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by thefactorypilot
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Interjet Sukhoi Superjet routes?
Replies: 5
Views: 2009

Re: Interjet Sukhoi Superjet routes?

I'm trying to figure out which routes Interjet flies their Sukhoi Superjets on in Mexico. I'm on the hunt for a weekend getaway and flying a Russian airliner without having to fly to Russia first seems right up my alley. Any insights on where to find that, or does anyone here already know? I've see...

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by thefactorypilot
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:22 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Great Circle Flight Plan Question
Replies: 23
Views: 2595

Re: Great Circle Flight Plan Question

If you have a tailwind the air distance will be shorter. I don't understand. Isn't the great circle distance the shortest possible connection (in terms of length, not time) of two points on a globe? I understand that another, longer route can be faster but not shorter. Think about the air distance ...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Great Circle Flight Plan Question
Replies: 23
Views: 2595

Great Circle Flight Plan Question

If you look at the flight plan paperwork from this LANTAM video, it shows the flight plan... the Great Circle Distance is LONGER than the Air Distance. How could that be physically possible? Its about halfway down in the center column.

https://youtu.be/gVM8XZaZ5ok?t=34s

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by thefactorypilot
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Confusing Callsigns
Replies: 35
Views: 8116

Re: Confusing Callsigns

Virgin America is Redwood. Trans States is Waterski. Mesa is Air Shuttle. Frontier is a little weird because they go by Frontier Flight and Spirit says Spirit Wings. VTM also says Victor Tango Mike rather than Aeronaves. There’s also VTE which is Volunteer and VET is Poinsetta. Compass is Compass R...

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by thefactorypilot
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American MD-80 tailcone question
Replies: 2
Views: 1623

Re: American MD-80 tailcone question

Hello all, I know it’s been discussed that American modified all of their tail cones in-house on their MD-80 fleet. I’m wondering how it was done? Did they physically modify the original pointed tailcone to the flat screwdriver style or did they build all of their own from scratch? Also, the flat d...

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by thefactorypilot
Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Pilots at European Airlines
Replies: 22
Views: 11055

Re: American Pilots at European Airlines

I'm not xenophobic, but seriously no British or French national airline is going to hire an American, but how often do you hear foreign accents on the radio for American, United, and Delta. DAILY BASIS! Never heard a non-american accent from an American aircraft. We let nearly ANYONE come work here...

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by thefactorypilot
Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: American Pilots at European Airlines
Replies: 22
Views: 11055

Re: American Pilots at European Airlines

Hi all, I've been reading this forum for as long as I can remember, so it's a big moment for me finally posting! I'm about 500 hours into my 1500 requirement for my ATP, working as a CFI in the US. As long as I can remember, I've always admired British Airways as a company and with English heritage...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Plane too heavy! DL 4106
Replies: 21
Views: 6836

Re: Plane too heavy! DL 4106

It may also have been tankering some fuel for whatever reason. Often planes will tanker some to speed up turns at the destination. CRJ200s, unless empty, can't tanker fuel, there just isn't enough landing weight capability to do it. In this case, it was probably a combination of extra last minute p...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How does an airline buy older generation engines for replacements?
Replies: 9
Views: 2173

Re: How does an airline buy older generation engines for replacements?

The parts business is often more profitable for the engine manufacturer than making the new engine. The engine companies maintain significant part inventories. There are various contract options that airlines get that cover overhaul and parts. Production continues on spare parts for a very long tim...

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by thefactorypilot
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft design & specs that were heavily influenced by an airline?
Replies: 47
Views: 6416

Re: Aircraft design & specs that were heavily influenced by an airline?

Most aircraft projects were designed in tandem with a working group per say that all put forward input. Obviously those who invest more into the program will have more leniency such as EK on the 777 however many airlines have had influence on many different programs. The original 777 working group ...

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by thefactorypilot
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A380 new winglets?
Replies: 12
Views: 3199

Re: A380 new winglets?

Interesting find. Thank you, MrHMSH. Two questions : - strange that they didn't cover it up (at least after arriving from Toulouse) until the official announcement at their first press event. - they checked with their lawyers about some Boeing patents? Sure they did. THis was already announced last...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 707-120 vs. 720 and 707-120 vs. 707-320: which are more alike?
Replies: 5
Views: 2794

Re: 707-120 vs. 720 and 707-120 vs. 707-320: which are more alike?

I have always been fascinated by the smaller models of the 707, including the second smallest, the 720. I have tried to figure out just how different it was from the rest of the 707/720 series but the information I've found on it is somewhat conflicting. Some sources seem to suggest that it was lit...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Shutting down all engines at the same time
Replies: 13
Views: 3073

Re: Shutting down all engines at the same time

How common is it done after arriving at the gate? Is it physically possible to pull both fuel cutoff switches at once? Is it possible in the 747 or other four engine types? Is there a way to shut them down with a single switch/button(fuel pumps maybe)? On the CRJ 900 it is very easy to just move bo...

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by thefactorypilot
Thu May 11, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Regional Jet Operators Maintenance
Replies: 7
Views: 1523

Re: Regional Jet Operators Maintenance

Just a thought that came to mind. With regional jet operators like ExpressJet, PSA, Mesa (to name a few) partnered/contracted to fly for major airlines such as United Express, American Eagle or Delta Connection, does have the Main Carrier (UA, AA, DL) have any say in the upkeep or maintenance of re...

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by thefactorypilot
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:32 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Windmilling on the Ramp
Replies: 32
Views: 5976

Re: Engine Windmilling on the Ramp

Redbellyguppy wrote:
1.5% n1 would only be about 80 rpm. That's totally doable in a good breeze.

Fans spin at tens of thousands of RPM... I'd have to look to see what the percentage equals in RMP on the cf34, but I can tell you that 1.5 percent of actual rotation would still be hundreds of RPMs.

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by thefactorypilot
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Engine Windmilling on the Ramp
Replies: 32
Views: 5976

Re: Engine Windmilling on the Ramp

It's a testament to how efficient the airfoils are and how exquisitely balanced the N1 is that even a tiny breeze up the tailpipe can turn it backwards. Even when the wind is howling I've never seen it even indicate more than 1.5% on the gauges. The plink plink sounds of certain engines lightly tur...

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by thefactorypilot
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Time for departure on time
Replies: 12
Views: 1712

Re: Time for departure on time

Hi. When a plane is leaving the aiport and everything is ready for take off, pilot ask permission or slot from airport authorothies. How long time before the time slot the plane should be ready? Ex. You are leaving Hong Kong and flying A332 to Europe. The scheduled departure is 9:30 AM. When should...

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by thefactorypilot
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Best regional to work for out of MEM?
Replies: 10
Views: 1613

Re: Best regional to work for out of MEM?

Hello and good evening to all! I have a quick question for those of you that are more knowledgeable about flights in and out of MEM than myself at this point. I have offers as a flight attendant from Skywest, Mesa, and Republic......which one would give the best opportunity to get in and out of MEM...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737-900ER performance
Replies: 22
Views: 6659

Re: 737-900ER performance

Currently sitting in a new Delta 737-900ER awaiting to travel from KEWR to KSLC. Stormy day here in NY. Plane departs and we go back to the gate for more fuel due to a route change. Once at the gate, cargo came off (mail) and 15 "volunteer" passengers. Hard to believe this plane (I note t...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Help! Helicopters flying very low above our house when landing - what can we do?
Replies: 40
Views: 7888

Re: Help! Helicopters flying very low above our house when landing - what can we do?

Thanks for the reply. Is there anything we can do? Here is a small extract of local people concerned too, not just me: - Yes they need to fly higher I live near (...) park and they buzz my house quite often (about time something was done about it )!!!! - I think if I can throw half a brick and hit ...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do I start an airline company?
Replies: 53
Views: 46513

Re: How do I start an airline company?

Seriously, why do you guys even entertain these people with replies? Unless he is an heir to a fortune he has zero chance of succeeding. The guy couldn't even use proper grammar and you guys are taking time to give him honest feedback? I mean, thats nice of you, but I wouldn't waste a second conside...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:39 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Love for the 727" Thread
Replies: 31
Views: 2819

Re: "Love for the 727" Thread

A/B mode was a function of zero fuel weight. Our 727's had a switch on the airspeed indicator that limited VMO / MMO in B mode at higher ZFW's I don't remember that ZFW number but i'm thinking it was 130,000 pounds, below that VMO / MMO was 380/.9 and above 350 and I think .86 mach but not sure on ...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: "Love for the 727" Thread
Replies: 31
Views: 2819

Re: "Love for the 727" Thread

Jets should be flown like jets. :checkmark: Me, too. We cruised it at .88 Mach for three hours one night - it was loud in the cockpit - yet she could fit onto a runway less than 6,000' long, too A passenger version of Citation X, developed 50 years prior. Cool. Sounds like the bean counters (at lea...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FedEx red lines on forward fuselage
Replies: 20
Views: 3529

Re: FedEx red lines on forward fuselage

If you can find some pics of the FEDEX ramp in Memphis you'll see where the stairs park.

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: FedEx red lines on forward fuselage
Replies: 20
Views: 3529

Re: FedEx red lines on forward fuselage

Probably STAIRS positioning cues. I jumpseat on FEDEX frequently and that looks exactly where they park the stairs for the crew to climb in.

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD-80/82
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: MD-80/82

https://youtu.be/X5Nddqf51pA

Oh my word that was HILARIOUS. My roommate is a maddog driver and he got a big kick out of it.
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doug_or wrote:
I think this short video probably offers an example of what the OP is taking about (and a laugh, to boot).

https://youtu.be/X5Nddqf51pA

Oh my word that was HILARIOUS. My roommate is a maddog driver and he got a big kick out of it.

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: MD-80/82
Replies: 10
Views: 1916

Re: MD-80/82

Max Q wrote:
Definitely sounds like the trim alert, actuate the trim more than she likes and you'll get the computerized 'stabilizer motion' warning as well.


Lots of buzzers, dings and bells in the -80, otherwise a quiet cockpit !

What you are hearing is the trim motion aural alert.

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by thefactorypilot
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cathay safety from the cockpit perspective
Replies: 50
Views: 4987

Re: Cathay safety from the cockpit perspective

I'm wondering how Cathay measure up against the best of the European carriers with regards to safety culture. In the cockpit - whats the CRM like, training, experience? Have they successfully dealt with the Asian cultural reluctance to question those more senior than themselves? Are they under pres...

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by thefactorypilot
Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:49 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Options From The Factory
Replies: 60
Views: 4488

Re: Aircraft Options From The Factory

Nothing is free. Even something as simple as a paper change in the limitations section costs $$$. When Hapag Lloyd switched from the "Southwest" setting to the standard configuration they also paid for it, as well as when United switched from the "V-bar" to the "Spilt cue&q...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Options From The Factory
Replies: 60
Views: 4488

Re: Aircraft Options From The Factory

While I was jumpseating on Southwest, the check captain told me that Boeing charged them one million per plane to flip the switch back to the standard 737 display presentation. It is simply a switch in the E&E bay, and SWA now uses the standard config. Nothing is free. Even something as simple ...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Jan 01, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 struggles to get off the ground
Replies: 72
Views: 10485

Re: A340 struggles to get off the ground

Takeoff performance on the A340 is optimised for engine out parameters and will optimise V1/Vr between 0.84 and 1. Likewise V2/Vs will be optimised between 1.13 and 1.45. This will optimise thrust and configuration to meet engine out performance. The all engine performance will exceed the published...

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by thefactorypilot
Sat Dec 31, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Options From The Factory
Replies: 60
Views: 4488

Re: Aircraft Options From The Factory

I wasn't referring to the standby stuff, but to the main screens. When Southwest first got the NGs, they would make the screens display instruments that looked like those on the Classics. Like this: https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mc8ik28FtmY/UmGsXCjcpCI/AAAAAAAACgQ/pjoVPTVvfeQ/s1600/southwest737Cockpui...

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by thefactorypilot
Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Options From The Factory
Replies: 60
Views: 4488

Re: Aircraft Options From The Factory

I'm 99% sure that's where I heard it which is why my first instinct was to question it! LOL! THere is a Delta mechanic here in my crashpad... I'll ask him and post a reply once I know. Thank you! So I got an answer from the Delta guy I know... mind you he is in the paint shop. He said as far as he ...

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by thefactorypilot
Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A340 struggles to get off the ground
Replies: 72
Views: 10485

Re: A340 struggles to get off the ground

I did a full thrust static takeoff in the CRJ900 the other day while on a ferry/repositioning flight out of LGA. Our opsec requires us to use full thrust off of RW13... due to the empty airplane and low fuel load to get over to JFK, the brakes wouldn't hold her back once the engines began to spin up...

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by thefactorypilot
Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Options From The Factory
Replies: 60
Views: 4488

Re: Aircraft Options From The Factory

I could be wrong but what I've heard is that Delta still orders their 737-NG aircraft without winglets and has them installed after taking delivery. Anyone know if there is any truth to this? I heard the same thing but you and I probably heard it from the same place: this board. :-) I'm 99% sure th...

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by thefactorypilot
Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Options From The Factory
Replies: 60
Views: 4488

Re: Aircraft Options From The Factory

5 - Not sure why anyone would not choose winglets. I suppose if you insisted, but it does not seem likely. It may still be an option for 737NG and A32x but I don't see anyone doing it Winglets improve efficiency at all stages of flight, so they are very popular. That said, the effect of any aerodyn...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:14 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Options From The Factory
Replies: 60
Views: 4488

Re: Aircraft Options From The Factory

Most of this stuff is proprietary as it has the prices right next to the options. Sort of like going to the car dealership and ordering a new car. The 787 version of this is quite lengthy and has every conceivable option one could think of. Many of these are No Charge, while others like the IFE wil...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:02 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Overwing Refuelling on Commercial jets
Replies: 9
Views: 3906

Re: Overwing Refuelling on Commercial jets

Is there any recent experience of the Overwing refueling of tanks being carried on Large Commercial Aircraft. Does the A380 & B748 have these overwing fuel ports. Considering the time delay, safety requirements ie....Fuel nozzle extenders, Cushioning equipment for the nozzle, capacity of the re...

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by thefactorypilot
Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:29 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About ILS APPR
Replies: 15
Views: 2576

Re: About ILS APPR

You made it sound like we are Ayrton Senna driving a race car whilst using the Force. I like it! Senna Jedi Pilot. I'm gonna make that a decal for my flightcase. I don't know you're thinking about when you're trying to land but I think I forgot the most important thing I'm thinking about while tryi...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About APU start up / Shut down
Replies: 65
Views: 13110

Re: About APU start up / Shut down

That kinda sounds like a local authority trying to dictate the operating procedures of an airline! Better yet, how would they know? FWIW, at my airline on the CRJ9, we have the GPU powering things, start the APU when needed, disconnect GPU, push, once both engines running, shut down APU. On arrival...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: DC-10 No.2 Engine
Replies: 111
Views: 30850

Re: RE: DC-10 No.2 Engine

Quoting A320FlyGuy (Reply 53):and check your facts. That's nice, I was just passing on information I received in training for BOTH aircraft by factory trained instructors. I didn't really bother to check the "facts", because, truth be known, I only have a passing and fleeting interest in ...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About ILS APPR
Replies: 15
Views: 2576

Re: About ILS APPR

I don't think you'll be able to get an answer from any pilots I as a pilot am making control inputs to land but I couldn't tell you what Control movements I am making. I just move the control yoke rudder pedals and thrust levers to keep wings level, stay on centerline, minimize side loading and min...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:53 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About APU start up / Shut down
Replies: 65
Views: 13110

Re: About APU start up / Shut down

I worked at Stockholm ARN for British Airways. The airport has a rule that APU will not be used on arrival. British Airways has a rule that No one will approach the aircraft until the engines are off and the beacon switched off. If the APU is inop, there is a procedure to connect GPU, but only when...

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by thefactorypilot
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Dictionary
Replies: 4
Views: 925

Re: Dictionary

"Everything Explained for the Professional Pilot" is really good.

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by thefactorypilot
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: About ILS APPR
Replies: 15
Views: 2576

Re: About ILS APPR

As usual nobody seems to provide an easy answer! (although some very nice detailed ones, especially Starlion) In short, as you transition from instrument approach portion to the visual segment approaching the runway (with runway in sight), you transition your sight from inside the cockpit to the run...

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by thefactorypilot
Fri Dec 02, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Under door 2 B787 question.
Replies: 6
Views: 1720

Re: Under door 2 B787 question.

Might say something about the escape slide? It's not high enough resolution for me to make it out.

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by thefactorypilot
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Tecnical Documentation for Airbus&Boeing Platforms
Replies: 1
Views: 526

Re: Tecnical Documentation for Airbus&Boeing Platforms

This was recently asked and the best answer was you need to pay mega dollars to Boeing. It is always odd when someone comes on a public forum professing to need these things. If you were running an airline technical department and you turn to airliners.net for this type of info you ought to not have...

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by thefactorypilot
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:12 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft purchase options
Replies: 2
Views: 767

Re: Aircraft purchase options

I too would be really interested in seeing that.

I had read in an article concerning the 787, that previous models customers could even choose such things as different manufacturers of hydraulic systems and stuff like that. The 787 program was supposed to simplify a lot of that.

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by thefactorypilot
Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: CHARTS
Replies: 11
Views: 2256

Re: CHARTS

My target is to get access to a real life (not simulation) international charts (those are in use by commercial pilots) just to analyze and understand them. How commercial pilots get their charts ? Do they use Jeppesen too ? If pilots work for an airline, charter operator or suchlike, they'll have ...

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