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by Wacker1000
Sat Oct 02, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates
Replies: 227
Views: 25006

Re: Airline Employee Covid Vaccination Rates

The AA vaccination rate isn't surprising - this is the same employee group that has a large number of people that still believe flight 800 was a cover-up. Tin foil hat much?

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by Wacker1000
Fri Oct 01, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: If snubbers failed to stop wheel rotation during retraction, would this adversely affect the airplane?
Replies: 8
Views: 1244

Re: If snubbers failed to stop wheel rotation during retraction, would this adversely affect the airplane?

Snubbers are optional equipment on some fleets. The downside to not having them is the potential for additional noise and vibration until the tires stop spinning.

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by Wacker1000
Fri Oct 01, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Software as a service and Commercial Airliners
Replies: 8
Views: 874

Re: Software as a service and Commercial Airliners

If you press the MCDU's up arrow three times, the left arrow once, and press down and right arrows simultaneously two times, you get a hidden menu to turn options on and off. Very convenient for adding more takeoff weight, range, etc.

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by Wacker1000
Wed Sep 29, 2021 11:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA signs codeshare agreement with Indian LCC Indigo Airlines
Replies: 56
Views: 6139

Re: AA signs codeshare agreement with Indian LCC Indigo Airlines

It’s also investing and code-sharing with JetSMART of Chile. AA doesn’t appear to be concerned with partnering with LCCs. It seems AA is working hard to take its own service standards down to LCC levels anyway, rather than encouraging those budget airlines to raise theirs. I'd argue that these LCC ...

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by Wacker1000
Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airports That Have Suffered From Improved Road / Rail Infrastructure
Replies: 46
Views: 5456

Re: Airports That Have Suffered From Improved Road / Rail Infrastructure

TXL and THF - both went from the easiest way in and out of town to closed.

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by Wacker1000
Mon Aug 30, 2021 2:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Uzbekistan Airlines establishes low cost arm Uzbekistan Express
Replies: 16
Views: 2641

Re: Uzbekistan Airlines establishes low cost arm Uzbekistan Express

Good luck to them but they probably should have looked at how well Song, Metrojet, Ted, etc worked out.

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by Wacker1000
Wed Aug 11, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Continuous explosion in jet engine during operation?
Replies: 21
Views: 2352

Re: Continuous explosion in jet engine during operation?

rjsampson wrote:
Energy going out the tailpipe is hardly wasted: It provides THRUST.


Maybe in 1950s jet engine technology - not relevant on almost everything produced today.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Aug 10, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Continuous explosion in jet engine during operation?
Replies: 21
Views: 2352

Re: Continuous explosion in jet engine during operation?

I always like to explain the basics of a jet engine comparing it to a blow torch, once the fuel is ignited the fire remains lit until the fuel is shut off, increase the amount of fuel, the larger the flame. ^This There is no "exploding". Fuel is being burned to add energy to already compr...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Aug 10, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?
Replies: 29
Views: 3632

Re: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?

LCDFlight wrote:
Things were built to last 100 years.


I wouldn't put it past rampers to challenge that claim. "100 years" = about 3 months on the modern ramp. ;)

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by Wacker1000
Tue Aug 10, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Say hello to the "Green Africa" airline. AOC received.
Replies: 20
Views: 2938

Re: Say hello to the "Green Africa" airline. AOC received.

I think they will do well. A deceased uncle I didn't know about apparently invested in them a few years ago. They must be loaded with cash as they tracked me down via email asking to return the excess funds from his investment. I provided the necessary bank info - will let everyone know how it works...

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by Wacker1000
Mon Aug 09, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: AA planning eventual successor, Parker successor planning in work.
Replies: 49
Views: 11126

Re: Updated: AA planning eventual successor, Parker successor planning in work.

You are not alone. I'm sure plenty feel the other way. Last I checked there was a lot of LAA below Parker.... I don't think there is anything left of American but the name - which still fools a lot the traveling public who remember the good 'ole days. The legacy cost structure, egotistic internal s...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Aug 03, 2021 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit operational challenges
Replies: 401
Views: 62977

Re: Spirts current situation

Hopefully everyone is enjoying their $27.95 fare. Legacies definitely have cost structure issues but there is still reasoning behind why flying costs more than Greyhound or Amtrak.

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by Wacker1000
Mon Aug 02, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: 737 MAX electrical system
Replies: 10
Views: 1278

Re: 737 MAX electrical system

They installed a third hamster wheel to satisfy modern redundancy requirements. If you lose all three hamsters, you have to manually crank a knob.

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by Wacker1000
Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?
Replies: 29
Views: 3632

Re: What Is it? Old Luggage Container?

hitower3 wrote:
What would the "burn rate" on the sticker specify?


Pretty much anything that goes inside of an airplane has some certification for flame propagation, self extinguishing, and how long it can contain a fire.

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by Wacker1000
Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:50 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: So much kit left behind by the US at Bagram.
Replies: 26
Views: 2250

Re: So much kit left behind by the US at Bagram.

DIRECTFLT wrote:
What is "kit"? Is that a US term??


Yes except the "k" makes a "sh" sound.

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by Wacker1000
Thu Jul 01, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why won’t the USA open up to Europe?
Replies: 64
Views: 5018

Re: Why won’t the USA open up to Europe?

We have too many anti vaxxers in the U.S especially with the Delta Variant. We are seeing two America’s emerge. The more unvaccinated zones will face new outbreaks and COVID19 issues this fall and winter. We are headed for more restrictions and lockdowns this fall and winter unless we get more peop...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jun 16, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pratt & Whitney - Future widebody engine?
Replies: 28
Views: 4021

Re: Pratt & Whitney - Future widebody engine?

Doesn't really matter what PW's plans are, so much as why would Boeing/Airbus/etc have any reason to take a risk on them, after so many screw-ups in the widebody segment? PW4098? PW4173? PW4090 emissions? Big reason the OEMs have been gun shy-- PW hasn't been on an all-new widebody in more than a q...

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by Wacker1000
Mon Jun 07, 2021 2:45 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Cargo doors open inward or outward
Replies: 26
Views: 3869

Re: Cargo doors open inward or outward

richcandy wrote:
Ok so my questions are do all 320's have outward opening cargo doors and do all 737's have inward opening doors.



A320F main cargo doors open out and bulk cargo door opens in. All 737 cargo doors open in.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Jun 01, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole
Replies: 121
Views: 16827

Re: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole

In the end the company and the union/pilots will work together to understand what happened and do what needs to be done to make it a safer and better operation because that is in the best interests of both parties. It'll go something like this: -Crew will say it is the company's fault -Company will...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Jun 01, 2021 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole
Replies: 121
Views: 16827

Re: Ouch—AA at DFW hits light pole

About pAAr for the course. Something about a monkey and a football.....

Someone thought they were commuting to work on 183.

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by Wacker1000
Tue May 25, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How common is significant over fueling?
Replies: 15
Views: 2994

Re: How common is significant over fueling?

Anyway, the captain stated during one of his announcements that this was "unprecedented" so it led me to wonder how often a mistake of this degree typically occurs. It doesn't happen often but considering your average fueler isn't exactly a Rhodes Scholar, it isn't "unprecedented&quo...

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by Wacker1000
Wed May 05, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak turns 50
Replies: 26
Views: 2416

Re: Amtrak turns 50

I don't get why you care about profitability for Amtrak. Amtrak has a steady amount of growing users as well. Again why do care about profit if trains can move people. Are highways profitable? Because I don't enjoy more of my paycheck going to ever increases taxes and nothing good coming of it. It ...

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by Wacker1000
Tue May 04, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak turns 50
Replies: 26
Views: 2416

Re: Amtrak turns 50

Are highways profitable? (hint look at the highway trust fund) They serve a much greater percentage of the population and there is a demand for them. I cannot count the number of times I've used a federally funded highway this year but I can tell you how many Amtrak trains I've been on. I don't get...

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by Wacker1000
Tue May 04, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak turns 50
Replies: 26
Views: 2416

Re: Amtrak turns 50

With "Amtrak Joe" now president, we'll see if the political climate will be more in Amtrak's favor and it can come out of the pandemic stronger than its ever been. I won't get my hopes up too high on that though, since Obama also promised to bring major changes to Amtrak that either didn'...

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by Wacker1000
Tue May 04, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak turns 50
Replies: 26
Views: 2416

Re: Amtrak turns 50

With "Amtrak Joe" now president, we'll see if the political climate will be more in Amtrak's favor and it can come out of the pandemic stronger than its ever been. I won't get my hopes up too high on that though, since Obama also promised to bring major changes to Amtrak that either didn'...

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by Wacker1000
Tue May 04, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA FA attacked inflight
Replies: 52
Views: 12805

Re: AA FA attacked inflight

The fact that this happened on a flight between two cities known for calm and rational people is very surprising.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines
Replies: 43
Views: 2523

Re: Rewarding people for wearing masks and getting vaccines

Once we're confident that the vaccines sufficiently protect from current and new mutations (and effective boosters are available if needed), I say masks off everywhere. Let nature take us to herd immunity. You had the better part of a year to figure it out and the rest of us shouldn't have to be inc...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Apr 27, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Mahan Air reactivates world's last 747-300 passenger service aircraft
Replies: 15
Views: 6503

Re: Mahan Air reactivates world's last 747-300 passenger service aircraft

TC957 wrote:
One does wonder how they got around the sanctions when it comes to obtaining parts.


Their regulatory body probably isn't pedantic about OOP or PMA.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Mar 30, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Aircraft Repainting In the 60s through 1990s
Replies: 6
Views: 2472

Re: Aircraft Repainting In the 60s through 1990s

SXDFC wrote:
While there’s many videos of recent reprints, what was the practice or process of doing this a long time ago?


I'm pretty sure using a razor or similar sharp metallic tool with reckless abandon and scribing every square inch of skin was SOP.

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by Wacker1000
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: When did English become the Considered Language of the Skies.
Replies: 10
Views: 2208

Re: When did English become the Considered Language of the Skies.

I would guess some time between 1944 and 1946.

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by Wacker1000
Fri Mar 26, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: UK is now halfway to ‘net-zero emissions’
Replies: 14
Views: 1325

Re: UK is now halfway to ‘net-zero emissions’

Once carbon emissions are correctly measured (by including the carbon intensity of stuff people buy, rather than what is produced in the country) the picture is probably very different (for all western countries). That would be inconvenient and wouldn't paint a pretty picture. Going out on a limb h...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Mar 24, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Different manufacturers for jet engines #1 vs. #2
Replies: 25
Views: 4804

Re: Different manufacturers for jet engines #1 vs. #2

If not allowed for actual flights, are they allowed in special circumstances such as ferry flights (e.g. flying to a maintenance base with a borrowed engine)? Never because it is physically impossible and a completely uncertified and untested configuration. It takes substantially less time and mone...

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by Wacker1000
Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Question - Cycles - Hours
Replies: 5
Views: 1593

Re: Question - Cycles - Hours

3) is in the TCDS. The rest are going to be tracked internally by the operator and not publicly shared.

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by Wacker1000
Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Trump's Parked 757 N757AF
Replies: 135
Views: 42402

Re: Trump's Parked 757 N757AF

I’m surprised the engine would be timed out to the point it can’t be flown to an overhaul. That’s just poor planning. I’m surprised the engine would be timed out to the point it can’t be flown to an overhaul. That’s just poor planning. No reason the engine itself can’t be shipped to overhaul This. ...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Mar 17, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oklahoma House passes bill to protect drivers who hit protesters
Replies: 64
Views: 3379

Re: Oklahoma House passes bill to protect drivers who hit protesters

Really? https://www.salon.com/2021/03/16/facing-censure-from-gop-republican-senator-provides-historic-biden-cabinet-nominee-needed-vote/ And what does that have to do with the rest of society? We get it - you think Democrats are perfect. No one is going to say anything that changes your mind.

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by Wacker1000
Wed Mar 17, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oklahoma House passes bill to protect drivers who hit protesters
Replies: 64
Views: 3379

Re: Oklahoma House passes bill to protect drivers who hit protesters

Why don’t we skip ahead a few chapters and make it illegal to speak ill of the party? Maybe we could put dissidents in GOP re-education camps? And to think these idiots thought a minimum wage increase would be the downfall of the country. Already happening except it is Democrats and not the GOP. Do...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Mar 17, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is it time to consider Racial Profiling of White Males?
Replies: 60
Views: 3546

Re: Is it time to consider Racial Profiling of White Males?

No but I'd profile anyone that asks that question as mentally unstable and be keeping a close eye on them.

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by Wacker1000
Tue Mar 16, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why are engines on planes changed so often?
Replies: 18
Views: 3931

Re: Why are engines on planes changed so often?

TriL1011Star wrote:
So many times you will hear of an aircraft who is operating with leased engines, or have had multiple engine changes. Why is this? It doesn't seem like a plane is very old when engines start getting swapped out either.


Is it a V2500?

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by Wacker1000
Thu Mar 11, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: EK Chairman says Boeing “not getting it” on 737MAX, 787
Replies: 125
Views: 21318

Re: EK Chairman says Boeing “not getting it” on 737MAX, 787

Teal, vice president and chief project engineer during development of the MAX, said he was not aware that the errant flight control software that brought down the two jets — the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) — was triggered by a single sensor . He learned that only after th...

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by Wacker1000
Thu Mar 04, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: F9 Deicing Incident Nashville (BNA)
Replies: 149
Views: 21988

Re: F9 Deicing Incident Nashville (BNA)

Management lacks management skills because turn over is so high within the company. When you can't train your employees correctly on how to throw bags in the belly it's bound to end pretty badly. Trego is also on the bottom of pay scale on paying it's employees. This isn't a F9 specific issue. The ...

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by Wacker1000
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last 737 Classic Built 21 years ago.
Replies: 39
Views: 5573

Re: Last 737 Classic Built 21 years ago.

Oh pray tell, what was this deadly flaw? It was a non-redundant design from the 1950s that didn't meet any design standards in the 1980s but kept being produced by revising the original type certificate. You would think Boeing would have learned this lesson 20 years ago but money talks. Two things ...

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by Wacker1000
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 800 wreckage to be destroyed before 25th anniversary
Replies: 59
Views: 10641

Re: TWA 800 wreckage to be destroyed before 25th anniversary

How, or educational for whom? For sick people with a strange morbid obsession of plane crashes. Hmm, some inarguable analysis right there..... :roll: Guess we should destroy all Holocaust, 9/11, genocide, colonial era, French Revolution, Egyptian mummy, HIV-AIDS, WWII, Vietnam, US Civil, and Korean...

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by Wacker1000
Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TWA 800 wreckage to be destroyed before 25th anniversary
Replies: 59
Views: 10641

Re: TWA 800 wreckage to be destroyed before 25th anniversary

IMO, it would make a good museum piece. Not for totemic status, but educational. How, or educational for whom? For sick people with a strange morbid obsession of plane crashes. Unless you work for an agency that investigates accidents, there is nothing to be seen. It has served its purpose and fami...

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by Wacker1000
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Texas governor blames Green new deal for power outage
Replies: 218
Views: 17756

Re: Texas governor blames Green new deal for power outage

Wouldn't expect anything less from haphazardly thrown together infrastructure serving a population where a sizable percentage are helpless and clueless on the best of days. Why anyone would live in that area and not own a generator is beyond me. Not like a tornado or wind or flooding or ice has ever...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: How do passenger windows get so scratched up?
Replies: 7
Views: 2159

Re: How do passenger windows get so scratched up?

Minimum wage contract cleaners that don't know or care to follow proper procedures.

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by Wacker1000
Wed Feb 10, 2021 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 35 years ago merger-mania 1986
Replies: 130
Views: 17666

Re: 35 years ago merger-mania 1986

Some years later I talked with a HP Ramp Trainer he confirmed my story about the 757 over paint. HP had no idea until they striped the planes for repaint in their new colors. Talk about added weight. No one said they were the sharpest pencils in the box. When everyone was trying to remove unneeded ...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jan 27, 2021 5:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus A320NEO landing with nosegear at 90 degrees at BSL
Replies: 28
Views: 5545

Re: Pegasus A320NEO landing with nosegear at 90 degrees at BSL

Loss of a green system on a non-enhanced aircraft will cause loss of manual extension and nose wheel steering. Again, not true. Loss of Green and Yellow, and/or PTU. This is also venturing into territory that is not statistically relevant, and clearly nowhere near what has happened here or in previ...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jan 27, 2021 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus A320NEO landing with nosegear at 90 degrees at BSL
Replies: 28
Views: 5545

Re: Pegasus A320NEO landing with nosegear at 90 degrees at BSL

A32x nose gears are specifically designed to fail in a 90 degree off center if there is *snip* loss of associated Hyd pressure to the NLG. This is to prevent the aircraft from skidding off the runway upon landing. No. Just no. If you lose the green (or yellow on later aircraft) system, the gear doe...

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by Wacker1000
Wed Jan 27, 2021 2:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pegasus A320NEO landing with nosegear at 90 degrees at BSL
Replies: 28
Views: 5545

Re: Pegasus A320NEO landing with nosegear at 90 degrees at BSL

A32x nose gears are specifically designed to fail in a 90 degree off center if there is *snip* loss of associated Hyd pressure to the NLG. This is to prevent the aircraft from skidding off the runway upon landing. No. Just no. If you lose the green (or yellow on later aircraft) system, the gear doe...

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by Wacker1000
Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:01 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Why was N106US the a320 involved in the hudson river ditching never repaired?
Replies: 30
Views: 5291

Re: Why was N106US the a320 involved in the hudson river ditching never repaired?

It took a hell of a battering during the impact. I suspect there is much more structural/internal damage than that which is easily seen from external pictures. https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket/?NTSBNumber=DCA09MA026 Specifically docket items #76 and #79. If it was repaired, it would have been too shady...

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