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by Wacker1000
Thu Oct 22, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA Retires All Airbus A330-200s
Replies: 163
Views: 18250

Re: AA Retires All Airbus A330-200s

If the A330s were LAA, the numbers would have favored them. Too bad.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why is the Air India Airbus A319/A320 parked at old Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad, India.
Replies: 30
Views: 3977

Re: Why is the Air India Airbus A319/A320 parked at old Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad, India.

airsmiles wrote:
Is this the A320 that was being used as a cabin trainer and was dropped off a crane when being moved?


They must not do much training with anything behind the wing.

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by Wacker1000
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia flying Embraer E-175 with dented engine cowling?
Replies: 7
Views: 3456

Re: Alitalia flying Embraer E-175 with dented engine cowling?

Agree, but I was referring to the "dents" shown in the video. I don't see anything but the blends or burnishes on the inlet cowl lip skin bullnose. If they were actual dents and not dirt, that aircraft would not have been dispatched. No - the aircraft could have been dispatched if the den...

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by Wacker1000
Mon Oct 05, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Hangar LGA Razed
Replies: 28
Views: 6946

Re: American Hangar LGA Razed

Dalmd88 wrote:
I don't think they had the roof height for any AA planes to fit.


You have to lower the tail to get it through the door.

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by Wacker1000
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: American Hangar LGA Razed
Replies: 28
Views: 6946

Re: American Hangar LGA Razed

jfklganyc wrote:

The love for these hangars ends when you walk inside...trust me



If they dumped many millions of dollars and a few years' worth of hard work into them, they could probably be improved to "pieces of crap".

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by Wacker1000
Mon Oct 05, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia flying Embraer E-175 with dented engine cowling?
Replies: 7
Views: 3456

Re: Alitalia flying Embraer E-175 with dented engine cowling?

Those two spots are where scratches were burnished or blended out. If they where dents, they would significally impair airflow and possible anti-icing and the aircraft would not be allowed to carry passengers. "Significant" is a game changing word to throw around when determining if someth...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why no more multi-slot flaps?
Replies: 32
Views: 3785

Re: Why no more multi-slot flaps?

crimsonchin wrote:
Seems like with the exception of the A321, Airbus has preferred the single slotted flaps from the start for all their planes?


It isn't a case of single vs multi. They had to get more flap into an existing area and adding the tab was a way to do it.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?
Replies: 67
Views: 9319

Re: Issues with 737 MAX Rebranding?

There is already history of this. The flying public didn't care enough to stop flying 737s in 1994 and they don't know or care enough to avoid the type today.

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by Wacker1000
Fri Aug 28, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation sector unpaid leaves and layoffs thread
Replies: 1149
Views: 36863

Re: American to cut 19,000 jobs in October

mikeyp224 wrote:
I think it's time for Doug to make an exit so that American can FINALLY start "Going for Great"!


You don't foster that culture in 6 years. It predates Doug by a lot.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: VC-25B Issues
Replies: 14
Views: 2283

Re: VC-25B Issues

It was probably flying around with those cracks and they were just found.

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by Wacker1000
Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Found a landing gear door washed up on a beach - aircraft ID?
Replies: 49
Views: 7045

Re: Found a landing gear door washed up on a beach - aircraft ID?

unimproved wrote:
It might be a 20 year old crash, but another option could simply be it being lost from a scrap boat. Some of our old A/C left in chunks dumped into an open top container.


It doesn't even have to be that complicated - it isn't unheard of for a door to partially or completely separate in flight.

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by Wacker1000
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA EAD - CFM-56-7 and -3
Replies: 13
Views: 4257

Re: FAA EAD - B737 NG Engine Failure

.......corrosion happens anywhere and everywhere. That is literally the reason why there are long term storage and preservation procedures. Unless the engine OEM totally botched the procedures (highly doubtful), odds are the operator(s) didn't do the entire preservation task (it isn't a 5 minute jo...

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by Wacker1000
Fri Jul 24, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: FAA EAD - CFM-56-7 and -3
Replies: 13
Views: 4257

Re: FAA EAD - B737 NG Engine Failure

They should out the operator(s) that experienced the IFSDs and go after them for improper long term storage practices.

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by Wacker1000
Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG
Replies: 93
Views: 29646

Re: Ethiopian B77F on fire at PVG

The damage looks extensive and has probably compromised the rear pressure bulkhead. I am no expect but I would be amazed if that plane flew again. Valuable parts will be removed and reused and the rest will be recycled. Sandyb123 The fire completely burned through the crown in several places and yo...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jul 22, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 420
Views: 83807

Re: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion

I think you totally misunderstood how AA got their aircraft. They bought many aircrafts with financing, i.e. debt. They did not pay cash up front for the aircraft. It is no difference with lease, except AA pays interests and incremental repayment for the finance. Other airlines that is heavy on lea...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 420
Views: 83807

Re: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion

Fuel, equipment, and labor are the three greatest expenses for an airline. What AA should have done during this time is fix the inefficiencies and old ways that caused airlines to waste cash. The industry moved towards leasing aircraft to reduce the financial liability of ownership and reduce the a...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 420
Views: 83807

Re: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion

So many assumptions that I predict will be incorrect. "Raja argued that competitors' responses to the COVID-19 crisis (oriented around cutting costs, hoarding cash, and potentially closing hubs) put them on the same path as former American Airlines parent AMR, which survived 9/11 and the Great ...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta airlines Q2 2020 earnings thread
Replies: 128
Views: 14934

Re: DAL Q2 2020 earnings thread

zuckie13 wrote:
Not to be dour but what part is mixed?


They still aren't AA. ;)

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta has a hail encounter.
Replies: 42
Views: 9081

Re: Delta has a hail encounter.

Odd that there is no visible damage to the fuselage or leading edges.

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 2 AA aircraft hit each other at DFW
Replies: 28
Views: 9878

Re: 2 AA aircraft hit each other at DFW

Nice to see AA's attention to detail trickling down to the regionals.

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CARES Act Aid Extension for Airlines
Replies: 86
Views: 12650

Re: CARES Act Aid Extension for Airlines

I can't feel that bad for the carriers. They went from the verge of bankruptcy to being hood rich in just a few years. Funny how quickly they forgot about the tough times when they started massive expansion, hiring binges, massive capital expenditures, etc. It would be great if the model was sustain...

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by Wacker1000
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Moses Lake - Stored 737-8MAX Nosewheel - secured to concrete blocks
Replies: 7
Views: 2782

Re: Moses Lake - Stored 737-8MAX Nosewheel - secured to concrete blocks

Don't they also need to rotate the tyres a little every so often to prevent flat spots? With all the wheels taped up like that, the only way I can envision that procedure being executed is to jack the whole plane up, then rotate the wheels. Wouldn't it be easier to push it back/forward and leave th...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: large single aisle aircraft
Replies: 36
Views: 4403

Re: large single aisle aircraft

I have always tried to avoid flying on 757-300's and A321's if I cannot get a seat close to the front. Twice I have had to fly cross-country on A321's and I was stuck in row 33 on one flight and row 32 on the other. On the first one, the flight attendant that was in the area as we started to deplan...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?
Replies: 59
Views: 14027

Re: Fake pilot licenses in Pakistan?

I didn't know such countries had any sort real certification. Learn something every day.

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by Wacker1000
Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Rumor: Richard Anderson to replace Doug Parker at AA
Replies: 101
Views: 19510

Re: Rumor: Richard Anderson to replace Doug Parker at AA

Improving operational reliability isn't something that AA needs Richard Anderson to do (or any new CEO for that matter); there are plenty of capable leaders at AA that can step up and start making the required efforts; but it isn't just management that needs to step up and we know that. It is every...

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by Wacker1000
Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 420
Views: 83807

Re: Speculation: If AA Were to Go Ch7...

AA is an excellent Ch11 candidate. I disagree that it is the top Ch 7 contender. To go Ch 7, you would have no profitable core business after reorganization. Their only profitable core business is selling credit cards. I guess they could start peddling other airlines' credit cards at terminal kiosk...

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by Wacker1000
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Doug Parker makes the day for a WN FA
Replies: 37
Views: 10554

Re: Doug Parker makes the day for a WN FA

the bigger question is ...What is Doug Parker doing flying on WN ....and not on AA!!!!???? Afraid to fly on his own airline? He wasn't able to get a seat on AA. Flights were full. the bigger question is ...What is Doug Parker doing flying on WN ....and not on AA!!!!???? Afraid to fly on his own air...

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by Wacker1000
Fri May 29, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA staff layoffs coming
Replies: 86
Views: 13458

Re: AA staff layoffs coming

These cuts need to happen at AA as well as their wholly-owned carriers. There are too many layers of management left after the merger. It’s time to trim what needs to be trimmed, restructure the reporting hierarchy, and make AAG efficient as possible. Next step is to get rid of Oasis. There were la...

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by Wacker1000
Thu May 28, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA is allowed to give hand sanitizer
Replies: 39
Views: 6199

Re: AA is not (yet) allowed to give hand sanitizer

What a joke. Some of the inspectors like to make it their personal goal to enforce arbitrary restrictions. At my old airline we had a cruise checklist that had us double check the sterile light is off just because the FAA inspector for our airline said we HAD to have a cruise checklist so they put ...

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by Wacker1000
Wed May 27, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 730
Views: 155505

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Emirates773ER wrote:
PIA is well known to harbor people without any degrees or qualifications. Should they be put in charge of this investigation?


Is this surprising considering this country is the same one that harbored the 2000's most wanted person?

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by Wacker1000
Wed May 27, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Safety information cards
Replies: 9
Views: 1170

Re: Safety information cards

People would have to actually pick up and read the safety cards for them to be infected with COVID.

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by Wacker1000
Wed May 27, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.
Replies: 41
Views: 10211

Re: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.

Waterbomber2 wrote:
As spectacular as that looks, not flight critical parts.
It just looks more like an A320.
Maintenance error, avoidable and stupid but not a big deal.


Its not flight critical until it takes out something flight critical during its departure.

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by Wacker1000
Tue May 19, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: American Airlines Business & Finance Discussion
Replies: 420
Views: 83807

Re: FT: Investors bet AA will file for BK

So what went wrong since their last Chapter 11 filing? UA and DL seem to have found their way to profitability and stability while AA hasn't. They didn't fix any of the spending issues they had prior to the first run and they spent more on stuff customers don't pay for. They were happy to brag abou...

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by Wacker1000
Thu May 14, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet
Replies: 763
Views: 123541

Re: DL to permanently retire entire 777 fleet

They should trade with American. Delta 777's for American's A330 fleet. Exactly! The 777 and the A332 are the smallest widebody fleets of DL and AA, respectively, and the A332s won’t be reactivated by AA for a while. If they trade, DL will operate A330s with all four engine types. Meanwhile, the 8 ...

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by Wacker1000
Thu May 07, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Time for the airlines to restart advertising
Replies: 114
Views: 10541

Re: Time for the airlines to restart advertising

Advertising didn't get people booking flights after the last recession - cheap tickets did. The best ticket price and having a departure time customers want are 90% of the game. If history is any indicator, the legacies will fall behind again due to cost structure and people will be flocking to Spir...

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by Wacker1000
Wed May 06, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PW4000-94 and CF6-80C2 Comparison
Replies: 6
Views: 1488

Re: PW4000-94 and CF6-80C2 Comparison

LH707330 wrote:
Why is it that GE built so many more stages into their engine and made it so much longer in the process? It was obviously the best-selling engine of that generation, so they were doing something right, but what?


Its what makes it the 4 time world discus throwing champion.

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by Wacker1000
Wed May 06, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: A350 Flight Deck Printer?
Replies: 19
Views: 3784

Re: A350 Flight Deck Printer?

The printer can be inoperative under MMEL but imagine the implication of not having it - like for example that there would be no auto print of Report 15 (suspected hard landing). The presence of a report confirms it happened but the absence of a report does not mean it did not occur. You have all o...

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by Wacker1000
Tue May 05, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Fate of Avianca Brasil's A318-122s?
Replies: 15
Views: 2323

Re: Fate of Avianca Brasil's A318-122s?

It probably isn't even cost effective to scrap them for parts. You're talking about 13 year old non-enhanced aircraft with a bunch of A318 specific parts.

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by Wacker1000
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Discussion: A New 2-1-2 Seating In B737 and A320 Series to Comply Social Distancing?
Replies: 43
Views: 6848

Re: Discussion: A New 2-1-2 Seating In B737 and A320 Series to Comply Social Distancing?

Widebody or not they're all still sealed tubes with recirculated air. No amount of 'social distancing' will stop the spread of a disease. Then perhaps it is time to mandate 100% fresh air on all commercial aircraft? No recirculated air whatsoever. Eliminating recirculated cabin air combined with re...

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by Wacker1000
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Which aircraft types have best advantage for social distancing?
Replies: 27
Views: 2203

Re: Which aircraft types have best advantage for social distancing?

A pressurized tube with recycled air - I have my doubts about the effectiveness of empty seats.

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by Wacker1000
Thu Apr 09, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why do aviation safety agencies overlook obvious safety deficiencies ?
Replies: 60
Views: 8977

Re: Why do aviation safety agencies overlook obvious safety deficiencies ?

None of these are safety deficiencies - that is why they are ok.

There could be an argument made that some are operational limitations but that comes down to what operators are willing to pay for.

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by Wacker1000
Mon Apr 06, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Icelandair FI529 landing incident at KEF
Replies: 31
Views: 9755

Re: Icelandair FI529 landing incident at KEF

Interesting. I didn't realise that aircraft can be fitted with undersize nuts & threads in maintenance, I suppose due to re-threading bolts? Clearly an opportunity for an error... It is a very common process on landing gear components. Overhaul facilities and operators often have a method to id...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64423

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

What airline, whose business is flying and moving people, can withstand the blow of people suddenly not being permitted to fly and move? Even the strongest will not survive without some form of aid. This is not GM. And this is a.net, of course we're talking about the airline industry, but make no m...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64423

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

For those of you against any gov't assitance package - please remember the following: 1.) There are several other business reliant on the airlines - catering, security, hotels, transportation, airports, etc. etc. I can't begin to tell you how much other industry relies on airlines. The list goes on...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again
Replies: 310
Views: 64423

Re: Speculation: American Airlines might file bankruptcy again

None of it is unfounded, Sam uses material facts in the article. AA has double the debt of UA and DL, and over the years AA has not paid it down compared to it's peers instead just been buying back stock. AA was making over $7billion in annual profits recently, and it spent it's cash on share buy b...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17351

Re: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

Is this similar to what caused Aloha 243? Everything up to later Classics had bonded skins which could delaminate and allow corrosion to occur between the layers (but this design hasn't been used in over 20 years). Either the corrosion or resulting knife-edge condition on the outer skin layer resul...

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by Wacker1000
Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack
Replies: 52
Views: 17351

Re: SWA 737 Suffers Fuselage Crack

The FAA would certainly consider inspections or even modification. The FAA doesn’t come up with inspections or the proposal on how to mitigate the cracks. Boeing comes up with the inspection or modification and the FAA mandates them through an airworthiness directive. Considering there are more 737...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dent Appears in Engine Cowling During Spool-Up
Replies: 16
Views: 6594

Re: Dent Appears in Engine Cowling During Spool-Up

That is a huge area of delamination on the inlet cowl.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How are airlines painted so accurately?
Replies: 13
Views: 2896

Re: How are airlines painted so accurately?

The simple answer is - they aren't. Being off by 1-2" typically doesn't matter and if it will you probably have a good frame of reference to go by.

Start swapping around radomes and you'll see just how off they can be.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Serious fume event on BA A320 - both pilots partially incapacitated
Replies: 82
Views: 21711

Re: Serious fume event on BA A320 - both pilots partially incapacitated

Odd how it seems to often be "31" and "32" aircraft..... ;)

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