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by seat55a
Thu Jul 23, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG
Replies: 93
Views: 29255

Re: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG

Flyer732 wrote:
The 777F does not have fire fighting abilities on the main deck. Only in the lower. Thus, the only way for the fire department to fight the fire would be by opening the door.

What about skin piercing appliances? But if the skin already burned through it's moot.

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by seat55a
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?
Replies: 119
Views: 29247

Re: Did people really fly all the way on flights like this?

I remember being disappointed on a vacation to Australia in 1981 that the QF service from SFO to SYD made a tech stop in HNL. I had heard that QF had 747 SPs which would have been able to nonstop...I had no idea that they were actually used - maybe even only acquired - for service WLG to Australia. ...

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by seat55a
Fri May 08, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Red arrows over London.
Replies: 3
Views: 805

Re: Red arrows over London.

I assume this "one" was the flight of 9, only lead had the ads-b on?

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by seat55a
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BRA farewell flights: Is this even legal?
Replies: 10
Views: 5265

Re: BRA farewell flights: Is this even legal?

It's not the most stable formation flying I've ever seen particularly at the start. Even those Colorado bushplane guys have more stable spacing. One hopes it was well briefed. One also assumes the pilots are ex-military.

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by seat55a
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 747SP fifth pod ?
Replies: 32
Views: 3241

Re: 747SP fifth pod ?

only Max was a participant in that other thread..and an earlier one...and they don't say anything about SP one way or another, just an "I have no info" from a major source in this thread https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=770041 Not the droid you are looking for: https://theav...

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by seat55a
Tue Mar 03, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight
Replies: 135
Views: 19789

Re: Not allowed to film or take photos in flight

I also noticed it's not allowed to take photos whilst walking on the ramp to board an aircraft in Australia & NZ. Anyone know why? Took photos twice on VA and TR, ramp agents lost it. Here is one official answer: If you're walking across the tarmac, your devices may remain powered on but must n...

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by seat55a
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France planes' names
Replies: 70
Views: 12650

Re: Air France planes' names

Newark727 wrote:
[a sixth name for her.

Pentagon City?

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by seat55a
Mon Mar 02, 2020 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France planes' names
Replies: 70
Views: 12650

Re: Air France planes' names

Either way, I wouldn't envy the ones responsible for naming 70 777s. International capital cities, incl. Paris? 777s are the international flagships - they should take up the scheme from the 707s. There must be at least 70 Chateaux in France. Each one is a subject of local pride and a good story ab...

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by seat55a
Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France planes' names
Replies: 70
Views: 12650

Re: Air France planes' names

Back in the day, the 707s were Chateaux I know, and Caravelles were Departements I think?

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by seat55a
Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: human-powered aircraft
Replies: 18
Views: 1635

Re: human-powered aircraft

https://www.nytimes.com/1986/01/28/scie ... o-air.html
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The Smithsonian built a half-size RC flying model of the pterodactyl in the 80s - with wing flapping action for control and maybe some propulsion.

https://www.nytimes.com/1986/01/28/scie ... o-air.html

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by seat55a
Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Three Near Disasters...an amazing piece of aviation history!
Replies: 14
Views: 7662

Re: Three Near Disasters...an amazing piece of aviation history!

How much solid metal in the keel of the Sunderland - did it actually make a hole?

(recalling Richard Bach's classic story about gear failure in a Seabee "just taking a couple of inches off the bottom")

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by seat55a
Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How often do freighters fly with max payload?
Replies: 30
Views: 4045

Re: How often do freighters fly with max payload?

20,000 pages (letter, bond) is ~200 pounds.

So the number of 20,000 page contracts on a plane ~ number of passengers on that plane (but no seats, no luggage, so more contracts can be carried)

A rare case of weight before bulk, but does Munich Re do 500 contracts of that size a day?

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by seat55a
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dark Painted Aircraft Operating Cost
Replies: 5
Views: 2408

Re: Dark Painted Aircraft Operating Cost

Air NZ seems to manage? They have (or at one time had) one of each type in the fleet all black. Including Airbus, Boeing, ATR, Dash, carbon and aluminum, jet and turboprop, long and short haul, whatever. If it were really that bad it would have become very obvious and been abandoned by now.

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by seat55a
Thu May 16, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 24320

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

The wholesale price of a cup of tea from a bulk pour is about 2 cents (even in the air). The notional loss in negative publicity would cover the cost of this for a fair few years. They could do all sorts of clever with it like offering the tea free if you bring your own cup. Oh, did the statutory st...

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by seat55a
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dual jet bridge boarding
Replies: 51
Views: 9216

Re: Dual jet bridge boarding

Nobody mentioned CUTE vs dedicated. More CUTE in Europe results in different investment strategy. The ALB setup was built on a semi-dedicated basis by the airport (at WN's request, part of a deal). https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2002/09/30/story7.html Even though WN didn't want to roll i...

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by seat55a
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:04 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: IIAF 747 cockpit photo
Replies: 7
Views: 1793

Re: IIAF 747 cockpit photo

This is the photo

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by seat55a
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Logic behind helicopter taxiing
Replies: 65
Views: 12920

Re: Logic behind helicopter taxiing

(I didn't follow to find out what the cause of that turned out to be;) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Leicester_helicopter_crash AAIB report - "the tail rotor actuator control shaft (which controls the pitch of the tail rotor blades) becoming disconnected from the actuator lever mechanism&...

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by seat55a
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AKL Alternates
Replies: 10
Views: 1983

Re: AKL Alternates

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/109533 ... a-rejected
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The Singapore F15 deal is off, as of late December.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/109533 ... a-rejected

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by seat55a
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AKL Alternates
Replies: 10
Views: 1983

Re: AKL Alternates

paullam wrote:
A while ago an EK A380 diverted to Palmerston North while a SIA A380 was stuck on the Runway in AKL.

You mean Ohakea, which is not Palmerston North. An A380 at PMR would make big headlines, and not in a good way.

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by seat55a
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Helicopter Rescue of Injured Skier in France
Replies: 31
Views: 4869

Re: Helicopter Rescue of Injured Skier in France

The actual pickup was made using the hoist. Why didn't they use it for everything? Or longline a basket to a safe location? Would like to see the safety case for doing it this way. You are wrong. Am not. More seriously it is clear at the end of video that two people (looks like rescuer and patient)...

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by seat55a
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Helicopter Rescue of Injured Skier in France
Replies: 31
Views: 4869

Re: Helicopter Rescue of Injured Skier in France

The actual pickup was made using the hoist. Why didn't they use it for everything? Or longline a basket to a safe location? Would like to see the safety case for doing it this way.

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by seat55a
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019
Replies: 285
Views: 37638

Re: New Zealand Aviation Thread - January 2019

A left field question for the historians...In the Polynesian pools in Rotorua there is a mural of sailing canoes with a label saying it was from the NZ DC10 fleet. How was this used? Presuming the approx 2x5meter plaster on canvas original work was not actually mounted in a plane. Google turns up a ...

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by seat55a
Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports with interconnected baggage systems?
Replies: 22
Views: 3819

Re: Airports with interconnected baggage systems?

City baggage check-in certainly existed in various cities. There was the East Side Airlines Terminal in NYC, from 1954 to some time in the 70s.

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by seat55a
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports with interconnected baggage systems?
Replies: 22
Views: 3819

Re: Airports with interconnected baggage systems?

Is there even any interlining within CDG between T1 and the T2 complex? In the early 2000s my mom several times transfered between US and AF at CDG and never understood why her bags didn't make it although she had seen them in Paris. As far as I can tell the US agents at her origin didn't realize th...

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by seat55a
Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens with international delayed checked baggage?
Replies: 16
Views: 2789

Re: What happens with international delayed checked baggage?

They are more likely to open and inspect it. I've had a little note left in my delayed bags "Opened by US Customs".

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by seat55a
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011
Replies: 250
Views: 19310

Re: Airports where pax had to use stairs to board 747, DC-10, L-1011

At one time AKL used stairs as well. My family boarded an Air New Zealand DC10 that way. AKL - did even International have bridges at all, before Ansett turned up to challenge ANZ? Certainly Domestic didn't. Scrolling through the thread I don't see mention of PPT, which had lots of 747 traffic and ...

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by seat55a
Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 short runway issue
Replies: 92
Views: 17773

Re: A350 short runway issue

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-glBWoazjEg The a359 coming to a full stop in 10 seconds on a wet wellington runway... That's just show-offery masquerading as a technical trial...(which is the whole idea really when selling aircraft, no disrespect intended!) I recall seeing the 77W doing similar at ...

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by seat55a
Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HAM power outage & all flights cancelled as of now
Replies: 42
Views: 6738

Re: HAM power outage & all flights cancelled as of now

Would such efficient rebooking happen anywhere but in German-speaking Europe? Would such outrage happen anywhere else? Pardon me as a somewhat relaxed Anglophone, I find the combination somewhat amusing. Note, not outrage at one's own personal inconvenience - nobody can beat US consumers in that are...

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by seat55a
Fri May 18, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality
Replies: 720
Views: 126741

Re: WN 1380 LGA-DAL emergency landing at PHL, 1 fatality

By that measure, would you responsible for any war crimes? Slavery? Deaths during the crusades? Following the theory of Western Cultural Imperialism, yes "we of Northern European descent" are all implicated. And sometimes individuals benefited in measurable and heritable ways - for instan...

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by seat55a
Sat May 12, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could regional aircraft be more like buses?
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Re: Could regional aircraft be more like buses?

Sounds like 1950s futurism. There are reasons we don't live in the City of Tomorrow. Not a good enough cost/benefit ratio or physical risk/benefit ratio. Also the western countries, at least, are a bit over clearing large areas of heritage city for even "small" new transport infrastructure...

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by seat55a
Tue May 01, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is this even Legal (close flying)
Replies: 27
Views: 5818

Re: Is this even Legal (close flying)

https://wolfeair.com/
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That looks like it's taken out the back window of the Wolfe Air Learjet. This is what they do for a living. The production video makes it clear they really are that close.

https://wolfeair.com/

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by seat55a
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is AKL-JFK/EWR/ATL not a thing?
Replies: 36
Views: 4996

Re: Why is AKL-JFK/EWR/ATL not a thing?

With Air NZ’s 787’s currently restricted to 140 mins ETOPS they’re not going anywhere far over the horizon anyway. I don't think ETOPS is much of an issue for AKL to east cost US. Last time I looked even the flyover parts of North America had a few suitable airports. Surprising how frequent they ar...

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by seat55a
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: COS Airport Fire - Terminal Closed
Replies: 22
Views: 3844

Re: COS Airport Fire - Terminal Closed

Images seem consistent with bonded polystyrene/aluminum cladding? Nasty stuff.

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by seat55a
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Military Airport near Damascus completely destroyed by US,UK and France
Replies: 84
Views: 9855

Re: Damascus Airport completely destroyed by US,UK and France

Pics or it didn't happen. Liberal western media reports do not support the claim. Mods, please check news independently...

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by seat55a
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM B787-8 to Victorville (RR engine issues)
Replies: 86
Views: 29971

Re: LATAM B787-8 to the desert ( Victorville)

Why is LATAM so slow getting these engines replaced? Compare NZ, they are almost back to normal now, wet leased (HiFly) aircraft are no longer required and even the frame that had in-flight failure is apparently nearly ready. LATAM has many more 787 then Air New Zealand. ANZ's long haul fleet is pr...

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by seat55a
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM B787-8 to Victorville (RR engine issues)
Replies: 86
Views: 29971

Re: LATAM B787-8 to the desert ( Victorville)

Why is LATAM so slow getting these engines replaced? Compare NZ, they are almost back to normal now, wet leased (HiFly) aircraft are no longer required and even the frame that had in-flight failure is apparently nearly ready.

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by seat55a
Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Pilotless Aircraft
Replies: 18
Views: 1041

Re: Pilotless Aircraft

It has to be enough of an improvement to justify the investment. Of course you run into issues when you have to program a machine to react to The Trolley Problem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem My idea for self driving cars is that the owner should be able to program their chosen ans...

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by seat55a
Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update
Replies: 21
Views: 1777

Re: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update

How would the server know what is installed ? Like this problem I can see the server knows what update was downloaded however it does not know what is installed. The installation reports success back to the server. So the server can know what the installer thinks has happened. My company's software...

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by seat55a
Sun Feb 25, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update
Replies: 21
Views: 1777

Re: Norwegian B737 Max 8 software update

The server knows, of course. How would the server know what is installed ? Like this problem I can see the server knows what update was downloaded however it does not know what is installed. The installation reports success back to the server. So the server can know what the installer thinks has ha...

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by seat55a
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Named Runways
Replies: 27
Views: 2312

Re: Named Runways

Quoting seat55A (Reply 3), "KJFK 13R/31L "Bay Runway" I have been flying in and out of KJFK for the past 15 years and have never heard either flight crews nor air traffic controllers refer to Runway 13R/31L as the "Bay Runway." It's possible that passengers or airplane enth...

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by seat55a
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Named Runways
Replies: 27
Views: 2312

Re: Named Runways

KJFK 13R/31L "Bay Runway"

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by seat55a
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Next Generation Helicopters
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: Next Generation Helicopters

I don't believe quadcopter drones are inherently stable (aerodynamically). It's just that computers feed back faster than humans. You can also do this with traditional helicopter designed toys (main plus tail rotor). Quads may be simpler in that you don't need as many degrees of freedom to the rotor...

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by seat55a
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MH370: Malaysia resumes search to find aircraft
Replies: 418
Views: 77244

Re: MH370: Malaysia set to announce resumption of search as early as this week

Does anybody know the history of the company Ocean Infinity? Do they have one at all, or is it a new partnership? Nothing on their website about previous jobs (did I miss it?). Google doesn't turn up anything but equipment purchases and puff closely related to this story. They don't own or manage th...

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by seat55a
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Northeast USA Winter Storm 1/4 Thread
Replies: 313
Views: 31911

Re: Empty skies over BOS-EWR-JFK

SyracuseAvGeek wrote:
Norwegian 787-9 from LGW to JFK diverted into ALB


Pix and story at Times Union

Victor Borge indeed...

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by seat55a
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR
Replies: 67
Views: 25783

Re: BA 747 3 engine ferry PHX-LHR

TUGMASTER wrote:
horoscope checks.


Astral navigation?

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by seat55a
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Progress On JFK TWA Terminal 5 Hotel Project (PICS)
Replies: 101
Views: 19458

Re: Progress On JFK TWA Terminal 5 Hotel Project (PICS)

Because it's always a classy move to wrap an architectural icon in some meh architectural design work... :duck: Well, they can make the addition an architectural gem in itself, but then people like you complain that it detracts from the iconic character of the original. To take another NY example, ...

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by seat55a
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018
Replies: 67
Views: 14214

Re: Emirates to axe MEL-AKL and BNE-AKL from March 2018

For example around 10 years ago NZ proved that you can pretty much drop you short-haul services down to LCC style and offer cheaper fares and still keep market share. As long as you are on time or at least know how to deal with irrops better than the next guy. But I agree, kiwi pride uses NZ to eur...

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by seat55a
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)
Replies: 5
Views: 960

Re: Zero Airspeed DC-3 Stall (Hypothetical)

This is fantasy here, think magical transportation with (oops) forgetting to match for local winds. Or superhero-style weather creation. Or...

Personally more interested in what might happen at 88 MPH...with a DC-3 that's just barely flying I believe, below VR on takeoff.

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by seat55a
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with an uncontained engine failure to #4 engine
Replies: 687
Views: 196730

Re: AF66 CDG-LAX (A388-F-HPJE) diverts to Goose Bay (YYR) with reports of suspected damage to leading edge above #4 engi

To my uneducated eye this looks like a break due to crack propagating. What part is this? You are doing very well, normally you need high magnification to see that. Should I say: "the macroscopic profile of the edge of the remaining part appears consistent with the profile you might see from a...

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