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by Loran
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?
Replies: 42
Views: 1913

Re: Top 10 biggest failures in commercial aviation?

Because it was built mostly out of pride, ego, hubris, and shoddy planning. "Hey Boeing! We built the world's biggest plane!". You could say the same to a lesser extent for Concorde as well. Utter nonsense and the reason why I hardly visit this forum any longer :crazy: Your list seems to ...

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by Loran
Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lounge Access policy for Star Alliance Gold for flights operated by Airlink
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: Lounge Access policy for Star Alliance Gold for flights operated by Airlink

Understood, thank you very much.
Then my source was wrong stating that Airlink is a *A affiliate (Wiki says so, too).

Thanks again.
Loran

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by Loran
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Lounge Access policy for Star Alliance Gold for flights operated by Airlink
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Lounge Access policy for Star Alliance Gold for flights operated by Airlink

Good morning. I was denied lounge access in JNB for an Airlink operated international flight. The lady at the transfer desk said I can access the SAA lounge, but I bounced once the lounge staff looked at my boarding pass :talktothehand: I hold Star Alliance Gold status (LX). Couldn't find a clear st...

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by Loran
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Is there a airway from Chinese Tibet airspace into New Delhi Indian airspace!?
Replies: 9
Views: 2613

Re: Is there a airway from Chinese Tibet airspace into New Delhi Indian airspace!?

I drove the entire Karakorum Highway from Islamabad to Kashgar in May 2019, and the only flights I saw crossing were CA's 945 service PEK-ISB-KHI and an EK 388 heading to PEK. Very little traffic, but thats likely related to the closure of Pakistan's airspace. But yes, it is possible to cross on thi...

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by Loran
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Trip Report on Military aircraft allowed?
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Re: Trip Report on Military aircraft allowed?

Super, thanks SQ22!
Will study the rules one more time to be sure.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Trip Report on Military aircraft allowed?
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Trip Report on Military aircraft allowed?

Hi there,

As suggested by the title, is it allowed to post a trip report of a flight on-board a military transport aircraft?
The forum roles do not seem to specifically limit it to civil aviation, but just want to be sure :sly:

Thanks,
Loran

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by Loran
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Reunification of Korea
Replies: 10
Views: 1256

Re: Reunification of Korea

*IF" a reunification happens, then I strongly assume the DPRK will join RoK's capitalistic system (although the DPRK intends a unification at eye level). The main challenge for DPRK's citizens will be dealing with a free society and capitalism in general. If your government takes care of everyt...

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by Loran
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:46 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?
Replies: 11
Views: 3350

Re: How do airlines "pay" for each others lounges?

At my home airport in ZRH for example Swissport used to operate some lounges, and I once heard that CHF 35 (=USD 35) are charged per visiting guest, irrespective which airline the guest is flying with (also LX passengers cost the same price).

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest & shortest flights
Replies: 78
Views: 4065

Re: Your longest & shortest flights

Longest Flight: 15,353 km, 18:05 h, Newark (Liberty) - Singapore (Changi), 04.11.2013
Shortest Flight: 3 km, 0:01 h, Papa Westray - Westray, 21.05.2017

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Turkmenistan Airlines Business Class: The President is Watching ...
Replies: 28
Views: 11572

Re: Turkmenistan Airlines Business Class: The President is Watching ...

Great report, thank you very much. Glad to find this one between all the boring EK/QR/etc. premium class reports. I was fortunate enough to fly twice on T5 domestically, firstly Dasoguz to Ashgabat (712) and Türkmenbashi to Ashgabat (738) during a 1 week tour across Türkmenistan. Weird stuff indeed ...

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by Loran
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: FRA Connections
Replies: 14
Views: 1119

Re: FRA Connections

The concourse has two floors, A-gates are Schengen gates and the same ones one floor higher are called Z-gates for non-Schengen flights. You will most likely arrive at Z11-25, it is then a very short walking distance to get to the A-Gates one floor below. Passport control and Security are within 100...

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by Loran
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Ilyushin Il-62 range
Replies: 8
Views: 2389

Re: Ilyushin Il-62 range

When I was in Pyongyang in mid-2012, a Cubana Il-62M appeared out of nowhere and stood on the ramp the next morning :eyepopping: Would love to find out what route they picked to ferry the airplane HAV-FNJ. Guess it must have been across the Atlantic and then via Russia. Unfortunately at that time th...

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by Loran
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many countries have you visited?
Replies: 36
Views: 1469

Re: How many countries have you visited?

88 in total, plus 3 non-recognized territories: Albania Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Belarus Belgium Bolivia Bosnia & Herzegovina Botswana Brazil Bulgaria Burma Canada Chile China (incl. HKG and Macau) Colombia Cuba Czech Republic Denmark Dominican Re...

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by Loran
Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:05 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service
Replies: 43
Views: 3878

Re: 30+ Year Old Aircraft in Scheduled Passenger Service

Colombia's DC-3s must be the oldest ones flying schedules, operating out of Villavicencio (VVC).
Built around WW2, so 75-80 years old.



Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How raked wingtips reduce induce drag?
Replies: 3
Views: 1452

Re: How raked wingtips reduce induce drag?

Let me try to reactivate my memory: Raked wingtips increase the aspect ratio of a wing, and the higher the aspect ratio, the lower the drag (see gliders have aspect ratios of 50+, whereas commercial jets are around 10-20). The most efficient wing has a huge wingspan and very short chord, or the zero...

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by Loran
Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2551

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

Phosphorus wrote:
Your list is very impressive, but it includes An-148 and An-158 (not a small feat in itself), and these are jets.

Oh thanks for spotting, I apologize.
I manually selected the types from my Excel list, and if things get done in a hurry.... :sarcastic:

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many helicopter types have you flown on
Replies: 18
Views: 760

Re: How many helicopter types have you flown on

24 variants / 29 flights in total for me (admit not all of the below qualify as individual 'types'): Type Nbr of Flights AS-350B3 1 AW109S Grand 1 AW139 1 Bell 205A 1 Bell 205A (UH-1H) Huey 1 Bell 206B Jet Ranger 1 Bell 206L Long Ranger 1 Bell 212 1 Bell 222UT 1 Bell 407 1 Enstrom 480B 1 Mil Mi-26T ...

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by Loran
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How many prop planes in your logbook??
Replies: 54
Views: 2551

Re: How many prop planes in your logbook??

Here's my prop list (know not all qualify as 'types', but I also write down the sub-variants in my log): Type Nbr of Flights Aero Commander 500 1 An-12BK 3 An-12BP 2 An-140 2 An-148-100B 1 An-148-100E 4 An-158 2 An-24B 1 An-24RV 4 An-26B 2 An-26B-100 1 An-28 1 An-2T 1 An-2TP 1 An-30M 1 An-3T 1 ATR-4...

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by Loran
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Surviving L1011 Numbers?
Replies: 74
Views: 9584

Re: Surviving L1011 Numbers?

https://youtu.be/IP05DjM0vFk

Also, not sure if the subject L-1011 N162AT is still somewhere in storage in the Middle East?

Regards,
Loran
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Is this one in NBO still around? You can see it 0:38 in the background.

https://youtu.be/IP05DjM0vFk

Also, not sure if the subject L-1011 N162AT is still somewhere in storage in the Middle East?

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727
Replies: 78
Views: 14860

Re: Final Passenger flight for the Boeing 727

The 727's career is not over yet - 5Y-JIB is apparently still active in pax service and have been operating flights for Air Djibouti. Are you sure? I thought it is still in Nairobi for maintenance, and should then operate for the Government of Djibouti. Is there any evidence it has been flying for ...

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by Loran
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia
Replies: 11
Views: 1531

Re: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia

Are you sure and are you serious? I checked again the PIA webpage, yes the flight from MXP to ISB stops in CDG to pick up more passengers. So, it seems NOT POSSIBLE to leave a/c in CDG and continues straight to ISB. There you have to change onto PK719 back to CDG the next day... There is one proble...

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by Loran
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia
Replies: 11
Views: 1531

Re: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia

Yeap, according to PIA's webpage the routing is MXP- ISLAMABAD -CDG, so you have a layover of 7hrs +, total travel time 18:10hrs. :crazy: Looking fwd to your TR! :bigthumbsup: Weird stuff, you are right. I didn't notice the travel time. In reality I hope it will fly MXP-CDG-ISB as it is quoted on m...

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by Loran
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia
Replies: 11
Views: 1531

Re: PIA 5th Freedom Routes ex Scandinavia

You can always fly MXP-CDG, it is bookable via the PIA website, although not necessarily cheap.
It's operated on Fridays in the evening and maybe other days. I am booked on it in May, however continuing to ISB.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up
Replies: 42
Views: 4410

Re: Aircraft With The Most Intense Engine Start Up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5OHBsinP9I

Regards,
Loran
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The An-148 with its Progress D-436 engine is surely in the top-5:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5OHBsinP9I

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Most expensive aircraft part
Replies: 39
Views: 7373

Re: Most expensive aircraft part

Talking of components, in the A320 it would be the IDG currently listed at USD 506'440 (however there are usually certain discounts vs. the list price). Next in line is the GPWC (USD 327k) and ADIRU (USD 300k). Only the APU and main landing gears list as higher, however they'd be excluded as per the...

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by Loran
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3417

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

Who's in? Me. I was actually just looking at Trans Air Hawaii's sole pax 360 N351TA which appears to have been active around the islands the past few weeks. No idea who it is operating for. Was thinking to investigate the possibility of a charter there. Pineapple Air also has a SH-360-300 available...

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by Loran
Wed Dec 19, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3417

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

OlafW wrote:
So around 225€ with a full load? That might be worth it next time I'm in Israel...

Not sure why, but my friend mentioned 10 pax only. Need to check if there is a limit. Or if a shorter flight can be done for less money.
Many pax is always a hassle to organize.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 3417

Re: Rare aircraft to fly on thread 2018

Ayit is mainly a flight school and they do skydiving. That's what most of their fleet is doing. And the SH-360 is flying military charters, you can see it on Flightradar every now and then. We can charter the SH-360 (info from a friend who is on-site this week), it costs EUR 4'500 for a roundtrip to...

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by Loran
Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Should US Navy park several ships in Ukraine waters near Kerch Strait ?
Replies: 331
Views: 11865

Re: Should US Navy park several ships in Ukraine waters near Kerch Strait ?

Quite entertaining read in here. While I personally enjoy travelling to Russia and have various Russian friends, I do question the political path it is going. Looking back into the recent years, I wonder where there was any positive or progressive contributions to the world. It comes to mind: - Russ...

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by Loran
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:18 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 5Y-SAZ oldest jet airliner still used for PAX service?
Replies: 28
Views: 10336

Re: 5Y-SAZ oldest jet airliner still used for PAX service?

Didn't know russianplanes.net is back online, great to know. It was shut down a year ago or so.

Russia wouldn't be a candidate for old jet aircraft, there is a 40y age ban on commercial jet pax aircraft. Props are excluded, so still a couple of older Antonovs around.

Regards,
Loran

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by Loran
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich
Replies: 82
Views: 17863

Re: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich

however it is a bit odd that such a new engine design emits such a loud noise in certain instances Don't overlook the possibility that it could be something else than the engines. The design of the aircraft itself might cause it to act like a whistle, after all the air around the aircraft is bend i...

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by Loran
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRAIC CR929 discussion thread
Replies: 523
Views: 49473

Re: China, Russia unveil Widebody to compete with Airbus, Boeing

It's not ability to learn, it's ability to innovate that's the problem. In order to innovate you need free thinkers and an education system and society that encourages people to break the mold to defy rules. Tha tis completely foreign in China and until that changes, China will not be able to do an...

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by Loran
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRAIC CR929 discussion thread
Replies: 523
Views: 49473

Re: China, Russia unveil Widebody to compete with Airbus, Boeing

You do realize how many of those ARJ-21s are required to support the flight? Western aircraft are benchmarked on many fronts as failing any one costs an airline money. You do realize it was somehow certified without a production certification (that is just weird)? You do realize I was talking about...

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by Loran
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CRAIC CR929 discussion thread
Replies: 523
Views: 49473

Re: China, Russia unveil Widebody to compete with Airbus, Boeing

All fair points, indeed. Since I'm not a pilot, but rather am just a flying aficionado, I was approaching the issue more from the perspective of a passenger. As a passenger, when selecting a flight, if faced with an option of a Boeing/Airbus versus a 'Made in China' airplane, I would actively avoid...

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by Loran
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich
Replies: 82
Views: 17863

Re: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich

I am one of the locally affected, I live only about 1km from the threshold of Rwy 28 which handles 90% of ZRH's departures. The C-Series is clearly the quietest plane around ZRH and a joy to (not) hear, except the described 'howl' when the engines spool up, during taxi and takeoff. Depending on wind...

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by Loran
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich
Replies: 82
Views: 17863

Re: A220, (CSeries), Too Noisy for Zurich

Double Post

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by Loran
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft maintenance going downhill?
Replies: 42
Views: 4607

Re: Aircraft maintenance going downhill?

Agree that the article is a bit overly pessimistic. Fact is aviation has never been so safe as it is today. We see less accidents/incidents in a much larger fleet of aircraft. What the article doesn't say that even with all the FAA certified staff in the US, mistakes happened. I recall countless of ...

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by Loran
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Oldest flying passenger airliners
Replies: 27
Views: 5311

Re: Oldest flying passenger airliners

What a terrible piece of journalism, must have been researched from a total amateur without any aviation knowledge. Chances to end up on one of the mentioned airframes are very slim, either due to the aircraft being Cargo, owned by charter companies, having crashed or simply not flying any pax. Desp...

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by Loran
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: LH‘s business class product to Cairo - a joke
Replies: 19
Views: 2184

Re: LH‘s business class product to Cairo - a joke

I find such business class product ok on the intra-Europe routes, but whenever flights go outside Europe I'd also want a proper C seat. LH now sends their A321s as far as Ashgabat / Baku, Cairo, Tel Aviv, not to mention the A319 to Pune. Must be painful on a red eye flight and wouldn't be my choice....

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by Loran
Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump laughed at by UN General Assembly
Replies: 121
Views: 6680

Re: Trump laughed at by UN General Assembly

We buy very few American cars because they are mediocre. But we do buy iPhones, use American web-services, the freakin cheese grater i bought a couple of days ago says "Made in the USA" on it. How would you possibly arrive at the conclusion that Germany refuses to buy American? And please...

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by Loran
Wed Sep 26, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 42 new international routes from Hainan
Replies: 14
Views: 5268

Re: 42 new international routes from Hainan

does anyone have further details on this? I'd be interested to read. I have a CAPA account, and the news article is just this without any specific details: Hainan Airlines reiterated (12-Sep-2018) the carrier and its subsidiary airlines will launch a combined 42 international services from Hainan w...

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by Loran
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus
Replies: 133
Views: 30179

Re: Singapore Airlines takes delivery of first A350-900ULR from Airbus

QueenoftheSkies wrote:
Assuming every seat on that plane is filled consistently.......unlikely.

So you seriously believe SQ's revenue management calculates its route profitabilities with a 100% load factor? :sarcastic:

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by Loran
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your Boeing 747 history
Replies: 88
Views: 5271

Re: Your Boeing 747 history

Mine are as follows:

747 SP 3 (IR)
747-100B(SR/SUD) 3 (OX)
747-200B 9 (LH, UN)
747-200B(M) 2 (LH)
747-300 2 (QF, UN)
747-300(SCD) 2 (W5)
747-400 37 (BA, FJ, QF, NZ, TG, LH, OZ, KE)
747-400(D) 5 (NH)
747-400(ER) 1 (QF)
747-400(M) 3 (CA, OZ, BR)
747-800 1 (LH)
Grand Total 68

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by Loran
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What do you guys think about the Comac ARJ21?
Replies: 62
Views: 7905

Re: What do you guys think about the Comac ARJ21?

While I share the views of most people in here, I wouldn't underestimate the ability of the Chinese to learn. Nevertheless I want to share a video I have made from an ARJ-21 flight last year on the first aircraft which was delivered: https://youtu.be/0jnnE79RGt4 Hope you can get a glimpse of what it...

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by Loran
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: AN-12 Cargo Aircraft Crew?
Replies: 15
Views: 2136

Re: AN-12 Cargo Aircraft Crew?

On Soviet era aircraft is behind the pilots positioned a flight engineer (or flight mechanic) whose task is to deal with throttles, flaps and landing gear in all phases of flight. Pilot flying gives commands to flight engineer what to do. Pilot's only task during flight is to steer the aircraft... ...

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by Loran
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which Airline Has The Most Planes Airborne/ % of Fleet at Any Given Time
Replies: 22
Views: 3459

Re: Which Airline Has The Most Planes Airborne/ % of Fleet at Any Given Time

Just read in my newsletter that Jet Airways claims to have the highest in industry B737 utilization of 13.98 FHs per day, which equates to just over 5'000 FHs p.a.. Thats usually a widebody figure, impressive indeed. European legacy narrowbodies usually don't get near 3'000 FHs p.a. and I doubt Ryan...

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by Loran
Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Lift loss caused by spoilers
Replies: 20
Views: 2611

Re: Lift loss caused by spoilers

Using simple logic, wouldn't the loss of lift correlate to the amount of span covered by the spoilers? Ergo, if the spoilers are 20% of the length of a straight wing, they will result in something like 20% loss of lift? Tapered wings would be a bit different obviously, but same basic principle, the...

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by Loran
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA1/2 (LCY-SNN-JFK-LCY) Quietly Cancelled?
Replies: 48
Views: 13737

Re: BA1/2 (LCY-SNN-JFK-LCY) Quietly Cancelled?

I'm booked on BA1 in mid-November, hope it'll last until then. This is my second attempt already, the first try was in March this year but the flight got cancelled 12h ahead due to the snow chaos in London. Ended up on a 6am Norwegian (Wamos Air A332) service from LGW to still get to the US, what a ...

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by Loran
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug IL-62 Landing on a Grass Field???
Replies: 114
Views: 14845

Re: Interflug IL-62 Landing on a Grass Field???

Haha alright, fine, I’ll withdraw my near-disaster comment under protest. You are right about their rather robust gear. It wasn’t pretty, though. The first half had the makings of an accident, but I do actually think he did a good job of saving it. Like I said, I don’t think I’d have done any bette...

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by Loran
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Interflug IL-62 Landing on a Grass Field???
Replies: 114
Views: 14845

Re: Interflug IL-62 Landing on a Grass Field???

Absolutely! Minute 1:20 in the video is what gave me that impression. Bounce, porpoise, and a nose-down attitude with the ground lift system deploying. Check out the video of the Challenger crash in Aspen, CO. Are ground lift devices the spoilers? I only see them deploying *after* the bounce. Also,...

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