LATAM delivered my baggage 7 days late, after a series of incredible mistakes
Replies: 9
Views: 1750

Re: LATAM delivered my baggage 7 days late, after a series of incredible mistakes

Question: In your experience, how long does it take to transfer luggage from one aircraft to another at FRA? At what minimum would you advise not to buy a ticket because the very short connection entails a significant risk that the luggage will not follow? All depends how your bag is labelled, wher...

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by 9MMPQ
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: RB211 Not Standard for Cargo Ops?
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Re: RB211 Not Standard for Cargo Ops?

I've seen that thread & there's a bit more to it. The RB211 is a perfectly capable engine and can also be used. But the combination of B767 + RB211s engines seems to not have been a most selected pairing. Adding a new engine type to an existing fleet means increasing costs for different staff ma...

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by 9MMPQ
Sun Dec 02, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What types of toys to donate to toy drives?
Replies: 3
Views: 695

Re: What types of toys to donate to toy drives?

I'm sure advice & suggestions will vary greatly but for my 2 :twocents: , stuffed animals. For childeren in less fortunate circumstances then ourselves a simple teddy bear can become a dear & trusted friend and later on a fond childhood memory. Different circumstances but i have worked a lit...

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by 9MMPQ
Thu Nov 22, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Skyleasecargo RWY excursion at YHZ
Replies: 111
Views: 19505

Re: Skyleasecargo RWY excursion at YHZ

Avionics, engines & gear are the most valuable to salvage.With the last 2 shredded to pieces they have had plenty of time to remove whatever components from the cockpit & avionics bay. Anything else is nice to have but with enough 747s sitting in the desert for parts & the airport wantin...

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by 9MMPQ
Tue Oct 23, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus A330 Medevac flight
Replies: 6
Views: 3250

Re: Aer Lingus A330 Medevac flight

They may have been carrying a passenger with special medical needs together with a nurse or doctor to support them. It does allow to file the flight as a medevac. By filing it this way everyone will be aware and will give some priority to the flight while en route. It could also be used when carryin...

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